Category Archives: Artsy

Fancy Nest Topper

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, reminding me of a carved finial. The Osprey nest that looks like a straw hat was secondary. It was early and not much light, but there is an Osprey in the nest, the white on its head visible close to the tree trunk.

Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree
Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Musical Cherubs

A troupe of five cherubs are nestled in one of the garden paths at Middleton Place.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

You first see it down a straight shrub-lined path, which draws you in.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

Last week when I was there some late Camellias were in bloom.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

A closer look of the Cherubs; it looks like the statue has recently been cleaned, which rather highlights their imperfections.

Musical Cherubs Statue
Musical Cherubs Statue

Years ago Ted called this statue “Freaky Babies” so of course that is what I think every time I pass it. He a nice B&W version from a visit in February which in a post he aptly named  Freaky Babies. 

Tracing Wheel

I’ve taken hundreds of images of reeds similar to these that are along the edges the various rice field impoundments I frequent, with and without insects, birds and lizards. This image from July shows a line of the tree-like structures of the seed heads and dragonfly.

Reed Seed Heads
Reed Seed Heads

Earlier this week this stalk caught my eye, the strands somehow stuck together. It reminds me of the Dritz tracing wheel used in sewing to transfer pattern markings. Or the  long fingered wheel of a hay rake.

Unfurling Reed Seed Head
Unfurling Reed Seed Head