A Carolina Anole sunning on a palm frond is another sure sign of spring.
Usually these blooms open symmetrically, this one opted to be different.
I’ve mention that the Tulip Magnolias have put on a spectacular display this year unspoiled by frosty nights. They have been blooming for weeks and with no leaves yet on the trees the blossoms really stand out.
Next is another close up version of the flower from my post Tulip Magnolia Blossom, Very Large.
I don’t recall seeing this next type before with so many petals, almost like a daisy.
This one reminds me of a teacup, and another one that I wished I could have gotten up above for an interior shot.
This next one is prettier before it fully opens. I generally see this style more bedraggled looking.
Lastly, a yet unfurled blossom, showing off a gorgeous magenta exterior, a color I remember fondly from my childhood along with the Crayola 64 Box. I just looked Crayola up to ensure I remembered correctly and find you can now get a full box of 12 of the same color. Who knew?
This blossom was easily the size of a dinner plate, just huge. I would have liked a step stool for a better look!
At Hans Wikström’s suggestion below I’ve cropped re-edited to show off the bee’s shadow. This is less than 10% of the original photo, which I normally don’t do but think it works here. Thank you, Hans!
A fellow photographer motioned to me that there was something down over the bank. That motioning wasn’t at all specific, nor alarmed. I was hoping for a Barred Owl, which we had heard earlier.
No, it was a pretty big Alligator on the move.
I backed up, and more and more Gator came through the underbrush.
With my 100-400MM lens at 100MM I could not get the entire beast in my frame.
As expected the Alligator went straight across the road and dropped into the pond.
I found out later was that this is a mama Alligator and she had been seen moving young hatchlings into the pond.
Taking time out for an itch a Yellow-rumped Warbler appeared to give me a wave.
Realizing he was noticed he hopped down the branch…
before flitting a bit further off the path.
Should I go for a swim or lay in the sun?
A Little Blue Heron perched above the pond on an on an outstretched branch that shows signs of spring.