Very Bright Cat Tails

Couldn’t resist using this for Becky’s Bright Squares when I ran across it while perusing old files for spring photos. The back lighting of the seeds breaking free from cat tails really brightens things up.

A Little Splash of Vanilla, Please

V. planifolia – Photo copied from Wikipedia

I had spent close to two hours, taking almost 200 photos in the orchid garden of the Naples Botanical Garden (Florida), but my real excitement was focused in the Caribbean Garden. I had learned that the garden had erected trellises and had planted vanilla orchid plants (V. planifolia) with plans to plant another variety, V. x tahitensis, in the near future.

Now I will wait and watch for the orchids to bloom and produce vanilla seed pods. From reading the Garden’s blog I have learned that it is a long and work intensive process to get from new plant to vanilla extract. According to the blog, the Horticulture Team hopes to eventually supply Garden’s Fogg Cafe with Garden-grown vanilla. But it seems that it will be well over a year before that will happen. Stay tuned.

I couldn’t decide which challenge this post should be linked to – so I’ll do both. Now you can check out both and join in.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Something New

Life in Colour: Yellow

Morning Weather Report – Light Fog and Sunny

Lily Pond and River of Grass – Naples Botanical Garden

I have spent so many hours standing on the boardwalk going across the lily pond, taking photos of water lilies, lily pads, cannas and irises, rice plants, reflections, and ripples. What intrigues me in this area is the River of Grass that you see beyond the lily pond. This was planted to educate visitors about the river of grass that makes up the Everglades. The next photo was taken along the Tamiami Trail (going from Tampa to Miami) as the sun was rising across the grasslands of the Everglades.

It as been a while since I went to the Everglades in the early morning – I’m thinking it would be a safe excursion I would like to take sometime in the next couple of weeks. The longer I wait, the earlier I will have to get up to make the drive in the dark to meet the rising sun.