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Monday, December 19, 2011

DECEMBER BEAUTY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

This weekend, my (patient) husband and I drove my sweet mama up to my sister's home in Mt. Dora...in central FL. For the first day in a month, the skies were gloomy...no rain, just clouds and gray....and the colors of Florida were truly displayed against the soft backdrop...

We were greeted by this beautiful coyote...He was laying  right in the middle of the  drive into my sister's neighborhood. As our car approached, he balefully looked at us, stood, and slowly ambled under the fence and into the pasture, where he, once again, laid down.

The presence of the coyote did not faze these cows...they were just feet away from each other!

The grays of the skies and lake were a perfect backdrop for the colors of the leaves, the reeds in the lake, and the bouganvilla. This is Lake Harris...and the view from my sister's home.


Remember this turtle planter? With his "filling" dormant, you can see the patterns on his shell. Don't you love the aging on him?
A few examples of the ground covers on the slope down to the lake.
It's FALL/Winter! See the colored leaves?
Notice the waving Spanish moss? Most natives of the south do NOT remove the moss from the trees. We think it's beautiful...
Cypress "knees" in the lake
Bouganvilla....
Red and white impatiens...planted by my mama on one of her trips to  Mt. Dora.

These are tangerines...
This lone tree stands outside the pasture...down a rutted road, across from the orange grove. It's just there waiting for someone to find it...to share its bounty. This small tree (about 6 feet tall, and skinny...really small by grove standards) had HUNDREDS of tangerines. And I picked a basketful!!!
Some of the wildlife in a pond...look carefully, there are coots, ducks, an anhinga, an egret and a heron.

A pair of Sand Cranes...







9 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love the draping moss! Also all the beautiful colors of the flowers there - so pretty to see for this time of year. The tangerine tree is to die for! I'd love to get my hands on that.

Keetha Broyles said...

I can't get past the fact that there's a Mt ANYTHING in Central Florida!!!!

Hehehehehe

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Beautiful!! And what a lovely view your sister has!

Love of the Sea said...

Gorgeous. Looks like your sister has an amazing piece of property. Love her view. And all the trees, flowers and foliage.

jmac said...

sigh.....God's work at His finest!!
SO lovely. and hahahahaha to Keetha's question of a mountain in Florida!!!! hahahahahahaha...!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Such beautiful shots!!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots, I love them all but especially the coyote (I posted my own coyote pic a few days ago), the bouganvilla, and the tangerines.

Nice post

Light and Voices said...

I love to shop in Mount Dora, Florida. The Christmas decorations at night are lovely. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Joyce M

Jo's This and That said...

Great Shots! Merry Christmas!