Janine's Blog

Home for a while

Mar 15, 2020 by Janine |
Been an odd mix of travel and home time for the past few weeks. Looks like I will be home for a while due to travel restrictions, so I am looking forward to catching up with my photos!

Some nice rainbows from cooler weather a few weeks ago

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Snapping Turtles

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Neighborhood birds

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Wild Sundew, a carnivorous plant

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Birds in the garden

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Tommy Emmanuel. Great shows in Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Amazing guitarist and such a sweet and lovely person.

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Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times.

Switching Seasons

Jan 19, 2020 by Janine |
The usual characters are plentiful in the garden:

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Recently came back from a work trip to NY. It was a little chillier up there!

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We ended 2019 with an enjoyable evening with Mr. Malmsteen. Hope that 2020 rocks just as hard as 2019!

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Happy New Year 2020!

Jan 01, 2020 by Janine |
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Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2019 by Janine |
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Palm Beach, Palm Springs

Dec 18, 2019 by Janine |
At home, we've had some cooler weather and the light has been amazing.

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Was recently in Palm Springs, CA for work and enjoyed the different quality of light there.

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An early morning flight was like visiting an alien planet

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At home in the garden, the wildlife is abundant.

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Wondering when the goldfinches will arrive this year. We had a couple of sightings of a single goldfinch over the last month or so, but they have not stayed around.

Garden visitors

Nov 24, 2019 by Janine |
Still a few warblers in the garden:

Black-throated blue female

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Northern parula

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White-eyed vireo

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Lots of buntings

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Cardinal and catbird

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Hummingbirds still numerous

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Was recently in Golden, CO for work. It certainly glows in the morning light.

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In contrast, it has been a little cooler here in S. Florida so we are starting to venture out a bit more. Still lots of mosquitoes though!

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Painted Buntings are back!

Oct 27, 2019 by Janine |
It has been an exciting few weeks with plenty of birds visiting the garden.

The painted buntings started arriving in numbers on October 4, right on time!

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The arrival dates over the years have been fairly consistent:

2019: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 19)
2018: Oct 2
2017: Oct 2
2016: Oct 4
2015: Sep 26
2014: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 2)
2013: Oct 14

One of them has a silver band. Interested to know where it was banded. I reported it to USGS so hopefully they can tell me!

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Lots of hummingbirds too. Seems like we are having a good year for them.

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Other visitors include red-bellied woodpecker and American redstart.

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Another fall occurrence is the flowering of the Night-blooming cereus. It put on a nice display recently.

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Now all I need is some cooler weather!


Seattle, Vancouver

Sep 30, 2019 by Janine |
Had a week off to explore the pacific northwest and take in some scenery and music! Happy to be home with the hummingbirds now :)

Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge

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Banana slug

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Scenic Whidbey Island

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Metsatoll in Seattle. It was a treat seeing them since they hail from Estonia and don't get to Florida very often!

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Ghost in Seattle and Vancouver. Both shows were awesome!

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The hummingbirds are back!

Sep 07, 2019 by Janine |
We were fortunate to be spared from Hurricane Dorian last week. The first hummingbird of the season showed up yesterday.

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Baby cardinal.

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The weekend before last we went to NY to see the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.

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The rest of the airshow was pretty cool too. It was so lovely to be outside in civilized temperatures!

Blue Angels

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We also went for some nature walks and got to see some nice New England wildlife.

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Painted turtles

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Least Flycatcher

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Summer travels

Aug 17, 2019 by Janine |
Its been a busy few weeks traveling for work and concerts!

At home, we had an early painted bunting show up last week. I've had them visit in August before but it is pretty unusual.

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The owl box is currently occupied by a family of gray squirrels.

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Found a glass lizard while weeding the garden:

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Visited Chicago a few weeks ago for work.

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Then we visited Nashville, TN to see The Aristocrats.

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Travis Larson Band

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The Aristocrats

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Nashville was pretty cool, better than I expected. The Aristocrats were awesome. We saw them two more times, in Orlando and Boca Raton :)