A delicately blue sky and SPICY-scented yellow marigolds help to frame a scenic view of the butterfly tent at the 2009 Flower and Garden Festival. And there we have it – this week’s entry in the Monday Meme Trifecta!
There are several jacaranda trees planted in the courtyard right before you pass underneath Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. May is the perfect time to catch the jacaranda in bloom. The flowers are a lovely shade of lavender and they give off the most subtly sweet scent.
The jacaranda is not a native of Florida, but close enough – it’s found in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America and other subtropical and tropical regions of the world.
On the day I took these photos, I stood beneath the jacaranda breathing in the fragrance as blooms shook free in the breeze and rained down softly upon me. It was heaven!
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Found a review in Gulfshore Life’s blog section – Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine is located down in Naples, FL and it sounds DELISH. Unfortunately, no one I hang with down here in Florida is really burning for a culinary adventure. Actually, I think Debbie would, except her stomach has been giving her grief lately. Well, maybe when my niece comes down I can convince her that her life is not complete without trying this…. LOL!
I spent Memorial Day on Sanibel Island, visiting with a friend who has been vacationing here from the Midwest. Late in the afternoon, we decided to rouse ourselves from the comfort of beers under the umbrella to check out the tidal pool that was forming as the tide went out, and see what we could find. We each found some nice shells that pleased us, but also something I’ve never seen before – a fair quantity of live lettered olives were creating their little snail-trails along the bottom of the pool.
The lettered olive is a gastropod whose Latin name is Oliva sayana. The most interesting thing about the lettered olive is that, when they capture prey, they burrow under the sand and take it below ground to snack on it.
If you are going to collect lettered olive shells, here’s how to tell which are the best specimens. First, of course, check to ensure that the shell is empty! Collection of live shells is not permitted on Sanibel, and although it might be permitted where you are going shelling, it’s just plain not nice and Karma’s gonna get you for it! Next, check the tippy-top of the shell – it should be intact and pointy. A lot of the time, when an olive shell has been rolling around in the surf for a while, this is the first thing to go and there’s a hole instead of a point.
Finally, you want to check for shineyness. The olive is naturally shiney and slick-feeling because of this brilliant finish, but if it has been rolling around a while, the shine is gone. DO NOT BLEACH YOUR SHINEY OLIVES – they will lose their shine. Plain water is fine for an olive – it’s pretty shallow and they tend to not be stinkers, so don’t worry about deep cleaning. Also, do not be concerned if the opening/aperture is clogged with debris; when you get home, you can just pop that stuff out with a knife.
Here’s some video I took last weekend of an olive in the tidal pool. NOTE to email subscribers – this is video and probably won’t come through on the email. Please click through to the blog to view.
Walking up the hill
Time to tour the world
This way to EPCOT!
Hurry, before those clouds start
to look menacing…
That’s the bridge between the United Kingdom pavilion and the France pavilion at EPCOT, as seen from the hill you have to walk up when you enter via the International Gateway.
My recent trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower and Garden Festival coincided with the beginning of rainy season here in Florida. It rained nearly every day of the trip. That’s ok, Florida really needs the rain. There have been droughts and the inevitable grass kill and brush fires that follow. I kind of feel sorry for people who booked their vacations in Orlando that week… but sorta not really, because I’d rather have it rain on people’s vacations, including mine, than see the entire state burn to a crisp.
Awesome day with friend vacationing on Sanibel – screen name "steinbecke". We gabbed over brunch for several hours, and gabbed for several more hours hours sitting on the beach with cold Coronas. And then we went shelling for a couple of hours. We found great stuff in the tidal pool. I found a LIVE alphabet cone, and there were lots of live olives too, something I’ve personally never witnessed before. What an awesome day!
NOTE AFTER POSTING: After checking Manic Monday’s page, I have discovered that the prompt is NOT “UP”! I could have sworn I saw a tweet on Friday that said it was “UP”. It does actually say that –
“~ the theme word for 5/31 is up ~ http://bit.ly/Zr5XM Have a wonderful weekend!
Well, I never followed the link – I just read that “the word for 5/31 is up” and I assumed that the words was up! But I think Mo might have meant that it was posted and I should have followed the link to see that the word is actually “memorial”.
Anyhow, I guess I don’t have the trifecta this week after all, because I have the wrong word. And I was SO excited to use my yellow and blue elevator-that-goes-UP stuff. Well you know what, I’m just going to let it ride. And next time, I’ll follow the link!
I’m back! After a few week’s worth of hiatus, I have returned to participate in the “Monday Meme Trifecta. Manic Monday tells us the prompt is “UP”. As always, the prompts for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday are blue and yellow, respectively. Have I got blue and yellow to show you!
This is the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort, where I stayed the week before last. I have stayed here zillions of time and did not really notice the decor in the elevator banks until this trip. The tile, the art work and walls are all sprinkled with a healthy dose of blue and yellow.
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort in Orlando, Florida is actually a rotunda, lined on the outside with shops, exits, the front desk and concierge, the escalators down to the restaurants and pool, and three elevator banks – East, West and Central. I found this blue and yellow painting hanging at the entrance to the East elevators.
Here’s a close-up sample of the floor tiles and the walls. Love that “mojave” colored tile – makes the blue ones “pop” (don’t I sound like I watch HGTV? 😉 ). Also love the trim detail on the walls that separates the blue from the yellow.
See, even the elevator is decorated inside with blue and yellow! And of course, and elevator goes UP, so we’ve got the Trifecta once again (deafening roar of approval from the crowd 😉 )
The American white ibis is found from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States all the way south into the tropics. They are colonial by nature, and can be found roosting among quantities of other types of wading birds, such as herons and egrets. The two genders are virtually identical in appearance, but they do have different calls – the male is more of a grunter, while the female is more of a squealer. Doesn’t THAT just make you want to be around while they’re rockin’ the rookery? 😉
Getting back to their appearance – the feathers of the adults are actually not completely white. When an ibis takes flight, you can see that the tips of their unfurled wings are black. Juveniles have a sort of mottled appearance, like this one I photographed a few weeks ago on Sanibel Island here in Southwest Florida.
You can often find an ibis or 5 patrolling the beaches here for their dinner. They use their long, curved, red beaks as a probe to find tasty morsels amongst the piles of marine debris brought in on waves from the Gulf of Mexico. The ibis will eat fish and other marine animals, insects, small reptiles and frogs. In addition to being found at the shore, the ibis can often be found hunting for insects on people’s lawns. Since I’ve had cinch bugs destroy parts of my lawn on more than one occasion, I don’t think I’d mind if a flock of them decided to drop by now and then!
OK, the blog has been sleeping long enough! It’s time to get back into the swing of things, and what better way than with one of my favorite recent shots taken at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. At long last, after a VERY dry winter, Florida’s rainy season began last week, and with it comes all these delicious clouds. We are now entering the very best time to get reflection shots of the sky here in Florida. Lots more to share in future posts!
Here comes the haiku…
Hot, humid, drippy.
Mirror, mirror in the lake –
I need some ice cream!
I have come back from vacation to find that I’m in a crunch time at work. Additionally, I have to take a certification exam (also work related) in a few weeks, so there’s some studying involved. Definitely not conducive to daily posting and photo meme participation. Hoping the crunch ends soon and I get get back into the daily swing of things.
We came into the Swan to get our fix of Eau de Swan aka White Tea , the fragrance that is pumped into all the common areas of the Walt Disney World Swan hotel. Now we are waiting for the bus to the Magic Kingdom.
ORIG. TRIED 830 AM I’m awake and enjoying coffee on my little balcony. They have Starbucks African Kit-something in-room (too lazy to go inside and look).
The plan for today – well, I need to find my brother, because I have his t-shirt. It’s got the sea gulls from Finding Nemo on it, saying "Mine Mine Mine Mine….". And I think Deb should arrive around noon-ish, so we’ll want to get her all checked in and all. After that – who knows? I do want to check out the Festival Center, which should be open today.
But for now, I’m just going to finish my coffee while enjoying the sights and sounds of the resort waking up. I can watch the boats come and go for a while I daydream about nothing in particular. Life is good
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Just wanted to give a special shout out to Arny and all my friends at the Walt Disney Boards. I like knowing that you guys are following along during the day, and that there will be some comments waiting for me on the forum when I get back from long, hard days trekking around the parks (oh poor me, trekking around the parks, LOL!). Just wanted you all to know that you are appreciated!
In other news – yes, I bailed on EPCOT and the rain early. I came back to the Dolphin and had a burger at The Fountain, and then I picked up some packages at the hotel’s gift shop, Daisy’s Garden (my spoils from having stimulated the economy). Now I’m just cruising the web for a bit before turning in. Touring in extreme heat just kicks my butt!
I’ve reached Italy. Battery looking weak… Still raining lightly, and it is SIGNIFICANTLY cooler now, with a lusty wind that wafts the delicious aromas of the Italian perfumes shop all the way into America. I could do some serious damage in that shop… *le sigh*
It has started to thunder and rain lightly. I barely escaped the slushie line to the safety of the back entrance to Les Chefs de France before it started coming down. Mo’ Rockin’ is playing on full frenzied force. I’m in EPCOT, I haz tunes, I haz slushie – life is good!
Don’t know if u can see it in this pic, but there is definitely smoke in the air. Saw it while in bus from DAK to EPCOT (see Twitter or TwitPic for photo). Smelled it the minute I got off the bus at EPCOT. If anyone finds out what it is, please tweet @BellTinkR !
It’s clear to me that Disney has been cutting corners on the Flower and Garden Festival for several years. Among this year’s disappointments -the garden sculpture section is bare, the rainforest section of Mexico is not dripping with orchids, and now you can see that the festival center is only open on the weekends. I guess Deb and I will come back on Friday or Saturday. I hope there aren’t any more disappointments…