Sunday, February 28, 2010

of Mangroves, Moon Halo, ButterflyCrafts and more...

The last stop in our bid to cover as many of the natural parks here was Biscayne National Park.

It was a COLD windy day. We weren't thrilled at thought of getting our feet wet. So not canoeing. Not even pedal boat.

Just tourist fare of walking the boardwalk gawking at these sights and missing 90% of the Park that was underwater ...

The stillness of the environment..

Interrupted by antics of silly gals...

2 nights ago... we saw this at midnight.. out on our front lawn

and so bright in the night sky
totally clear

Moon Halo
attributed to refraction (bending of light rays) in high altitude ice crystals.  When there is considerable high altitude moisture, ice crystals are formed and the moon's light rays are refracted, forming the halo effect.

We played SOCCER. Rather, Hubby tried, Girls tried but decided flying a kite was more fun. I just took pictures :)

Then we took a walk and saw this ! An entire troop of moorhens !!! Clucking at the top of their lungs !
moorhens up close

AND here's a SNEAK of my layout for ButterflyCrafts.  Check back on 1st March for the full reveal !

Leaving you with a
delightful shot my Lens caught

she melts me :)

Have a great week everyone !

Monday, February 22, 2010

Butterfly Crafts

Woohooo.... am in the Design Team for Butterfly Crafts !
Loads of challenges coming up. Stay peeled !

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve

A wasteland.
Dead wood.
Still murky waters.
Totally commercialized by airboat operators and gator junkies.
A waste of time.

That's what we thought.
So for the past months, we've allowed ourselves to be allured by glitzy theme parks and outlet malls.

Otherwise, pragmatic thinking (also known as lethargy) would prevail, preferring to just chill in the comforts of home. Now, i'm kicking myself for not making use of all that time to lap up the natural beauty at our doorstep. In the past week, we took the 2.5hr drive (twice) down to the Everglades National Park, and the Big Cypress Nature Preserve

Really, what can get better than this ????
This guy totally cracked us up !! And he held this pose for several minutes too !

While the Gators were undoubtedly the stars, what else would one give to witness :

Anhingas opening their beaks to let out those deep throated calls, and listening to another Anhinga, way in the bushes, actually responding to it ?

An Egret or Heron, happily trotting into our pathway to gaze at us, then go about his business, sticking his head in the waters, and in the next second, catching a fish for lunch ?

Just the sheer rugged beauty and expanse of the wilderness

A lengthy reptile curled up for a nap

Baby gators,  and their Mommy looking on from the other side ?

And being just this close to wildlife of any kind ?

Hence I realise, appreciating the beauty of nature requires an openness of mind, a stillness of the heart, patience, humility and a sense of wonder that will come, if we just allow ourselves the chance.

We are hooked, and hopefully life would continue to afford us the opportunities to be this close to it all.

More importantly, as a parent, I hope I have achieved in seeding this appreciation in the girls, forever. 

More pix here

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Yes, i'm still here.
The past month drifted by in a blur.
Life took over.
Lots of boxes.
Packing, unpacking.
Some tears.
Some smiles.
Lots of wine :)

AND some pretty stuff to share...
These feature lots of glimmer mists, bling, flowers and butterflies :) ... totally in time to welcome spring !!

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