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Spring in the Gardens

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago Bud and I took a trek through the Botanical Gardens in our vicinity. While walking the nature trail and visiting the butterfly house we saw more shadows than we did birds. LOL Oh ya, we saw ducks and coots on 'Gator Lake and along the trail to Oso Creek we saw the usual cardinals and doves. So, I thought I'd share some of the 'other' kind of photos, a tortoise, rose from the rose garden, butterfly, ladybug [lady bug release the day we were there], along with a couple of birds spotted along the trail. ---



In sequence top to bottom:
South American Red Footed Tortoise [first two images]
Lady Bug
Patented "Royal Highness" Rose
Malachite Butterfly
Northern Cardinal on Oso Creek Trail
Gator Lake [duck in silhouette]

CORPUS CHRISTI BOTANICAL GARDENS
Texas

37 comments :

  1. What great pictures, and I especially like that last one of Gator Lake. The sun actually looks like little diamonds on the water. You could do a whole book on South Texas wildlife and flowers!

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    1. Oh my....is that not considered work, publishing a book? I don't do work. LOL But thanks for the high regard Shelly. [actually I was surprised the lake had any water in it at all...they musta opened the irrigation gate to fill it for the Spring.]

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  2. Beautiful pictures. I love ladybugs.

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    1. Do you? I did not know that!!

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  3. As usual, you've captured some great images of the beauty around you!

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  4. I have never seen a malachite butterfly before. What a treat! You saw a lot of nature during your hike. Wow.

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    1. ...well, that's cool. Glad I got a photo of it then. There are several around this area.

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  5. Great pictures! I especially love the ladybug. She is spring personified to me. :-)

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  6. I love your pictures!!

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  7. the tortoise is so cute.

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    1. I guess it is now that you mention it.

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  8. I've never got a chance to capture a ladybird successfully. Enjoying your other shots too :)

    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2013/04/peeking.html

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  9. I don't think I've ever seen a tortoise with that coloring before. Love the sun reflecting off the water in the last shot

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    1. me either...it was such a brilliant red too.

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  10. You really got some terrific pictures, Anni...gosh, I especially like the cardinal. It has been years since I've seen one.

    I'm finishing up my seven months stay at home in the San Fran area. I had my total shoulder replacement Jan 18th, my wonderful little granddaughter arrived April 18th, and I head back to India for six months on June 1.

    My Camera Critters is at:
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    http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2013/04/camera-critters-264-bees-are-buzzing.html

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  11. Wonderful variety of little critter shadows and I do love them all! Great shots for the day, Anni! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!!

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  12. Was wondering what that first image was for sure! What lovely color and diverse critters.

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  13. Great shots of all the critters, Anni! The butterfly would be a newbie for me. Happy Sunday!

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    1. glad I posted the photo of it then.

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  14. Beautiful critters. I love butterflies and ladybugs.

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  15. oh thank goodness...i was thinking the first shot was of a snake...happy to see it's a tortoise. happy weekend!!

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    1. Are you kiddin' me? There would be NO WAY I'd even zoom in on a live...free traveling...snake. LOL

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  16. Just love that tortoise! :)

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    1. Its coloration was outstanding.

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  17. I had to look real close on the first one, it look like a snake and I was about ready to run glad it turned out to be a turtle.LOL
    I enjoyed all of the photos you got some great shots again.
    Hugs

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  18. Dear Friend Anni...we have so missed your beautiful pictures and ALWAYS very interesting commentary. Thank you for you kind comments about my Grandpa's passing...you are so right he is no longer suffering and in the loving arms of his Maker.

    Mom and I are trying to catch up a little each day along with handling all the necessary paperwork associated with a loved one's passing.

    thank you so much for dropping by to say HI
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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  19. Endlich ist der Frühling auch bei uns angekommen und ich freue mich mit dir und die wunderschönen Blumen.

    LG Mathilda ♥

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