132. Growing

This is a very young banyan tree.  As they grow, they have aerial roots which sprout from the branches and grow downward to the ground creating new trees.  Thus, the reason I am placing this photo under the “Growing” theme because they are constantly growing, growing, growing. 

 The first banyan tree in the United States was said to have been planted by Thomas Edison at his Ft. Myers, Florida estate and was given to him by Harvey Firestone, his close friend, who headed Firestone Tire & Rubber, and who brought back the small tree from India in 1925.  At that time, the banyan tree was only 4′ tall but now covers 400′.  These trees can grow to become enormous and if planted alongside a house can actually engulf the home with its roots.  For a picture of how large these trees can grow, take a look at this spooky, but amazing, photo:  http://fcit.usf.edu/FLORIDA/photos/plants/edgar/edgar1/edgar102.htm



220. Outdoor Cooking

There is nothing better than a juicy grilled steak.


193. Musically Inclined

One of the disappointments in the life of my husband’s grandmother was that she could never get her young son (my father-in-law) to become interested in playing the violin.  He hated the thought and even tried to convince her he had no interest by putting his violin through all kinds of torture, including removing some of the strings.  I guess one could say he was not “musically inclined.”


141. Hangs On A Wall

As some of you may recall, my husband and I are realtors and our line of work puts us in contact with people from all over the World.  The owner of a house we recently listed is originally from Salzburg, Austria and as a tribute to her father, who was a composer and violinist, and to her sister, who was an opera singer, she placed these objects and photo on the wall in a prominent place as a remembrance and tribute to them.  Her father handwrote the musical composition and the violin and bow belonged to him.  I was so touched to see such a beautiful display of affection.


326. Things With Wings

Lunch at our favorite outdoor restaurant along the Bay provided not only great food but wonderful scenery today.  This is a brown pelican and under perfect conditions in the wild they can live to be 30 plus years old.  The wingspan ranges from 6 to 7 feet, tip to tip and they can fly in calm winds up to 35 MPH.  Males are larger than females and have a longer bill.

 In Florida, they build their nests in mangroves from twigs and grasses brought in by the male for the female to construct.  Adults have a white head and reddish brown neck during the summer and yellow head and white neck during the winter.  This colorful plumage helps in attracting a mate during mating season.  A yellow head is mating plumage.  Wild pelicans are polymgamous but captive pelicans are 50% monogamous.  The female lays 2 to 4 eggs in the winter or early spring and after about 30 days incubation by both the male and female, chicks hatch.

Information Source:  http://library.thinkquest.org/2551/species/brownpelican.html


56. Clouds

Framed with the palms, the beautiful late afternoon blue sky and puffy clouds made for a very pleasing photograph.


219. Out West

I have driven down this road many, many times and never noticed this building until a couple of days ago.  Thanks to the 365 Challenge, I am seeing things I paid very little attention to before the Challenge began.