Monday, October 6, 2014

Flora and Fauna of Florida and Brazil

Florida, June 2014

There just wasn't enough space in the other post for all the pictures of plants and animals so I have one final post of all the extras!  Everything in Florida was from the Coral Castle
.The fancy palm is eye-catching

We have these trumpet trees in California and the first time I saw one I thought it must be fake-nope! of the reasons we had to go to the Coral Castle was the Yelp reviews.  There was one that was very upset he hadn't been warned about all the lizards.  Basically it ruined the whole experience...had to check that out!  Are there lizards?  Yes!  Every few minutes one would run across your path-we found them delightful.
See them scaling the sides of the rock?

look closer

they are so cute!

very colorful-when they have a whole tail you can see the rainbow effect.

Pineapples grow like artichokes, at the top of a stem.


Beautiful flowers, too bad they surround the 'punishment' room.  There is space for the kids and the potential wife.  Gosh, I wonder why she decided to not marry him?

Oh the bugs in Brazil!
This little guy sat on my shirt at the beginning of a match and I didn't have the heart to make him move until half time.  If you saw any of the matches there were a couple times when a large moth or a bird made it onto the field-yup, there is a lot of wildlife!

There are a lot of spiders in the Amazon and they caused some...issues...when they joined our boats.  Here is an amazing green one

Plus there are beetles

I was actually pleasantly surprised there were not more mosquitoes.  We brought 4 different versions of insect repellent and brought most of it home.  But there was one day when we clearly found a treasure trove.  Here are 10 bites all in the same day-yikes!!

Thanks for everything World Cup!

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