We are indeed lucky that winters in Florida aren't the dreary sort with gray skies, bare trees and no flowers.
This year's spectacularly mild winter finds plenty of flowers abloom in my garden.
This more typical Florida winter that we're having is definitely more enjoyable, and I haven't missed...not one little bit...worrying about my plants freezing.
One of winter's gifts is the increase in the bird population, especially the adorable American Goldfinches. These cute little fellows are busy plucking up seeds that settled into the tiny pits in the road.
They also frequent a variety of feeders in the garden. Mr. Cardinal seems to take it all in stride as he waits for his turn.
The Sandhill crane population seems to explode in the winter. We were delighted to have this foursome drop by for a visit one Sunday afternoon on the vacant property next to us. And, on warm sunny days, Brownie our brown water snake can be seen sunning himself right next to the garden hose. Perhaps he thinks it's a pretty green snake. :-) When it's cold he stays warm and cozy in his home in the rocks behind him there in the picture.
And, right on time the Purple Martin scouts have arrived in search of a nesting place. They're like a squadron of fighter pilots zipping back and forth feasting on any and all airborne insects.
The colorful flowers and winter visitors are a warm sight on a chilly winter's day.