Florida, Know Your Birds: Black Crowned Night Heron


The black crowned night heron is a very familiar bird in Southwest Florida. This heron nests around the swampy waters and hunts at dusk in inland lakes and pond. In the Southwest Florida area they are common, especially at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve.

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Florida, Know Your Birds: The White Pelican


The white pelican is an frequent visitor to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. This bird, which can have a 9-foot wingspan, comes to the refuge to feed and fuel up during the winter for its yearly migration. The white pelican migrates north toward Canada during the summer months. You won’t see the large white pelican diving into the water. Groups of white pelicans work together to herd fish and scoop them up with their distinctive beak.

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The Great Egret
The Ibis

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Southern Royal Albatross, Diomedea epomophora, Drake Passage, Antarctica

Far South Expeditions

Gyrating with majestic ease over the waves of the Drake Passage between Cape Horn and Antarctica, an adult Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora glides past our ship during the crossing of this stormy seaway. Largest of albatrosses, with a wingspan of more than 3.5m it is also the longest-winged of all birds in the planet.

Southern Royal Albatross, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions Southern Royal Albatross, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

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Bunratty 20/06/2015

Munster Bonsai Club

Another lovely day with Ian and Phil, in lovely spot – Bud garden center , just next door to Bunratty Castle.

Displaying and sallying area.

Some lovely materials for sale

and accents with lovely pots

and as usually we started with trees critique

and then all hands on deck, get to work!!

Sorry I have been too busy  so not many pictures. Even not pictures with trees after workshop 😦

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Japanese Garden

Carlos Bryant

The authentic Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House was shipped across the Pacific from Japan and reassembled by skilled Japanese artisans and is the focus of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Tea Ceremony Society, Shofu-Kai.

The main focus of the Gardens’ bonsai collection is trees from the Rocky Mountain Region.  The greenhouse in the Bonsai Pavilion facilitates the display of tropical and fragile bonsai that would be endangered if exposed to Colorado’s climate. The garden surrounding the existing Tea House is the focus of the activities of Shofu-Kai, Denver Botanic Gardens’ Tea Ceremony Society. The society includes members who have studied the rituals from Tea Ceremony Masters in Japan ensuring an authentic experience for visitors who attend their events and classes.

Denver Botanic Garden
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

To see the full gallery click here ~>  www.carlos-bryant.com

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Bonsai Eejit

Well, perhaps not new beginnings as the Munster Bonsai Club will reach it’s 2nd birthday in a few months time, but our visit to Bunratty and Bud Garden Centre was certainly the start of something good. Ray, the co-owner of the Garden Centre is one of the original Club members and has been a keen supporter of all their efforts to drive bonsai forward in Munster. We suggested that Bud Garden Centre, newly opened in March, might be a good location for a workshop, helping to spread the club over the whole Province so at not to become Cork-centric. Ray embraced the idea and Saturday saw us deliver a successful workshop in Bunratty not just to the regulars, but also three new faces. Great to see Steven, Lottie and Harry joining in for the first time. It was a busy session with lots of trees and we also had the public…

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