National Love a Tree Day!

National Love a Tree Day!

Well, that’s what day it is! I’m feeling like they made one of those cool “National Days” just for me!

I love trees. I worship trees! No, I do! I’m just so tickled that this day does, in fact, exist! If it didn’t, I’d try hard to create it!

The banner photo is of a tree or two that I’ll remember for a very long time. Put a trip to Moss Park on your fun list today. That gem is in southeast Orange County, Florida.

And these three at the bottom are special, too. I’m making my way back to the old neighborhood soon to see them again.

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Hey, tree-lover! Get out there and admire a tree or two today. And then give him a big hug! With all that trees do for our species, so many others and for the planet, they certainly have earned our admiration and a caress or two from grateful humans!

And not just today! The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit based in Nebraska and its mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. To learn more about the work of the ADF, follow this link.

 

 

An earnest and devout lover of trees, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

The Recent Return to Moss Park Was a Success in Every Way

The Recent Return to Moss Park Was a Success in Every Way

No, it wasn’t just about lots of butterfly pix. That was a real treat, for sure. Even if I’m the only one who thinks those photos constitute some really awesome camera work.

It may well have been my coolest encampment yet. And the gang of raccoons that plundered my food store and invaded the sanctity of my precious PT Cruiser last time around did not inflict great trauma on me on this visit to their domain.

And I got to know the park better, beyond the camping part of it, that is. Huge park with so many cool things to do.

This featured image is from that great mix of stalwart pines and majestic oaks that are all around the main swimming beach.

This photo is from my camp site looking in the general direction of the lake, though it can’t been seen in the photo. My space was also right next to the main pier.IMG_3693

Loved my spot even though this time around it put me a bit too close to a large group of very, very rowdy campers. I think it was something like a family reunion. There’s a little more to that story, but I’m going to keep it happy and upbeat. Loved the getaway, loved my pictures.

It’s looking like I’m going to have to dial back on the frequent camping in the next few weeks or months to bump up my earnings just a bit. Life is filled with these trade offs, isn’t it? We do what we must, I suppose.

I’ll still be scratchin’ that major “outdoor itch” I get a lot. But I got to TCB, too! I most certainly be posting stuff right here on da Bulldog blog all along.

Best wishes to you as we go through this early spring time. May it be an excellent season for us. A good time to get out there — frequently — and enjoy the wonders of Nature.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

J’ai seulement vu un papillon la première fois

J’ai seulement vu un papillon la première fois

When I saw this photo the first few times, I thought it was only one exquisitely beautiful papillon, but it’s two. Not sure why I didn’t see the second one for a while. She’s turned “on edge” so she seems one-dimensional. But there are two of them there. Working together. As butterflies should. Whatever that means!

Thinking today about how I often don’t “see” things accurately. About how it’s not unusual for me to need to take that second or third look. And about how flying solo is not necessarily the best way to go…

It’s my M.O. but not necessarily the best way to go.

I love to take pictures.

 

 

Still flying solo here in Central Florida, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

More Beauty Out Here. I Have No Words to Describe It

More Beauty Out Here. I Have No Words to Describe It

I think I took something like 480 les photos des papillons aujourd’hui. Will only get a few up here.

Here’s another one that stuns me.

I’m done putting these pix up on my blog for now. I’ve got to get back to editing. That’s gonna be a big job. I should do most of that later when I’m not in a setting like this. I know I’m missing out some great stuff by sitting in my tent editing and posting.

Oh well. I couldn’t help it. I’ll bet I’ve got some I haven’t seen yet I’ll like even better than these two. But I like these a lot.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Exquisite Beauty is Hovering Around Moss Park Today

Exquisite Beauty is Hovering Around Moss Park Today

I’m in butterfly heaven right now. Some of these photos can almost make me cry. Much more editing to do, but I’m getting some of the ones I really like out now.

Are butterflies not some of God’s most amazing creations? (Don’t draw any conclusions about how I believe life came about on this planet, that’s just the way the thought came into my head. Kind of old school, I suppose!)

So much beauty out here. I’m trying to capture some of it. Very appropriate on the first full day of spring. What a fine time of year to do the stuff I’m doing right now!

Hope you’re doing well on this Tuesday. I hope you’re loving being out in nature when you get the chance…

Or not. Then I get it all to myself! Just kidding!

Get outside. You’ll be glad you did. And you’ll want to do more of it.

 

An awestruck, outside dog today, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Making Final Preps For a Return to Moss Park

Making Final Preps For a Return to Moss Park

In spite of their very aggressive raccoons — one of whom had the stones to rummage through my car last time — I truly do love Moss Park. Headed back this week and I promise to get some good pix. Battery’s charged and I’m just about ready to roll.

Here’s one photo from my last visit that I haven’t posted until now. So much to like about this spot in the southeast corner of Orange County.

I’ll be checking in again soon.

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile