Fave Fotos: One More from a Summer of ’17 Beach Outing

Fave Fotos: One More from a Summer of ’17 Beach Outing

Time to bring out a photo from a trip back in July. I like this shot. It recreates for me the feel of expectancy just before you get to the end of the ramp where you can see the sand, smell the sea and hear the waves crashing on the shore.

Not too many things in life that can make me feel that good.

It’s been around two to three weeks since I’ve been to the beach. And it’s killing me. Spending a boatload of time and energy tryin’ to figure out how to get back.

I’ll get it done. Until then, I’ve got some pretty damn good pictures.

 

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

Bulldog Goes into Full Pout Mode Over the Central Florida Weather

Bulldog Goes into Full Pout Mode Over the Central Florida Weather

There’s no relief from near-constant rain and heat here. Yeah, that’s the name of the game here in the Sunshine State. Summers are brutal. I know that. But at this moment, I’m having more than the usual trouble accepting that and just carrying on with life.

I’m stuck. Frustrapated. At loose ends. NOT a happy camper! Yeah, you get the picture.

I’ll get over this, no doubt. And it’s possible that Mother Nature will change her ways before too much longer and smile on the frowny-faced denizens of Central Florida.

But at this moment, Bulldog is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay over this hellish Summer of ’17 thing and he needs to get an outdoor fix. Soon.

One parting thought as I try to work Mom Nature for a better deal: yeah, I did make up that marvelous third word in paragraph two. Blogging nature lovers with degrees in English are empowered to do such things. Well, that thought helps to ease my mood!

 

Trapped in the hellscape of steamy Central Florida, I am,

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Mandatory Photo blurb: no, that awesome Featured Foto is not mine. I totally stole it.

 

Florida is Burning Up in the Summer of 2016

Florida is Burning Up in the Summer of 2016

It’s really, really hot out there. Not that I’m telling you anything you didn’t already know. The other day I glanced at the temperature indicator on my dash on the way home. Even though it’s crazy-hot out there, I was a bit surprised to see that it read 100 degrees. Welcome to Florida!

As you no doubt know, the temps are insanely-hot everywhere. All told, this is my 52nd summer in the Sunshine State and I’m over this heat! I realize we Floridians are not alone here, but who cares when the heat index is in triple digits. I really don’t like how each summer seems hotter than the one before…

And by now you know that the Zika virus is a thing down here. It’s not just travel-related cases anymore, our home-grown mosquitoes can transmit it. You don’t have to get bit in the tropics first and then fly back. Our native-born, highly-trained, courteous and efficient skeeters can gnaw on your sweaty flesh and transmit this terrible, modern-day plague.

I’m sick of the heat. I don’t want the latest mosquito-borne virus moving up the peninsula; got West Nile Virus in 2003, don’t want Zika. And I’m sick of that other plague we deal with here in Florida: Rick Scott, with the brain of a mosquito, and the heart of a vampire. Come to think of it, he looks like one, too!

Sticky, unrelenting sub-tropical heat; Zika-bearing skeeters furiously beating wings upstate, lusting for blood; the reincarnation of Bela Lugosi masquerading as our governor. That’s it. I’m hopping the first north-bound freight and heading for Canada.

In Praise of Blossoming Trees

In Praise of Blossoming Trees

There are few things in Nature as beautiful as a tabebuia tree. The photo here is of one I tended, watered and pruned for nine years. Lovely tree; it was a gift from our next door neighbor.

The fact that a tabebuia only blooms for a few days each spring does not detract from its beauty. It’s a reminder for me that life is fleeting and we blossom for a brief season, then fall away and return to the earth. It is good to have your day in the sun!

Though these lovely trees are barren now, there are some beautiful trees, fairly-common in the Sunshine State, which display their gorgeous, bright-yellow blossoms in summer’s sultry heat! I refer to the yellow poinciana, better known to arborists as the peltophorum.

I’ve seen more than a few of them around Central Florida in the last three or four summers; they’re quite a spectacle for those of us who crave a little color in the Florida landscape before autumn’s arrival. They seem to blossom from the top down and the blossoms last a good, long while. They can grow up to 50 ft tall; I’ve seen one nearly that size near the entrance to Disney’s Jambo House Resort.

Count me as one of those Floridians who stays indoors a lot more at this time of year. Day after day of temps in the mid-nineties gets old pretty quick. When I do motor about from place to place here in our subtropical paradise, it’s such a welcome pleasure to be greeted by those lovely yellow blossoms.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

If you’d like to see a brief feature about this fine specimen of arboreal beauty from a University of Florida Natural Resources Agent, follow this link.