|Oooh tiger zucchinis.|
Changing seasons for our edibles
The tiger zucchinis are doing very well this year and I scramble to harvest them before they get too big. Half of one of these beauties was grated into a tuna salad, while the other half was sliced and was added last to a stir fry featuring onions, garlic, garlic chives, parsley from our garden, plus store-bought celery & 2 Boca Burgers (our favorite non-meat patties). The other one and maybe an additional one still growing in the garden will be the key ingredient in some zucchini bread. Yummy.
The last lettuce crop and the parsley have bolted and the broccoli is done after many months of come-again picking. My husband made a nice tabbouleh from the last of the parsley crop. I've allowed the plants to remain in the garden so their blooms will attract pollinators.
|The parsley has bolted so this may be our last tabbouleh of the season. :-(|
|A bountiful garlic harvest this year.||One garlic bulb had divided itself and was starting to grow.|
A gator adventure
|We had an alligator is our pond for a couple of weeks.|
|The trappers used an underhand casting technique.|
A few days later we got a call from these gator trappers saying that a permit had been issued on our gator. They brought their fishing poles with heavy weights and treble hooks. This way they could hook onto the back of the gator and haul it to shore where they could haul it out with a noose-like tool. They deftly used an underhanded casting method to probe the pond. The gator was not found that day. They came back a few days later when they were in the area after trapping a gator from a golf course. Still no gator. We haven't seen it since then, so it probably has moved on—either back to the lake or to another pond in the neighborhood. We wish it well, but our pond frogs and fish are probably relieved.
|A gator from a golf course.|
Swallow-tailed kitesWe love that our neighborhood supports these graceful birds. They are efficient flyers that use only a few beats of their wings when taking off, but then they glide with only twitches of their tails to keep aloft or to change directions. The Audubon Society's website says that they are our most aerial predators. They lift our spirits for sure.
|A swallow-tailed kite on a snag.||Kites use very few wing movements in flight.|
Fire in the skyFlorida's 5-month wet season begins in June. This means that our cloud formations are more spectacular during these months.
|An amazing sunset. This is the season for Florida's spectacular cloud formations.|
|This sunrise was beautiful when viewed from our front yard or reflected in our pond.|
|A reflected sunrise in our newly cleared pond. More on the pond soon.|
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