The first time I stumbled upon this beautiful Queen Anne style house in downtown Leesburg Florida a wedding was taking place on the grounds so, naturally, I didn’t stop. Last Saturday, I drove by again and all was quiet so I decided to take some snaps. It was built in 1892 by a former Leesburg mayor and is now owned by the city and used for various events.
I watched this Anhinga, perched on a sign near the water’s edge, for quite a while as it preened and spread its wings drying off. It didn’t seem in any hurry, and who can blame it with such a nice view.
Trying my hand at minimalism.
This bright orange flower is a staple at the local butterfly garden I visit. I think it’s kind of interesting and even more so when I looked it up on Wikipedia. Also known as lion’s tail and wild dagga it is native to South Africa where it is used for a variety of medicinal purposes — everything from treating tuberculosis to snake bites. Apparently, it also has mild psychoactive properties and when leaves are crushed and smoked, it produces a mild calming effect. (Yikes!) Oh, it also attracts butterflies!