Monday, December 31, 2012

Northern Parula, male: tiny warbler.

On the last day of 2012, the Garden is in fabulous form. The vine pergola, in particular, is hung with brilliant flowers, including the shockingly bright orange of the flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta), the candy corn vine (Watagea spicata), a curtain of sky vine (Thunbergia grandifolia) being worked tenaciously by bees, chalice vine (Solandra maxima) and Clerodendrum splendens. The Petrea volubilis and Clerodendrum thomsoniae ‘Delectum’ gracing the Garden House are equally as beautiful.

While turkey vultures rode the updrafts above, a wonderful little Northern

Male ruby-throated hummingbird.
Cassius Blue butterfly.

Parula played in the bougainvillea near the Herb Kale memorial bench on the Kushlan Bird Trail, and a couple of hummingbirds zipped between the Chinese hat plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea) and Acacia tortuosa, right next to it. A Cassius Blue butterfly was even smaller than the individual flowers on Dombeya X Seminole, the pink-flowering shrub I passed on my way to the lily pond, and cardinals chipped away from deep within twiggy shrubs.

It could not have been a lovelier day, certainly a glorious way to end 2012 in South Florida, and begin 2013. Happy New Year.