Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, but not Forgotten In today’s challenge, show us what “gone, but not forgotten” means to you.
I am woefully behind on photo challenges. I got really stuck on this one, then I got busy with holiday activities and the days flew by. That’s my excuse. I usually use current photos for photo challenges, and how do you photograph something that is gone? I finally realized that of course, I will have to dig back through old photos. I decided to choose my former Florida life which is gone, but not forgotten even though the memories of those years are fading in the face of my new and different life here.
I had a couple water lily ponds on our Florida back yard. I loved them for the beautiful flowers and plants, and all the wildlife they attracted. I never got tired of photographing the water lilies!
I love the water lilies with their delicate petals and soft colors.
Bees loved the waterlilies but we didn’t see these pretty green bees very often.
We did see a lot of honey bees though, and a swarm actually moved into the siding of our house. This was the beginning of my experiences with beekeeping. I’m not sure what I was doing here. I think I had put out a box after collecting the honey so the bees could clean it up. I see a box in the background with a bottle of sugar water so that must have been a new colony I just put in and didn’t have it’s own honey supply yet.
We also had tons of frogs, toads, and tadpoles in the pond and they could make quite a racket. These tree frogs liked to live behind the house shutters. They weren’t very happy when we renovated the house for sale and removed the shutters in the process.
One day we got a heck of a surprise. An alligator snapping turtle had moved into the pond and was eating the water lilies! We could not figure out how he got into our fenced, Jack Russell proof yard. We carefully removed enough plants to track him down, scooped him up with a big net, tossed him in a trash can and promptly took him the river and set him loose. One could lose a toe to that beast while working in the pond!
Florida also had some amazing sunsets. It looks like we climbed up on the roof one evening to capture this sight. Since Joel was the most likely to be on the roof, I will give him credit for this photo.
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