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.
About Kris Cunningham
We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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I have enjoyed your blog for sometime, and I appreciate your insight into Panamanian lifestyle. We are moving to Boquete in March from Florida with our two cats in tow.
What I would like to ask you is about getting through Tocumen airport with our friends the cats. Our veterinarian will provide the necessary inoculation record, but I can’t find out what days and hours the veterinarian will actually be in the airport or what is the process.
If you could tell me where to find the information, or if you have that information, we would appreciate it very much.
Charlie & Anita Frogge
Hi and thanks for the kind words about my blog 🙂
We didn’t bring pets so I’m not a good one to ask about that. Two of my friends did though. Cindy brought cats from Florida https://tombseekers.wordpress.com/, and Holly brought cats from California https://hollycarter184.wordpress.com/ They should be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck!
Thank you 🙂
Cool photos. Did you used to raise bees in Florida?
Thanks 🙂 Yes, I had bees in Florida and it was a very interesting thing, and the honey was great too.