Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's a Jungle Out There

It really does feel like Jurassic Park!  Early morning sunrise in the preserve behind the backyard.  This is my wake-up view from the balcony off the bedroom.

The balcony is small, but there's plenty of room for me and the dogs.

It's certainly not glam by any means, with mismatched furniture and faded cushions.

But it's surrounded by greenery with a relaxing view and has become my "meditation station"

Anyway, in the preserve there is a well worn deer path that comes out between our house and the neighbors.

Just about every evening the deer come flying out of the preserve, run between our houses and head over to the lake across the street.  

I'm usually in the house when this happens and see them out the windows, but the other night I happened to be out photographing the Angel Trumpet and caught these three as they zoomed by.

The Angel Trumpet's a bit spindly looking as she's not in the best spot to thrive as well as she should.  It's just too big a job for me to move her at this point.  But, she insists upon blooming like crazy, which is just fine with me.  (yeah, it feels like a she to me)  

Just an odd angle to make it a little more interesting :)

This shot I took with my phone so I wouldn't have to contort myself into any odd positions to get underneath.

Also out front the Firebush is starting to bloom.

Which attracts lots of these Giant Swallowtails and other butterflies.

Like our state butterfly the Zebra Longwing.

I really chopped back the little hibiscus bush by the garage and it responded with tons of these gorgeous yellow blooms.

So bright and cheery.

Speaking of yellow, the Allamanda in the backyard is blooming.

The Plumbago is flowering.

And the Jasmine is blooming...

and climbing the trellis up to the little balcony where it makes sitting on the balcony even more enjoyable.

I love all of the visitors to our yard, even if they eat all the Purslane and other pretties.

This pretty doe says "Have a Happy Day" - that's just what I was thinking! 


Janice Taylor said...

Truly, a lovely post. You must feel like you have a front row seat to all of nature, sitting up there on your balcony. So nice that you get to see those gorgeous deer! Your plants are all lovely, especially the white Angel Trumpet...I've not found a white one yet, but I'm looking. Enjoy all that beauty. _Janice

Susan said...

What a great view to wake up to every morning. It looks like a great space for meditation and reflection. It's nice to have a space behind you that will never be developed. The little fawn is adorable. It looks like your garden is loaded with beautiful blooms. Hope you're feeling better and enjoying the beautiful weather.

daisy gurl said...

Wow, what a view. I can understand why it's the ideal spot to meditate.
So much gorgeousness! I need to get some firebush to expand our butterfly population. So many lovely blooms.
I'd love for you to share this beautiful post on The Maple Hill Hop!

Elizabeth said...

Am I the only Florida blogger who doesn't live in paradise?! I mean ~ come on . . . really? A balcony off the bedroom and resident deer (we wont mention all those beautiful birds that visit) . . . just beautiful!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my, you are truly blessed with your own bit of paradise on earth. What a view any time of day I'm sure. I love you balcony, the colors calming and serene.

Beautiful flowers and butterflies.

The deer are sweet and look at the lashes on that lovely does eyes in that last picture.

Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

Leslie Kimel said...

Gosh, I love your balcony--so cozy and charming, with such an amazing view! All the blue cushions and accessories are so calming and pretty. I can imagine how nice it is to sit out there.

Your deer photos are wonderful. It takes such patience and skill to photograph wildlife. Of course, your flower photos are gorgeous too--I especially like the one of the angel trumpets taken at that cool angle!

Kate R said...

I just love your balcony Lynn and what a lovely relaxing spot to look out onto all that beauty you have surrounding you. Your photos of it all are truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing all that loveliness with us. Hoping you are feeling ok and sending lots of hugs.
- Kate xx