Swietenia mahagoni (Mahogani)

Swietenia mahagoni, aka the West Indian mahogany, or Caoba, is a species of Swietenia native to southern Florida in the United States and islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is the species from which the original mahogany wood was produced. In this post I will only post…

Huernia zebrina

Huernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant)

Huernia zebrina (Lifesaver Plant) Aka Little owl eyes, Owl eyes, Zebra-stripped Huernia, Carrion flower, or Lifebuoy Huernia is from the genus Huernia (family Apocynaceae). Huernia zebrina has a wide distribution being found in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and the Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Provinces of South Africa. Its subfamily is that of Asclepiadaceae , the milkweed family.…

Malvaviscus

Malvaviscus arboreus (Turk’s Cap)

Malvaviscus arboreus penduliflorus Alba (White Turk’s Cap) aka Turkcap, Mazapan, Turk’s turban, Wax mallow, Ladie’s teardrop and Scotchman’s purse,  is a species of flowering plant in the hibiscus family, Malvaceae, that is native to the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The plant has naturalized in tropical America but is less drought tolerant than…

Stigmaphyllon floribundum (Orchid Vine)

Stigmaphyllon floribundum (Orchid Vine) Aka Woolly Amazonvine, Bejuco de Toro, Bejuco de Menta, or Mint Vine, is native to the Caribbean. This is plant is from the Malpighiaceae family, the same as acerola, the Barbados cherry, or West Indian cherry.  Stigmaphyllon stems from Greek ‘stigma’ (thorn, point) and ‘phyllon’ (leaf); referring to the broad, leafy stigma. Stigmaphyllon…

Spill Your Perfume

Due to my father’s dying, I will not be able to keep up with your blogs. I apologize for this inconvenience. I will also be retiring the “Like” feature, but not the “Like” post. I also apologize for this inconvenience. The blog will be open, however, for comments and conversation only. Mi papa esta falleciendo.…

Gazania linearis (Treasure Flower)

Gazania linearis (Treasure Flower) Aka Gazania longiscapa, Gazania stenophylla, Gorteria linearis and Gorteria linearis, is native to southern Africa, but it can be found in other parts of the world with similar climates where it has taken hold as an introduced species, such as in California and New Mexico in the United States, where it’s considered an invasive, as…

Lucy’s Myths

My dog Lucy is a deer Chihuahua which I rescued last October of this year. This post is titled ‘Lucy’s Myths’, the reason being that since I found her when she was already five years old, I feel as if her roles as a dog have been mythical and have sparked my imagination. Although she is…

Nerium oleander White Form

I’ve already written three posts on Nerium Oleanders, merely covering the different color varieties. Here’s the white form. Oleander shrubs abound in P.R. This shrub measures at least 15 ft. tall. Nerium oleander L. [as Nerium flore albo] Common Oleander, Oleander, Rose bay, Rosebay, Sweet scented oleander, Weinmann, J.W., Phytanthoza iconographia, vol. 3: t. 754, fig. b…

A Canine Sphinx

My new dog Lucy assumes the same Sphinx pose that lions did during the First Intermediate Period, often described as a “dark period” in ancient Egyptian history, spanned approximately one hundred twenty-five years, from ca. 2181–2055 BC. However, the Egyptian sphinxes were male, therefore are “androsphinxes”. The Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength…

My Deer Chihuahua

I know this is a different kind of post, but I was interested in introducing to you my new dog “Lucy”, a “deer Chihuahua”. All the images were taken with the Canon 55-250mm STM new lens I recently acquired. These images are testimony of how much Canon has improved their “kit” lenses. The Camera used was the Canon…

Eclipsed Super Moon in San Juan

Special thanks to Jim Ruebush for motivating me to look at the skies. His blog can be seen here. Canon Rebel T6s with 100-400mm zoom lens at ISO 400, f/10, 1/50, @400mm Canon Rebel T6s with 100-400mm zoom lens at ISO 400, f/10, 1/80, @400mm Canon Rebel T6s with 100-400mm zoom lens at ISO 400,…

PLEASE DO NOT PIN MY PHOTOS!

ATTENTION: PLEASE DO NOT PIN MY PHOTOS. IF YOU HAVE PINNED ANYTHING, YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE IT DOWN. “DO NOT PIN” IS A LAW; YOU CANNOT PIN ANYTHING WITHOUT THE “PIN” BUTTON PRESENT. PLEASE TAKE THE IMAGES DOWN!

Into White

  White Water Lily (Nymphaea alba), also known as the European White Waterlily, White Lotus, White Water Rose or Nenuphar, is an aquatic flowering plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. White is not really a color. It occurs when the whole spectrum of light is seen together or when red, yellow and blue colors are mixed.…

Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes Linnaeu)

Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes Linnaeu) on Tropical Kudzu Aka Long-legged Assassin bug, Zelus Assassin Bug, are Assassin bugs are from the family Reduviidae, which is a large, cosmopolitan family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs, ambush bugs, wheel bugs, and thread-legged bugs. I also found this video to share with you:

Caribbean Sunset Skies

Caribbean Sunset Skies  I posted some Florida sunsets yesterday, so today I’m showing some caribbean sunsets I took at a public beach in Puerto Rico in San Juan. Soon my stay in Florida will end and I will return to Puerto Rico to blog even more about the Caribbean natural world. I find expansive skies…