You definitely notice the bees moving in and out of the pecan tree behind Hola Café and the Palace Saloon, but the uncommon part is the actual honey comb visible in the open under heavy tree and vine growth. Pieces of the hive are lying on the ground along the fence and I think one of the nearby businesses called a local beekeeper out of concern for safety. I can imagine the danger if parts of the fragile hive fall out of the tree, when someone is standing nearby.
See the dark area of the growth? You can barely see the bees or hive in this picture, but they are fairly easy to see when standing underneath.
Many aspects of a honey bee colony are cyclic in nature, and aggression is no exception. Honey bees have the ability to be aggressive at any time, but certain things set them off. In the late summer and early fall, more of these conditions exist.
What makes honey bees aggressive? | Honey Bee Suite
Giant Pampas grass in the background a rubber tree in a pot on my back porch, I think sometimes people take Florida for granted. I take that back I think people take Fernandina Beach for granted. We live on a barrier island with two state parks, world-class beaches and great restaurants in a historic downtown.
The Palace saloon, below is the oldest bar in Florida and one of the most unique stops you can make in Fernandina.
Oldest Saloon in Florida
Kids try out for Babe Ruth and you might be surprised by the level of involvement in this community. Did I mention we won state championships?
After September 1st each year the beach often looks like this until sometime in mid-March.
My son picked this up and managed to “maybe” enjoy a sting a few minutes ago. It really is worth reading the information on poisonous caterpillars in Florida.
IO Moth Caterpillar taken on 8 30 14 by Landon Boner
“Pale green with yellow and red stripes. Often exceeds 2″ in length and is fairly stout-bodied. The nettling organs are borne on fleshy tubercles, and the spines are usually yellow with black tips. The spines are connected to poison glands.” http://www.poisoncentertampa.org/venomous-critters/caterpillars.aspx
Playing a school more than twice the size isn’t always the best way to win, but is a great way to teach kids how to play harder. Watching the game and crowd of friendly locals, really makes me proud to live in Fernandina. Great entertainment, $2.00 pizza and $1.00 drinks……conversation with friends you don’t always see……and just a great way to spend the evening with the kids and family!
I keep expecting to see John Grisham at a game…..after reading “Bleachers”. The field and small town atmosphere, old friends and people I remember are mostly characters in the book. After you leave high school…..thinking back, I know engineers, lawyers, some dead, some alive, some in prison. When you’re a kid, it doesn’t occur to you the guy next to you might be great or might live a terrible life. You’re all just kids and everything is ahead of you……everything is possible.
Ever think of developing or remodeling a home on Amelia Island? The attached map shows the location of local historic districts, requiring added review before contruction. The result is a local tourism draw and a fine example of historic preservation, seldom seen. The additional trouble is worth the recognition in the area, added value and economic effect of tourism on the local community.
Preservation Awards 2012
The City of Fernandina Beach wishes to recognize the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique architectural resources. Historic structures contribute to the identity of our community, and sensitive treatment of these resources ensure future residents and visitors will experience the same community character.
Award winners were announced at the May 15, 2012 City Commission meeting. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
- Florida House Inn: 22 S. 3rd Street – First place – Restoration/Rehabilitation
- Island Art Association: 18 N. 2nd Street – First place – New Construction
- Miranda Architects: 31 S. 10th Street – Honorable Mention – Sensitive Addition
- Madeline Richard: 227 S. 8th Street – Honorable Mention – Storefront Facade Renovation
- George Stewart – Preservation Champion: Cultural Heritage for Sliders Renovation
- Michael Harrison – Preservation Champion: Heritage Advocate for Old Town Bicentennial
- Harvey Ward – Craftsmanship Award
Courtesy COFB (www.cityoffernandina.org )
I’m sitting here at the end of a busy day at work, swimming with my sons and playing with the dog. A friend called to let me know how upset he is with a local business and share the negativity. While I can’t argue with his right to choice, it made me think. I tend to say something when I think I can make a difference and make a point of allowing change to happen on it’s own, when I’m not needed.
Live and let live sometimes means allowing people, businesses or organizations the time to correct a mistake or change direction. Try “allowing” people to have opinions and to learn. The island isn’t big….learning tolerance, courtesy and to patiently allow others to come around to your point of view, or allowing your view to change, makes the island a better place. Forced change rarely lasts.
The water oak in the picture has almost nothing to do with the point of what I hoped would be a “feel good” post. It looks the same as it did 40 years ago. Squirrels, probably descended from the squirrelsI saw as a boy 40 years ago, play here every day. The tree is ridiculously hollow and I’m sure will fall in a big storm. Would the world be a better place if I cut down this diseased hollow tree….or would it be better to allow something this pretty to adapt and “maybe” live another hundred years?
The Indo-Pacific Gecko is native to Southeast Asia but is now found throughout Florida, possibly spreading in shipments of palm trees.
The Indo-Pacific Gecko is four to five inches long, grey to brown in color, with a smooth, not bumpy skin.
Taro…or Elephant Ear….the distinction can be important. An invasive, non-native species in Florida, one can be eaten and the other…maybe not. According to the www.gardenweb.com forums, you might want to treat each differently.
My oldest son finished a short project for us in identifying the source of this plant……and the picture you see is a 7 foot specimen in our back yard.
“Elephant ear and caladium are not edible though they are related to taro.
All parts of the taro can be eaten but “…All parts of the taro plant contain an acrid principle, irritating to mouth and throat, which is due to pointed crystals of calcium oxalate that are present in the plant parts; long cooking destroys their activity…Many kinds are best for their tubers, a few serving for table use (baked or boiled), but most being made into poi…Other kinds are best for sprouts, stalks, or leaves.” http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/edible/msg0711084616357.html?7