Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Published April 20, 2013 by Yassmin Elnazer

A New Day: Living Life Almost Gracefully

We had a lot of fun looking up just before we left our home in Florida. There is a big ficus (a member of the banyan family) tree in front of screened lanai. I get great joy lying on the couch and looking up into its branches. This year was especially fun because the tree was given a MAJOR pruning to control root growth – they have huge invasive root systems. The tree was introduced to southern Florida to soak up the water so the land could be developed.

The trimming made the tree look funny but it increased my ability to see birds that flew in.

I would sit and work my crossword puzzle in the morning while I watched and listened for birds. When I saw one I grabbed my camera and quietly went out, standing under the almost bare limbs looking up, thru my lens, moving carefully around trying to…

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