Sunday, November 17, 2013

Frosty Florida??? Just KIDDING!!!

I hate it when you’re hiking through the Florida forest and things get all ‘frosty’. (I’m kidding!!! I put snow on these photos using Picmonkey!)

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And you’re wearing shorts! heehee!

(earlier hiking post HERE)

I saw the biggest pine cones I’ve ever seen in the Ross Prairie Forest.

About a men’s size 12 I think…

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or at least a ladies size 7! haha!

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And they are ‘FROSTY’ with a little help from Picmonkey!

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We saw a Gopher Tortoise and got close enough for some amazing photos. He scurried off right after his photo shoot. Maybe he thought I would take him to Picmonkey and ‘frost’ him!

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I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Seasonal Sundays,

Sundays in my City,

and Amaze me Monday!

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No animals or people were harmed while taking these photos.

(or even got cold!)

It’s NOT COLD here!!!

I was just kidding with this post!

It will be 80 degrees here today!

49 comments:

Jane and Chris said...

A tortoise in the wild warms my heart no end!Thanks for sharing...but ,my friend,you can keep the frost!!
Jane x

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How wonderful that you saw the Gopher, especially since it's so cold!! they usually go into a mini hibernate stage when it dips down!! I love the gophers - sadly - too many people (locals) like him in gopher stew better!!
Hide Gopher Hide!!

Montanagirl said...

Those are some HUGE pine cones! And I like the Tortoise. Cute little fellow.

Susie said...

When I was in Georgia once, I picked up some of those huge pine cones. I still use them on the mantle at Christmas. The tortoise picture is nice. You really do well hiking around to get some good photos. Hope you don't see any frost in Florida. xoxo,Susie

Musings from Kim K. said...

Aren't those pine cones wonderful! I have some on my Thanksgiving mantle, but they aren't nearly as grand as yours. Rumor has it, snow flakes will be in the air in West MI tomorrow.

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking pine cones, they remind me of the huge pine cones off of the redwood trees out west. Neat sighting of the turtle, it is cute. Great shots, have a happy week!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love pine cones. Those large ones would be perfect for some cool craft projects.

Donna said...

Silly girl! And those are BIG pine cones!

TexWisGirl said...

the tortoise is so cute!

Kathy said...

A wild turtle, that is so amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

Noelle the dreamer said...

I'd say funny but I remember flying for the first time to Florida (McDill AFB) in February 1980...and finding 28 degrees F. and orange growers devastated...I had been told it would be VERY warm, had no coat or gloves...British Airways gave me a blanket for our baby daughter to bundle her...Br...
Have a nice Sunday Diane,

Jeanne said...

Thunderstorms and tornado warnings here today. Love the tortoise.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I would love some of those huge pinecones for Christmas displays :) It's pouring of rain here today and about 10 Celsius (50 F)

Vee said...

And I announced to all who could hear that you had frost...in FLORIDA! Got me good, Diane!

W. Latane Barton said...

What a nice walk through the forest. You enjoy that warm weather, you here.... 'cause if you come north you are going frost yourself.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love those big pine cones. And Mr. Turtle sure is handsome. It's 50 here this afternoon which is about 7 degrees above normal for us and tomorrow it will be 62 with rain. At least it's not snow!!

Jeannie Marie said...

So cute! We love the tortoise population here!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I had to look twice at your header title, there is a elementary school named that near where I used to live.

Love the shots of the animals..and the huge pine cones.

Jen

thepaintedapron.com said...

I would love some of those giant pine cones! And what an amazing tortoise!
Jenna

molly said...

wow, how lucky to see something like that for real

Mollyxxx

helen tilston said...

Hello Diane

No frost here either at Indian Rocks Beach. I love the gopher turtle. He is wise to not want to be frosted!!! Hee Hee

Helenx

Olive said...

We would have to make our own snow here too. You could make a cool wreath with those enormous pine cones Diane. xo, olive

Diane Writes said...

Hi there name mate! Sorry if I failed to provide the link up this Sunday. There are just things that keep me occupied and sad lately.

Your posts never fail to put a smile on my face. Thank you. Maybe I need to return to jogging again. I need endorphins or happy hormones :)

The pine cones there are humongous. I never saw one that big in my lifetime.

Have a great week namemate. Thanks again.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Diane..I got tickled at you frosting everything! It's been a tiny bit cooler here..but not enough to become excited about. :) I must check out pic monkey. I am so scared of my own shadow on the computer. Always afraid I am going to delete my blog or some other dread thing! :)
Getting Fall all put away now because we are having Thanksgiving at my daughters home. Christmas is going to be going up just a wee early if I can.
Take good care and sending you a hug!
Mona

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a cute little fellow! I have always loved turtles. those pinecones are huge? Are you collecting a few to decorate your home with?

Babs Richman said...

How neat to see the tortoise and those are really big pinecones. Thanks for sharing your outing in "frosty" Florida. :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

So you've been playing in the Picmonkey frost? I guess that's the only way you're going to get it out there in sunny Florida:-)

Art and Sand said...

The tortoise is amazing.

We too are experiencing heat. I was so hot on our walk today because I wore a down vest and had to carry it.

cynthia lee designs said...

What a cute turtle!! We saw a large one last year down in Tennessee and he was just walking across someone's front yard.
hugs,
Cindy

NanaDiana said...

You are SUCH a brat, Diane. Here we are scraping frost off our cars in the morning and you are adding it with Pic Monkey. lol Just you wait- I am sending a dump truck of snow to you this winter and having them dump it rihgt in front of your garage doors! Let's see you use PicMonkey to get rid of THAT! lol xo Diana

Our photos said...

The turtle photo is lovely!
Monday greetings, RW & SK

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Those are really giant pine cones and the turtle was pretty big, too! The special effects really do look like frost ;}

Rigoberto Garcia said...

Beautiful place .. Greetings from Canary Islands

cucki said...

Aww so cute..sweet fellow..
Big hugs and kisses.

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

This looks like a lovely hike! I like the Picmonkey snow effect! I will have to try that out.
Sherry

Barb said...

Hi Diane,
Love your photos of the tortoise! Just fabulous!
I cannot believe the size of the pine cones. I have only seen that size before in Norther CA.
Enjoy your day,
Barb

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that was funny...frost...in Florida...enjoy...

ann said...

Some mighty big pinecones there, girl. I like pinecones. 80 degrees, huh? come to Colorado. Lucky to hit 50 these days. No snow so far. Nice touch with picmonkey.

koralee said...

Wow...I would love to find some of those huge pine cones. Well enjoy your weather...it is starting to get very chilly here and snow is on its way. Hugs.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Looks like a fun outing and then more fun at home on the computer frosting pinecones! Haha!

Pam :) said...

I love your frosty pinecones.
Many years ago we did have snow flurries here in South Florida. Even tho they only lasted a minute or so it was exciting to see :)

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You just CRACK ME UP!!! :)
Fake Florida Frosty Cones/ lol!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

LOL, you had me going their for a minute Diane! Love the tortoise photos, he's too cute and those pine cones are huge! Deb

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

We had a wild painted turtle for a pet when we were kids and he came and went as he wanted to and we just loved him. Thanks for showing the turtle!
Hugs,Lynnie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

We lived in Jacksonville Florida during our last tour of duty in the Marines. Pat retired on 20 and we returned to Californa even though all of Pat's relatives were mostly in Florida.
Diane..it got to 18 degree's there. I had to drive the children to the bus stop and keep the car running to keep them warm. Probably warmer in Southern Florida. But they can sure have some cold winters there.
It sounds like you are having some California weather there right now..OR we are having Florida weather. :) What a nice post today. Wonderful reminders to be grateful and to count our blessings.
Big hugs to you!
Mona

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Diane, it's hard to imagine a forest in Florida. I always picture the beach! Haha. It is so cold here in NY and how I wish I was in the warm weather right now. Last week we had snow but it didn't stick. Take care and enjoy the weather and your nice walks. Julie

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness 80 degrees!! That sounds wonderful!

Geraldine said...

Oh my, that is warm! And wow, love those pine cones, that is big. I like to tip them with gold or silver paint around the edges and use them for Christmas decorations. One that size, would make a unique, albeit small tree. ;<)

Happy Weekend Diane

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Wish it was that warm here! Love turtles, what a treat to see them up close!!!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy