A friend of mine who spent some years in Hawaii mentioned that children enjoy visiting the zoo to see such exotic creatures as robins, starlings, chickens, cows, sheep, and so on. Exotic is in the eye of the beholder. Brown pelicans are common in Florida, but remain exotic creatures to me.
Even this gull is exotic!
A visually impaired acquaintance uses a powerful monocular to “see” things he would not otherwise be able to: by putting together enlarged details in his mind, he can picture what things look like. My snapshots enable me to see a tern flying near the pier in Naples in a way that I was unable to while I watched him fly.
We also saw a hammerhead shark swimming under the pier, and a dolfin playing nearby. Sometimes the best pictures are only memories.
Pictures are also useful for learning. I believe that this flower looks like an Eastern milkpea, a native Florida plant: Galactia regularis, a member of the Faaceae – Pea family. Apparently it’s not uncommon, but a pink flower blooming in November is strange to me!
Pictures can trigger memories. Here is Mr. Tess on Tigertail Beach, Marco Island, Florida. The beach was huge, bright white, and the surf brought up so many shells. It was a fine sunny day but the wind was chilly. The water temperature was 68°F, far warmer than the Great Lakes even in summer, and yet it seemed too cold to swim!
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