Sunday, March 18, 2012

Back to reality after being on vacation..Part 2

Today is sunny and fairly warm...the start of a beautiful day. I am adding more Florida photos to my blog today.
While I was in Florida we went to Epcot and Sea World and Old Town, but mostly we just stayed at the condo and relaxed in the sun or at the pool.  My brother and his family had already taken the kids to Disney before I arrived. Here are more photos I took while I was in Florida from Epcot and around the condo.
Florida vacation Old Town tree with yellow fruit Taken at Old Town. My friend Jean who lives in Florida wrote that this plant is called a Loquat or Japanese Plum. The fruit ripens in April, and can be made into preserves or eaten raw. Thanks for the info Jean. :-)
 
Florida vacation at condo flowering air plant  flowering air plant on a tree trunk
Florida vacation 3.12 plant with strange roots this plant has weird roots coming out of the ground to mid point of the plant is a split leaf philodendron. Again thanks, Jean for letting me know what it is. A lot of the plants that grow year round in Florida are sold as house plants here up North. 
Florida vacation 3.12 pretty palm trees        pretty small palmsFlorida vacation 3.12 spagmun moss         I love Spanish  moss hanging from the trees.  
Florida vacation Epcot bamboo plants bamboo plants
Florida vacation sheffalara plant in bloom Variegated Schefflera plant with berries (aka) Umbrella plant. I had never seen berries on one before.
Florida vacation Epcot palm tree seeds palm tree that it's seed pod had opened with palm berries 
Florida vacation Epcot floating circles of flowers in the water at Epcot..floating flower rings in the water
Florida vacation Epcot palm trees and flowers flowers surrounding palm tree
Florida vacation Epcot sand sculpture Such detail on this sand sculpture of monkeys at Epcot

I took lots of photo's of the topiary art that Epcot had throughout the park to celebrate their spring flower show. We never found the Goofy topiary. They told us there were over 100 topiary's throughout the park. Getting photos of the topiary's was difficult, because most faced into the afternoon sun, and then at night all the lights interfered with the flash.

Florida vacation 3.12  Let the Memories begin sign at Epcotsign entering Epcot
Florida vacation Epcot Ball at entrance Entering Epcot
Florida vacation Epcot topiary welcome to Epcot Elephants2 Entering Epcot..Elephants
Florida vacation Epcot topiary welcome to Epcot Elephants1   
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Mickey in front of ball
Florida vacation Epcot Terry and Elaine in front of ballTerry and I
Florida vacation Epcot beginning ostriches and Terry
Florida vacation Epcot topiary ostriches and terryTerry with Ostrich topiary's in the background
Florida vacation Epcot fountain shooting water fountain at Epcot
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Mickey and minnieMickey and Minnie growing a garden..topiary's
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Mickey and minnie2  
Florida vacation Epcot topiary daisy duck Daisy Duck topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary donal duck Donald Duck topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary plutoPluto topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Peter pan and Cpt hook Peter Pan and Capt. Hook topiary's
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Peter Pan crocodile croc o dile from Peter Pan topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Snow whiteSnow White topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary 7 dwarfs at dusk 7 dwarfs topiary taken at night
Florida vacation Epcot topiary beauty and the beastBeauty and the Beast topiary's
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Teapot from Beauty n Beasttea pot from Beauty and the Beast
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Teacup from Beauty n Beasttea cup from Beauty and the Beast
 Florida vacation Epcot topiary beauty n beast figure From Beauty and the Beast
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Cars Cars topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary PoohWinnie the Pooh topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Rabbit and TiggerRabbit and Tigger topiary's
Florida vacation Epcot topiary Eeyore and Piglet Eeyore and Piglet  topiary
Florida vacation Epcot topiary panda bear in front of China      Panda topiary in front of the Lands..China

The next several pictures were taken at the light show that started at 9 p.m., at Epcot. Illumination's fireworks and light show. This show was so very pretty.
Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks1
Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks2 Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks3 Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks4 Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks5 Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks6 the world lit up at the illuminations show
Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks7 earthFlorida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks8 fire and fireworksFlorida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks9 Florida vacation Epcot at night Illuminations fireworks10
Florida vacation Epcot ball at night 2Epcot space ball light up with reflections at night with palm trees in the front

Florida vacation Epcot space exploration mural mural inside the silver ball..Exploration into Space taken at the beginning of the ride
Florida vacation Epcot Space planet earth planet Earth at end of ride
Florida vacation Epcot Germany Akershaus sign from the Lands..Germany
Florida vacation Epcot Mexico..donald duck 3 cabalaros taken in the Lands..Mexico
Florida vacation Epcot troll in Norway large Troll in the Lands..Norway
Florida vacation Epcot Terrys totem face at Canada2 Terry in the Lands..Canada
Below are 2 post cards that I created at the resort where we stayed. There was a machine that you could create scrapbook pages, mugs, t-shirts, key chains, post cards and other items using your own photos. I made a key chain for my sister in law, and 2 post cards. I selected photos that fit best in each letter spelling out Florida from my camera chip.
Post card #1
Florida vacation 3.2012 postcard made by elaine1 dolphins from Sea World, White Egret, Epcot with Terry and I, white egret, flowers, Mickey topiary, Akershaus sign from Epcot..Germany.
post card #2
Florida vacation 3.2012 postcard made by elaine2 water fall across from our condo, flamingo, Epcot space ball, purple flower, fireworks from Epcot, Epcot water with flowers, and white egret

Miscellaneous photos:
Florida vacation Dukes mayonaise from Publix many of my friends from the online group An Affair with Art live in the south, and rave about Dukes Mayonnaise. I was sent a bottle in the mail last year, and so I bought a bottle at a Publix grocery store. I also bought a few bottles of spice that is made by Badia- Blackened redfish seasoning for Tom and some chocolate coconut patties and orange marmalade.
Florida vacation Harley taken at Harley store Orlando airport New Harley Davidson motorcycle at the Orlando airport. I had stop and buy my son's T-shirts.
Florida vacation taken at outlet mall water spout w sun sun water fountain at the outlet mall
Florida vacation Orlando hot air balloon descending photo taken from the car..Orlando hot air balloon descending. Mary Poppins  figure on the balloon.
Florida vacation at outlet mall HK sneakers Hello Kitty-Vans sneakers I found at an outlet mall. I bought the pink pair for my oldest granddaughter. They were out of her size in the multicolored HK sneakers. P.S..we had dinner with our sons and their families this afternoon. Katie loved her new HK sneakers and they fit. Bella loved her new Mickey/Minnie T-shirt, Minnie sweatshirt and her Winnie the Pooh lighted wand.
3.18.2012 Bella closeupBella 3.18.2012
3.18.2012 Bella with Disney tshirt on  Bella with the hood up looks like a wizard
3.18.2012 Bella closeup 2 w disney clothes Bella moves so fast it is hard to get a good photo as she is always on the move.
3.18.2012 Katie and Bella2 Katie and Bella
3.18.2012 Katie and Bella Bella and Katie with her new HK sneakers on. I like the photo, but not so much the jeans with the holes. :-) Guess I am showing my age.
I still many more photo's..tomorrow I will add Sea World photo's to my blog. I hope you have enjoyed the photos I uploaded. I didn't even know where to start when selecting the pictures.
Until tomorrow...
Elaine

6 comments:

Sherry Edwards said...

I love seeing your Orlanda photos Elaine, it reminds me of our holidays there (although last time was over 12 years ago now) You can't fail to have a wonderful, magical time there - especially when shared with your family. TFS xx

Barbara said...

Great pics, think I see a career in Florida tourism PR for you!

Alicia said...

Amazing pictures Elaine! I so enjoyed the photo tour! *Hugs*

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures!!!

Joanne Huffman said...

I don't have a green thumb, so I'm always intrigued by topiary. Great photos. It looks like a very nice vacation with lots of happy memories.

Jean B said...

Great pictures, Elaine. The tree with the yellow fruit you asked about is a loquat or Japanese plum. The fruit ripens in April and tastes a bit like an apricot. It can be eaten raw and also makes nice preserves.

The plant with the "weird" roots growing down is a split-leaf philodendrun - like what you would normally see in a dish garden; only in Florida they grow to be quite large.