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Hues of Green and Blue December 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor, Nature.

Florida has been our home for the past 6 years.


We appreciate its sunshine, warm sand, and gorgeous birds.



We enjoy the greens and blues of its tropical landscape, from bay . . .

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To beach . . .


We admire its palette even when its greens are in need of a trim.

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Due to decks and docks succumbing to climbing vegetation.

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In its preserves, waterways mirror the blue expanse of sky.

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As grasses whistle and sing while dancing in the afternoon breeze.

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Swaying palms reach majestic heights.

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Offering welcome shade from summer’s sweltering sun.


But all is not green and blue.  Shades of pink proliferate.


Along with the occasional burst of red.

santa on the beach

Aah . . . that’s better!

What colors predominate in your daily vistas?



1. Val Boyko - December 26, 2014

So beautiful Nancy!
Right now I’m enjoying shades of brown and grey with a touch of yellow sunlight poking through the trees.
Looks like the sky will be blue though. Yeah!!
Val x

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Thanks, Val. Monochromatic landscapes are soothing, but I find it invigorating when vibrant colors creep into the mix. *POP*

2. Pix Under the Oaks - December 26, 2014

We still have some green this winter and a gray sky has been the norm for the month of December but that works for me. Makes the lights in the windows and the lights of the season all cozy. Looking forward to seeing the colors of Florida soon though.. 🙂 You clicked some pretty pictures!

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Great way to look on the bright side of gray skies! 😎 And yay! Glad you’ll be enjoying a winter warm up. If you want to get together while you’re down here, let me know. I’ve enjoyed our walks/ talks on the beach.

Pix Under the Oaks - December 26, 2014

We definitely want to get together.. I will email.

nrhatch - December 26, 2014


3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - December 26, 2014

I love the colors you see every day!

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Tropical colors = something I toss into my Gratitude Basket on a regular basis.

4. Jill Weatherholt - December 26, 2014

Oh, you’re making me miss Florida, Nancy. Here in the Carolinas, we enjoy the Carolina blue sky most days. However, sometimes we get socked in by the Carolina wedge…mist, drizzle and dreariness gets trapped between us and the mountains. It can hang around for days and is very depressing. I must come back to your beautiful photos on those days. 🙂

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

We enjoyed living in the Carolinas at certain times of the year. Winston-Salem was a great place to be in Spring, Summer, and Fall, especially when Carolina Blue Skies looked down on us.

5. NancyTex - December 26, 2014

It’s a green Christmas here in Toronto, with record high temps. So, tons of green out back, blue on the lake out front, and blue/grey skies above. 🙂

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Awesome! Unless you wanted a White Christmas. My brother in Colorado got some of the white fluffy stuff yesterday and into this morning.

NancyTex - December 26, 2014

This is the only week of the year that I actually want snow. 😦

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Hope you get your wish of a Winter Wonderland.

LOVED the PJ shot on FB ~ but I’d opt for last year’s “less revealing” pj’s if I planned to curl up for a long winter’s nap.

6. Valleygrail - December 26, 2014

I am in Oregon, and that’s grey, with some grey, and then a little more grey. Being one who thrives in rain, it works for me!

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Excellent! I enjoy gray rainy days too . . . on a sporadic basis. 😎

7. livelytwist - December 26, 2014

Lovely! Nothing like that here- I’m moving to Florida XD

Winter days can be sunny although there’s no vegetation, just a few evergreens. The colourful lights come on early, twinkling, chasing but not succeeding in running out darkness during Yuletide. A different kind of charm . . .

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Let us know when you get settled in to your new place in FL. 😀

I appreciated the twinkling holiday lights more when we lived up north ~ they brightened dreary gray days.

8. Tiny - December 26, 2014

Very beautiful Nancy! My daily vistas have the same hues…and as we both can attest, one cannot get enough of them 😀

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Yes! I never tire of palms framed by blue sky.

9. Eric Tonningsen - December 26, 2014

At this time of year in the desert Southwest, we enjoy an amazing panorama which highlights hues of brown and earth tones. The heartiest of indigenous growth even yields an occasional glimpse of winter color. It’s beautiful.

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Nature nurtures . . . in all colors and hues. Glad you’re enjoying a glimpse of winter color.

10. brickhousechick - December 26, 2014

That’s what I’m talking about! Just like in Puerto Rico! That’s definitely much better, ahhh…

nrhatch - December 26, 2014

Yes! Much like the islands in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico!

11. Becky - December 27, 2014

I adore overgreen green – it’s so lush. And the touch of pink? Wonderful.

nrhatch - December 27, 2014

Thanks, Becky. It’s hard for me to contain a smile when I spot a Roseate Spoonbill.

12. Behind the Story - December 28, 2014

Your photos are gorgeous! The beach, the birds, the sky. I’d love to be barefoot on that beach. It seems that snow was in short supply all around the country this year.

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Thanks, Nicki. We went for a barefoot walk on the beach with my nieces yesterday. Flip flops in December is my idea of perfect weather. In contrast, my brother in Colorado enjoyed the Christmas snow he received.

13. Three Well Beings - December 30, 2014

So THAT’S where Santa goes to vacation! He’s got the right idea! Those greens, blues and pinks are incredibly inviting. You must occasionally wake up and just pinch yourselves, Nancy! 🙂

nrhatch - December 30, 2014

I do pinch myself at times, Debra. I’m amazed that We Live Here Now after so many years of wanting to move to a warmer climate.

We’ve been here 6 years; it seems a small fraction of that time.

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