Mom and I aren't spending a whole lot of time outside in this heat, but in the mornings we walk around the condo complex just to get some exercise. Yesterday we came across this big ol' softshell turtle swimming in the pond. Talk about a dinosaur!
In the woodsy swamp below Mom's balcony, these little red flowers are growing. I don't remember ever seeing them before. The plant is a wild bush bean (Macroptilium lathyroides), and although it's naturalized in Florida apparently it's not a native -- it comes from Mexico and the Caribbean.
But the birds like them, or at least the hummingbirds do! This tiny ruby-throated hummingbird buzzed around the bush beans for several minutes, sipping nectar, before landing in a tree.
We also saw this delicate, neon-bright orchard spider (Leucauge venusta).
And finally, an anhinga, doing its bizarre ballet on a dead branch in the turtle pond. It was sitting normally until I walked nearby, when it began doing a lot of dramatic stretching. I think I stressed it out!