New on 500px : Tiny Trio by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

Three tiny mushrooms growing out of the lovely rich leaves and pine needles. Nature’s perfect recycling at work. via Tumblr

New on 500px : Beam of Light by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

Sunlight filtering through onto the Christmas Cactus flowers. via Tumblr

New on 500px : Christmas Cactus by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Plants grow on trees or rocks in habitats that are generally shady with high humidity, and can be quite different in appearance from their desert-dwelling cousins. Most species of Schlumbergera have stems which resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and flowers which appear from areoles at the joints and tips of the stems. Two species have cylindrical stems more similar to other cacti. In Brazil, the genus is referred to as Flor de Maio (May flower), reflecting the period in which they flower in the Southern Hemisphere.
This genus contains the popular house plants known by a variety of names including Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus, which are Schlumbergera cultivars, and flower in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple.
Due to our very warm temperatures right now I was afraid that our wouldn’t produce any flowers but it proved me wrong. Not quite as abundant yet as last year but the flowers are starting to appear. Merry Christmas week to everyone. via Tumblr

New on 500px : Mellow Yellow by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

“I’m just mad about Saffron
Saffron’s mad about me
I’m just mad about Saffron
She’s just mad about me”
Excerpt from “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan via Tumblr

New on 500px : Come into my parlor said the spider by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

Golden Silk (Banana) spiders are the largest non tarantula spiders in North America and are harmless and non aggressive.
Golden Silk Spiders are consummate web builders. Their webs have a roundish or “orb” shaped center like a fishnet, and since the silk is bright yellow they are very visible. Here in Florida, a single banana spider can place a web across a 12 foot wide trail overnight. The bright yellow web, is usually about 6 – 9 feet above the ground (just in the face of horse and rider) and normally has an area from 8 to 36 square feet.
This web was huge as was the spider and I loved the way the sun was backlighting the intricacy of the web itself which to my eyes was a piece of art. via Tumblr

New on 500px : Tiny Butterflies by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

The flower is about the size of a small coin and the little butterflies were the tiniest I’ve ever seen. Truly a miracle of nature.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing via Tumblr


New on 500px : It’s a small world by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown via Tumblr

New on 500px : Nature’s first green is gold by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down today.
Nothing gold can stay.”
― Robert Frost via Tumblr

New on 500px : The Fairchild Oak by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

The Fairchild Oak, a southern live oak tree (Quercus virginiana), stands about 68 feet in height. Its limbs stretch outward about 300 feet. This tree is somewhere between 300 and 500 years old. Some of these limbs actually grow down into the soil and then remerge elsewhere.
In the elevated limbs, a number of airplants grow upon the Fairchild Oak’s sprawling limb system. One such plant is Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides. Spanish moss is not, in fact, a moss. It’s a rootless air plant that dangles from limbs and branches. Another common plant, also seen below, is resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides, a small evergreen that is also commonly found growing upon the live oak’s branches.

The live oak tree was instrumental in the early days of European settlement as its wood was ideal for hull construction of naval vehicles, specifically with hull planking. The curved nature of the live oak’s enormous, thick, and hard branches lent themselves well to the curved hulls of these ships. It wasn’t until the 20th century, when iron and steel became the dominant hull standard, that the live oak found reprieve.

This particular tree, the Fairchild Oak, survived the live oak industry of yesteryear. It also survived innumerable hurricanes, wildfires, and local battles and was likely growing when the United States Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence far to its north. Today, it is protected in Bulow Creek State Park and stands as a reminder of Florida’s live oak longevity. via Tumblr