Treasure Box Wednesday: Heating Things Up a Bit


I don't know about you all, but I'm tired of sub-zero temperatures and snow. I mean, yesterday it creeped up to a whopping 30 degrees instead of -2, and it felt like a heatwave.

Worse, it's affecting my... (gasp!)... thrifting! It's been so unpleasant out, I haven't dared stir from my home or office. So I decided, in protest, what would be in the Treasure Box for you this week would be photos-- photos of things that are not in my home, or anywhere near me...

Yes, I was noodling around with some of my extra photos from my trip to Florida last year.

Like this cutie...


Just look at that sweet whiskered face! He was down at the Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, Florida. And you'd never believe, this was a fairly distant photo that the wonders of technology allowed me to crop into this handsome portrait...

Dig those big brown eyes and teeny-tiny little ears!

He was a talented fellow, too, that sealion. He originally thought he might want to play for the Lakers...


But his jumpshot wasn't great. Sorta the same problem Shaq has, I guess. So what he discovered he really wanted to do was sing...


This just made me laugh. I'm sure the dentist has no problem checking out those molars, either.

A bit of cropping meant I could show you a closeup on our dolphin pal here, too...


And an action shot with another flippered friend...


I'd have cropped more, but I couldn't bear to cut out those gorgeous, gorgeous palm trees! Just what we need now, right?

Now we can zoom in so nicely on Mr. Polly Parrot here...

And it's funny, but I usually do get stared at by parrots. I suspect it's because of my red hair they may think I'm one of them...

I am fond of crackers and sunflower seeds.

And, you know, some of these parrots work hard for the money. No vacation in the tropics for them! No sir, this one makes daily graceful commutes on this barrel...


And then we go from parrots, to parrotfish!... Have you ever seen such coloring on a fish?


But alas-- our trip to the tropics is, as always, over too soon. We try to take time to smell the flowers, like this giant hibiscus...


We pause, to enjoy the cool greenery of a mini-rainforest...


But then... then we must slowly mosey along home...


I suppose I haven't really tortoise anything at all today, have I? :) Ah, well. There's always this coming Sunday.

Or you you check out last Sunday's post on Thrifty Tablescapes for Valentine's Day.

Keep warm, my friends!

10 comments:

Sydney Plumber said...

Great...

Sydney Plumber

Da Old Man said...

The greenery and implied warmth was welcomed.
It's nearly 40 here, downright balmy, even.

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Da Old Man- How sad is it when 40 feels balmy? But I hear ya!

Lana Gramlich said...

The sea lion was darling & the little turtle was just precious. I totally want to live in that little rainforest area. I could sit there & paint all day. Just keep the tourists away. *L*

Carrie said...

Wonderful escape from all the winter doldrums.

Adullamite said...

I've known postmen to charged with killings tortoises before now. Usually because the thing was following them around as they worked.

bec4 said...

it looks so warm and sunny--ahh! I have an award for you on my blog Ü.

Andrea said...

Your flower pix reminded me that I had totally forgotten about the flower club meeting yesterday. Whoops! Love your zoomed-in shots of the cute creatures too. I need a zoom lens. When you look at my snapshots, you sometimes can't tell if I've taken a picture of a lion or a mouse!!!!

Melanie said...

Ah, that hibiscus picture warms me through and through! Beautiful.

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Lana- That might be tricky-- we tourists were kinda parading through there. :) But what a lovely area! The turtle really was cute in person... he was getting some exercise and a park person was there with him... She wanted him to go one direction... He wanted to go another. For a turtle, he could really MOVE. :)

Carrie- I'm sure you were hit with it in your area, too!

Adullamite- I don't think this one was an attack tortoise, though. :)

Bec4- Aw... aren't you nice? I will have to check it out.

Andrea- Well, glad I could help remind you, albeit too late-- sorry!!

Melanie- They get to be so big it's almost impossible to imagine. Jungle flowers!