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Pincrest Garden

I went there yesterday for the Pinecrest Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival itself was small but the garden was totally a hidden gem. It is the site of former Parrot Jungle, so it has been around for a while, as evident by the thick growth of trees that gives the place a rainforest feel. I am so glad the city decided to just preserve it and open it for free instead of tearing it down for some condo or house.  With its thick foliage, one gets a feeling of being transported to another time and place.
Entrance of the Pinecrest Garden

Entrance of the Pinecrest Garden

What kind of fern is that?

What kind of fern is that?

And what kind of fruit is this?

And what kind of fruit is this?

Fat Pig

Fat Pig

Then we see this beautiful lake. With swan and other water fowl.

Lake

Lake

 

Then we spot a peacock. I only have a standard digital camera so you can imagine how close he walked up to us.

Peacock

Peacock

There he is, in full display of his glorious beauty. He walked around, facing every direction, showing off his plummage.  A guy said behind me, “Looks like he can’t get any satellite signal!” and we all laughed.

peacock

peacock

 

peacock

peacock

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Posted by on January 19, 2009 in Animals, Florida, photos

 

Mango Strunt Festival

Went to the Mango Strut Festival in Coconut Grove last Sunday.   Held at the last Sunday of the year, it’s a parade that ‘put the “nut” in Coconut Grove’, as participants plays satire to news events of the year.  It is a really relaxing and fun event, typical South Florida style.

There was a guy wearing a mask of George Bush, with “assistants” offering shoes for the audience to throw at him.  The lady next to us must really hate Bush, as she threw the shoes three times.  They all missed though.   That poor Bush guy must be hurting all over after the parade, considered the number of shoes thrown his way.  There was a sign though saying “Not Worth My Marolos!”  There was Uncle Sam went around giving out bailout money, killer tomatoes offering poisonouse salsa, a “Mother Earth” hobbling with IV trailing, and a “economy” wheeling around crippled in a wheel chair.  Palin made a really popular appearance, with First Dude and a moose.  The Illinois Govenor was also present in an attempt to sell a chair; Joe the plumber, along with Josephine, Joanne and all the plumbers marched down the street doing a number with their toilet plungers like bartons.

As my camera ran out of battery,  I didn’t get to take many pictures, but here is a Youtube video that captures the good time really well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10EZkaBLcyo

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Florida

 

Jack Sparrow Voodoo!

Jack Sparrow Voodoo baby

Jack Sparrow Voodoo baby

 

Found this Voodoo Baby on a recent trip to Disney.  (Downtown Disney to be exact)
It has the little braided goatee under its chin.  Yay! Very happy find!

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Anime/Manga/Toy