Friday, June 18, 2010

Mother Nature at Work

Just a little play on words there. I took some pictures of Mother Nature while I was at work. I am so lucky to be able to work in a beautiful location. And I'm lucky enough that I can carry a camera with me and take photos whenever the opportunity arises.

Even inside the building. This flag hangs in our Atrium in the middle of the building. It hangs from the balcony on the 3rd floor to just past the balcony on the second floor. This flag is HUGE. They don't hang it all year round but they do put it on for special holidays, like Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, 4th of July.

We see lots of these guys around, Sandhill Cranes. This one walked right up to the car. Unfortunately they really have no fear of humans anymore.

Here is a Momma and a Daddy Sandhill Crane.

And their two babies. Notice the babies don't have the red markings on their face yet. Sandhill Cranes mate for life. If something happens to one of them, the other goes on in life alone.

Here is a very dangerous Florida Squirrel. Just kidding. They are not dangerous. And they are everywhere.

This is an Ibis. It's the mascot for the college football Florida Hurricanes.

A painted turtle that I saw crossing the road. It was so hot I picked him up and put him in the grass in the shade. He tucked himself all in and wouldn't let me get a good picture of him. A few minutes later he was gone. He was heading towards the pond we have on property.

We have Magnolia trees all over the property. Here is one of the blooms in the tree.

Pansies that border the parking areas.

Cracker Roses that are planted on one side of the building.

I'm not sure what type of flowers these are. Or the next two pictures either. I just know that they have some beautiful flowers on the property.

These border one of the three employee parking areas.

These are down by the pond. I'm not sure if you can tell or not, but these are purple flowers with some white flowers mixed in.

This is a Bird of Paradise. I just found out these are considered to be trees. Not sure why, lol. These are planted by the Cracker Roses and the other pink flowers.

A close up of the Bird of Paradise. See the snail. I thought this was pretty cool, so I tried to get a clear close up. Like I said before....I am very fortunate that I get to not only work, but work in such a beautiful place for a company that truly believes in keeping things as natural as possible. Alot of the land that this company owns is undeveloped. They also have working orange and grapefruit groves around the building. By working I mean that they take care of the groves, and the grove produce fruit. They then have someone come in and pick the fruit, which they then sell and they donate all the money to their charities. It really doesn't get much better than that.


Missy's Blog said...

It's so pretty there! Who needs Cypress Gardens when you have the State Farm Nature Park! You are so lucky.

Cecile said...

I think I need to take a vacation to your job there are some pretty things there:)Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Granny Annie said...

I hope the representation outside State Farm in the Nature Park is as lovely as working inside State Farm. I worked in some nicely decorated places of beauty but that only masked the political workplace crap going on inside.

My Slim will testify that squirrels are dangerous. She will fight to chase one as fiercely as she will try to go after a coyote. LOL

PEA said...

You are indeed very blessed to work in such a wonderful atmosphere! Love all the photos you took of the birds/animals and flowers, just gorgeous. I haven't seen a turtle in so long, it's been years! I know there's some around but we just haven't crossed paths lately:-) xoxo

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful workplace with us! You really are lucky to have such a pretty place to spend the day.