August 22, 2014
anole, flowers, spider
The temperature was over 100 for a good part of the day today, so just a few photos. Here is the Golden Silk Orb-weaver with the little male spider walking across her abdomen.
These lavender/pink lantana flowers were blooming today. Lantana is a hardy plant that does well in heat.
One little anole today, perched on a cut-off tomato stalk.
August 21, 2014
Busy day today so just a few photos out at the tomato pots. The anoles seem to be adjusting to the changes in their surroundings with the tomato plants cut back. This little female brown anole was climbing on one of the cut stalks.
Then she spun around on the stalk to face the camera.
Here’s the anole with the beautiful red/orange head. I love the color on this lizard.
August 20, 2014
anole, dogs, flowers, sophie, tomatoes
Every year in mid to late August the tomato plants die back, and I cut them off leaving them about a foot tall.. Usually they start growing again and produce a fall crop of tomatoes. Today was the day for cutting back the tomato plants, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much this was going to stir up the little community of anoles that lives in and around the tomato pots.
This big male ran up onto the pole between the pots, watching the activity and displaying his dewlap now and then.
A female anole who looks ready to lay an egg or two was up on the pole also.
And there were juvenile and baby anoles everywhere. They climbed up on the now-empty tomato cages.
And they hopped around on the cut-off tomato plants.
This little one was doing push-ups on the edge of the tomato pot, looking very concerned about all the disruption.
A baby anole surveying the devastation in the tomato pot.
There were a couple of very tiny hatchlings. One hopped onto my hand when I moved in close for a photo of the little anole on the tomato cage, and I ended up with a photo of the baby on my finger.
This young anole had the most beautiful red/orange head.
They’ll all settle down in a day or two as they get used to the new set-up.
Here’s one more anole, but not from the tomato pot. This one lives by the back door, in and around the basil pot. She’s a very calm anole, and very used to people and dogs going in and out the back door right beside her.
Red star flower (Cypress vine flower) on the fence.
And Sophie with one of her beloved toys, a stuffed Santa Claus–perfect for playing with in August.
August 19, 2014
A pretty anole on the fence.
A baby anole on the fence looking up.
And posing for the camera.
Big guy on the palm tree.
Another big guy on the fence.
A young anole on the fence.
The Golden Silk Orb-weaver was having problems today. Something had happened to destroy part of her massive web, and she was hanging onto a remaining part of the web along with one of the little male spiders.
The male is approaching her here.
And here he’s walking on her abdomen.
One more of the two spiders.
August 18, 2014
When I went over to look at the Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider today I was surprised to see that she had three male spiders in the web with her. One stayed close to her and touched her with his legs, while the other two maintained a little distance. In this photo the other two are at the upper right and left.
Female spider with two of the male spiders.
One little anole today, a juvenile climbing on the fence.
Trumpet flower growing on a vine beside the shed.
And the bougainvillea plants are flowering now too.
August 17, 2014
I checked on the Golden Silk Orb-weaver today and her abdomen is much bigger than it was. The little male spider is still hanging around.
A side view of the spiders.
She may be producing some egg sacs soon.
It’s the time of year for June Bugs, which means June Bugs falling into the swimming pool. I scoop them out with the pool net, and after a minute or two they usually recover and fly off. This June Bug is climbing up from the pool net.
It sat on the frame of the net, drying out.
Then it prepared to take off and fly away–you can see the wings starting to come out. I haven’t yet managed a photo of a June Bug as it flies off, but I’ll keep trying. A bright sunny day with a fast shutter speed would be best for that.
After the June Bugs cleared out a brown anole hopped onto the pool net.
And another brown anole on one of the palm trees. There’s a little motion blur as he starts to flash his dewlap.
August 16, 2014
This baby brown anole was climbing a blade of grass this afternoon.
A much bigger anole, a large male, was sitting on the handrail on the ramp to the shed.
He had his eye on another big male that ran away from him. He went down one of the ramp posts to try to see where the other lizard had gone.
The other guy had run all the way around the shed and up to the top of the fence. He was sitting there with a huge crest on his neck and back when I spotted him.