The rain is finally over and the sun came out today. We had blue skies and Mockingbirds singing.
Sophie was so happy to be outside with the sun shining.
A yellow leaf caught in a palm tree.
Yellow wildflowers/weeds standing out brightly in a ray of sunshine in front of some fallen palm fronds.
A fern leaf about to open on the palm tree.
I got my tomato plant transplanted into one of the big tomato pots today. The two big pots are beside each other in a sunny area, and there’s a big male brown anole that’s been hanging around that area. He seems very comfortable seeing me and the camera, so I think he must be an anole I saw a lot of last year.
This anole sat on the rim of the second pot and watched the whole transplanting procedure. He wasn’t bothered by garden tools, new soil going into the pot, digging, moving the plant, or pushing in the tomato cage–he just sat there and watched. He’s one of the most calm and curious anoles I’ve had around. Here you can see how close he was to the other pot, which now contains the tomato plant.
Over on the side of the house there were some of the tiny bright colored flies that I often see on lantana leaves. I took a photo of this one, and was amazed to see that the fly had caught and was eating an even tinier bug! The fly itself is only about 1/4 inch long. I never really thought about what the flies eat, but I didn’t expect to see one eating a bug.
There was a green anole over there, slipping quietly through the lantana branches and catching insects too.
The funniest thing I saw today was this next sequence. The red-headed male anole, the timid and skittish guy who lost the anole battle a few weeks ago, was trying to get a girl. (Now I may be wrong and this may be a young small male anole, but it looked and behaved like a female and had a very small dewlap like a female. If the big guy reacted this way to a small male, it’s almost as funny as if it were a female.)
He spotted the female about the same time she noticed him, and they looked at each other for a moment.
He walked on by her and put on a little show for her, puffing himself up and flashing his dewlap.
She seemed interested so he turned back and approached her.
Then suddenly he retreated and got away from her as fast as he could. She’d seemed agreeable and he’d seemed attracted, but then he just ran away from her. He does tend to get scared off easily.
He went to the top of the fence and displayed his dewlap up there.
The female sat down below looking up at him, showing her dewlap too (barely visible here).
He came back down and approached her again after awhile, but then left her again. She appeared to give up on him and left too.
Then I noticed another big brown male anole, the one with the stripes on his sides who’d won the anole battle a few weeks ago. He followed the same female into the vines on the fence.
The red-headed male ended up leaving the fence and sitting by himself on a shovel handle, looking pretty unhappy about the whole situation.