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Sunday Photos

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I missed a few days while dealing with family medical issues, but things are improving here.

Another bumblebee in the basil flowers.

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Anole on the fence, looking at me through some wires. This anole is familiar enough with me now to just sit calmly and watch me–strange anoles are more apt to quickly run away.

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A gloriosa lily at the end of its blooming, caught in a ray of sunlight against the back fence.

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Taken from across the yard, through the back door–a hummingbird approaching a lily.

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This is a Marine Blue butterfly–a tiny butterfly no bigger than the bumblebee. It was busy in the basil flowers today.

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A Few for Tuesday

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Mockingbird on a wire out front, carrying what looks like a small grub.

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Mockingbird with the grub.

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And after its meal, the mockingbird prepared to depart.

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Max in the backyard with a toy.

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Monday Photos

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This big male brown anole with green eyes was sitting near the parsley pots.

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We’re growing lavender in  pots this year. The plants aren’t very big yet, but they’re growing steadily.

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Gloriosa lily bud, beginning to open.

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Tiny fly on a lily leaf.

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Bumblebee in the basil flowers.

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Two for Sunday

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A big male brown anole, hiding in the lily leaves as he moved along the fence. If you look at him carefully, you can see bits of yellow/orange under his eye and on his snout.

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A nearby lily. The specks on the anole could be pollen from a lily it passed–there is a bit of orange on the edges of the stamens at the bottom of the lily.

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Saturday Photos

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We have basil plants growing in big pots in the backyard. We’ve been growing basil for years–we like the fresh basil leaves for cooking, and the small white basil flowers attract honey bees and other insects.

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I saw several visitors to the basil plants today. This Red and Black  Mason’s Wasp spent some time around the plants.

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This very small dragonfly paused on a basil plant in an obelisk pose, raising its abdomen up high–something dragonflies do on very hot sunny days.

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A bumblebee came along too.

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Bumblebee leaving the basil flowers.

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Still dealing with family illness here, but today was a somewhat better day, and it was nice to have some time for a few photos.

Baby Anole on Tuesday

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This baby brown anole was climbing around on the outside of the screen door today–getting an early start at claiming that territory.

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It was a very small, very young anole–these photos are larger than life-size.

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When I took the camera outside the back door, the tiny anole sat calmly on the screen.

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The little anole did keep an eye on me.

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But it didn’t seem frightened and never did run away until I went back into the house.

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I’m sorry about not getting posts done every day lately. We’re still dealing with family illness here, so I’ll just post as I can.

Saturday Photos

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Palm frond in the sunshine.

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Looking up into the palm trees.

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Gloriosa lily buds.

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The curl at the tip of a gloriosa lily leaf. The tip curls around whatever it touches, clinging as the plant grows taller. This leaf has a thread of something attached to it–maybe part of a tiny spider web.

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One of my favorite warm weather sights–a tiny baby anole. I’ve only seen a few babies so far this year. This little anole had its eyes shut as I took the photo.

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Baby anole climbing on the fence.

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