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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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Tiny Toads on Thursday

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We suddenly have tiny toads hopping everywhere in the yard. All the rain we’ve had lately may have had something to do with their appearance! The toads are so small that when I first saw one, I thought it was an insect or spider. I scooped up a couple of them and took a few photos.

Two tiny toads near the end of a ruler. The bigger toad is probably 1/2 inch long; the smaller one maybe around 1/3 of an inch.

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The two toads by the ruler again. The white specks on them are grains of sand from the area where I found them.

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Tiny toad with a penny.

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Squirrels on Monday

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Lots of squirrels in the yard today–I saw as many as four at a time. They were chasing each other, running along the fence, and climbing trees. This squirrel is heading up a palm tree.

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It was going up toward another squirrel overhead, which was looking down toward the first squirrel.

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Squirrel looking down from the palm tree trunk.

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This squirrel perched up in the palm tree to enjoy a snack.

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Another squirrel in a palm tree.

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Squirrel coming down the tree.

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After the Rain on Wednesday

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More rain today, very heavy at times, but we do need it. After it stopped I went out with Max and the camera, and the first thing I spotted was this Mourning Dove up in a tree. It seemed to be grooming itself after the storm.

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Mourning Dove, looking a little better.

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One more of the dove.

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Nearby a squirrel was running up a tree branch, but it froze when it saw me.

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It was motionless for a couple of minutes.

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And then it turned to look around before going on up the branch.

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Raindrops on branches and vines.

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Raindrops on a leaf.

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Two for Sunday

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Just two for this busy day.

Lantana flowers in the backyard. When I was a little girl, my Easter bonnets were almost always decorated with artificial flowers that looked just like these, though the colors were more pastel. I had never seen lantana, which I guess didn’t grow up in New England, so I assumed they were a make-believe kind of flower. I was very surprised to discover lantana flowers when we moved to Florida.

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Squirrel on the fence. I really think they tease Max, catching his attention and then racing along the fence and leaping into a tree.

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A Few for Friday

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Max and I went for a walk at the community college today. His favorites were the ducks. There were three of them paddling around in one of the ponds. They looked like Muscovy ducks with that red on their faces, or maybe Muscovy mixes.

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This one was the largest and had the most red on its face.

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Very pretty shimmering green on the back of this duck.

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Also in the pond was this Red Eared Slider turtle, poking its head up here.

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Eastern Kingbird.

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And of course a couple of osprey shots. No views of any babies today, but the female osprey was in the nest as usual, feathers spiked up on her head in the breeze.

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One more of the osprey.

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Three for Thursday

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Squirrel pausing as it climbs a pine tree.

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Wood Stork flying by.

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This one is an Anhinga, a bird that swims with just its head extended above water. It catches fish by spearing them with its sharp bill. It’s a bird I’ve seldom seen.

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