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Anoles and More on Wednesday

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It was bright and sunny today, two days after the hurricane went through. Everything’s pretty much back to normal here. There were lots of anoles around today enjoying the sunshine.

These two were on the back screen door. The big male on the right was pursuing the female on the left, following her around on the screen. She wasn’t impressed and after awhile she ran away.

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A baby anole sitting on a concrete block.

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I often lean sticks or branches against the fence for the anoles to climb and sit on. This young anole was perched at the top of this branch, watching what was going on below.

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Anole climbing through the cedar vine on the fence. She seems to be a female, and something seems to be bothering her–it’s hard to tell for sure through the vines, but she may have her dewlap extended.

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One more anole for today. This one was posing on a palm tree late this afternoon.

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Lantana flowers.

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Rosemary branch.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done sun stars!

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A fiery sunset this evening.

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A Few for Tuesday

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Hurricane Irma is gone and today things are getting back to normal. Stores in our area reopened today, so I picked up groceries to replace some food and milk we lost in the refrigerator when the power was out. Max and I did a little work in the backyard picking up the small branches that had fallen. Max has been considering them toys that dropped from the trees, so he wasn’t much help in cleaning up.

Anoles were everywhere–on the fences, in the basil pots, in the grass. This pretty little female was sitting on a basil pot.

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Butterflies were back too, busy in the flowers again. This one is a Long-tailed Skipper.

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Another bluebird was on the wire out front, looking for insects here.

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One more of the little bluebird.

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After the Storm

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Irma has passed through and all is well here. We had heavy rain and strong winds during Sunday night and Monday morning, and it all tapered off later in the day. Although there was heavy flooding and wind damage in other parts of our city, at our house we had no damage, no flooding. Our only problem was that the electricity went out at about 11:30 pm Sunday and just came back on at about 8:30 pm Monday (today). So not quite 24 hours without power, which wasn’t bad–many people still don’t have power.

Max loved watching the trees blowing in the wind this morning.¬†He didn’t care much for the rain though.

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Dramatic clouds during Hurricane Irma.

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Our backyard was littered with leaves, twigs, and small branches that the wind brought down. Max was delighted to find so many sticks to play with!

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It was nice to see the anoles coming out and resuming their usual activities as the storm moved on,.

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I saw several cicadas today too. I took this one off the fence where Max would have tried to play with it, and moved it to a safe area.

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Back on Friday

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I’ve been busy for the past couple of days with dental surgery and preparations for Hurricane Irma–not a great combination! But things are going better now. We’re expecting Irma to pass us here in northeast Florida late Sunday night/early Monday morning. We are not in an evacuation zone so we’re staying home. We usually lose power during these storms–sometimes for hours, sometimes for days–but otherwise come through all right, so I hope we’ll be lucky this time too.

Here are a few pre-hurricane photos from today. First, a Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the lavender flowers. There were about a dozen of these butterflies in the yard this morning, all gone by afternoon. Maybe they were migrating away from the coming storm.

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Max looking up into the palm tree he’s been working on. He loves to pull on the loose frond bases. Eventually we’ll get some tree people to come and clean it up.

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Max and his palm tree.

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Cicada shell on the palm tree.

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Baby anole on the fence. The anoles in general seem to come through these storms pretty well–I usually see them reappearing on the fences soon after it clears up. This is a tiny anole though, so I hope it’s a lucky little one!

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Another anole on a basil pot. Nice red/orange coloring on this one.

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Anole, Butterfly, and Moth on Monday

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Green anole framed by the fence rail and lily leaves.

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Closer look at the green anole. I love the colors around their eyes.

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First time this year for a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in the yard.

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Look to the left of the swallowtail–another new visitor to the yard.

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It certainly looks like a wasp, a pretty intimidating wasp with that red coloring at the end of its body Surely that sting would hurt! But I looked this insect up and it’s actually a moth with a wonderful name–the Polka Dot Wasp Moth.

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The Polka Dot Wasp Moth does have lots of white polka dots on its wings and body! Its¬†resemblance to a wasp protects it from predators, but it’s perfectly harmless. This moth visits flowers during the daytime, just as butterflies do.

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Baby Anole on Sunday

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I looked out the back door today and spotted a baby anole climbing around in the lavender plant. Can you see the little fellow?

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He seemed to be having a good time climbing, wiggling, and jumping from branch to branch.

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Little anole climbing through lavender stems.

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Here he is looking up at the camera.

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And one more close-up of the little anole.

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Saturday Photos

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Just a few for today. Here’s another bumblebee in the lavender.

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Big male anole on the raised planter by the back door. It’s easy to see the chevron pattern running down his back–an indication that he’s a male.

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This anole is a young female, much smaller than the male above. She has female markings: a light-colored line down her back, with darker shapes around it.

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And this one is a very small, very young baby anole. Its head is wider than its body, and look at those big feet! My guess is male for this one, but it can be hard to tell when babies are this tiny and the pattern on the back isn’t very clear yet. It looks chevrons to me right now.

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