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Butterflies on Saturday

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With the chilly weather lately I wasn’t expecting to see more butterflies. But today there were two in the backyard. This one is a Long-tailed Skipper, busy in the remaining flowers on the lantana bush.

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Closer look at the Long-tailed Skipper.

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Lantana berries on the lantana bush.

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And this one is a Gulf Fritillary that found the flowers on the lavender plant. The lavender plant is actually looking better now than it did in the heat of summer–fall weather seems to suit it more.

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Another shot of the Gulf Fritillary on the lavender plant.

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My favorite photo of the butterfly in the lavender.

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Three for Friday

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When I looked out the back door on this chilly morning, there was a bumblebee busy in the lavender plant.

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I haven’t seen any bees in the flowers for awhile, so it was nice to see this bee visiting.

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The bluebirds are finally starting to look like bluebirds again–they’ve gotten past the stages of juvenile plumage and growing in new feathers.

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A Few for Tuesday

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The big male anole sitting upright on the fence. He still has that injured area on his jaw which I’m hoping will heal. I can almost make out the “tattoo” over his eye–it certainly looks like those could be letters.

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Closer look at the anole’s face. His eyelid “tattoo” might be BBA–maybe he’s a member of the Big Bad Anoles gang!

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Here’s another big male anole, the boss of the gate area. He sits quietly and calmly when I approach him.

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If I talk to him he’ll sometimes roll an eye at me.

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Last for today are some lavender flowers still blooming on our remaining lavender plant.

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A Few for Thursday

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I missed a couple of days while we were busy with appointments and other things, but I’m back today with a sparkling dragonfly perched in the sun.

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Side view of the same dragonfly, with a bit more of its head and body showing.

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Lantana flowers growing on the fence.

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And here’s the anole who likes to sit upright, leaning on the fence.

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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few for today. Here and there we’re getting a fall leaf dropping in the backyard–spots of red, orange, yellow, and brown in the grass.

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A Long-tailed Skipper, one of the few butterflies still hanging around, visiting the lantana flowers.

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A pretty little juvenile female anole–red head and nice markings on her back.

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And here’s Max, looking like a very serious guard dog on duty.

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The Last Lilies

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I think these are the last of the gloriosa lilies for this year. There aren’t any more buds that I could see on the plants. The lily on the bottom is finished blooming, while the one on top is at the perfect stage of blooming.

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Lily in bloom. I love these flowers, sometimes called flame lilies. This lily’s petals do look like flames of fire reaching upward.

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Painted Lady

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I looked out the back door today and saw a Painted Lady butterfly busy in the lavender flowers. I’ve only seen this pretty butterfly a few times, so it was a surprise to see it there.

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Like many of the butterflies lately, the wings on this Painted Lady are worn. Fall is here and cooler weather is coming.

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The butterfly landed on flowers hanging over the edges of the lavender pot.

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One more of the Painted Lady.

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