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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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Sunday Photos

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It was sunny this morning when Max and I spotted this squirrel running down a tree. Many of  the leaves on this tree seem to have died.

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I happened to look up as I walked under a tree and saw a huge spider web a few feet above me, spread from one tree to another. In the middle was a medium size spider, silhouetted against the sky along with some small insects caught in the web.

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I thought I knew what kind of spider it was. I brightened up one photo enough to see some details, and found that I was correct–it was a Spiny-backed Orb Weaver, a harmless spider I’ve seen often around the yard.

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In the afternoon a storm came through. The sky in the west behind these pine trees grew darker very quickly.

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A downpour followed. This is a view across the street, rain falling on branches that had come down during Hurricane Irma. Clean up from that storm is still going on.

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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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A Few for Sunday

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Just a few for today. This Tiger Swallowtail is looking worn, with damaged wings.

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That didn’t stop it from enjoying the flowers.

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Crescent moon tonight.

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Saturday Photos

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I happened to walk out into the backyard today at a rare moment: there weren’t any butterflies in the lantana bush. However, there was a wasp.

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And there was a fly.

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Mockingbird on the fence across the yard–it flew away before I could get closer.

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And Max in the grass, thinking I couldn’t see him.

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A Few for Wednesday

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Busy day today with just a few photos.

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on the lantana bush.

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Same butterfly a moment later, with its wings raised and the underside showing. I like the white spots on the underside of the wings.

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One more of the Gulf Fritillary.

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A baby anole on the fence. This was a very tiny anole and I was surprised it had climbed all the way to the top of the gate. The very young babies usually stay down near the ground.

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It looks like it was doing a push-up here, part of the anole territorial display. But since this baby was less than an inch long from nose to the beginning of its tail, I doubt any other anoles felt threatened. This photo shows the baby anole close to life size–just a little bit bigger than it actually was.

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A Few for Monday

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Just a few more butterflies today. One of the many Long-tailed Skippers on the lantana bush.

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A Gulf Fritillary–another butterfly that seems to always be around lately.

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And here’s a Great Purple Hairstreak–I saw one for the first time a couple of days ago, and this one turned up today. My goal was to get a photo capturing the iridescent blue of the upper side of the wings, which would be the inner side of the wings in this photo. However, this butterfly kept those wings practically glued together and I couldn’t get a look.

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Here you can see some of the blue on the butterfly’s body and on the wings. If I see this butterfly again, I’ll give it another try.

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