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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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A Few for Wednesday

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Looks like fall is on the way.

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This leaf will be falling soon.

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Lantana flowers with the fence in the background.

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And Max, smiling at the camera.

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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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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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Saturday in the Backyard

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Plenty of little tomatoes ripening on our tomato plant.

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And more little green tomatoes coming along.

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One of our two new parsley plants.

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A tree branch from a neighbor’s yard overhanging our back fence. The leaves really are as big as they look.

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The leaves from that kind of tree come in three different shapes, all growing on the same tree. Here’s an example of the three shapes on a single branch. There’s an ordinary plain leaf on the left, one with two lobes that’s sort of mitten-shaped in the middle, and a three-lobed leaf on the right.

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Max, faster than a speeding bullet! He loves to run really fast in big loops around the yard.

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Last for today is the moon next to a dying pine tree.

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Wednesday Photos

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I spotted that rich golden color up in the berry tree today–the female Baltimore Oriole was back, enjoying more berries.

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And here she is just before she flew off.

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Now this little bird on a branch was a puzzle to me at first, with its stocky body and its olive green and brown coloring.

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But when I went closer I saw it was actually a leaf hanging from the tree branch! The stem of the leaf was sticking out in just the right place and at just the right angle to look like a bird’s bill at a distance.

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One more bird today–a real one this time. I’m pretty sure it’s a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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A Few for Friday

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The last of the leaves on the vine, dark red and ready to fall.

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Anole tilting its head as it enjoys a bit of sunshine.

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A few tomatoes have been missing from the tomato plant, and I found a couple of them on the ground under the pot. I thought they’d just dropped off due to the recent freezes, until I noticed some Max-sized paw prints on the wall next to the pot.

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Here’s the culprit. He doesn’t really like to eat tomatoes, but he’s apparently decided it’s fun to pick them and toss them around in the grass.

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