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The big male anole was sitting upright on the fence as usual today.

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It was harder to see the markings on his eyelid today.

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One more of the big anole. Looks like he’s enjoying the sun here.

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Squirrel in a tree.

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And here’s a glimpse of the squirrel’s face after it had turned around and moved up the tree trunk a bit.

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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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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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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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Sunday Photos

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This is one of the grumpiest-looking mockingbirds I’ve ever seen.

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Looks like he’s telling off some other birds on his right.

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And on his left.

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At first glance I thought this was another mockingbird. The bird was in the shade in a pine tree with pine needles hanging in front of it, so I didn’t have the best view. But when I brightened the photo for a better look, I could see it wasn’t a mockingbird. I did a bit of research and learned that I’d seen my first Eastern Kingbird.

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I love this squirrel photo. It’s carrying an acorn in its mouth.

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