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Two for today. When I went outside this afternoon and looked up at the sky, I saw this giant white X made by airplane vapor trails.

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And later on, the sun going down behind these trees.

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Sunset on Thursday

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Three sunset photos for today. I looked out the window to the north this evening and saw pink/orange airplane vapor trails in the sky behind some pine trees. So I went out with the camera and took some shots.

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In the meantime the sky was taking on more of an orange color in the west as the sun disappeared. That’s a bird taking off out of those palm trees.

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As the sky grew darker in the west, a vapor trail behind the palm fronds lit up in a brighter orange.

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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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Thursday Photos

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Our lavender flowers are opening. The buds were so slow to start opening that I was starting to wonder if they ever would!

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Black Swallowtail butterfly chrysalis, one of several on and around the big planter by the back door. I’m keeping an eye on them, hoping to see at least one butterfly emerge.

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I did see some Gulf Fritillary butterflies in the lantana bush in the backyard.

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One more Gulf Fritillary butterfly.

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Green metallic bee in the basil flowers.

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And another view of the green metallic bee.

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Fiery sky at sunset tonight.

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A Few for Saturday

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A Black Swallowtail caterpillar enjoying some parsley.

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Anole on the fence, looking down at me.

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He had a crest raised on his neck and back, and he had some bruises on his face–he had probably been in a fight with another anole. He showed off his dewlap.

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Sunset this evening, with soft colors behind the trees.

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Friday Sunset

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A fiery sky at sunset this evening.

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Palm trees on the right, in front of the streaks of red/orange.

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Tall pine trees silhouetted against the sunset sky.

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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few for today. The lantana bush is growing and producing more flowers every day. I saw a butterfly on the lantana flowers today but missed getting a photo. Here’s an insect on lantana flowers though.

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In case you missed the insect.

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My neighbor had her sprinkler on this evening as the sun was going down. She has flowers under her palm tree in her front yard, and as the setting sun backlit her flowers, the sprinkler threw water over them. It has a sort of magical look, I think.

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And last for today is Max, who’d heard a dog barking a few houses away and felt obliged to bark back and prepare to protect his territory. He’s blurry because I didn’t have a fast shutter speed set, but the photo does show his intensity, down to the cloud of dust by his feet.

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