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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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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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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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Anoles and More on Wednesday

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Big guy on the fence, bobbing his head and displaying his dewlap.

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Over on the side fence I saw a few more anoles. This one held still for just one photo before running off.

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Another big male turned up on the top of the side fence, looking down at me.

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He put on a dewlap display too.

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Watching me as I left.

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Mockingbird on the fence, wet from today’s rain showers.

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Max’s new fascination is watching the squirrels climbing around in the palm trees. He circles the trees, staring up above. Sometimes he’ll take a flying leap straight up into the air, but he never comes close to any squirrels.

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One more of Max.

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Sunday Photos

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At the community college where I’ve been taking Max for walks. The baseball field (where osprey nest 2 is located) is in the distance on the right, where a bit of the score board is visible.

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This little bird is a juvenile bluebird–it’s mostly brown now, with a little blue on its tail and back.

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Flowering bush that Max and I pass on our walks.

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This one looks like the juvenile starling that was harassing its parents for food in our yard. I recognize that wide-open mouth.

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Kingbird sitting in the middle of a maze of branches.

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And a couple of osprey shots, of course.

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One more with wings spread wide.

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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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