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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few photos for today. Here is Max, happy to be wearing that red harness he loves so much.

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Lavender flowers. We started off with four lavender plants this spring. One died almost immediately, but that still left us with three. After a few weeks two of the three began wilting and eventually died, so now we have just one plant left. Fortunately it seems to be healthy and sturdy, and it’s the only one of all the plants that produced buds and flowers.

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Skipper butterfly in the lantana.

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And a baby brown anole climbing around in a basil plant.

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Birds on Tuesday

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I saw lots of birds today–mockingbirds of course, a family of cardinals, a hummingbird visiting the basil flowers, mourning doves, and more. I only got photos of two of them. The first was this Cooper’s Hawk sitting in the rain.

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Looking back over its shoulder here. I don’t see Cooper’s hawks often, but they do live in our area and every once in awhile I’ll spot one.

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One more of the hawk.

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This is a juvenile bluebird, mostly softly colored at this point. You can see a bit of bluebird blue developing on the wings.

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This little bird was sitting on a wire, watching the ground for bugs.

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One more of the young bluebird.

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Thursday Assortment

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I’ve been seeing a lot of swallowtail butterflies lately. A Black Swallowtail–like this butterfly, but this photo is from another day–laid eggs in our parsley plants today.

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The eggs look like tiny pearls. I don’t know how many will hatch or how destructive the caterpillars are, but I’ll keep an eye on the parsley pots.

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Little Carolina wren looking around the yard.

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The next few shots were taken through the window and without ideal camera lens and settings, so they’re far from great photos. But it was the first time I’d ever seen a Swallow-tailed Kite land in a tree, so I grabbed the camera and took some very quick pics. The bird seemed very agitated at first, moving on the branch with its mouth open and wings raised.

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After a few moments it calmed down and sat quietly.

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And after a few more minutes it flew away.

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Wednesday Photos

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We have lots of gloriosa lilies in the backyard right now–you can see more in the background behind this lily.

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Young anole climbing in a basil plant.

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A honey bee enjoying a basil flower.

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This one is probably a wasp in the basil–it’s larger than the honey bee with different coloring and markings.

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This anole had just captured a moth and was finishing up her meal.

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Still a bit left.

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I’ve been seeing Mississippi kites recently, usually two or even three at the time. They don’t have the forked tail and crisp black and white coloring of the Swallow-tailed kite, but they soar and swoop through the sky just as gracefully.

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Back Again in August

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I’m back again, and hoping to keep up better with things here. I’m still dealing with family medical problems and doing a lot of caregiving, but it’s settling down.

I took photos when I had a chance over the past few weeks, and here’s an assortment of those photos.

Max, first of all, looking very happy in his sparkly red harness which he really loves to wear. He was playing with his newest toy, a lobster.

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Max likes to play rough with his toys and he goes through them fairly quickly. But this lobster is tough–Max has had it over a week and it’s still intact.

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Out of our four lavender plants only one remains–the other three died. The remaining plants seems to be thriving so far. It’s full of buds and tiny blooms opening.

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Lavender flowers on the way.

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There are lots of baby anoles around lately, and many of them seem to like the basil pots. Here’s a little one perched on a basil leaf.

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Another baby anole, a little female, on the fence.

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I held my hand near the fence and the tiny anole jumped onto the base of my thumb. Older anoles are generally more wary and quick to run away, but babies will sometimes do this.

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She walked across my hand before jumping back over to the fence.

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Last for today is a Swallow-tailed kite sailing by overhead.

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A Few for Tuesday

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Mockingbird on a wire out front, carrying what looks like a small grub.

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Mockingbird with the grub.

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And after its meal, the mockingbird prepared to depart.

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Max in the backyard with a toy.

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Two for Sunday

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A big male brown anole, hiding in the lily leaves as he moved along the fence. If you look at him carefully, you can see bits of yellow/orange under his eye and on his snout.

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A nearby lily. The specks on the anole could be pollen from a lily it passed–there is a bit of orange on the edges of the stamens at the bottom of the lily.

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