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5 years ago

This is the new wildlife/scenery thread.  I have to post the link to the last one here, because as usual I have trouble unpinning and opening the last to add the link to the indes.

Link to old.....

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=47&pst=1672183

Sugar

5 years ago

Does any one recognise this insect/bug/critter?

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Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

I don't recognize that bug/critter but it sure is an interesting one. Very cool looking.

5 years ago

looked in my wildlife book, didn't find, neat looking bug!

5 years ago

It looks like someone's craft project  

5 years ago

It kind of looks like a cross eyed spider. A craft project makes sense too. The skin looks like some kind of a snake.

5 years ago

Spider

Now, this is a barking spider. Ruff ruff

5 years ago

Donna, that looks like Spiderdog.

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Asked my husband, Ray, about the bug/insect/critter and he didn't recognize it either.

Donna, very cool barking spider!

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Darla, do you think that spiderdog belongs to Spiderman?

Sugar

5 years ago

I think I found the bug.  It is a Giant Leopard Moth.  I

I think this is it!!!  Do you think so?

Sugar

5 years ago

I forgot to mention, the yellow is droplets of a chemical defense agains predators.  I am glad the mystery is solved.

Sugar

5 years ago

Yes  it is a moth for sure. If I would have seen the other pics you just posted I would have known. I never saw one of them before.

5 years ago

I had to look at a lot of moth pictures before I finally found the right one.  I need to find out more about them when I get a chance.

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

I was thinking it was a moth of some sort. Yes, very glad the mystery is solved!

Sugar, yes, the spiderdog just might belong to Spiderman. They'd make a great pair anyway! lol

Saw a squirrel while out at the pool today and found another anole in my plants while watering today. I think the anoles are great little lizards.

5 years ago

My groundhog is stocking up for winter.  I watch him out the kitchen window.  He is getting fatter than a little pig.  I love all the wildlife I am surrounded by.  Did I mention I saw cedar waxwings yesterday?  They are so pretty.  Of course I didn't have my camera.  Some day soon I will.

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Sugar, you are so very blessed to live surrounded by wildlife. That is my dream ~ to one day live where I can be surrounded by wildlife and have as many animal companions as I want. I'll bet it's fun watching that groundhog prepare for winter. May he get thru it safely and be happy and healthy when winter's over. Cedar Waxwings are beautiful birds. I sure do wish you'd had your camera but will let my imagination suffice!

5 years ago

Another spider.  This one reminds me so much of an octopus.

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Sugar

5 years ago

Donna, Love the spider Dog! Sugar ,  you have some cool pictures.

5 years ago

Some really cool pictures

Thanks for solving the mystery!!  I should have known it was some kind of moth. I live in the woods too and I never seem to have my camera with me.  Luckily, (or unluckily) my husband bought me a cellphone to keep with me on my hikes and it has a pretty good camera in it.



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5 years ago

Angie, I know nothing of the new fangled cell phones.  Does it cost money to take photos?  I just have an old one that Ray's son gave to me and he pays for it.  I only use it for emergencies so it doesn't get much use, thanks goodness.

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Sugar, that is one very cool spider! It does look like an octopus!

My son has a cell phone that takes pictures. I don't think they cost extra, it's just a matter of having a phone that does the job. Though I guess it might depend on the kind of plan you have for your phone. Sugar, I'm glad too that your for emergencies only cell phone doesn't get much use. I don't have a cell phone myself though I do have a nice Sony Cybershot digital camera my son bought for me awhile back. It takes some great pictures. I just don't have any wildlife to take pictures of. I just live vicariously thru the pictures here.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Went to the pool for a little while yesterday before the yard men came {I actually forgot it was Friday and was surprised when they came then I got out of the pool}. I kept hearing rustling in the trees and when I looked it was a group of young squirrels playing by chasing each other thru the trees. There were 4 or 5 of them and they were having a blast. I had so much fun watching them that I forgot to do my walking!

Geckos
5 years ago

These were two geckos fighting on the outside of our window. One had the other locked on the side of the head. Had to break it up, the other one could not not break free, the poor thing.
Geckos

Sorry about that.
5 years ago

I did not think the first one came out as there was problems. So did another. Sorry about that. Oops.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Awesome picture, Sally. We have geckos like that around here though mostly I see the anoles. I love those little guys. I think it's cool that you broke up the fight. Do you know what happened to them after you broke it up?

5 years ago

How neat Sally!  I love those little crawlers.  I wish we had them here.  I find a salamander once in a while.  But no geckos.  I'm glad you rescued the little one.  I left a small pile of dead leaves from last year next to my retaining wall because there was one there when I was doing clean up along the wall.  I don't know if it is still there or not.  I don't want to disturb him in case.

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Oh, Sugar, you get salamanders! It was very nice of you to leave the pile of leaves for the one you found. Maybe it is still in the area.

5 years ago

I think I made a man mad today, but I don't give a dern.  Going  up a curvy uphill country road a ground hog started across the road.  I saw him in time to almost stop before I reached him.  He got across my lane and I rolled down the window (I was stopped by then) and yelled at him to get across that road.  I glanced at the car behind me and there was a man driving and I think he was shaking his fist if not more at me.  There was no danger of him hitting me because I had started braking and slowing down way long before I reached the ground hog.  He looked like an old one.  I didn't want him to lose his life this day.  There are so many animals in the road and on the roadside.  It only takes a little care to prevent many of them.  I know accidents happen but with care some can be avoided.

Sugar

5 years ago

Way to go Sugar!!! I hope the man behind you got so mad he had a stroke!

5 years ago

Good for you sugar, years ago I tried to miss a squirrel but he ran  into my tire , it just stuned him as I waited to see if he was hurt, but he took off guess he was alright but I was shaken up. Hows that Mouse doing? Hugs from Stripes & Me!

5 years ago

I think the same way as you Sugar, if people would just slow down and pay attention many animal/wildlife fatalities could be avoided by cars. I am glad that he got mad too bad for him. Thank-you for saving the groundhog they are so cute.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Way to go, Sugar!!!! I'm so glad you stopped and saved that groundhog. Who cares if the man behind you got mad, you were doing the right thing.

5 years ago

Thank you for the comments on the picture of the geckos. I like having them around as well as the other types of lizards we have here. We do have the anoles, chameleons, a green type of gecko really nice color(if I get a chance I'll try to take a pic of them as well, they are really fast.), skinks and the geckos. They all take care of keeping the bugs down.
Darla~ After breaking up the lizards they just sort of went there own way.
Screamingbell~ Thank you for correcting the double picture mistake of my geckos.
Sugar~ Way to go! Glad you got to prevent a ground hog from getting runned over. Who cares if the driver behind you was getting upset. You can always tell the ones that don't care about the wildlife.
Aloha, Sally

5 years ago
I found a picture I took of the green gecko here called the Kona lizard. This one was sunning itself on our bunch bananas we have here. Hope you can see him okay.
Kona Lizard
Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Sally, what a cute little guy the Kona Lizard is! Awesome picture. Good to hear that the geckos each went their own way. Just goes to show that we can make a difference.

5 years ago

Sally I loved your picture of the Kona Lizzard.  He is a cute little guy.  As I have said before I love lizzards.  I had a bearded dragon for a long time, named Lizzie of course and I raised chameleons in a large terrarium.  But I don't like snakes, but I wouldn't hurt them as you know from Shirley Snake who I saved from an agonizing death.  And speaking of saving.  I saved the old ground hog for another day but yesterday some one ran over a young ground hog on the road just before the bridge over my creek.  It had been so young and healthy.  Whenever I see an animal on the road I always hope they went quickly and as painlessly as possible.

Sugar

5 years ago

Ok im here im here and wow ive been missing out!! I thought the moth was a craft project too . It didnt even look real! Cool stuff Sugar.
Donna, that has to be a craft project, do not tell me theres a dog spider!! LOL LOL LOL .!!
Darla where is the bat. Im looking for the bat! Did Sugar make a new thread and it on the other one???
I have bats here, havent had the need to save one and havent gotten a pic of one either. Mostly because when im walking about they try to dive bomb my head,of coarse i cowar and run like a little girl. I peek outside the door at the tree they were in and look around in the air to make sure i dont see them then i go back outside looking all over for the one that nearly scared the life outta me. I never find them. They always get me unexpectedly.   The cats are smart enough to know not to mess with them so i take a clue from them and just leave them be. lol

5 years ago

Great pics Sally . Love the Geckos !!!

5 years ago

Sally, that is a great picture of the lizard. Here in Canada they sell them in the pet stores as Day Geckos, although I like seeing them free and wild rather than in little cages. I use to keep a lot of reptiles until I went to college and had to rehome a lot of them. I lived in residence and was not allowed to keep pets. Now I have two red footed tortoises that were captive bred instead of wild caught. I also have a frog and a toad, my toad was sixteen years old and he just passed away about three weeks ago. I was really sad I had him a really long time and for the last 6 years I had been hand feeding him as he went blind, but I still have my frog.

Sugar, I am sad to hear about the little grounghog it was probably that mean man behind you last week that hit him. I hate driving and seeing animals killed on the side of the road, I wish people would just slow down and give them a chance to cross. I am always scanning the sides of the road when I drive to see if anyone is coming.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Sugar, I think it's cool that you used to have a Bearded Dragon and other lizards {am drawing a blank as to what kind, sorry}. What happened to your lizards? I have a Bearded Dragon named BabyFace. He's 11 years old and is about 28 inches long with a width of about 2.5 to 3  inches at his widest. He's a very big boy and is not the subspecies German Giant. He's just well fed and well taken care of and a big boy!

Heather, I think my bat story is one of he previous threads though I didn't have a picture. It was a few years ago in our previous apartment. I was out on my patio watering my garden {with a garden hose} when I noticed what I thought was a dead leaf on the ground at first. Then I realized it was moving when the water was not touching it. I bent over closer to look and realized it was a young bat. I know it was young b'cuz it was small and just had the look of a youngster. Anyway, I reached down and picked it up by the scruff of his {I use his for simplicity's sake} neck and went into our home where Ray was sitting with a friend. What was really ironic about this situation is we had just been watching a show about bats on the Animal Planet channel. I asked Ray to get me a shoebox {I kept them on hand for just these sorts of occassion though it was usually birds I saved}. Ray was shocked that I had a bat and that I had just picked him up. But that's me and he knows it! Anyway, Ray got me the box and I put the bat in it and closed him up though I couldn't resist petting that soft fur before doing so. I then called the Wildlife Rescue place and they sent someone out to pick up the bat. I had by that looked him up in a book and figured out he was probably a Texas Cave Bat. He had holes in the membranes of his wings which is why he couldn't fly. I don't know how he got injured but was glad I found him.

Michela, my condolences on the loss of your toad. I know it must be hard to lose a companion like that. I'm really hoping that my Dragon lives to be at least 15 if not much older. I'm told that he's pretty old and I should expect to lose him soon.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Sugar, I love the moth photos andthe neat spider. He does look like an octopus!

Darla, I also would have picked up the poor little bat! Good for you!

Longlife to dear Babyface! I didn't know bearded dragons got so large! I suppose I have only seen very young ones. The only lizard I ever had was a little anole when I was perhaps 10 years old. That's a LOOOOONG time ago, but I do love lizards!

5 years ago

Any time you want to check a previous thread, there is a link in the first post. I think the bat photo is in the previous one. Soon I will be able to leave my garage door cracked open a tad, just enough to allow the bat to come in at the top of the door. I really miss the little guy. I wonder if he made it since I got the new door. He hasn't been able to get in and it has been so hot I couldn't crack the door. Have you all been following the news about WNS and bats. So many have died due to this,. White Nose Syndrom. I belong to Bat Conservation. I want to buy some light weight wood and make another bat house. The two I made were so heavy. I guess I could make a smaller one but the more bats in the house, the better for them. God bless the bats! and put them on the job of eating mosquitos. Sugar

5 years ago

I have been reading a lot about that White Nose Syndrome it is absolutely terrible. We really have lost many of them, the articles say in the millions. If we can't keep them around we will be over run with insects and it will cost the framers millions of dollars in pesticides, not to mention that the pesticides are not good for us too. I have a bat house in my backyard but no one seems to be using it. I am going to get my husband to move it soon and see if a new location will attract some bat visitors. I hope so I really like them.

5 years ago

We used to be able to sit on the porch in the summer and look forward to watching the bats come out at night and fly around. now i haven't seen any, maybe one or two all summer-but plenty of crappy bugs. we are so over run with bugs without our bat friends we can't even sit out at night. I hope they find a cure soon.

Helen

ps, I would have pet the bat and picked him up too.

Bats
5 years ago

Good morning all. I've heard of white nose syndrome...it sounds devastating!! Here in Ontario, I see lots and lots of bats. The ministry finally cancelled the campfire ban after some much needed rain and we had a bonfire on the weekend. I was watching the bats swooping and diving around in the sky above us. I am just gathering materials to build some bat houses to hang on my property because I notice they have found a way into my garage, under the roof. I'm going to seal it up before it snows but I want the bats to have a place to live on my property next year. My house is almost surrounded by forest and the bats help keep the mosquito population down abit. Have a great day!! Angie

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Good morning everyone! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who would've picked up the bat and pet him. I just knew there were others like me! Ray gets a kick out me and my need to rescue anything and everything. Sometimes he just shakes his head and says "only my wife"! Of course, he means it in a loving way. However, I do tell him that there are others who do the same. This morning I was at the pool and was visited by two little doves {either Inca Doves or Mourning Doves, I'm not sure which} who were walking around the edge of the pool. It was very cool to stand there in the water and watch these beautiful birds do their thing looking for seeds and insects. I also saw a hawk soaring in the sky. Absolutely gorgeous. Made me wish for my binoculars to see him better. I was also wishing for my camera to get a picture of the doves. I wouldn't have been able to get a picture of the hawk as he was too far away. Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Forgot to mention that I think it's great Sugar that you may be able to leave open your garage door a bit for your bat. I also think it'd be great if you built a lightweight bathouse. Angie, I think it's great too that you are building bathouses. I would love to live in a rural or suburban area where there was lots of wildlife around. Yes, BabyFace is quite large for a Bearded Dragon {sorry, I forgot who commented on him}; he's much bigger than the average Dragon. I do love him!

5 years ago

Angie, whitenose syndrome is moving northward and probably hasn't reached most of the Canadian bat population. it's a fungal disease that shows itself in white, fuzzy growth around the nose and mouth of the bat.It is spread, in part by bat migration but there is a strong possibility that there is another as yet porrly understood factor in the spread. I hope a cure is found before it reaches your bats.

5 years ago

Have I mention the foxes?  I really like foxes and lately the highway has been taking quite a toll on them.  This year I have seen 5 victims.  Two of which were young ones.  Since we have more rabbits, we have more foxes but cars are wiping them out.  I hope we are left with enough for producing more. 

I hope this WNS runs its course soon.  I don't want to lose my bats.  Oh don't forget if you build a bat house, you must keep an eye on it and clean it out occasionally.  Bats don't clean their homes like birds do!  I wonder if lack of good housekeeping keeps this disease going?

Oh it's going to be hot today!  And tomorrow!  Keep cool everyone and keep the gulf states in your prayers.  They have more concerns than just hot weather.

Sugar

5 years ago

Really!! I never thought of cleaning out the bathouse. There is lots of bat poop around the outside of it so I always thought they relieved themselves just before entering for a sleep.

Live and learn!!

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Sugar, that's so sad about the foxes. I too hope there are enough left for producing more. This would be a sad world without foxes.

The WNS is terrible. I hope they find a cure soon so that our bat populations can be saved.

5 years ago

There are so few foxes around here that only once in the 5 years I've lived here did I see one dead in the road.  Good in a way, I guess, but would be nice to spot a live one to make sure they are still here.

5 years ago

Okay all you reptile experts.  I just saw something I have never seen before.  It is long and skinny like a snake, but it has little legs.  It looks like a snake with legs.  It is dark and it looks like it has dark blotches.  Is there something called a skink?  I am going to take my camera outside and see if he is still there, then I will check google for skinks.

Sugar

5 years ago

Skinks (family Scincidae) tend to have smooth bodies, short legs, and round tails. Many burrow and most, except for those in Florida which are all egg layers, bear live young. They are usually active during the day. 

5 years ago

Sugar, Betty is right. Sounds like a skink to me too. They are usually really fast and they are active during the day as they like to sun themselves. He should be very smooth looking, as most skinks are. They are really cute too.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

I agree with Betty and Michela, it sounds like you have seen a skink. Were you able to get a picture or was it gone when you got back outside?

5 years ago

I tell you what, one disappearing post and I am going to scream!  Betty and Michela you are right.  It is a skink.  The 5 lined one.  I am going to check my camera out, I might have caught it.

Sugar

5 years ago

Skink.........

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5 years ago

Glad you got a pic Sugar, he is really cute.

5 years ago

Yes, reptiles with legs, even shortie legs are ok with me.  Usually don't like snakes, but this little guy I found crawling on my driveway may be an exception.  Only about 3" long, think it's a baby king snake.

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5 years ago

Wow Cindy, that's an itty bitty snake.  It doesn't resemble Shirley Snake at all!  Now a little one like that is cute.  When they get bigger I don't really care for them.  Thanks for the neat picture.

Sugar

5 years ago

Cindy your itty bitty king snake is cute. I have cute little garter snakes in my yard. Lately, however, neighbors have found 2 timber rattlers. They are not so cute.



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5 years ago

I have seen timber rattlers on TV.  I would be terrified of them.  Is it unusual to find them in your neighborhood?  I don't think we have poisonous snakes in this area.  I have never seen or heard of any being seen around here and I walk a lot in woods and near streams. 

Sugar

5 years ago

I have lived here 16 years and this is the first time we have seen rattlesnakes. I think they must be moving down from the higher elevations. That could be due to heat and drought or increasing development of the forested areas.



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5 years ago

Oh my, a rattle snake?????  I think I read that timber rattlers were here in Jersey, and a coral snake I think. Or copper head???  I forget. All I know is that the one snake is suppose to resemble a non poisonous snake. I would have to look it up. I am afraid of ALL of them, garters included, and one of the reasons why I sold my first house was these awful inch worms climbing down from the trees on to my clothes that I hung out on the line.

It is only in the last 30 years that I don't run down the road when I see a worm.   It might be because I have COPD now. The worm would win the race.   OH, I also needed to leave that house because I had a lot of English ivy, and all of these daddy long leggers were in it. Of all the spiders I guess they are the best, but I would rather live with none of them...

5 years ago

It's very difficult to tell a copperhead from a corn snake. Corn snakes are harmless. Copperheads are poisonous and aggressive. I would expect to see the occassional copperhead but the rattlers I can live without. I rather like the little garter snakes. They are small and beautifully striped. The get very tame as well. I used to see skinks but I haven't seen any for several years. I hope they are OK.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Good morning everyone. Wow, it's been busy here. Last night Ray was getting stuff out of our storage room and found a black widow spider! He caught it in a container and released it elsewhere but warned me to be careful when getting my gardening stuff out.

Sugar, that's a wonderful picture of the skink. How cool that you got it.

Cindy, what a wonderful picture of a cute baby king snake. Whjat did y'all do with it?

Karen, garter snakes are rather pretty and harmless. I think it's great that you have them in your yard. I could definitely do with out the timber rattlers that your neighbors have found however.

Donna, you gave me a smile for the day! As for a venomous snake looking like a nonvenomous one, there's a rhyme about coral snakes and another snake that I don't know the name of. They have the same coloring and look very similar. The rhyme goes "red and yellow kill a fellow' red and black venom lack" talking about whether the red in the snake touches the yellow or the black.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

Darla it is very unlikely I will ever see a coral snake, and its a good thing.  I can never remember that rhyme.  Ah...,.I already forgot it.  Ray knew it, I heard it the first time from him.  Wow, a black widow!  I wish he had gotten a pic of it.  I wish we could have a camera with us all of the time!  I saw one at a nature center where one had been in a bunch of grapes some one bought.  They gave it to the nature center and they made a little home for it.  Oh I was just lucky in capturing the skink.  I couldn't see him through the lens, so I marked on objects of where he was and snapped it.  And he was there!  Yay!  He didn't want to stay in the same spot too long.

I have lots and lots of wood in all stages of returning to Mother Earth.  I never worry about rotting (ugly word for a natural, beautiful event) unless it is in my lawnmower path.  Rotting wood makes homes for many life forms, from plants to animals and of course insects including spiders.  I was emptying potted plants around this stump and I had to share this beautiful fungus reminding me of pancakes.  It was beautiful.

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Doesn't it make you hungry?

Sugar

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Hi Sugar!

Yes, I wish we could've got a picture of the black widow too. It was so cool that Ray just caught her and moved her out of our little storage area. I too wish there was a way to carry my camera around all the time. I'm lucky I remember that rhyme about coral snakes! Don't know why it stays in my head when I forget so many other things but it does. Not that I think I'll ever see a coral snake or the nonvenomous "counterpart" {still can't remember the name of that one} here in San Antonio. If we were out in the country maybe I'd see one of them but we're in the middle of the city so I don't expect to come across either of them. I absolutely LOVE your pictures of the fungus! It's so beautiful! You're so right in that it does remind you of a stack of pancakes.

Take care and have a fantastic day.

 

5 years ago

Hi Darla, it's raining here!  Yay!  It has been raining steadily for a couple of hours and a little shower or two during the night.  My husband's name was Ray too.  Each time I see your husbands name, it is like a little shock.  It's a weird feeling.  I took a pic of a brand new spider web.  It was a smart spider I guess.  He tried to put it where it wouldn't get too much rain.  I took this picture in the dark with flash.  The small, white splotches are falling rain drops.  Some time I have to make a study of spider webs and see what kind makes what type of web.

Sugar

Spider Web in Rain

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Good morning Sugar! Wow you got some rain. That's great. We keep clouding over like it wants to rain but it doesn't. Nice spider web. Did you see the spider? I love how the picture turned out. You do great work with your pictures. I thought I saw you mention your husband's name a time or two. I understand what you mean by that little shock you get. I'm going to take some pictures of my "garden" to show y'all. All my plants are in pots since I live in an apartment complex and can't plant in the ground but I have quite a few of them. Take care  and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

I told myself, no more pictures of deer, but I couldn't resist this morning.

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5 years ago

Awesome pictures Sugar!

5 years ago

Thanks Sandi, they are my babies too. I have been caring for at least 4 generations back of these fawns.  Hunting season is drawing close and I keep reminding them to stay on this property or on my neighbor up on the hill.  They will be safe here. 

Sugar

5 years ago

Beautiful pictures Sugar. I sure do hope that they listen to you and stay on your property so they are safe during hunting season. I don't know how anyone can hurt an animal. I love your pictures, I always look forward to them.

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Awwww! Look at those babies. Wonderful pictures, Sugar. I so hope they take your words to heart and stay where they're safe during hunting season.

5 years ago

What great pictures of the deer Sugar! I believe bear season opened here in Ontario this week so our deer are still safe for the time being.  I leave lots of apples down at the other end of my property for the deer and I'm hoping to get some pictures (if I get up early enough...lol)  I love living in the forest!

Anonymous
Wildlife and Scenery
5 years ago

Following are pictures of my "garden" ~ everything's in pots since I can't plant in the ground where I live.

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5 years ago

Darla, all your plants look great. It's too bad you can't plant them in the ground but it's good that they allow you to have the planters. Gardening is so much fun.

5 years ago

I love your "garden"!  Your plants and flowers are BEAUTIFUL, Darla.  Thanks for inviting us in to look around! 

Anonymous
5 years ago

Michela and Betty, thanks so much for your comments on my "garden". They are so sweet and much appreciated. I love to garden despite not being able to plant in the ground. My "garden" is home to some wonderful creatures including anoles, geckos {have seen one or two}, spider, bees, wasps {can't say I'm crazy about the stinging insects since I'm allergic but I know they are important especially the bees}, and some weird flying insect that looks something like a very tiny, black grasshopper just to name the creatures I've seen. I've even seen a butterfly or two!

5 years ago

Hi Darla! I remember trying to post about your flowers, but I couldn't. Well I posted, but it disappeared. I love all your flowers. I bet the bees and all the other insects really appreciate your plants. Next year I might try to plant a few more. I mostly have just herbs and half of them is in the ground. Thanks for sharing all of them with us!

Sugar

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hi Sugar! Thanks. I really enjoy my flowers/plants and love that they're home to so many insects and other creatures. I love coming out in the mornings to water and finding an anole in my pot. It just makes my day. I've seen geckos when moving pots around and I like them too. As for all the insects, I have a healthy respect for them! You're welcome for sharing. Thanks for letting me and for appreciating them.

5 years ago

Love the pictures shown on here. Wish we had deer around here, only in the zoo. Some are wild on another island but different type. Darla your plants are so pretty in the pots. Better than not having any to admire and enjoy. My latest orchid to enjoy that just bloomed is in a pot. I will share a picture here. It is of a cattleya orchid.

Cattleleya orchid

Sunset glow
5 years ago

Here is a sunset glow we can see from our back yard.

 

sunset glow

5 years ago

Great pictures Sally!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Thanks, Sally, you're so right in that I'd rather have all my plants in pots than not have any at all! I love your orchid, it's so beautiful and the sunset glow is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic day.

5 years ago

This is of a honey bee pollinating the heather flowers in my back yard. Hope you can see the bee. It wasn't easy to take a picture of the bee.

Bee on Heather flowers

5 years ago

BEAUTIFUL sunset, Sally!  And a great picture of the bee!

 

5 years ago

I see the Bee! Lovely pics of the sunset and the pretty flower too.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Love the picture of the bee, Sally!

5 years ago

Fantastic pictures Sally! I can see the bee, he looks so good he could sting me! Bees and I get along with though. I like bees. I don't get along with wasps too well. Your orchid is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us.

Sugar

5 years ago

Thanks for the comments gals. The bee was a challenge to get a pic of. They are so busy going from flower to flower, then of course they are beating those wings quick so can't get the wings. Sugar, your made a rhyme in your comment, "I can see the bee, he looks so good he could sting me!". Made me laugh. Yes, wasps I do not like. Thanks again. Aloha, Sally

5 years ago

I did, didn't I Sally! I never noticed!

I really hate making new threads for this, I love looking at the pics over and over again. I guess I will have to soon though. Is everyone okay with the length right now? Let me know,

Sugar

5 years ago

Great picture of the bee Sally, that is a difficult picture to take. Those are really pretty flowers too.

5 years ago

Good morning all! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I woke up Saturday morning to a power failure and pouring rain so I decided to go to the city and visit my grandchildren. I don't get to see them as often as I like since we live a few hours drive away. I had a wonderful time My grandson Chase just turned 4 months old and he is so different. He was smiling and reaching for my keys and posing for pictures...lol. Ok, I was posing him for pictures. Chase's big sister Hailey just turned 13 and she was engrossed in an argument with her mother about makeup.....ahhhhh, I'm so glad I'm past those fights.

Speaking of pictures....I love the picture of the sunset glow Sally!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Good afternoon all. Just dropping in to see what's new.

Sally, you did good getting that picture of the bee. I'm with you and Sugar in that I like the bees but not the wasps. The wasps are so much more aggressive.

Angie, glad you had a good visit with your grandchildren. Wow, 13 and 4 months old, what an age difference! I have one grandson who just turned 20 months old. Then I have 2 adopted grandchildren {my son's girlfriend's kids} who are 8 and 7.

Take care everyone and have a fantastiic day.

5 years ago

Thanks everyone. I planted a row of heather flowers in my garden to attract the honey bees. So they can pollinate what I have around the garden such as lemons, limes, the banana flowers that are coming out.

Angie it is great to enjoy those grandchildren when they are babies. Being a grandma myself, those times will go by so quickly so enjoy them while they are babies still yet. Aloha .

5 years ago

saw 2 humming birds at my dad's Sunday, forgot my camera.

5 years ago

Oh my goodness, im so enjoying reading all ya'lls posts and looking at the pictures of all the wildlife. Im learning alot just by reading all your encounters with animals.
Ive just learned there is around 7 Bobcats living in the park just about 6 blocks up from my house. Now i love cats but im a bit scared of Bobcats. I researched it a little when i found out about them and what i found is that they really try to stay away from humans. Problem is they will eat a feral cat. Ok so if anyone remembers , ive had a coyote situation , them wanting to eat my cats, now ive got Bobcats to worry about. I love animals i just dont want them feeding off my cats. Any suggestions here. Anyone had any experience with Bobcats?

5 years ago

I suppose what i mean to ask is , does anyone else have Bobcats living near them?

5 years ago

Aw Heather, as far as I know I don't have bobcats anywhere near here. I was shocked to read they will kill feral cats. That makes me feel so bad. I really liked the idea of bobcats and lynxs. I am going to hate to start a new thread. There are so many good pics and stimulating conversations. But I guess I have to! There is no good time to do it, so I guess I better do it now.

Sugar

5 years ago

no bobcats here, but I heard there are coyotes not far from here, and I know there are large red foxes around here as they were out front. I figured the bob cats would eat domestic cats, and I KNEW that coyotes favorite food are cats. I DO NOT welcome them here.

5 years ago

That was photobucket .....Didn't need basic editor.

5 years ago

Heather, I have lynx's living on my property~~under one of my sheds near the back I think. I have only seen an adult once but my kids have seen them many times when they were out late. I've come home a few times and seen the kittens dashing through my headlights on their way to hide. I wish I could get a good picture of one of the babies. I haven't heard of any problems around my area with people's cats being eaten and there are alot of cats around these woods. I keep my 3 cats inside so I don't have to worry about them. We basically live in the forest so there are alot of small animals living there for the lynx's to dine on...I doubt they need to eat cats. I was just outside looking at my garden in the dark and there was a wolf howling not very far from me and the hair was standing up on the back of my neck...lol

5 years ago

Wow, bobcats and lynxs. Are they about the same size? I would be very much afraid of my cats being eaten or preyed upon by them. I think I would keep them indoors. Is that your rooster Donna? Nice looking rooster. Angie~ you got wolves where you live. Do they ever come close to your house? I would be scared of having them get close. So much wildlife to see out there. Wish we had hummingbirds here too.

5 years ago

Photo: I wanted to find one for so long after seeing them smushed in the road and then the boys found this one trying to cross the street. I let it go <img src=" width="403" height="403">

My daughter found this Jackson Chameleon at her work place. Actually prevented it from getting runned over on the road, saved it and released it into her yard. Isn't he awesome looking!

5 years ago

Donna I tried to post a pic again here on the wildlife thread after your great rooster pic. I just got hung up again with 'processing'. I left it on for at least 20 minutes and I finally exited the program with no pic and no message to you.

Oh my goodness Sally! I would have been so excited at finding the chameleon! I would tried to find what kind of home it needed and built one outside. I am so glad your daughter released it into her yard. I don't know if they prefer one kind of home/nest but I would try to find out. I love it and I love the picture too!

You guys have to keep posting pics as you are doing, cause I can't. I will stop in and say hello and enjoy seeing yours.

Have a good day Angie, Sally, Donna and everyone else.

Sugar

5 years ago

Great picture of the Jackson's Chameleon Sally. He sure is handsome and I love his horns. They have the coolest eyes, they look like little telescopes. So happy that your daughter saved him.

5 years ago

What a neat looking little "monster", Sally!  All I have in my yard are regular little lizards - the kind that do push-ups when they look at you.

5 years ago

Well Cindy, I have never seen a Lizard around here, but they are probably here in Jersey somewhere.

That is a sharp looking Chameleon. I never thought I would hear myself saying that. I think the gecko commercial changed my attitude about those critters. NOTHING will change me from being frightened of snakes and spiders. OR, big mean vicious dogs.

5 years ago

Sugar, Your computer might be running slow because of something running in the backround. Jimmy is always telling me that. AND, that will stop you from posting pics.

5 years ago

Thanks everyone for the comments. A lot of these poor guys tend to cross the road and get runned over unfortunately. So it is awesome to find one so big and healthy. My daughter and I raised Chameleons before. Not that hard to do at all. Having a big cage where it has a nice shrub or tree growing in a pot is best. Just be sure to have shelter for them when it rains. Too much rain is not good for them. They prefer a nice dry, hot climate. Of course having a spray bottle to spray water on the leaves for them to drink off of. There food mostly is crickets, flies or what bugs you can catch to feed them but no bees please. When they want to show to another chameleon who's boss they sort of make themselves large by widening their bodies, if you can understand me. But it is great raising them. Wouldn't mind trying it again. I agree with you screamingbell, snakes and spiders scare me and would prefer to stay away from.

4 years ago

I was just looking through some of the old photos....sigh, I miss this thread!!  I love looking at pictures of just about anything but wildlife and our surroundings make special photos I think. 

 

I was reading the chat thread and Val mentioned an animal I'd never heard of before, an echidna, so I had to look it up.  It is a type of ant-eater found in Australia.  It kind of reminds me of a cross between an aardvark and a porcupine.  Here is a picture I found!!  See you all in the other threads.....I just wanted to breathe a little life into this one cuz it's one of my favorites!

 

Anonymous
4 years ago

I thought this was the closed thread but love the echidna picture, Angie. I also had to look up what an echidna was and thought they were really cute.

4 years ago

He kind of looks like a hedgehog. Very cute! Thanks for sharing. Yes, let's keep on sharing photos here.

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