Recently Damien Crosse traveled to Miami with Dato Foland. Here are some of the photos he took:
Calathea burle-marxii ‘White Ice’
Thoas swallowtail, Papilio (Heraclides) thoas autocles
This one has lost the tails
Common Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides)
[All species identified by my brother – thanks!]
A Chihuly sculpture surrounded by orchids is the center piece of this garden.
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…
Three photos of Damien with Dato and Miami in the background.
Damien and Dato at the beach.
Dato was ready for his close-up.
Last Winter, I went outdoors in the snow and photographed animal tracks on our property. Here are the photos for your enjoyment and edification:
We have many rabbits on our property and they leave their prints:
In the last photo, a bunny was tip-toeing across the ice on a small pond we have.
For comparison, here are some squirrel tracks:
We also have mice, but they leave little tunnels in the snow:
We have chipmunks too:
Deer are everywhere:
I have found where they poop too:
For predators, we have the red fox:
And here is some red fox scat:
Note how the content is far more fibrous than a dog’s.
We also have a fisher cat on our property:
Although we have coyotes, I have not seen their tracks.
Here is Jenny enjoying the snow:
And here is our view in the morning light:
Just begs for a water color painting, don’t they?
I was so excited that there was a Snakes of Connecticut Lecture at our Yacht Club being given by Kim, a speaker who works at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center last Tuesday! It was really enjoyable!
The lecture was packed with kiddies! How wonderful to see such interest in nature! Kim brought 5 snakes with her! Here they are:
This is a hog nosed snake that was kept as a pet for 11 years. It is small for its age because the owner fed it only one mouse every 1 to 2 weeks. It was given 2 mice and gobbled them down. Hopes are that it will grow much bigger now. Aren’t the markings pretty?
This is another hog nosed snake. Note how the markings are very different.
This is a ring-necked snake. As adults they get no bigger than a pencil. They are escape artists, and love to find their way into basements. They are very fragile and do not make great pets.
Above and below are photos of an Eastern rat snake that is 27 years old. Look at the wide eyes of the little girl! She is just amazed by this snake! Note also, the white underside of this snake.
This Eastern rat snake is 35 years old. We have one this size that lives around our house and have seen it in the rafters of our porch. Rat snakes are known to climb trees to go after baby birds.
With the help of a volunteer, Kim held the snake to its full length.
What a wonderful way to spend an evening!