Saturday, January 24, 2015

a couple of critters and bOnes...

a leaf...dangling by a web strand :)

it's still been pretty chilly here in north florida.
tonight it's supposed to get down to 33° F.
right now it's a windy 51°! 
i can hear the wind whipping around outside.
dead branches falling.

a couple of days ago the sun was finally peeking through the dense clouds...
and i spotted some critters. yay!!

a couple of (anole) lizards on the side of the house.


i got pretty excited when i heard the distinct tapping away of a woodpecker.
he was at the very top of an old dead tree...and i couldn't get a very good shot.
but, hey!!  it was another critter coming out from hiding, braving the cooler temp's!
a Red-bellied woodpecker.


and here's a pretty cool little (garden) spider's web...iridescent with the sun hitting it just right!


sam & i still go for hikes across the street...into the wooded field.
and i still collect bones!!!

hog skull & jaw

assorted deer bones

NOW THIS is a first!!!
ALLIGATOR TAIL!
obviously someone must have poached a 'gator...cleaned it...and dumped what was left.
i would've liked to see the entire skeleton...but all there was, was the tail!


ok. that's it.
i'll sign off with a couple of pic's of our furry kids!
~ emo ~

~ otis ~

have a nice week!

stay cool & be safe.
laura


“Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar.”
~Jim Butcher, Dead Beat




29 comments:

  1. Beautiful lizards image, and there is a lot of bones, that reminds of you, ha ha, you know I mean.

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    1. it's nice to know that seeing the bones reminds you of me! :)

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  2. I love the lizard and the cool web shot.. The gator tail bones are neat too. Great find! Have a happy weekend!

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  3. I like lizards, alligators less, well, that only the tail bones found. Regards.

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  4. It's great seeing your critter photos again, laura.
    ~

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  5. Geweldig mooi,dit is super.

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  6. Oh drat, I lost the input I did Laura... I so groan when that happens and I haven't copied first... the momentum is lost when I try and re-do...
    I'll do my best to include what I typed before instead of leaving and returning another time.

    The Jim Butcher quote reminded me of his Dresden Files. Loved those books. Such interesting concepts in them. Felt quite lost when I'd finished the series. I haven't tried his other series, but maybe after this I'll look into giving them a read. I do miss his writing style and I might be pleasantly surprised.

    Now for the wonders within your Post...
    Otis may be glamorous, but Emo is still his far-seeing-knowing self. They are a wonderful example of the variety existing in both personality and appearance within the cat world. Always beautiful, always interesting. And I think all ways is a good interpretation to include, They are fortunate to live with you, just as you are with them.

    Not sure what to think of the person/persons who did-in the alligator. Quite a feat to succeed in ending a 'gator;s life and then disassemble it. Maybe the tail was of no use to them. I do hope the remainder was. Seems a waste otherwise.
    Will you be able to use the tail bones Laura?
    Or are they too big?
    Or am I simply being silly to even ponder such a thought as bones being too big?

    Beautiful photo of the web highlighted by the sun's light.
    Webs are always intriguing, and seeing a strand with a leaf on the end swaying with the breeze gives testament to the strength of a web's individual strand.

    Timber is a beautiful medium to see a house built with. Here in Queensland termites are an issue for such homes.
    The texture the timber gives as a background for the Anoles is lovely. They look very different to when they are in their green-tones and showing their pretty red chin-flap.

    Would be lovely hearing Woodpeckers tapping steadily away on a tree. Their colouring has so many details too.
    Do they ever feel inclined to go tap-tapping their way on timber homes?
    Or is the timber of trees their main goal?

    It's really nice to be here responding to your Post Laura.
    May we both succeed in doing okay this year with our Posts.
    And apologies for all my questions, definitely no intention to overwhelm, but your words and your responses are always interesting.

    Hugs with love, your friend forever.

    PS... well I sort of managed to do what I did before the loss... not as smooth or as coherent, but I did stay and complete, so I'm quite pleased I had the courage to try again.

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    1. Another PS Laura,
      typing away in the little rectangle really gives me no insight in how big my input actually is until published... bit of a shock once out there.. not sure whether to apologise or just accept that's me and hope you enjoy my words.. so I'll simply do both.. sorry, but hope you enjoy.

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    2. both magda!! you are you...i enjoy what you have to say! :)

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    3. wow magda!! to answer your questions...as far as the alligator tail. i would be worried to take them because i wouldn't want to get 'caught' with 'gator bones since it's illegal to 'take' a gator at any time...unless you are licensed to do so. only once a year, for a month, are you allowed to hunt gator. and you have to buy the tickets to do so. otherwise it's considered poaching. illegal.BIG trouble. and if i have bones...well, they might think i took a gator illegally. not worth it to me. (of course i could never hunt a gator anyway!)
      and about the wood on outside of house. it's treated wood. and anyway...woodpeckers go after trees...usually dead ones...where bugs might be hiding. they've never tried to peck at house! :)

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  7. love your pretty kitties. cute lizard, too. glad to see you're still into bones. :)

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  8. I always look for bones but Aligator cock I've never found here;-)) the woodpecker with his red head looks great Regards Frank

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  9. Great images.
    The ginger cat is my favourite!

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  10. Your critters are such a delight, and well of course you are my go to for great bones too. Your evening temperatures are much like what our days have been. We even had a couple nights of 30's and low 40's. But our hard cold is scheduled to return after this week. Enjoy your week! Stay warm and happy!

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  11. I love so see the anoles! I had quite a few as a kid. Raised meal worms and caught flies and bugs to feed them. They are so darn cute!
    I web!!! You managed to catch the rainbow of color! Just amazing shot! And I am not a fan of spiders, as you know--but I do love seeing webs.
    Have a fabulous week. Glad you are back home bone collecting. ;)

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  12. That alligator tail is awesome!!!!...:)JP

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  13. You got a great capture of that spider web!

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  14. just wanted to say THANKS to everyone who stopped by...whether you left a note or not!! i appreciate it!! :) >>laura

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  15. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  16. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  17. Happy to see both kitties are well.

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  18. And I think the gator tail is pretty funny! Sorry for the two comments ...I pad has a mind of its own.

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  19. Hi Laura, totally love the spider's web - I never knew they could be irridescent... will have to look at ours more closely.
    What a find for you, that gator tail.
    Popped over and had a look through your Forest of Bones shop. It's looking real good, I love the range of hand painted glass pendants too. Very nice and your artistic creativity shines through :D)

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  20. So great to see that you're still the same Laura, interested in bugs 'n spiders 'n birds and bones and all....

    That spider's web picture made me shake my head in admiration - of you, not the spider. But the spider too :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Gater tail? That is a first.
    I recently was working a funeral for a wealthy family whose ancestors were quite prominent in developing our country. While everyone was focused on the service at hand, I looked down to see a rib bone next to a hole beside the prominent family marker. Not wanting to cause. A scene, I quietly picked up the bone and stuck it in my pocket.
    I then forgot about it and it now rides around with me in my car until I can return it to its proper home.

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  22. Gater tail? That is a first.
    I recently was working a funeral for a wealthy family whose ancestors were quite prominent in developing our country. While everyone was focused on the service at hand, I looked down to see a rib bone next to a hole beside the prominent family marker. Not wanting to cause. A scene, I quietly picked up the bone and stuck it in my pocket.
    I then forgot about it and it now rides around with me in my car until I can return it to its proper home.

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    1. stew, hmmmm. i think that rib bone found YOU. it's found it's new home! :)

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