Sunday, February 15, 2015

lizard love. scat. skull. and a couple of tree huggers!

it's still a little on the chilly side here in north central florida.
we've had some frosty mornings & the water in the bird bath freezes over night.
i love it!  but most of the little critters are still in hiding.

this past week i've been lucky enough to spot a few lizards (anoles) sun-bathing!! yay!





(FYI: the anoles with the patterned stripes down their backs are Non-natives.
from Cuba or the Bahamas)



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lately we've been hearing what sounds like a pack of pups 
barking & kind of howling...just before dawn and around sunset.
the PROOF is in the SCAT.
out back, in the wooded area...COYOTE poop!


it's not the freshest scat around...but it's loaded with FUR & BONES!
i went online and listened to what the coyotes sound like when they 'talk'...
and it's exactly what we've been hearing!

SO, knowing this, we have had numerous talks with emo & otis.
stressing to them that they have to watch their backs!
our little 'tree-huggers' have been practicing climbing trees!!


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this past week i started working on a HOG SKULL 
i found last year in the field across the road.


(acrylic paint & Sharpie paint pens)

 

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i leave you now...with a parting moon shot.
(NO, not THAT kind!!)  :)

11 feb 2015


stay cool & be safe.
laura


“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
~A.A. Milne




23 comments:

  1. Fantastic lizards and pretty skull art. It's good to see new posts from you again!

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  2. our coyotes are very active around here. just last night in the next field over. 2 of my pups were already out and the other two joined them as soon as the singing started. i stood in the doorway and howled, too. :)

    love the skull!!! so good to be able to see your coolness again!

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  3. Keep a close on those those boys...cold weather makes critters extra hungry!...:)JP

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  4. The patterned lizardds are Anolis sagrei, I think.

    Love the cats on the tree!
    ~

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  5. Special. I love the Lizards, so excellent.

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  6. How fun, and the race is on with Emo and Otis, too funny as well as cute. I would never be able to name a lizard, but they are enjoyable to see! Always enjoyable seeing what you're capturing. You are in just the right climate too.... my deep freeze is getting to me, oh wait, it's gonna warm up and then, SNOW.

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  7. That skull is looking fantastic, Laura. And the lizards are great - at least they're getting some sunshine! I'm quite glad we don't have coyotes here, I must admit.

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  8. That skull looks excellent. You are quite talented.

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  9. heel mooi ,maar ook de kunst.

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  10. Those non-native anoles have been around a long time! My dad brought me home a dozen wild caught anoles as a surprise from a trip they made to Florida when I was just a young teen in the mid-60s. I already had an aquarium set up with "chameleons" I bought from the pet shop. Several of the wild ones had the beautiful diamond back designs on their spines and shorter mouths/faces. They were really lively and aggressive compared to the others. I did not know they weren't native to Florida.

    Love your skull painting! Although I can't picture that skull as a hog's head. But then, you can even recognize coyote poop so I am not the least surprised you know your skulls. ;) You have mad forest skills, woman!

    Coyotes! A pack of them! Yes, I hope the boys watch their backs. Closely!

    Love your moon shot. Have a super week. :):)

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  11. Love your cats, in the wild! That is such a great photo! Lizard on a fence post, co cute! And your find, fabulous!!! Love what you can do with a pretty skull!

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  12. Everyone must be cool right now, Florida too.
    Sub zero's for us for days . . . and more snow overnight.

    It was a treat for me to see the lizards sunning and the bits of green too . . .

    Love this quote,
    “The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
    ~A.A. Milne

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  13. What cute little lizards! And your skull is gorgeous!
    Oh, and watch out for those coyotes. We had a kitty disappear last summer, and while we don't have proof, we are pretty sure it was coyotes. I'm in an area with lots of them.

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  14. I love the cute lizards and your sweet kitty. The moon shot is great and I love the quote too. I hope it is warming up there.. Have a happy day!

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  15. Certainly, there will be more soon lizards and other living creatures that you like. Painted skull looks very interesting and I like it. Regards.

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  16. It is a little cooler than usual here too but not that cool. Love that skull ! Looks like it belongs in a folk art exhibit ... I hope your sweet kitties are listening and heeding your advice.

    Thanks for the anole info. I'll be looking to see which we have, native or imported"

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  17. I do like the lizards but not ON me, those little feet eeew :) Fabulous decorative work on the skull Laura, must take a bit of patience. Have to say your closing line made me laugh out loud :)

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  18. I do like the lizards but not ON me, those little feet eeew :) Fabulous decorative work on the skull Laura, must take a bit of patience. Have to say your closing line made me laugh out loud :)

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  19. They're lumberjacks!!! I can only imagine what goes on in the woods at night. Scary:)

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  20. Hello Laura, loving all the lizard shots - we think ourselves lucky to see one skink when it comes out for the sun. You've lots there. The hogs head art is incredible - great job and, yes, keep safe little tree huggers :D)

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  21. The lizards were a good find, and super photos. It's still not warm enough for most of them to come out of hiding, although I did see a gorgeous Salamander this week in my garden. Love the way Emo and Otis are climbing the tree together. They have a better chance of survival as a pair. I hope they will be safe. Love your art work!:)

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