Sunday, October 30, 2011

creepy & crawly. halloween. skulls & bones

"Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid."  
(Stephen King's "It")

this year's halloween post is bursting at the seams with this past year's pictures of 
snakes, spiders, found skulls & bones.
fitting for a creepy day. or night.

but first...step inside...just a quick visit...
pumpkin  2008

pumpkin from '07

pumpkin '10


thought i lost you...
let me clear stuff from the mirror...
and you can follow me outside.

just watch your step...
and don't forget to pick up a wave in front of you...
so you don't get wrapped up in spider webs!

the poisonous CORAL our yard yesterday!

Golden Orb Weaver (banana spider), tight rope walking upside down (taken july. 2010)

BONES in the field & woods...

“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth.”   
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 

juvenile Black Racer  (september. 2010)

adult Black Racer  (june. 2010)

“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”  
Norman Bates, Psycho (1960) 

i've come to learn that i'm not the only one who
(even after bolting all the doors, and checking them twice)
has to steal peeks from around the shower curtain
and wash the soap from my face in a frenzy...
when i'm home alone...showering!

Orb Weaver spinning her web only at night. front porch. (november. 2010)

dew covered spider web. halloween 2010

“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”   
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 


raccoon hand. found just like this. (september. 2010)


“That cold ain’t the weather, that’s death approaching.”   
30 Days of Night (2007) 

a Moccasin crossing the road...from the field to our place.   (july. 2010)

an Argiope spider spotted on the side of the house.   yesterday.
^^((get a load of those RED LEGS!!  they look like they're FILLED WITH BLOOD!!))^^

Florida Banded Water Snake (Nerodia Fasciata Pictiventris)  in backyard. (october. 2011)
^^(that water snake up there, showed up while i was out back...digging up the earth,
looking for the 'possum bones...remember??  the buried 'possum?!)^^

squirrel skull found in woods.  (september. 2010)

while cleaning out the shed last latest skeleton finds...
a Green Tree frog & two Anoles

the HOLY web.  or is it HOLE-EEeeek!!  taken a year ago yesterday.  (10.29.10)

"...enough already.
no more snakes, bones, spiders...pleeeeease!"

ok. ok.  but i have MORE!!  
alright. i give up. 
i love halloween...and i just couldn't NOT do my part!

“Hallo. Vould you like a roll in ze hay?”   
Mel Brooks'  'Young Frankenstein' (1974) 

have a creepy day. 
but be safe!


“It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”   
Halloween (1978) 

(if you haven't had sure to check out my 'macabre page'  for more quotes & graphics)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

woodpeckers. weird fungi. spider & buzzards.

just a nice relaxing weekend.
cooler weather. 
flannel shirt weather! i want to be outdoors weather!
we picked up some fresh oysters...
steamed...shucked...and gobbled 'em up
with HOT cocktail sauce (mostly horseradish with just a little ketchup) & crackers!

cooler weather also means no mosquitoes or ticks,
so we wandered out back...into the woods...
following the trails made by the deer and smaller critters.

i'm no mushroom expert...but i think a good name for this one would be the
Umbrella Mushroom.
one day!

first we heard...then spotted a woodpecker.
we can usually find the Red-headed, Red-bellied and the Pileated.
we thought it was a young woodpecker...smaller than the ones we normally see.
but when i put the pic's on the computer, and looked it up...
we realized this is a new one we've never seen here before.
A Downy Woodpecker.
(pic's not too clear. he was very fast!!)
Downy woodpecker

a    VERY    fuzzy   'shroom

Cinnamon fern
the Cinnamon fern first sprouts as a green curl...
then opens & straightens in a cinnamon color...
and then opens to a full bright green fern.

another woodpecker. the BIG Pileated. going from tree to tree.
tapping away.
Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

LOOK at this SPIDER!!  have you ever seen one like this?
i hadn't!!!!!  it was a first!!  see how it hangs by its back legs, head down?!! 
Arrowhead spider

very weird looking fungi. i think it might be the kind that turns into
these puffer things. if you poke them with a stick, dust, that looks like smoke,
comes out the center hole in top!

walking out of the woods...crossing the yard...
shadows across the ground. 
i look up.  a few buzzards (black vultures).

more are circling in...

and more...

a bunch of buzzards is called a wake. i can see why. they move in a wave across the sky.

the wave is climbing. higher and higher...scanning the woods...looking to eat.

i know they can't be waiting for this guy, 'cause he literally has no meat on his bones...
not anymore!
Mr. bOnes perched on a mushroom

have a good week.
stay cool and be safe.

moon 7:18 AM ~ oct 18, 2011