“Neighborhood” might be stretching it a bit given that the subjects of this post range in location from our front door to almost 300 miles distant. But in the cosmic scheme of things it doesn’t matter, right? Let’s do the far away one first. Last month Debbie and I visited family in the exotic East… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 12): [Mostly] Birds
Hey, there! It’s been a while since we’ve met on these pages; much has happened since our Great Porcupine Encounter that has distracted me from doing any thinking, much less writing. About a week ago, I entered my septuagenarian experience with a whimper, not a bang, experiencing a series of health challenges which are continuing… Continue reading Catching Up
Alert Gazette readers will recall this post in which I recount a porcupine sighting in our neighborhood documented by someone other than myself. Debbie and I have not spotted a porcupine in the wild (other than roadkill), and it’s been kind of a disappointment. But that changed yesterday. We decided to try a new running… Continue reading A Porcupine of Our Own
Alert Gazette readers will remember this video I posted about a year ago: That video documented a chance encounter with four young armadillos (and as the zoologists and/or Texans in the audience know perfectly well, the nine-banded armadillo mommy always gives birth to identical quadruplets) close to our house. Well, fast forward twelve months, and… Continue reading The Three [Armadillo] Amigos
I don’t know about where you are, but it’s pretty hot here at Casa Fire Ant. Temp on the left is inside the garage & on the right is outside next to a rock wall. Fortunately, the heat is not harshing our mellow too much as far as being able to enjoy some cool close… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt.10)
As if we don’t have enough to worry about nowadays, what with widespread wildfires, rampant inflation, a possible new wave of COVID, war in eastern Europe, and people gluing their hands to Starbucks counters, now comes a report of carnivorous armadillos that prey on lambs, calves, and other small and helpless mammals such as Danny… Continue reading Carnivorous, Corpse-Eating Armadillos?!
Wherein a beautiful bird sits for an involuntary portrait, I retract part of my admiration for possums, we study the mysterious porcupine, and snakes are the reptiles of the day.
Number 86 has been spotted, taken captive, and safely relocated.
Hey, fellow earthlings and others…happy Thursday. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, but it’s also National Reptile Awareness Day, and wouldn’t you know it — there are a couple of snake photos at the bottom of this post (following the grapefruit-looking mushroom pictures). So, here’s your mashed-up warning sign (aren’t I clever?): I do have… Continue reading Random Thursday: The Pictures Edition
…because Foto Friday was already spoken for. Plus, I’m a procrastinator. Here are some pictures I took. Where’s a pair of Wayfarers when you need them? The green tree frogs have been numerous lately (or perhaps there’s just one and he/she is someone ubiquitous). But it’s a bit rare to see one in the bright… Continue reading Snapshot Saturday…