In the backyard

Monarch caterpillars in the backyard this past couple of months. In late December, they all disappeared and the leaves were stripped so we cut back the milkweed plants.

Our milkweed plants were overrun with the above bugs. The caterpillars didn’t seem to mind. We didn’t want to spray the bugs since the butterflies would be on the plants. Since we cut the plants back the bugs are gone, although I’m sure they will come back once the plants start to grow back this spring.

This little guy was watching me take pictures of the bugs. I kept asking him why he didn’t eat them all. He said he preferred fries.

Wasps on the Bismark palm tree.

Usual visitors in the backyard, an osprey on our neighbor’s sailboat mast and a phoebe with a snack on our fence. The phoebe is pretty skittish so I had to take the above through the bedroom window.

A full moon in December from the driveway.

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Things in the backyard – Skywatch Friday


Sitting on my neighbor’s dock, she’s been hanging around a lot lately.


A juvenile white ibis was on our dock. I think he saw me through the window.


Our yard is always full of squirrels since we don’t have dogs or cats nor do our immediate neighbors.


Another day, another sunning. I wonder if this is the same lady.


This fruit was hanging over our fence from our neighbor’s yard. I was using my macro but it was a challenge since it was so windy. The orange blob kept bouncing around.


Another had ripened and opened up showing the red seeds.


A bee on the bush.


Taken during the last full moon in the backyard. It was early in the morning.

Just a few things I saw while peeking out the bedroom window and then later walking around the yard. There’s been an anhinga sleeping in our neighbor’s tree lately. I wonder if it’s the same one above. I can see her shadow in the tree in the morning when I get up. A big limb hangs over the water and she’s been sleeping there a couple of months.

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