A Christmas snake

Waiting for Brett’s family to come over on Christmas day, I looked out the glass sliding door and saw what I thought was a snake in the muhly grass up against the screened-in porch. My phone was close by so I ran out and snapped the above. It was just a small harmless black racer. They are good to have around because they eat any rats (our neighborhood gets fruit rats due to all of the citrus trees). Since he looked like he wasn’t going anywhere I ran inside and got my camera.

A few closeups taken with my 300mm lens.

Taken through the screen.He eventually left that morning.

A few of the plants around the yard. The bottom one is growing in my neighbor’s yard. Not sure what type of fruit that is. I think it’s a papaya.

As I’m taking pictures of the snake, an osprey cruises by.

The wolf moon in January, taken in my driveway when I got home from work.

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In Our Yard.

Late summer babies. Blondie came back in August with another new baby.

The usual critters in our yard during the past few months.

One day I came home from work and grabbed the mail from the mailbox that is on the side of our house next to the front door. This guy came out with the mail. I dropped the mail to the ground and was glad he didn’t land on me. I think I woke him up.

The muhly grass blooms pink in the fall. These started blooming in late October.

Different skies in the front and back yards.

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In the backyard

A house sparrow on our dock. They nest in the hole on the side of the dock.

A hawk sitting on our fence.

An anhinga getting a snack on our neighbor’s dock.

A woodpecker getting a snack on our palm tree.

A blue jay giving me a funny look while sitting on our neighbor’s boat.

Things on our muhly grass.

The moon in the backyard in the morning.

Just a few things in our backyard in the past couple of weeks.

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The usual suspects at Lettuce Lake Park


The parks are full of white eyed vireos and phoebes right now.

“Common” yellowthroats are pretty common as well.

Doves get no respect even though they have pretty pink feet.

Limpkin eating a snail.

These are actually pretty cool bees, although I wouldn’t want to disturb that nest.

Gators and lizards.

Muhly grass in bloom.

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Pretty colors at Circle B Bar Reserve

Pretty colors along the trail glowing in the sun.

 

After walking down the trail I looked back and could see all of these broken spider webs blowing in the wind. I did a quick spider check to make sure they were not hitching a ride on me.

A late October walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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The neighborhood pond

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I stopped by a neighborhood pond to see what was floating around in it. I parked my car and got out and saw two sandhill cranes in someone’s yard. Just relaxing under a tree. They stayed there while I was walking around the lake. When I got back to my car, they were walking around in the street.

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Nothing too exciting in the pond. A great blue heron was hiding in the reeds.

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My favorite muhly grass was pink and the red berries were out.

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A red bellied cooter and a soft shell turtle were basking in the sun.

Not much floating in the pond right now. Hopefully, some winter ducks will show up.

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Sometimes a 10 minute stop can be productive.

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Drippy ducks.

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“She’s showing off her booty!” he said.

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Showing off.

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“Let’s go for a swim, lady.”

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“Wait, come back eagle.” I said

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Watching the practice game.

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Cruising by at sunset.

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Pretty in pink.

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Thirsty plants?

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Nosy neighborhood kitty.

There’s a little pond right next to a busy intersection. There’s a church, school, trailer park and office building surrounding it.  A paved trail runs around the pond but I was too lazy to walk all the way around. I drove my car to the little parking lot along the pond and got out. Walked 5 feet and snapped all of the above. The sun was starting to go down behind the trees and I was going to be late for a dinner date so I only stayed for 10 minutes. I had heard there were some fun ducks there. I found the above plus some canvasbacks, gadwalls and red breasted mergansers. More on those later.

Little creatures in north Tampa

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Nature outside of MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in north Tampa. After walking around Lettuce Lake Park nearby, I stopped at the butterfly garden at MOSI to see what was flying around. Not too many butterflies in the outside garden. It was so pretty out I just hung out for a while watching the lizards run around.

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