Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Visitors!

Oh, I love it when I get animal visitors to the yard!  This Gopher Tortoise is an especially welcome friend.  Now, I didn't flip it over to see if it was a him or a her, so I'll just call this one a "him".  

He didn't really move much, so I only photographed the one pose, but here he is a little bit closer.  If you ever come across one of these, please don't try to put it toward water.  These are land tortoises and they live in the scrubby, dry areas like the pine flatwoods.  Anyway, they rarely drink water, getting their water needs from plants.  I sometimes see them on the road somewhere and I do try to put them on the other side of the road in the direction they were heading.  And with the crazy traffic in south Florida, that is a considerable feat!  So, please - you, know - be careful out there!  

This is a shot of the Gopher Tortoise that visited my yard where we used to live.  He was eating lunch, but looked like he stuck his tongue out at me! 

While I was getting the Tortoise pics out of my reptile file, I came across this sweet little anole and just thought I'd add it here, since this is a short post.  He was so itty, bitty hopping through the grass.  I love his "smile"!  And while I'm not happy that he's one of the invasive brown ones, I still have to smile at his expression.

Found this cute little ladybug visitor on one of the red salvias.  I always welcome these beneficial friends to the yard.

 I hope you're out enjoying this glorious spring weather!  

Love, Light and Peace ☮


daisy gurl said...

It's always good to see a post from you, Lynn. I was just commenting the other day how strange it is not to have lizards around. Having lived in Florida for over 40 years, we enjoyed watching their antics on a daily basis.
That tortoise is fascinating! I have helped many cross the road myself and always kept yard gloves in my vehicle in case I should come upon one.

We were blessed with rain yesterday, so I will be planting flower seeds today. Enjoy your day!

Susan said...

Hi Lynn, Love your photos. They are unique critters for sure. I think we are lucky to have lizards darting everywhere, especially the native green ones. I do wish we had more of them. Hope you're enjoying spring, too.

Janice said...

Hi Lynn! I enjoyed browsing your blog - cool pigeon, but then, all your bird photos are always amazing. Hope life is being kind to you! _Janice