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by Pamela Brietberg Words and Photography by a naturalist

Leapin’ lizard…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 19, 2014


I try not to use age-old sayings in my post titles, but I am unable to resist this inclination today. An Anole Lizard joined us by the pool this morning. Always trying to get closer I pushed my luck in the first image which caused him (her?) to flee to the more distant rail.

“Leapin’ lizards” was a catch phrase from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.

 

 

Resting Anole lizard, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Resting Anole lizard, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

leaping Anole lizard, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

leaping Anole lizard, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Anole lizard by pool, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Anole lizard by pool, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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The whole picture…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 14, 2014


I am finding that the saying “if you don’t like the weather than just wait a little while” is true by the Atlantic Ocean. This has been a daily routine, varied only by the time of day.

 

Morning storm and sun over beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Morning storm and sun over beach at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Out of Place…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 8, 2014


 

Halloween Pennant dragonfly, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Halloween Pennant dragonfly, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

The Halloween Pennant‘s habitat ranges from Canada to Florida. The one in this image I caught (with my lens) on a Ft. Lauderdale beach yesterday afternoon. It would be fitting to see the dragonfly in Florida, yet sighting this one on the Atlantic Ocean’s beach was a surprise. Halloween Pennant dragonflies inhabit FRESH water areas: ponds, streams, rivers and marshes. They lay their eggs in fresh water. Like myself, this dragonfly was merely visiting the beach yesterday.

A source of amusement for myself is pondering the creative thinking behind the naming of species. Common names for a plant or animal are often regional and therefore one species may be referred to by several common names, and one common name may be connected to more than one species. Scientific names remain the key identifier. This dragonfly has the common name of Halloween Pennant. “Halloween” references the orange and brown colorings similar to pumpkins and fall foliage. The “pennant” portion of its name reflects its routine of resting atop tall grasses or reeds, therefore resembling a pennant flapping in the wind. Coincidentally these creatures are skilled at maneuvering in wind, unlike most insects, which was beneficial for its encounter with sea breezes yesterday while away from their preferred environment.

See also “Observations From Hunting On The Prairie” 07/20/2011 made of the same species in a Chicagoland area prairie.

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Animal or plant debris…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 4, 2014


I’m unsure if the stringy fuzz on the Lead Plant and the Lily are spider webs or Cottonwood tree seeds or both. Either way I felt an impulse to dust the garden. I did manage to control the impulse!

Lead Plant, a native prairie plant, with ?, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Lead Plant, a native prairie plant, with ?, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Lily with ant and ?, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Lily with ants and ?, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Marvelous minutiae….

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on July 4, 2014


Purple Spirea, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Purple Spirea, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Macro of Spirea in bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Macro of Spirea in bloom, copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Spirea details, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Spirea details, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Evening sun…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on June 27, 2014


Sundrops aka Evening Primrose aka Oenothera is one of the first yellow flowers that appear in my otherwise shades-of-purple perennial garden.

Sundrops in bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sundrops in bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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In the eye of the beholder…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on June 25, 2014


Eyeing these in a lawn can make girls giggle as they recognize the lovely ingredients for a summer chain necklace. An annoying weed is how many adults refer to Whte Clover (Trifolium repens). Upon purchase of our first home and lawn, my mother passed on her learned wisdom from her grandfather: “Clover in the lawn is good, it’s a sign of nitrogen in the soil”.

 

 


 

Macro image of White Clover, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of White Clover, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

White clover bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

White clover bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

 

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Tiny treasure…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on June 19, 2014


Tiny treasure...

Beautiful translucent Blue butterfly, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Gentle layers of splendor…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on June 18, 2014


Macro image of Peony blossom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Macro image of Peony blossom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

The slight blush of pink on the perfumed pedals show a softer charm than the deeper pink Peony from my prior post (Layers of Love…).

Both Peony varieties are rich in complexity.

Layers of Peony bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Layers of Peony bloom, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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Growing up…

Posted by Pamela Breitberg on June 13, 2014


Growing up...

This brother, along with his sister have regularly visited our garden for their early evening treat; my perennials. My treat is that I have been allowed to watch them slowly mature into handsome and lovely neighbors. copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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