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OH! OH! That's My Favorite! NO! That one! Favorite Photos - 2016

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BaskettailDragonFly051016 3
Cardinal 03 25 16 1
CardinalFemale 04 17 16 1
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EasternBluebird11 29 16 1
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GreatBlueHeronGlow111316 1
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Mockingbird 04 19 16 1
RedHeadedWoodpecker 073116 7
Spiderwort 062316 (1 of 1)

Here are my personal favorite photos of 2016.

Bald Eagle Mother from last year's nesting pair


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Here is an Nine Thousand Word Post

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BumbleBee061216 (5 of 1)
CarpenterBeeOnFalseDandelion 062316 (8 of 1)
DolichopodidFly 062016 (2 of 1)
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RambursForktailDamselfly 062116 (1 of 1)
RobberFly061216 (3 of 1)
WillowLeafBeetle 060216 1
TurkeyVulture 062016 (1 of 1)

I have been unusually busy lately so here I wanted to post a major article - here is the equivalent of 9,000 words.  That is, if indeed a picture is worth a thousand words.  

All of these images were taken within a couple of hundred yards of my front door.  

Female Green Anole

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Wasting My Time in the Woods - Not Ever

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Anolis 03 07 16
GreyWingedGrasshopper 03 07 16 9
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BasketTailDragonFly 1 03 07 16
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The weather forecast says rain for the rest of the week. Maybe up to 7 inches. Wow. I have a lot of work to do on the computer and around the RV so maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing. Besides, I enjoy rain and storms.

So I mentioned this to a friend, Steve Sutton who with his wife, Fabienne Devolter, own Lake O’ the Pines RV Motel and Marina. He pointed out that I should go out in the woods with my cameras that day since it would be the last chance I would get for at least a few days. I thought it was a good idea, but I was leaning towards getting to work. So I headed for my computer.  

About 15 minutes later, Steve dropped his Kawasaki Mule off in my driveway and said go to the woods. Well, I couldn’t argue with that. So, I packed my gear and headed out.

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Recent Comments
Kristi Mears Thomas
I absolutely love this, and all of the photographs you managed on a gloomy day! Sometimes the best captures happen when you aren'... Read More
Friday, 11 March 2016 19:14
Michael Mathews
Thank you for your comments. The day was cloudy but the overcast really made for a great day to capture the color if you could us... Read More
Friday, 11 March 2016 19:45
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What Do You Mean They Reproduce Without Males?

MFM Paper

While Googling for some information tonight, I got sidetracked and searched for an old "friend".  Well, it is a lizard, but I am sure you know what I mean.  Anyway, I discovered a link to an old paper that I co-authored years ago.

It was fun to see the old paper again and to remember how we traveled to Laredo in the heat of summer to collect some specimen of Laredo Striped Whiptail lizards, Cnemidophorus laredoensis, for the study.  

Trying to catch these lizards is not easy under any circumstances.  They are extremely fast and evasive and the hotter it is they more fired up they are.  On the day we spent in Laredo collecting them, it was extremely hot and very humid.  

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How About a Lizard


Along with the missing turtles, I have seen very few lizards this year.  

When I was doing an estate sale in Harleton, I regularly saw a 5 Lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus) and a 6 Lined Racerunner Whiptail lizard (Aspidoscelis sexlineata).  At the RV park I have seen one Anolis lizard (Anolis carolinensis) and a couple of times I have seen 5 Lined Skinks - including one on my site when I was moving big rocks to make an outdoor fire ring.

On my several trips across the highway where I walk in the woods, I have seen 2 Anolis lizards.  Two.

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