Swamp life has been rather brutal this week. My thoughts are with our friends throughout southeast Louisiana dealing with several feet of floodwaters.
Summer has technically not started yet, but of course this is Louisiana so it has been here since April. While sitting on my back porch I spotted this mutant forked-tail Anole crawling up the siding. Perhaps he was hatched in the swill of a coker unit.
The King Snakes have been much more shy and this is the first one I’ve seen here.
I knew nothing about birds when I moved here, and only recently have I begun trying to identify them instead of just labeling my photos “big ass white bird” and “some vulture looking thing”.
So I was sitting on my back porch sipping coffee one Saturday morning when this Turkey Vulture flew about 25′ overhead. They do this quite often. They fly so low that you’ll creep out when their shadow crosses your face and their wings slice the air so hard you can hear it.
And when they get all dramatic in the morning like this…
Finally, while driving the kids to summer camp this week we got an unexpected surprise. An alligator! We don’t have many out here, but when it rains as much as it has lately they seem to think residential yards are just more swamp. This one walked right in front of my truck so I jumped out and tried to get a video. He ran away from me. I’m intimidating like that ;)
I walked out of the back door and almost stepped on this Rat Snake, Pantherophis obsoleta (non-poisonous) that was snuggled behind one of my bromeliads. When I came back with the camera he had climbed up my potted plant rack. I’ve since moved all the potted plants – and everything else, away from the back door. *shudder*. These guys are voracious eaters of rodents so I’m okay with them being around, I’d just prefer they not be right by my back door. Especially since they’re also notorious climbers.
On the gardening front, we got our first blueberry this week.
You know you’re in New Orleans when you wake up to find your neighbor sleeping in front of your house at 6am.
She broke out of the farm next door and came over to wiggle in the clover…
The Spider Lilies are still exploding with blooms but they’re finishing up. I expect they’ll all be done in another week.