Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snaily Greetings

Just passing along some cute snail-themed holiday images I found. I especially like the festive shell cozy. You'll see what I mean when you click here.

Update 12-30-08:
Couldn't resist adding one more holiday link to Snail's Tales.

Happy New Year

Friday, December 19, 2008

ETIII, L2


On my bedroom windowsill this morning, having some sun and a little spritz.

cold weather friend


Now that the rainy season is here, the salamanders are out, and by "out", I mean under stuff. I found 3 of them under a trashcan the other day.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rippled slug


I came across this slug the other morning in my back yard. At about 2 1/2 inches, it's about as big as slugs get around here.



Its skin looked especially rippled. Like it was sporting a full-body fingerprint.



Or maybe some slimy, shiny woodgrain.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The stripe-eyed fly





This bee-sized hoverfly has a strikingly striped set of eyes. But I was amused by its busy tongue, dab-dab-dabbing all over the flowers.

You can sort of see the tongue in this video clip.

Incidental zoo critter

The other day, Jerry and I went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I left the animal photography to him, with his superior camera and big lens. I still ended up finding a cute little bug to take a picture of.

This natty little treehopper was on a plant in the "Botanical" section of the park.

Monarch caterpillar peak season

Well, this is nothing I haven't seen (or photographed) a bunch of times, but the monarch caterpillars at the arboretum are approaching critical mass, at least on certain patches of milkweed.

There are some clumps of tall ornamental grass that the caterpillars like to hang from in order to make their chrysalis.


A jewel of nature.