The cloth picture you made of her is very fine. Sadly it's too cold here for lizards, I'll have to wait a few months before they flicker through the garden again.
My friend in the garden last night was a hummingbird. I heard a buzz while I was watering and looked up and there she was. (I don't have a feeder out but try to plant things they like.) It's a very good thing to have friends in the garden...
Great toad picture. Somewhere in my photo box I have an old shot (back when we had to take film out to develop before we could see the pics) of a three-legged toad that lived in our back yard for quite a few years. There is something almost mystical about toads...all the frog prince stories I suppose.
the spade toads are out?
nandas/nance...no. not thespadefoot. this is one of thegarden toads, one of the regulars.there are maybe 6 that i think i"know", year to year. there isa gigunda one. and then the restvarying in size, some light colored, some darker, some morestripey. this was "daughter ofSandRock". long story to the namebut i think her. there was only that one soakingrain and it is not enough. it needs to rain 2 days straight andthere needs to be so much rain thatthe earth is saturated and there isstanding water, along the roadsides, in any depression, inthe chili and alfalfa fields. then.then they come up. it is amazinghow they know when it is a viableworld to breed and allow theirtadpoles to live. i am hoping tobe able to get some pics. have never had pics of the tadpoles. they are big and copper spotted.theythrillme.but, not yet.
i have a lot of holes in the earth lately, but i don't know what's in there....something escaping from the unusual heat perhaps....
jude..or maybe things coming up?that ordinarily stay down? afterall these years here, i reallyhave no idea what goes on out there at night, who is going in/out of the holes i see. it's a very private world. i just supply the water.this toad, daughter of sandrock,had made this shelter for herself in the grass hay mulch.
the cicadas come out of holes in the ground. little ones.we have moles, lots of holes! the dogs love stalking them, and sometimes they dig them out, triumphantly. Unfortunately, the easiest earth to dig into is in the flowerbeds.the snakes and creepy crawlies prefer the holes in the stone walls and the antcitiesI won't get into the subject of mice, rats etca world beneath, a world aboveso aliveso gratefulhiya grace
Manya! glad you are home andcicadas...oh, yes! and singingabout Life!
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