Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lizards in Love

We are in the midst of the mating season for the Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus).  Over the past few weeks I been seeing them engaged in their courtship behavior.  Now I'm using the resulting photos to make a blog post on lizards in love. (When I think the phrase "lizards in love", I think it to the tune of "Lawyers in Love", a once-popular but now forgotten song from my Eighties childhood.)

The first two are from Memorial Day, and the third is from Saturday.

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(It's also interesting to note that in the second picture the male retains vestiges of the juvenile stripe pattern, which is usually lost in mature males.)

There are places here in Alexandria where skinks are abundant, but I'm the only one who ever seems to notice them.  Probably hundreds of people walk by the skinks every day without ever knowing that they're there.  But I guess that many things in life are never seen or appreciated by most people.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An Old Picture That Once Was New

It looks as if we are only a few minutes away from June.  How did that happen?  It seemed as if May had just started.  

But then, I am still trying to figure out what happened to 2005.  

Please, if anyone can tell me, please contact me and let me know.  

Anyway, here is some candy lined up from last Halloween, an event that seems like if was only a short time ago, even though it's been seven months.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

I Dream of Lizards . . . Do They Dream of Me?

At the end of March in 2015 I started keeping a journal of my dreams.  In the ensuing twelve months, there were 114 days on which I remembered at least a small portion my dreaming.  

Lizards are a frequent topic of my dreams, because lizard watching is one of my favorite things to do.  And now new scientific research has shown that sleeping lizards have the sort of brain activity that could indicate that they dream.  This makes me wonder if any of the lizards which I've seen go on to dream of me.   

Friday, April 29, 2016


I try to put up at least one post per month.  But in recent months I just haven't felt like writing.  And now I find that I am again running out of month.  

Here's another picture, this one of a Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Crooked Utility Pole

I'm putting up this picture to give me something for March.  It will have to do until I can get the energy to write something . . . which may never happen . . . 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Waterfall for February

I felt that I should get something on the blog for February, so here is a picture of a small man-made waterfall along Holmes Run in Alexandria, Virginia.

As often happens, I have a lot that I want to write, but I don't feel like actually writing it.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wood in Water

Here's another picture from the Potomac, this one from back in November.