This was the first spider that Dad saw, the first of many to come. I love the sun on the web…
The underside of the Bermuda Silk Spider – Nephila Clavipes – Banana Spider- Hurricane Spider- Golden Orb-Weaver – Giant Wood Spider. I found a lot of names for it on Google. 🙂
Tiny butterfly the size of a half-dollar.
These I recently read are Gulf Fritillaries. Check out the blog where I learned about them!
I love this dragonfly shot! The bokeh is quite pleasing. (bokeh = blurry background)
Another Bermuda Silk Spider Nephila Clavipes – Banana Spider- Hurricane Spider- Golden Orb-Weaver – Giant Wood Spider. But, do you see the smaller one above the large one? In every single web they were there, so I started referring to them as the “henchmen” for the bigger spiders. But then Dad realized that they were the males! So, um, still sort of henchmen I suppose. But I still cannot get over the cool pattern on the underside of these spiders! So intricate!
Then an Arrowshaped Micrathena, which is an awesome name if you realize that Athena from Greek mythology was a weaver, and is credited with transforming a young prideful girl named Arachne into the first spider, giving them their Latin name. I won’t give the whole story here, but here’s the link to the full thing: Myth of Arachne.
In this fourish-foot-tall cave/tunnel (my dad is 6’3 for reference) I had a very mentally traumatizing experience. Dad had gone around the cave/tunnel while I wanted to walk through it. I was a little worried about snakes, so I ended up running through it with my eyes on the ground. That turned out to be a bad idea, as I ran into a spiders’ web, activating their defense mechanism. What? You want to know what the defense mechanism was? Fine, I’ll tell you. They (about 3-4 very large spiders) started jumping around and spinning their web to scare me away. I am not ashamed to say that it worked very well. I ran out of there as best I could in such a small space with uneven ground. I ran around the path and found Dad, where I recounted my tale of horror and calmed down a bit. After a few minutes I could appreciate the humor of the situation but still was wary of what may lay ahead.
Thankfully, the next critter we saw was one who was a) more scared of us than we of him, b) harmless, c) one we saw in broad daylight. A Five-Lined Skink! I’ve previously posted about this little guy but these pictures turned out a lot better because I didn’t have the shadow from the screen on him and this guy was full grown while the other was a juvenile I think.
Here’s the first of my mystery birds. Again, a big thank you to Gabriel for identifying these for me.
This guy is probably a Cape May Warbler.
Here’s a leaf. Not a hard thing to identify… 🙂 I just liked the sunlight on the leaf with the dark tree in the background.
We passed a beautiful Cypress grove.
A tiny brown Anole…
Dad pointed out another skink while I was shooting the anole.
We saw a sign in the middle of a small ravine that was pretty far away and I guessed that it might have been saying “entry prohibited”. After a picture, we saw that I was right! Who would have thunk?
I thought this was cool… The top of it was resting on another tree, so it hadn’t quite fallen over yet.
I haven’t done a Hearts In Nature post in a while, but I found one there!
As we were walking along we saw our 5th spider (not counting the ones in the cave) which was a Daddy Longlegs. Dad tried to pick him up but dropped him.
Take 2 worked and I was able to get a fun picture.
Spider #6 was a beauty…