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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Northlake

The weather's been nice, so I've been trying to get out as much as I can before the oppressive heat arrives. I had a day off a while back, so I went to Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, LA.

There are always a fair number of turtles here, but that day was crazy with them! I watched a few males (smaller than the females,) get in their faces to do their mating display--waggling their claws in the females' faces. Not a lot of takers, though. If you know what kind of turtle this is, I'd love to hear it!

A downy woodpecker with a nice, juicy worm.

Male blue dasher.

More turtles, including at least one red-eared slider.

There were quite a few Carolina anoles, as well. Here a male is doing his mating display.

Oxalis flowers.

A red-eared slider near the boardwalk.

Red buckeye.

Did I mention that there were a LOT of turtles?

Unfortunately a sudden, massive, annoying swarm of termites showed up (seemingly out of nowhere,) chasing many of us away. I popped up the road to Fontainebleau State Park, featured in my next post.

7 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Sorry I missed the termite swarm with you sweetness.

AvDB said...

It's funny how I had to have a mental adjustment that you found termites in the forest. It's obvious that's where they belong, yet, my mind kept thinking, "Don't they live near houses?" I need to get out into nature more, methinks.

Tyhitia Green said...

Lana,

Wow. You always have such beautiful shots. I think of you everytime I see something I'd like a picture of and don't have my camera. ;-)

Cloudia said...

amazing anole!

your turtles have moss like our sea turtles do.

What happened to the cleaning station?



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eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Lana! I just love seeing wildlife. The anole is my favorite. I do not think I have seen one before.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Consider yourself lucky! *L*

AvDB; *LOL* Well, I never considered running into a swarm of them anywhere myself, but yes, I guess it makes sense that they'd be out in the woods, too.

Tyhitia; Thanks, hon. :) You need to carry your camera around much like a purse or ID. Unfortunately, you have to be careful it doesn't get stolen, too (which happened to me some years ago.)

Cloudia; It's so hot & humid down here even the vinyl siding on our HOUSE gets mossy. It's crazy! As for the "cleaning station," um...huh? *scratching head*

eileeninmd; Thanks, eileen. Anoles are all over down here (as are other kinds of skinks & lizards.) I had Carolina anoles as a pet when I was a kid, so seeing them again in the wild years later really brought me back.

Nguyen Duc said...

nice pics, i try learn macro skill to shoot.
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