Yellow Belly

The last of the moth series-

…a soft, fuzzy, underbelly… and then there’s that face…

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Creamsicle Pi

You know you’re losing it when it’s getting late and you’re playing mind games with the moth head.  Look again - there is no “e” in this Pi!

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Royal Red

…several more images of the Royal Walnut Moth from various angles…

part tarantula?  check out those mandibles-part “Predator”?  part “Mothman“?

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Chance Encounter #9 – Royal Walnut Moth

Once again, I walked Chance the Dog on the Greenway at Lake Brandt (just off the Palmetto trail), when something bright red and 2 feet off the ground caught my eye.  I must say this was one of the most astounding creatures I’ve come across in quite some time – wing span was easily 4″ and top of head-to-bottom over 2.5″.  What colors!  What beauty!  Immediately, I flipped open my smaller G12 camera and snapped a series of images – first from afar, then working my way in much closer (apparently I was not a threat) – no fear, no movement, and best of all, she didn’t fly away!

This is the Royal Walnut Moth in all her glory!  Interestingly enough, I wondered why she wasn’t moving (very much), nor was she eating.  Upon further investigation, I learned that adult moths do not feed!  The caterpillar is known as the Hickory Horned Devil, scary looking, but harmless.

With all the sights to look at and and critters to search for while hiking in the woods, this was truly a lucky, happy accident!  Grinned the whole way home too!  In fact, grinning right now!!

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Bentley

While Pearl the Cat was posing for photos indoors, I grabbed these shots of her housemate, Bentley, outdoors.  Hated seeing him behind the door looking so forlorn, but it was short-lived – the attention switched to him within the hour.  His owner stated he’s a dalmation/bully/lab mix.  Handsome fella.

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Chance Encounter #8 Bear!!

For the few who know – Eames; for the other viewers - truly, no worries!!  Simply enjoy this uncanny resemblance to wildlife!

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Chance Encounter #7

A few weeks ago, we happened on the 4-5′ Black Rat Snake slithering on the trail.  Judging by the lengths of these 2 snake skins, perhaps one was that same snake – the other its mate?  These were seen on the Greenway Trail at Lake Brandt.  It appears each snake chose to “grab” a rail pole which fascilitated the slipping off of their skins; I only wish I had witnessed the actual event (yeah, I know – “ewwwww”!!!).

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Cat Shenanigans

Take this!  How about this?  You want more?  Pearl the Cat got fairly bored during her recent photo shoot and decided to throw in a few extra poses (and punches) of her own!!

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Dog Tired

Annie, a Cockapoo.  After her stroll on a particularly hot afternoon, followed by a lengthy drink of water, she jumped up on the couch and crashed.  This look told me I dare not make any further attempt at play.  Needless to say, we called it quits!

(Note - there are some Cockapoo clubs working toward making this breed a purebred dog by multi-generational crossing (i.e. NOT 50% Cocker Spaniel/50% Poodle), while other breeders are sticking with preserving the basic 50/50 mix.)

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Pool Boys

Feeling very refreshed on a hot summer day while caring for Mylo, Buster and Macy, all Jack Russell Terriers.

The Jack Russell Terrier is a favorite among horse owners, dog sports enthusiasts, animal trainers for film and television, and people who simply appreciate his fearless personality, boundless energy, entertaining antics, and small size.

But beware! The trained Jack Russell that you see in movies doesn’t come that way. Teaching a Jack Russell to become a civilized companion is no easy task. It requires lots of time and patience as well as a strong sense of humor. He’s highly trainable, but has a mind of his own and won’t stand for boredom. If you don’t keep him entertained, he’ll find his own amusements, and you probably won’t be happy with the results.

If you have the time and patience to devote to him, he’s devoted to his people and loves being with them. On the downside, he’s an escape artist who’s best suited to a home with a yard and a secure fence that can’t be climbed, dug under, or jumped over.

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