Since we have to work in the morning I consider today to be more like a Sunday instead of Saturday.
It’s past 3:00pm and I’ve yet to do anything productive. This morning was cool and the light was nice so I took my second mug of coffee outside and hung out with the cats. Once they had all been sufficiently fed and petted I picked up my camera and took a tour of The Oasis. Yesterday I spotted a red-tailed skink in the compost heap. I looked it up online and decided that it must be a Peninsula Mole Skink (Eumeces egregius onocrepis). I also saw a Carolina Anole (Anolis carolinensis) hanging out on the shed, and a Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) which casually glided into a shrub and then quickly propelled itself upwards at a brown anole, missing by only an inch or two before it continued on along it’s hunting trek.
This morning it was too early for most reptiles to be active, but I did capture a Brown Anole (Norops sagrei) sunning himself on a bamboo stake in the garden. We have built a fence, a garden enclosure and trellises with locally grown bamboo. The anoles immediately set up housekeeping inside the hollow tubes and can often be seen peeking out from the tops of the poles.
Brown Anole (Norops sagrei)
The Sweet Basil and Dill are also taking advantage of the mild weather and are steadily growing.
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Jorgi, the gray tuxedo cat, does not allow me to inspect The Oasis without his assistance.
The recent cold weather and wind has taken a toll on the banana trees. Even in their worst condition, these lovely tropical plants are elegant and interesting. Backlit, this dead banana frond resembles a piece of burlap.
The Bromeliads have shrugged off the recent weather and are doing nicely.
Ball Moss (Tillandsia tenuifolia L.)
The endangered Giant Wild Pine (Tillandsia utriculata) which I rescued from the asphalt of a parking lot, where it had fallen from its host tree.
Although I have plenty of important work to do, I believe I will take another tour of the property and try to roust up the native reptiles.