The slob fairy stops here.

Written by Dr. Dolittle on January 15, 2010 – 1:06 pm -

There is definitely something odd about the utility room in our house. Maybe there is slob dust on the floor. Or perhaps some invisible gas is causing our usually bright and perky pets to turn into blobs of fur looking for all the world like they need to go crash to sleep something off. Teddy & Rascal found themselves in similar positions while sitting in the same room. The photos were taken days apart and we we’re pretty sure the dog didn’t teach the cat how to sit like this, but around here you never can tell.

ladylike Rascal

Teddy relaxing

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Unseasonal Toad

Written by Dr. Dolittle on December 23, 2009 – 1:23 pm -

toad up close

I had thought snakes and toads would find a warm cozy place to wait out the cold of winter, but this little guy proved me wrong. He’s just one of many toads we find parked under the outside light all night, along with the bats and armadillos. Seems awfully late in the season for him to be out and about, but I guess he got hungry.

I had the camera right in the toad’s face and he never budged. I’m surprised the flash didn’t wash him out in a way as to not know what he was. I can tell he’s put up with me before.

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Cattle egrets

Written by Dr. Dolittle on December 9, 2009 – 11:55 am -

cattle egret

I have chased these birds for months, never to come out with a decent photo. I’m certainly glad for digital photography for I surely would have gone broke having all my less than steller photos developed to photo paper. This photo was taken through a window. The birds didn’t seem to mind my being there, unlike when I was outside. Sometimes stealth just means going inside the house.

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The end result of cooler fall weather

Written by Dr. Dolittle on November 17, 2009 – 11:52 am -

Teddy Snoopy Rascal

Ahhh fall is in the air. Crisp days and chilly nights create some strange bedfellows. Poor Snoopy doesn’t have much hair, so when housemates pile on, she doesn’t mind too much. The added warmth overcomes her aversion to the cat. Even Rascal will cease tormenting Snoopy long enough for a nap.

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Drama outside the back door

Written by Dr. Dolittle on November 4, 2009 – 1:41 pm -

spider with sphinx moth

Stepping outside early one evening I was amazed to see real life drama happening just above my head. At first I couldn’t understand how a sphinx moth could be flying in a perfect circle. Knowing that had to near impossible, I stepped closer for a better look. One strand of a spider web had the moth held fast, causing the circular motion.

The moth’s frantic efforts to free itself stretched the web until I could see the spider just barely above the moth. The photo is out of focus and not very crisp because of the motion and lack of light, but it does capture the poor moth becoming dinner.

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Rain Rain go away…

Written by Dr. Dolittle on November 4, 2009 – 9:08 am -

flooded bayou left

We are close to setting a new October record for rainfall in our neck of the woods. That means people in low lying areas are in misery. Folks all around us are using boats as the only means to get to their homes. I pass one home built on stilts that has a party barge tied to the front porch, evidently their means of reaching home. Businesses on the area lakes are suffering because they are totally surrounded or completely flooded by water and paying customers can’t get to them.
We’re up on a hill so we aren’t in the thick of it, but lots of our friends are staying in motels or with relatives. Sad part is, there is no end in sight. No one is predicting when the rain will finally stop or when the waters will go back to normal levels.

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Fall visitor

Written by Dr. Dolittle on October 22, 2009 – 11:59 am -

Out my back door

This little guy comes to eat just outside our back door nearly every night. This photo was taken while I stood on the top step under the carport. He glanced at me when I first stepped outside, then resumed his dining. The little nub of antlers explain why he is so far from the females that are beyond him down over the hill. He has likely been driven off by the girls because of his age. Not ready to be on his own, he lingers where he can see the others, but not so close as to cause trouble.

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Poor skinks

Written by Dr. Dolittle on October 15, 2009 – 7:27 am -


With 4 outside cats patrolling the immediate territory, skinks have a tough time keeping their tails on in this neighborhood. This little guy appears ot have dodged the bullet so far. When I find skinks I pick them up and move them into the trees by the water spring. Hopefully their chances of survival will be better there, away from the cats.

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This is a Friday face

Written by Dr. Dolittle on October 9, 2009 – 11:50 am -

Buddys rasberry

It’s rainy and yucky outside, and this photo of Buddy sums up just how I feel about the whole day.

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Molting Spider

Written by Dr. Dolittle on September 30, 2009 – 9:41 am -

molting spider

I was checking out my morning glories when I happened to spot a green lynx spider. At first I thought I was seeing the result of a nasty spider fight, but I was so very wrong. The whole scene is difficult to spot because almost everything in the photo is some shade of green, but the newly emerged spider is hanging from her shed.

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