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26 July, 2009

Mosaic Monday/Outdoor Wednesday...or...Backyard Visitors

lizards 2 Several families have moved into my backyard this Summer and I would like to introduce them to you! First, there is this family of little green lizards who have moved into my flower garden! They sit very still and check me out while I snap their pictures! The one in the upper right is a tiny baby, only about an inch long! Cute!



bluebird worm I also have a bluebird family! They are working on their second set of babies this year, but in the same nesting box. The mommy is still sitting on the eggs, but since it’s plenty hot here during the day, they take nice long breaks to catch a few worms!



IMG_7313 Here’s a baby fly visiting my hydrangea. Yes, I know…yucky, but you’ll have to say that his iridescent green body and big, buggy eyes along with those rainbow wings make him worth a look!



IMG_7237 I planted verbena for the first time this year and the butterflies love it! I know this photo looks like I colorized it in some way, but I didn’t! I think this is an Eastern Black Swallowtail.

IMG_7324But the best visitor is the one that got away! Here’s our CEO Ozzie checking out the flower bed along the shrubbery. She had been like this for a long time when we heard a terrible ruckus coming from the downspout! The staff ran inside and I went to see what it was. I removed the end piece and finally a baby bunny came out and quickly hopped away! Darn! Where was my camera when I really needed it?? I guess the little guy was trying to get away from her and tried climbing inside the downspout! There was never any real danger, as Ozzie is basically a lovable dust mop with legs! lol But don't tell her I said that!



big bunny UPDATE! I have since been able to sneak a photo of the cute little rascal lurking in the outer reaches of the yard! Needless to say, the staff has been confined to headquarters until the little thing figures out how to get out of the fence! They only go outside in my company for very short romps anyway!
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed meeting my visitors. To see more mosaics, please visit our gracious hostess Mary for Mosaic Monday at her beautiful blog Little Red House to see who is participating this week!
image5 And to see some wonderful photos of the great outdoors, please head over to visit our hostess with the mostest, Susan at her amazing blog A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday! See you next time! A la prochaine!

58 comments:

  1. Wow Debbie, you have a veritable wildlife preserve in your yard! I love those little green lizards - are they the kind that puff out little orange sacks on their necks when they are threatened? Mom has lots of those and they just crack me up. Ozzie must be quite proud of her hunting ability - did she scold you for letting the bunny get away? Have a great week. Kathy

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  2. I loved all of your amazing photos! They're awesome!!! Congrats on saving the baby bunny from your fierce tracker Ozzie! ☺♥☺ Diane

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  3. WOW What great photos love the butterfly that is a new one to me...Jo

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  4. Fantastic photos! You must be having alot of fun with your camera.

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  5. These a fabulous pictures, Debbie!! I can't believe that lizard was only 1 inch long!! He is a cutie and I am definitely not a reptile person!! You could put photographers at National Geographic out of work with that butterfly picture! How beautiful!!

    I didn't know your staff worked outdoors as well! Very adaptable, eh? And Ozzie, meek as he may be, is showing who is the boss in the garden!!!

    Great post, Debbie! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  6. Debbie, my dear!
    You are becoming a mosaic artist! Lovely pics, the lizards oh my, we have bears but no lizards and our two country kitties wouldn't have been so nice to baby bunny! Have a wonderful week and keep taking photos! hugs, Cindy

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  7. Debbie, quelles belles photos....surtout le papillon! Et les lézards ressemblent des petits dinosaurs! à demain.....Linda

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  8. Debbie, I can't believe how great you have become using that camera and all the wonderful shots you are getting. It is just unreal. All the shots are so real. The lizards are so interesting. We have a few in our backyard too, they are almost tame like yours. Your kitties are so funny. You always get the best photos of them. Beautiful photographs. Hugs, Marty

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  9. What aweome photos Debbie...wished I could have seen the bunny also...May you have a wonderful week my friend...I'll talk with you when I get back from Texas...Yes I can't wait to get ahold of Kyra....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  10. I love these pictures. I am so envious of the "wildlife" that you have in your yard. I miss that living in the city. The butterfly picture was amazing.!

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  11. I haven't mastered the art of extreme close-up, but you definitely have! What beautiful photographs!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

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  12. What beautiful, beautiful pictures Debbie. So very special. I love the butterfly. You must have a wonderful camera. My dear husband gave me a new one last Friday. A big one, but I still have to learn to use it. LOL
    Have a great day
    Riet

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  13. Wow great captures of the lizards. Looks like you have a very critter friendly yard.

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  14. great photos! we have geckos here in AZ & those little stinkers are too fast to photograph! thanks for the link to outdoor wednesday :)

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  15. You are blessed with all those nature babies. Great shots!

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  16. Hi Debbie, a lovely mosaic and you've got quite a bit of visitors! Oh, Ozzie is an outdoor cat? Ours is indoor. Love the details of your butterfly photo. I have enjoyed your outdoor activities! Have a agreat week!

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  17. You got some great photos!!! I love the cat tail. :)

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  18. What wonderful summer critters and scenery. Lovely mosaics made up of gorgeous photographs. I love your music too.
    Happy Mosaic Monday,

    Karen

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  19. Wonderful pictures!! Has National Geographic called yet to buy them? They are that good. Sally

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  20. Beautiful mosaics, Debbie! I love your pictures of nature!..Christine

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  21. Such a fun post! Love that furry tail sticking out of the bush!

    ~Susan

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  22. you lead an enviable life in a serene setting



    it's so darn hard to balance summer and blogging ...I'm out to change that today!!!!

    missn ya

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  23. I love these photos, Debbie and your neighborhood visitors.

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  24. Oh I just love those lizards! Very nifty shots. Great mosaics! So addictive, isn't it? I can only hope people find doing haikus as addictive as Mary's mosaics are proving to be.

    Enjoyed my visit - have a great day!

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  25. Debbie, these are amazing photos. The butterfly is incredible. Thanks for sharing your talents. Such fun to follow your blog.

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  26. The fly looks like something from a sci fi movie, LOL
    Great pics, Debbie, you have a lot of interesting visitors!

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  27. These are terrific pictures and mosaics! I love having lizards in my yard to eat up all the "bad guys" who want to eat up my plants. Chloe likes to chase them back under the shed while they are sunning themselves but they should really know that she is secretly afraid of them and if they didn't run she would! Truly all bark and no bite!

    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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  28. Hey Girlfriend...

    Wow...you got some amazing photos for your mosaics!!! I loved the little green lizards...and the photo of the butterfly was really beautiful! But I must tell you that my favorite photo was of the fly...Debbie, that photo is outstanding...really!!! The close up detailing is extrodinary!!! So colorful!!! I love your moaics, my friend! Thank you for sharing them with all of us for Mosaic Monday!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  29. Soooo cool Debbie! I just adore all your animals and stories. :)

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  30. Great pictures! What a beautiful huge,butterfly! We have a rabbit that makes an appearance now and then. Yesterday we found what we think is a mole/vole hole! That's one wildlife creature I can do without!

    Manuela

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  31. Oh Debbie, you always have the best photos! I don't think I've ever seen a lizard in our yard... not sure if we have them in Jersey. lol Thanks so much for sharing your wildllife at Mosaic Monday. :)

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  32. Just wanted to say hello. Haven't been by in a long while. I hope you are doing well.

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  33. You have a very busy yard. The butterfly is incredible. I have never seen one of those before.

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  34. Hi Debbie,
    Your visitors and collages were all so much fun. Happy O.W. to you!!

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  35. I'd say the rabbit better look out with Ozzie around. Ozzie might give that rabbit a good run for his money. Great post. Love the mosiacs. You did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for sharing. Love the music. Country Hugs, Sherry

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  36. I just love all those wildlife.
    Your cat is beautiful. What kind is it?

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  37. Isn't that funny; we are in the same state! I'm about an hour and a half south of Sonny's business office.... actually pretty close to his hometown.

    Lucky you this time of year! I enjoy teaching (and am a second career teacher, so it's still new to me), but it's the hardest thing I've ever done! I used to work for a university and put in tons of overtime and weekend work, but this tops that by a long shot. (And I traded in 25% of my pay to do this!)

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  38. Debbie:

    My first French exchange student of the summer has just completed his stay and is on the way back to France. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. It was funny that he got hooked on my Texas Sweet Iced Tea. We went to a restaurant and he ordered the tea only to say oh I can't drink this, it doesn't taste anything like yours. He even took my simple recipe home for his Mother. We are expecting 1 or 2 new students for the second half of the summer exchange program tomorrow. After chaperoning all the field trips I have learned its much easier to deal with boys than girls.

    Kathy at the Garden Cat Cottage

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  39. Amazingly fantastic!
    Great post.
    Happy outdoor.

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  40. Lovely Debbie
    All I have lately are lots of frogs, little ones, big ones, medium ones...no birds, no sun, only rain.
    Today is a little better.
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie
    xo
    P.S. Love the French song. thanks

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  41. I've never seen a fly captured so up close and personal! Amazing.

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  42. Great wildlife shots! We sited a toad in the garden this week. Hope he's eating all the flies, lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Debbie,
    Your photos are amazing!
    The little lizard would probably be loved to death by our little visitors.:) You were fast to get a snap of that elusive bunny. I do hope he finds his way out.

    Happy OW!

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  44. All the photos are amazing but my favorite one is the cat!! He must be after a lizard...;)
    We have tons of them this year and the babies are especially cute!
    Happy OW!!

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  45. Beautiful shots Debbie of all the critters!

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  46. That butterfly picture is GORGEOUS!!
    GREAT PICTURES!!!

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  47. What fabulous photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  48. Amazing photograph of a fly! Nice job! ta ta for now.
    Joyce M

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  49. Only you and Gieco could make lizzards look so cute!LOL!
    Dawn

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  50. Debbie... love your photos... we have bunches of albino geckos around our house... must be thanks to all the bugs!

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  51. so pretty...

    I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weeky event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..
    Cheri

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  52. What a fun post!! Sooo happy you rescued the baby bunny!!

    such a fun blog.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  53. Debbie, what fabulous photos you are taking! What kind of camera are you using? You are getting such stunning close ups of the wildlife. That butterfly is gorgeous! As I was reading about all of the critters, I wondered how your "staff" was handling all of these new residents. That had to be a shock when that bunny came out of your drain spout! Great post! laurie

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  54. Great pics, Debbie! We used to do that with our three kitties...let them go out when we were outside. They loved it and would roll and have the best time. :-) Now how in the world did you get that close to a fly? Great post!

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  55. Hi Debbie, thanks for the tip on the catnip. My cat and I have bonded already and she is my second alarm clock. Enjoy the weekend too!

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  56. BEAUTIFUL outdoor shots! That blue butterfly is beautiful!

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  57. Hey! I just got back and am trying to play catch up. Will get your prizes in the mail this week, Debbie.

    Loved your fun shots!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  58. I am answering about your allegator comment on my blog in the comments so others can read it too.

    Cheri

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie