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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-07-21 07:14 am   Permalink

Will, you seem to be in a particularly fertile area ~ you planning to have any children soon?

This is no match for your Florida snakes but I found this 6 foot gopher snake skin in my front yard, I haven't seen the snake itself (yet). Wikipedia says they grow to 7 feet but I've never seen one more than about 5.



That's a 4 foot ruler next to it. One on my co-workers is from India and they believe shed snakeskins bring good luck, she'll be very happy to get this.
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Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2012-07-21 2:11 pm   Permalink

I first posted this Dove chick 6 days ago.
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6 days later check out Baby Huey now.



 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-07-24 11:16 am   Permalink

ManCard ALERT!!

While riding my local bike trails, I came to stop to catch my breath along the banks of a lake. When I looked up I was astonished to see several white herons passing by. Behind them the sky was partly cloudy with some sunshine peeking through the sporatic showers. A gentle breeze blew through my helmet and then it happened - a rainbow formed and then another. A Double Rainbow!! More birds flew passed and landed in a tree that was in the middle of the lake. A tear started to form when I remembered the guy in that viral video. So I sucked it up, adjusted my sack and continued on my bike ride. Damn that was close!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-08-17 07:50 am   Permalink

From Will Carve

baby lizard fresh from the egg. Yes, he's that small.



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-08-20 9:14 pm   Permalink

Very cool, American Anole?

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-09-24 09:08 am   Permalink

Yesterday while riding my bike I saw a rainbow form. Big and beautiful it was actually a double rainbow that was also a full arch. As I progressd home I noticed that the left side ended at a familiar location. My house was litterally the end (or beginning) of the rainbow!



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-10-07 07:38 am   Permalink

Tom, did you find that pot of gold?

Turkey Vultures are very common here, I see them almost daily. From the distribution map they are seen everywhere from the Canada-US border to the tip of South America. A large bird with about a 6 foot wing span. This one was sitting close enough to get a good picture and the horizontal morning sun helped highlight his bald red head.


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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2012-10-18 07:20 am   Permalink

The rainbow ended at my house, so the fact that I love my family could be interpreted as my treasure worth more than a pot of gold. However the money would have been nice$$

Last week my brother got married in Pensacola (on 10/11/12), that meant a mid-week road trip from South Florida (9 hours). My oldest daughter and I left on Wed after school, drove all night and crashed when we got there. Great wedding, I got to spend time with all of the relatives, and have some fun too. We started back on Saturday. Along the way there are numerous roadside attractions that I like to stop at (its Florida). Perhaps some of my favorites are the Springs and rivers.

North of Panama City on Hwy.20 is Pitts Springs. This is my old stomping grounds. Many intoxicated canoe and tube rides down the Econfina. At one point a few years ago Pitts Springs had a collapse and it cut the flow of water dramtically and what came out was muddy. The state has recently gone in and tranformed the spring into a beautiful roadside attraction. Free, with toilets and elevated nature trails that connect several springs. I like to walk up the trails and swim down the river back to Park. This is Pitts Spring...


My daughter and I spent the rest of the day in Tallahassee. I took her to her first real college football experience. She's 13. She was very into the Marching Band. We stayed with a buddy of mine's daughter that is going to FSU. Her neighbors were having a party that had to be several hundred people. It was Parent's Weekend so there were few older folks too. She got to see some real wildlife.


Sunday we woke up early and hit the road. Next stop was Fanning Springs on the Suwanee River. I love this place - it is right in the middle of my drive and right off a main highway. It has an elevated platform that you can jump off into the spring well. Its probably 20+' deep and crystal clear. So I dive off the platform and continue to swim to where you can stand. As I'm swimming I almost swam right into a Manatee that had set up shop - I only saw it at the last second as it stuck its nose out of the water for a breath. He hung out the whole time. You can see him in the middle of the picture.


Last but not least. As I sit here and type this up. There is a huge flock of Parakeets outside my window. They are about to drive me nuts. They are extremely noisy! This is only a small number of them.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2012-10-18 09:22 am   Permalink

I took this picture at work. The things on the back of the butterfly moved like another insect was attached. Probably a decoy to scare off hungry birds.


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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-11-12 07:39 am   Permalink

A roaming gang of Ibis in my neighbnorhood.



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-11-18 2:49 pm   Permalink

Egrets wondering where the party is

About 2/3 of the flew off when I drove up, this was the brave remnant
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-11-26 10:56 am   Permalink

Wait? - what? - where's my gun?

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/11/24/3112045/hunting-a-man-eating-croc-in-south.html

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lucas vigor
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2013-01-01 9:29 pm   Permalink

Whiting ranch is basically on the outskirts of Tustin and Irvine, california. I used to hike there, often alone. The trail head is right next to a strip mall, and their are plenty of houses all around....but still, things like this can happen.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt1HAKxfnoY

Might as well have been in Africa!

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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2013-07-17 11:06 am   Permalink

What happened to this thread. Did everyone lock themselves in their basement bars and don't go outside anymore.

I had a close encounter with 3 snakes this weekend but I didn't have my communicator with me!


 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-07-17 11:20 am   Permalink

The most recent sightings for GROG:

Saw a couple of deer on the side of the road about a 1/4 mile from the house about a month ago. Driving home one night 2 weeks ago in a neighborhood a couple of miles from GROG' house, a cat or small dog blasts across the road running like a bat out of hell. A couple off seconds later a coyote comes loping along behind it, and when it sees GROG' car approaching, does a looping circle and heads back the way it came from. Saw a hawk the other day flying low to the ground near us when my roommate and I were hiking the fire road near GROG' house, and then a couple more hawks a few days ago circling around just behind GROG' house. As long as it's not buzzards circling above GROG' house, then that's fine with GROG. A few cotton tail bunnies and some ground squirrels always cross the road in an area about a mile from GROG house.Ooo! Almost forgot. GROG was trimming bushes in front yard several weeks ago, and there was a baby bird in a nest in one of the bushes, so GROG quit trimming that bush and left it as undisturbed as possible. And, a couple of lizards hang out in the front yard near the mailbox. See bats in the evening all the time, and hear an owl or two in the neigborhood some nights, and coyotes howling in the distance. Plenty of wildife around when the Angeles Crest is your backyard.

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