Archive for the ‘animals’ Category

Wee Lizard

Friday, August 21st, 2020


The space between the two dark lines on the jade is 1.5 inches.

Growth Found in Pot of Soil in the Garage

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Transplanted dianthus from the pot to the garden. Then placed the pot of soil in the garage. The pot had been under the bird feeder. Apparently, birdseed is resilient.

Birdseed Growth

Birdseed Growth

Moved the pot outside for the birds. The Towhees often nibble my seedlings, even in the greenhouse. Maybe this will be a treat for them.


Wednesday, June 17th, 2020





Lounging Lizard

Saturday, June 13th, 2020


Rat, Orange Mold, and Lichen Glaze with Lichens

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Yesterday I found a 3′ long gopher snake in my garden. It was wrapped around the hose reel. Nearly stepped on it. Totally creeped me out.

Today I found a roof rat in my bird feeder.


When I was in the process of baiting our live traps, I found an orange with a lovely distribution of mold.

Orange with Mold

Why do we have so much wildlife in our gardens? Drought conditions and gardens that are great habitats for loads of critters.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful trapping the rat today, maybe tomorrow.

This morning I asked my husband to open and set the trap. When he opened the trap, the rat ran out. Apparently last night when I asked if he closed the trap, and he said yes, he was talking about something else.

The rat ate all of the bait–a nice chunk or juicy orange and a saltine smeared with peanut butter topped with seeds.

Has the rat learned its lesson to avoid the trap? Maybe not. The trap was moved and more tasty treats were placed inside.