5.06.2005

Variations on a Theme

It's off to Charlotte again today. But this time it is a quick trip and I am not going solo. We are heading back home tomorrow with family in tow, so I doubt I will have much time to blog in the coming week. I thought I would leave you with a few pictures featuring my favorite color, green.



Good thing frogs aren't sensitive to poison ivy or this green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) would be itchy in all the wrong places.



In this "before" picture, a Cabbage White caterpillar (Pieris rapae) seems to be enjoying the broccoli in our garden. While we don't use pesticides, we aren't adverse to pinching the heads off poachers! I'll spare you the "after" picture.



A Northern Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus) just hanging out in a high bush blueberry. I have never had a green snake even attempt to bite me, but every one I have ever caught has treated me to a foul-smelling spray from its anal vent.

7 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I'm green with envy as usual. The plethora of life down there continues to astound me.

Ginger said...

I always look forward to dropping by your blog, and am delighted yet again today.

It does not seem to be true at all, that "it's not easy being green!" It's both easy, and easy on the eyes.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I'm pretty sure that little wormy dude is a former biology teacher I had.

Jenn said...

Ah, so lovely.

Rurality said...

LOVE that snake pic! He kind of looks like he's wondering what's going on. I didn't know that about the stinky spray. I did spend quite a while trying to ID the dead BLUE snake in my yard once though LOL, before figuring out that this one turns blue when it dies.

Hurry back, I sure do miss your blog when you're away! :)

Wayne said...

I'm used to finding dekay's browns and earth snakes, but it's a special day indeed when I run across a green snake. Lovely!

SquirrleyMojo said...

if you had to use a metaphor for the smell . . .