The Buttonbush Flower

I’ve had a few posts recently featuring butterflies on a Buttonbush flower head. Here are a few images of just the flower cluster. And yes, it looks a bit like all those virus graphics we’ve been seeing.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

The orbs visible in the background are flower heads that have dropped all the individual flowers and are drying out.

Buttonbush Flower
Buttonbush Flower

And I couldn’t resist another image with a Swallowtail butterfly working over a cluster that is past its prime.

Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush
Yellow Swallowtail on Buttonbush

Backyard Carolina Anole on Caladium

With more time spent at home this summer Carolina Anoles have continued to entertain me on our patio.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

This is the first year I’ve tried Caladium. It’s holding up to the heat and makes a great perch for the Anoles as they search for bugs.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

The colors of the lizard and the leaves were incredibly vivid; here’s a B&W version.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

Leaving a Trail

I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.

Young Alligator in Weeds
Young Alligator in Weeds

From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Then he made a 90 degree turn.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed