Twins: Double the Trouble


Raccoon Twins showed up in the garden to partake in the bird seed, which was not intended for them.


As I moved closer for better shots, one of the twins decided to show some attitude.


Finally, they had enough with poising for the camera and took to the trees.  Check out the tree on the left to see the shiny eyes of the other raccoon.


A parting close-up shows just how cute this little critter is.


Later in the day, the twins were all tuckered out and napping in the tree.  The temperature was in the 90’s and one was lying on top of the other, truly showing sibling love.  It is hard to tell which body part belongs to which!

Click to enlarge and see if you can tell whose foot is whose.

Just Add Dirt


These Air Potato Vine (Discorea bulbifera) tubers were collected last fall.  I was concerned that they had over produced.  The tubers were thrown into a pot and left in the garage.  Nothing stops the Air Potato and when spring came they grew.


Never being able to throw out a living plant, I added dirt and the vine took off.  I have it in an area that I can control its habit and harvest the tubers before they escape.

Interesting Visitor


A large turtle showed up in the wooded are of the backyard.  It was a little more than 9 inches long.


I tried to identify it and the closest I found was Red Slider Turtle.  There is a red line on the side of its face.  Red Sliders live in and near water.  This one is on the big side.


The nearest body of water is two blocks away.  The most direct path would have taken the turtle through thick growth until it reached houses.  At that point the turtle would have had to get under a back fence and then the front fence.  Next, the turtle would have to cross a street without getting hit by a car.


Finally,  the turtle had to crawl up a small hill that is my front yard and make it under my fence. (The front yard also has a wooded area.) So why is the turtle in my back yard?  My best guess is that this is a female and she may be here to lay her eggs.  This property is the highest on this side of the lake, maybe it has been a traditional place for turtle to lay their eggs where they would be high and dry.  I will keep my eye out for baby turtles.

Or maybe, the turtle was just out for a walk.




The intriguing part about this hardy hibiscus is the beautiful swirling lines in the bud.


After it opens the lines straighten out and the stigma, surrounded by vibrating red, becomes the focal point.

(Click to enlarge.)

Chores Interrupted


Some plants were not watered this morning.  A young Copperhead Snake was on the back porch, nicely curled up in a plant saucer.  It did not mind the photo shoot at all.

So Cute

DSC_0151This baby bunny is so cute chewing on the lawn.

DSC_0177So cute when entertaining the cat.

DSC_0182So cute when napping outside the kitchen window.


And so cute after ridding the garden bed of plants.

And really cute after eating the beloved Dancing Lady Ginger.

Update: The cute baby bunny has finished off the the blooming ginger since it was first photographed.

Hidden No More



The Hidden Ginger (Curcuma petiolata) has not bloomed in years.  Something changed. Could it be finally having a normal amount of rainfall this year?  We have received 41.83 inches as of June for 2015.


On the other hand, the vine coming out of the pot, prefers it dry and hot.  At one time the vine covered the entire bed and spilled onto the sidewalk.  Most of it has died back and the bed has been replanted with other flowers.


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