Second Spring in the GardenPosted: November 8, 2017
I came across this baby Copperhead that seems to be going through a difficult molt. This photo was taken in the morning.
I checked on the snake late in afternoon and it was still on the same rock. Its tail is in a new position, so I knew it was alive. No, I did not poke it to check. Molting or the preferred description, shedding or the scientific word ecdysis, seems to be hard work. I did some research and it said a snake in captivity can be helped by its owner. With a Copperhead, I decided to let nature take its course. It seems late in the year for babies, but…
there are lots of baby lizards, anoles and geckos, around. This green anole greets me every morning from its home on a potted plant by my door.
The garden has been full of these yellow Cloudless Sulphur butterflies. There were at least 7 flying around. They were not very interested in posing for photos, so this is the best shot I was able to get.
Quite a few Gulf Fritillary butterflies have been visiting. They had been gone from the garden for a few years and just started coming back last Fall. The Bottle Brush decided to put out a few flowers attracting the butterflies and bees.
My Japanese Anemone has been struggling all year, but has finally bloomed.
My Confederate Rose is still blooming and giving me joy every day. With the cooler weather, it is skipping the light pink color and going directly to dark rose. Here in the Gulf Coast area, this time of year is often called our second Spring and it certainly seems that way with baby animals and newly blooming flowers.