Amphibians, Reptiles, And Opossums… Oh Dear!

I love wildlife. πŸ˜€ Here is a sampling of what I’ve seen:

Box turtle bathing in the mud hole.

Ribbon snake in the leaves.

Salamander in a dustpan – I found this little guy under my cat’s water dish, hiding from my cats. So naturally, I rescued him and took photos.

Lizard lounging on logs.

Frog just hanging out.

Phillip the opossum. He visited enough that I gave him a name.Β πŸ˜‚

Oh dear…

Literally. When my mom went outside to get the newspaper, she was greeted by a herd of deer. There were four, but I only got close-ups of three before they ran into the woods.

I wonder if they were saying, “Oh, humans!” πŸ˜‚

Salamander Surprise

When walking out to the garden, my mom almost stepped on this fellow:

Her reaction at first was, “SNAAAAAAAAKE,” but that was quickly followed by, “Oh never mind, it has legs.”Β πŸ˜‚ She was quite relieved.

He was kind enough to let me get 20+ photos of him. Poor thing seemed to have lost its tail though. He seemed fine besides that. He was much faster than I expected. When he finally left, it was so fast that if I had blinked I would have missed it.

I’m glad that God brought him across my mom’s path so these photos could be taken! πŸ™‚

Captured Moments

For me, there is nothing quite like a hike in the woods to bring me closer to Jesus. Being surrounded by His creation makes my heart sing praises to Him. One of my favorite things to do is take photos of the beauty He made and share them with others. I’ve been sharing lots of wild flowers, which is one of my favorite things to photograph; but here are other captured moments from my hikes this year. πŸ™‚

This moth reminds me of the Cross so much for obvious reasons. I love how He uses His creatures to remind us of Him and what He has done for us!

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I love seeing wildlife; here are a few of my favorite sightings from this year so far:

This was the most shocking moment, I think:

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Yes, that is a snake (king snake, nonpoisonous) eating another snake (copperhead; poisonous).Β  o_O Because one was busy eating and the other was busy being eaten, they couldn’t bite me, so I felt okay with getting close enough to take the photo. It was really gross but interesting at the same time. It’s not every day that you happen upon a Nature episode in person like this. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm forced me inside, so I didn’t get to watch long.Β  πŸ˜›

Lastly, Arkansas had a lot of rain this summer, so it was an ideal time for getting mushroom photos: