Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Learning to Expect the Unexpected
posted here several times in the past about the anoles that are regularly observed in our outdoor spaces. I've always thought they were very cool, and in another example of a Very First, the green anole, more scientifically referred to as Anolis carolinensis, recently became the first reptile to have its genome completely sequenced.
Anoles don't always show up when or where you'd expect to see them. Or at least, not where I expect them. I came across this guy surfing the waves of the rosemary out front.
Except that it did, and by a stroke of sheer right-place-at-the-right-time good fortune, I was there to catch it.
The anole seemed irritated by my presence (though they all always look slightly annoyed to me) so still shaking my head in disbelief I quietly moved off and left him (her?) to whatever business it was conducting there on the fence.
Always welcome, and occasionally? A completely unexpected sight. Anoles!
A round of applause to Tina for not only proposing, but hostessing Wildlife Wednesday on the first Wednesday of each month. Our gardens are not only about the plant life we tend to but are equally about the wildlife we attend to. I'm happy to be here and sure hope you'll join in!