Saturday, April 21, 2018

Unidentified mushrooms

April, 2018 - Palm Bay, Turkey Creek Sanctuary
April, 2018 - Palm Bay, Turkey Creek Sanctuary
November, 2017 - Sebastian, country park behind tennis courts
November, 2017 - Sebastian, country park behind tennis courts
November, 2017 - Sebastian, country park behind tennis courts
November, 2017 - Sebastian, country park behind tennis courts

Monday, April 9, 2018

Announcing my new meetup group

Hey, kids, remember DeeMotivation? I have decided to resurrect it on Meetup with a new name. Join my new meetup group, FOWL (Fat Old Walking Ladies) for scheduled walks and birdwatching. First walk is tomorrow at Riverview park in Sebastian.

From the group description:

FOWL (Fat Old Walking Ladies) is a group where we (a bunch of fat old ladies) will get together to walk/birdwatch maybe even PokemonGo - anything to get us out and get moving. I will schedule walks on weekday mornings in the Fellsmere-Sebastian area, with occasional longer walks on weekends further away. I try to get in bird watching when I walk, and sometimes pokemon, but prefer to stick to just hatching eggs when walking for exercise.

For those of you who used to come out for DeeMotivation walks, consider this DeeMotivation: The Next Generation!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Rare Bird Alert!!!

I saw what I thought at first was a Belted Kingfisher on my feeder. Then I realized that the color and size were totally wrong. I'm pretty sure that it's a type of Roller bird. Can anyone confirm the species?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plant ID Backlog

So, I have a backlog of plants for my daily blog that I am not entirely sure of the species ID.  Would appreciate some help. I need to learn how to ID plants that don't have flowers on them, any  resources you can recommend for that would be great too.  Thanks so much!

Click on photos to enlarge.

  1.  Location: Lake Apopoka, in water. Possibly some type of Oxalis, but they don't seem to grow in water.
  2. Location: Lake Apopoka, in water. Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
  3. Location: Lake Apopoka, in water. Marsh-pennywort (Hydrocotyle umbellata)
  4. Location: Blountston, Florida. Yellow flowery thingie?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


These are some of the costumes I have. I also have a cow but it's not really a native critter. Click to enlarge. (Note: I swear I'm not as grumpy as I look in these pictures. )

Northern Cardinal. Works best with a black turtleneck.
Sunflower. I have 2 of these.
Blue Jay
Greater Sage Grouse, breeding. This might not work as it's not native to FL.
Black Widow Spider
Cardinal and Blue Jay, action shot.
Bird of Paradise, might not work, is not native to FL.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Need help identifying some bugs...

Click on pictures to enlarge. Thanks to anyone who can give me a positive ID!

I took this first picture at Sebastian Inlet. Honestly, I'm not sure if they are even bugs. They might be a little tiny shrimp?

I found this little spider (body is about 3mm, from longest leg to longest leg a little over 6mm) in my bathroom. I think she might be a Asagena fulva. Someone suggested it might be a male Steatoda grossa, but I don't think the coloring or size is quite right - this was super tiny.

The following set aren't as high quality pictures, but I think they show the color and body shape a little more accurately.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Family Christmas Portraits

I've been forcing David and the cats to do an annual portrait since Nummy and Pita were babies. You can gradually see the cats become less tolerant of it through the years. Bart, Lisa and Maggie all went into hiding and totally refused to pose this year. They are still hiding as I type this in fact. Here is the whole collection of portraits for your enjoyment, or horror, depending on how you feel about making cats pose for pictures:

December 4, 2017 - David, Pita, and me. Pita was not a happy camper. He is our grumpy old man now.

December 4, 2017 - David, NummyMuffinCoocolButter, and me. Nummy posed nice, but he sure didn't want to.

December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Me and NummyMuffinCoocolButter. We rejected this one from being on our card because David's hat was in front of my face. But I do like the way Nummy looks somewhat angelic here. But we all know better.
December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Bart and me. We rejected this one because David's hat was covering my face again and the back drop was crooked. But Maggie and Barty posed pretty well.
December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Me and NummyMuffinCoocolButter. Third time's a charm - this is the version we put on our holiday card.

December, 2015 Pita. Little twit can't pose this nice when it's a group shot!

December, 2015 with Nummy and Pita.

December, 2014 with Pita and Nummy.

December, 2013 with Pita. No one else would pose this year, what a bunch of party pooper kitties we have. This year, Barty refused to pose at all, even after being offered salmon treats. Pita was surprisingly tolerant this year.

December, 2012 with Nummy looking particularly psycho.
December, 2012 with Pita looking quite photogenic, but I forgot to take off my glasses
December, 2012 with Pita.
 December, 2011 - Test shot with me and Pita
December, 2011 - with Barty and Nummy with an evil eye
December, 2011 - With Nummy and Barty, but I forgot to take off my glasses.
December, 2011 - with Barty and Nummy
December, 2010 -  with Pita and Barty
December, 2010 -  Rare shot of Lisa and Barty
December, 2009 - with Pita looking psycho and Nummy. In fact, you can see that my forehead is bleeding. I think it was Pita who whacked me right before we took the picture.
December, 2009 with Barty
December, 2008 with Barty
December, 2008 with Pita and Nummy
December, 2007 with Pita and Nummy
December, 2006 with Pita and Nummy