This is our neighbor’s cat Chewy. He was a beautiful grey and white cat and used to hang out in our backyard every day, beg for treats, always be super social and taking naps outside our window. When I left the door open he’d feel comfortable enough to walk right in and make himself comfortable on our bed!
Gotcha! This beautiful praying mantis drove me crazy. She was sitting on a fence as I was trying to take a picture but then she climbed onto my camera. I tried to have her sit on my hand but she kept going back to the camera. So I called to my daughter to bring another camera and as she’s climbing from camera to camera I finally got her! She does have a surprised look on her face! More praying mantis here.
Saw this beautiful brown pelican at the lagoon at UCSB, University of California Santa Barbara. The lagoon is partially fed by run through water from the marine biology department‘s tanks which use water from the ocean. There is probably quite some biodiversity going on in that water 😉
Unbeknownst to me I was getting very close to this grasshopper when I was checking for new growth on that potato bush branch – until I realized I was face-to-face with this guy! I’m glad I didn’t spook him off! It was a challenge getting good contrast and detail on this picture because of the lighting at dusk and the fact that he looked like a branch and was hard to see. And because after a few seconds he flew over me… Can you tell he only has one jumper leg?
Found this guy hanging out between the cacti. When I searched the web it came up as a Green Lynx Spider. Its body was translucent and the legs had spikes on them. There was no spiderweb. Normally I’m a bit scared of spiders, but this guy didn’t look like it was gonna jump (like the little hairy ones) so I got brave and took this picture 🙂