It was SO TINY and SLIMY!

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    May 24, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    Ha! A few new pictures. Caught sight of this snail as I was leaving the woods from a muddy hike yesterday. Below that: a tiny mushroom compared to my pinky finger. And a teeny, tiny spider on my balcony, no larger than half a pinky nail. icon_wink.gif

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    May 24, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    Dude, you fucking rock with the macros! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    DADDY CAN WE KEEP HIM??? icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    In the wilderness near my home I sometimes get to enjoy listening and watching the Limpkins pig out on apple snails. When they're eating like that you can often get to within just a few feet of even the babies and they don't bother with you. The noise is pretty interesting because the shells are so large that they resonate through the woods like castanets when the birds peck at them.

    Here's a random pic from online of a Limpkin and an apple snail...
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    May 25, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidDude, you fucking rock with the macros! icon_biggrin.gif


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    May 25, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidDADDY CAN WE KEEP HIM??? icon_biggrin.gif


    How do I get your legs wrapped around me? icon_wink.gif
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    May 25, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    theantijock saidIn the wilderness near my home I sometimes get to enjoy listening and watching the Limpkins pig out on apple snails. When they're eating like that you can often get to within just a few feet of even the babies and they don't bother with you. The noise is pretty interesting because the shells are so large that they resonate through the woods like castanets when the birds peck at them.

    Here's a random pic from online of a Limpkin and an apple snail...
    Limpkin-with-Apple-Snail_Circle-B-Bar-Re


    Awesome bird! I saw a blue heron the other day, but was too lazy to pull over and take a photo. F*ck it, I said, I got get home and check for ticks. ;-)
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    May 25, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
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    GigoloAssassin saidDADDY CAN WE KEEP HIM??? icon_biggrin.gif


    How do I get your legs wrapped around me? icon_wink.gif


    Just ask me, I'm Easy! Lol! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    love them, great shots
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    May 25, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    Nature is beautiful , and your photos are wonderfull .icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 25, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    I really dig macro photography. It's great to see the beauty in the little, oft-overlooked things in life. Bugs are particularly fascinating to see. So much detail you never otherwise notice...
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    May 25, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidAwesome bird! I saw a blue heron the other day, but was too lazy to pull over and take a photo. F*ck it, I said, I got get home and check for ticks. ;-)


    Ticks are such a fucking drag. I remember them from summer camp. And my dog used to get them every so often in Florida. Not usually too bad though. I haven't noticed them here. Maybe they are allergic to all the poison ivy. ugh! Can you spray your clothing with Off or something?

    At least the alligators down here don't sneak up on ya. And you'd know if you had one on your leg before you got back to the car.

    Love the blue heron too. We have numerous types of heron here, also owls, hawks (red shouldered often on my property, so cool), wild turkeys, tons of other stuff.

    I first learned about Limpkins after watching them enjoy their escargot de castanet, not knowing the name of the birds entertaining us at that time. Then in the exhibit center, there's a blackboard with a list of names on it, the Limpkins being one, so my cousin assumed they were visitors to the park that day. Then I come across an exhibit showing what Limpkins are. "Oh cousin, I don't know if you realize it or not but the LImpkins just had us over for dinner." I go back to the blackboard, turns out it was a list of creatures that park visitors reported seeing that day.

    So now every so often I ask her if she's had dinner with the Limpkins recently. Oh, and how is Mrs. Limpkin?
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    May 25, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidDude, you fucking rock with the macros! icon_biggrin.gif


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    May 25, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    theantijock said


    At least the alligators down here don't sneak up on ya. And you'd know if you had one on your leg before you got back to the car.



    icon_lol.gif Yeah, I guess so.............icon_eek.gif
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    May 25, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    turbobilly said
    theantijock said


    At least the alligators down here don't sneak up on ya. And you'd know if you had one on your leg before you got back to the car.



    icon_lol.gif Yeah, I guess so.............icon_eek.gif


    Actually they're kind of cute. I love seeing them in the wild. My closest encounter was in a canoe at the end of the day, taking a little side stream on the Loxahatchee River which I hoped was a shortcut as I was getting tired. We round this bend and wind up with our canoe alongside shore and up on the bank about 3 or max 5 feet away is a gator seriously at least as big as the canoe. Gorgeous.

    He looked very well fed so I wasn't worried. And I was pretty sure that if he wanted us, there wasn't much we could do, so I just enjoyed his company. We sat there for a few minutes in silence. I was in complete awe of this thing. He's got his eye on us, checking us out and I was completely comfortable with the situation. But then I turned to smile at my friend. She was white as a ghost. I had no idea that actually happens to people.

    We were experiencing the same thing but I guess we were having a different experience from each other.

    So I slowly back paddled us out of there. It wasn't until we got back into the main river that we started talking again. Totally great experience. Way better than ticks. We told the canoe guy about him on returning the boat & I think the guy said he was known to be a 16 or 17 footer, Very rare to see one. I'll never forget it.
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    May 26, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Not sure if you caught this photo I took of a tick on a buttercup last week. You can even see pollen on its legs. So pretty. icon_eek.gif

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    May 26, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Ya, but I must have just been looking at pictures and not reading that day. Think I recall seeing the bug but didn't realize it was a tick. Well, they're not quite so horrible before they bloat with blood. Nice pic on the flower. Man, there must be a lot of them for you to have noticed it there. That's probably what we looked like to the gator. Two ticks floating in on a lily pad, hardly worth the bother.