February 28, 2015

February 2015 // Results

Something Red: Cardinal, Berries, Cardinal

Flower or Flowers: Tons of 'em!

A Pair of Insects: Small Milkweed Bugs

A piece of litter you removed: Ozarka bottle wrapper.

Something naturally heart shaped: Cute Cactus :)

A place that you love: Our local park.  Brandi loves it there too :)

How did you do?

February 27, 2015

Backyard Adventure // Cardinals

For the first (and most likely only) time this Winter season, we got some snow and ice on Monday!  I'm not a big fan of cold weather, but I sat out in the cold with no gloves until I couldn't feel my fingers anymore to get these photos :)  I have gloves somewhere, but I've only worn them once or twice this season and can't remember where they are.  It's just been too warm!

The females below showed up first, and I just couldn't let myself go inside until I got photos of the males too.  Male Cardinals are probably my favorite local bird-I love how bright red they are!  They were considerably more timid about getting close to me than the females were, but my fingers were relieved when they decided to let me get a few shots in.

The females were a lot of fun to shoot though.  I love how plump this girl is.  What a cutie!

I wasn't going to share this photo at first since it's out of focus, but it's grown on me.  I love the contrast of that foot in focus and the movement of the rest of her.  :)

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

February 25, 2015

Backyard Adventure // Mediterranean House Gecko

Every year when the weather starts to warm up, our front porch becomes home to dozens of Mediterranean House Geckos.  They're a nocturnal species, which means we typically only ever see them at night-but while doing a bit of work outside, this one was found under a small leaf pile.  As someone who is obsessed with all things reptile, I couldn't resist handling it for a few photos :)  After jumping from my hand to my shirt a few times, it finally settled down and seemed content hanging out on my hand and wrist for a while.

I think geckos have the most incredible eyes.  They remind me of two things: Nebulas and The Eye of Sauron! :)

Do you have House Gecko's?

February 23, 2015

Backyard Adventure // Spiders and Stuff

While doing a bit of yard work Friday afternoon, Matthew and I ran across so many spiders!  Creepy crawlies don't usually creep me out, but I will admit that spiders have a way of making me jump :)  If I know they're there, like I did while shooting these-then I'm fine.  It's just the ones that sneak up on me that send me running away haha!  Despite missing two front legs on the right side, the spider in the following two photos didn't seem to have any trouble moving around.  S(he) slowed down enough to let me snap these photos.

This grasshoppers camouflage was amazing!  I love spotting things like this :)

I didn't think I was going to be able to find a pair of insects for my February Scavenger Hunt, but here they are!  You have no idea how excited I was to get this haha!

 Have a great week!

February 16, 2015

On The Trail // Caprock Nature Trail

Yesterday was perfect.  I couldn't have asked for better weather for spending a couple of hours at the Fort Worth Nature Center.  Temps in the high 60's, overcast skies, and the most amazing breeze ever haha!

We headed to the Hardwicke Interpretive Center first, to check out the exhibits and artifacts.  This Owl had been hit by a vehicle and has since been rehabilitated, but unable to survive in the wild.

We also checked out a really great display table full of tons of neat nature finds.  I would LOVE to decorate our reptile room to look like a natural history library/museum.  I love this stuff!

We also got to see a pair of Box Turtles mating!   I didn't mention it in my most recent "At The Zoo" post, but we also saw a pair of Sulcata Tortoises mating while we were there!  Signs of Spring!  Yay!

After leaving the exhibit area, we decided to take the Caprock Nature Trail, which is full of Limestone rock.  I pinky promise that I'll get photos of that next time around.  We saw lots of tracks in the mud near the river, and Matthew snagged a bit of litter to throw away on our way out :)

More signs of Spring!!!  Insects are starting to make their way out and fresh things are growing!

I was so tired by the time we were leaving that I wasn't even paying attention to the fact that this Turkey Vulture was perched on a tree just a few feet away.  I nearly jumped out of my shoes when it decided we were too close.  We stayed and waited for it to come back around and land on another tree nearby.  I trekked through a patch of cacti and ventured to the edge of a Limestone rock to get this shot.  It's certainly not an in-focus photo, but I absolutely LOVE Vultures, so I couldn't leave this photo out.

I was pooped by the time we got home and treated myself to a Twilight Bath Bomb by LUSH that was part of my Valentine's Day goodies.  Those things are seriously the perfect way to end a day :)

Happy Monday and I hope you have a great week!

February 11, 2015

At The Park // Looking Forward

Matthew and I took Brandi to the park again yesterday, and she had so much fun splashing through the water.  I know I'm probably sounding like a broken record by now, but I seriously am so ready for Spring to be here!  I need green things, and insects, and all sorts of wildlife surprises!

Brandi ended up running ahead of us quite a bit and discovered a dead Raccoon in the sand.  I'm not sure about the cause of death, but it didn't seem to have been dead for very long.  I'll keep checking back on it and if it stays put-maybe I'll have a skull to collect.

Look at all of these pretty purple flowers!  The first sign of Spring making it's way back!  Matthew didn't know it at the time, but I snapped a photo of him making a Dandelion wish :)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

February 9, 2015

NARBC // February 2015

Over the weekend, I attended the NARBC show (North American Reptile Breeder's Conference) in Arlington, and as always...I had a blast.  I had planned on purchasing a new terrarium for my Ball Python-Oliver, but the ATM had trouble reading my card so I ended up spending what little I had on a Texas Rattlesnake Festival bracelet and a cash donation to Nature's Edge Wildlife Rescue!  Making donations always makes me feel so great-and I'm happy I was able to give something.  A bonus to visiting these shows is that most of the time you get a coupon for 500 free mealworms or crickets!  I'm stocked for a while :)

One thing that I discovered recently is the annual Texas Rattlesnake Festival which actually just started last year.  As someone who detests Rattlesnake Roundups-I was so excited to learn about this festival.  It's an educational event and unlike Roundups-no animal is harmed or killed.  I can't wait to check this out in April! 

My youngest brother left the show with this handsome little Leopard Gecko!  He got a fantastic deal on him too.

My favorite photo from the entire show was of this Beardie.  I. Want. One!

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

February 6, 2015

Terrarium Decor // February 2015

Making her debut on Hike & Seek today is my baby Albino Ball Python: Popcorn!  She's approximately 6 months old now, and one of my favorite things to do is decorate her terrarium.  There are countless photos and forum posts about reptile cage setups and decor, but I have yet to come across anything outside of the standard/natural decor style.  Since I already love giving Popcorn terrarium makeovers, I thought February would be the perfect time to introduce a feature like this!  Are you ready?  Here we go!

When I first started keeping reptiles, which was 10 years ago, I was all about aspen bedding and little log hides that you see in the reptile department of pet stores.  It's standard and it's what I learned to set up my terrariums with.  Now, you may not know this about me...but I am a glitter loving little girl at heart.  When I find a way to make something look cute...I cute it up.  The first time I used Carefresh for my snakes, it wasn't cute.  I had depleted my supply of Aspen bedding one day, and because I used Carefresh for my pet rats, I decided to try it out.  At the time I was using the brown color, which matched perfectly with the accessories I had.  I quickly realized that it was very absorbent, easy to clean, and my snakes looked happy on it.  I decided to keep using it, and eventually I started trying different colors which led me to incorporating other cute/colorful accessories.  I've been using Carefresh for many years now, and I'll probably never switch to anything else.  In my opinion, it's absolutely perfect for snakes.  If you'd like to learn more about Carefresh, click HERE to visit their website!

I picked up this adorable little hide in the small animal department at Petco recently.  I have a larger one for my adult ball python, and they love them.  I really like that it says "sleephouse".  How cute is that?!  For the background, I taped pink scrapbook sheets to the back and sides on the outside of the glass.  I then used foam stickers that I found in the Valentines Day section of Joann's to stick to the inside of the glass.  These stickers are incredibly durable by the way.  I removed one of them to re-position it, and for a second I thought it wasn't going to come off!  In addition to the stickers, I also picked out a "Be Mine" bowl at Joann's to use as her water dish!

After doing a bit of exploring and letting out a big yawn-she decided it was sleep time and headed into her Sleep House.

I hope you enjoyed having a peek into Popcorn's terrarium!  I plan on doing another post like this in March, let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

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