A line of turkeys…

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Lonesome George…

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The still waters of the morning made for a serene scene with this Great Blue Heron.

 

Harvestman (Opiliones)…

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Some people call them “Daddy Longlegs” or “Granddaddy Longlegs”. Although they belong to the class Arachnids, they are not spiders. Actually, they are more closely related to scorpions than to spiders. The Harvestmen have the ability to detach a leg to avoid predators. The legs have a pacemaker-like organ in a leg joint which can make the leg continue to twitch for quite a while after becoming detached (presumedly to distract a predator). This one looks like it has lost a couple of legs since it is only sporting six instead of eight.

Seen better days…

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Hangin’ by a thread…

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Yaupon Holly…

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I’m thinking I may clip a few boughs of this for decking the halls this Christmas season. These nice looking berries are an important food source for some types of birds in the winter. The leaves have a lot of caffeine  and Native Americans used the leaves and stems to brew a tea, commonly thought to be called asi or black drink for male-only purification and unity rituals (the ceremony included vomiting). I probably won’t be brewing any tea from it, but it is pleasant to look at through the winter months.

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I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday.

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