Companions come in many forms, and some people often misunderstand my choice not to have a domesticated animal as a pet. A free spirit, I travel too often, and it seems insensitive to delegate the care of an animal to someone else when I am absent. I have the option of distant friendships with companions of the wild. Enjoy many of the creatures that have watched over me during my time in Central and South America!
Finishing my last-day respite here in Mindo Ecuador, I’ve enjoyed the service of fast internet! After today I will be in transit back to the riverhouse, where the companionship of nature awaits. I will also return to sluggish cyber connections!
See more posts about companions on the Weekly Photo Challenge/Companionable.
I knew that SOMETHING was eating the Swiss chard, but the thief ate so much that he got caught in the chicken-wire fence on his way out!
You’re probably weary of seeing iguanas… How about cute little frogs? This one guarded the jasmine as well!
Ok… You probably didn’t care for the frog or the iguanas, but they make amazing models for my whimsical art!
Let’s move to something prettier… like butterflies! When working on this watercolor, I was in dire need of a dead or alive ‘in-hand’ model. I walked outside, looked down, and there was a (dead) butterfly species I had never seen!
Butterflies are always special, but not if they defoliate the balcony’s crop of maracuya!
After that magic hour, I forgave those caterpillars for desiccating the passion-fruit crop!
I will never forget my first encounter with this precious spotted petite animal. Imagine my horror when I found its image in a wildlife guide: a spotted skunk!
Sometimes different species seem to visit for their last day on earth; though I have been unable to help them, I give them empathy.
A snake died in the yard… with qualms, I present that one as well. Perhaps he was there to remind me to watch out for snakes?!
The locals called the above snake a ‘mata caballo.’ The assured me that it was not dangerous. Any snake with a name that suggests it can kill a horse makes me cautious! I realize there are many more snakes that do not spook me; the following one fascinated me, as it mimicked the branches where it searched for prey.
And there was the snake that recently inspected the work on the magic carpet!
Ok; Barb and I learned to close the bodega door! Enough of snakes.. here are some ‘softer’ animals of the wild!
My greatest love is for the howler monkeys, that watched over me during my time in Costa Rica.
At night they often slept in the canopy above my roof, and in the pre-dawn awakening hours, they often howled until I peered outside and acknowledged their presence! “Good morning! Buenos Dias! Ummmmph-ummmmph, ummmmph,” I would greet!
With that, they would hush, and we either stared at each other for half an hour, or I would return inside and start my day!
Other mornings they would leave quietly, but almost always they returned at the end of each day and watched over with a territorial and protective eye! They taught me many nuances of their unique language, and I am grateful for their lessons and for their trust!
If only all species were so accepting!
Have a good weekend, everyone!