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What's poking out of the pre-Columbian pottery?

What’s poking out of the pre-Columbian pottery?

(Ecuador) – Living totally immersed in nature, I am often treated to unexpected visitors from the wild!   This week’s photo challenge is ‘Extra Extra,‘ and Michelle states, “This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.” 

I remembered this surprise moment from earlier this year.

Come a little closer?

Come a little closer?

Peering from its hiding place, Mr. Frog startled me one sunny morning!

P1500375 paintbrushes riverhouse frog

Although frogs and geckos ‘creep out’ many of my female friends,  they make me smile and are often used as models for some of my studies!  Here are a few more unexpected guests that arrived with no warning:

This baby bird appeared in the house - unfortunately it died that night.

This baby bird appeared in the house – unfortunately it died that night.

Look who came for dinner!  (I fed it aloe vera water and mashed aloe vera pulp!

Look who came for dinner! (I fed it aloe vera water and mashed aloe vera pulp and returned it to its nest the next morning!)

This cattle egret was waiting by the gate and was sick or wounded.  It died that night as well.

This cattle egret was waiting by the gate and was sick or wounded. It died that night as well.

This one swam over and visited for several days in a row!

This pelican swam over and visited for several days in a row!

There are several visitors that are not as welcome;  I politely show them the door and ask them to please leave!

A surprise visitor sneaked into the studio to get a sneak peek at the artwork!

A surprise visitor sneaked into the studio to get a sneak peek at the artwork!

Once in Costa Rica, I was awakened by a mysterious sound.  Wondering if it was the thief who had stolen the Trooper’s battery, I tiptoed downstairs, turned on the kitchen light and immediately screamed when I saw this tiny creature:

Shhhh; don't wake the sleeping skunk!

Shhhh; don’t wake the sleeping skunk!

I surely scared the spotted skunk more than it scared me!

Here’s one more unexpected visitor that greeted me one sunny morning in Belize.  At least it wasn’t hiding in my shoe!

Well good morning to you as well!  Inspector of just-finished design on bench!

Well good morning to you as well! Maybe this is the inspector of just-finished designs on the bench!

Most every day Life presents extra surprises;  with childlike expectations, I look forward to the next visitor!

Z

 

 

 

 

 

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