Friday, July 10, 2015

A Few Critters

A snail uses a hummingbird feeder as its own sippy cup.


Sugar water...yum!
A puffed up Texas Toad tries to look bigger than he/she is.


My hand for size comparison.
A Walking Stick rests on one of the window screens.

A pair of Whistlers on one section of the pond fence and a pair of Wood Ducks on the far end (the red duck weed is almost gone now.)

Zim and Gem finish up breakfast one morning.
 Gem had finished hers first and came over to see if Zim had any left to share. (He didn't.)
Cleaning up crumbs.
On a hot, no-breeze summer day, Zim was sweating a lot so I gave him a shower with the hose.


"Come on, woman! Put down the camera and turn me loose!"
 And turned him back out to the pasture
 to rejoin Gem.
I'm guessing he rolled soon after, but I didn't stick around to watch.

Linking to Saturday's Critters

162 comments:

Mildred said...

Fun photos. That snail is amazing! I love seeing your horses. They are so sweet. It's been a really hot week here with no rain.
Hope you will have a nice weekend.

Gail said...

What a great snail picture. I guess many of us like sweets and are prone to gaining weight like that toad. It's big!
All pictures are good and I got my horse fix. Thanks.

RedPat said...

That shower must have felt so good! Love that snail - he must have a good nose to know that the food was up there and to take such a long journey!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes!! Love to see the horses!! And what great shots for the day!! Love the little critters, too!! Thank you as always for stopping by!! Your comments are always appreciated and I do miss you!!! Hope all is going well!! Have a great weekend!!

KB Bear said...

Zim is such a beautiful horse, so shiny and lean! I love seeing him glistening in the sun.

The toad is darn cool too! It is big!

Brian King said...

What I'd like to know is how long it took the snail to get up there. :-) Nice shots of Frick and Frack!

Stephen Hayes said...

I love how the toad blends into its environment for protection. Great pictures.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

That is really cool to see the snail on the feeder. I've never seen that before.Your yard continues to amaze me.

Julia said...

Love all the photos but that silly snail is really hoping to get some sweet dew. Years ago my granddaughter raised some stick insects in an aquarium. She started with one and it laid eggs and before you know it the small aquarium was full.

Love those horses.
Hugs,
JB

Cloudia said...

Honey it is so sweet spending special time at the ranch like this. Very sweet!







ALOHA
ComfortSpiral

Chandra Eswaran said...

Wonderful collection you got, Theresa!
The frog and the snail get the first prize from me.
And, the horses the 2nd!
Well, who am I to judge them? Just kidding...
I loved the variety in this post.
Is the pond dry or is the water brown.
Can't trust my old eyes no more :)
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Wonderful collection you got, Theresa!
The frog and the snail get the first prize from me.
And, the horses the 2nd!
Well, who am I to judge them? Just kidding...
I loved the variety in this post.
Is the pond dry or is the water brown.
Can't trust my old eyes no more :)
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

"Yer way too big and scary, human!"

- Mr. or Mrs. Toad
~

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Wow! what a snail, we get banana slugs here in Oregon and they can be 6 inches long with no shell, when it rains alot they crawl up our windows. Used to think they were gross but now I think they are pretty cool. Amazing how the frog blends in.

Gayle said...

Walking Stick bug. I had forgotten about them.
Silly snail.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

From an amazing snail to beautiful horses. Thanks for the pictorials of life on a Texas ranch- I love the variety.

bailey-road.com said...

How'd the snail get there? Gem and Zim are beautiful, happy horses.

LV said...

There never seems to be a dull moment on the Run-a-Round Ranch. Always enjoy your what is going on at your place.

Paula said...

Like all the pictures especially the puffed up toad.

Red said...

The snail on the hummingbird feeder is a hoot!

S. J. Qualls said...

I would never have thought of a snail going after a hummingbird feeder, although, I do see slugs trying to climb my windows at night - no idea what they are after.
Love the horses!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is a determined snail! I didn't know they could get around that well. I'll bet your horse loved that shower!

rainfield61 said...

Something that we used to see, something that we take for granted.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Critters find a way, don't they! What a cool snail! I love these critters. Thanks for making my day! Hug.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh.My.Word! I am amazed by the snail photo -- and how on earth did you get a photo of my second brother? LOL

Rose said...

Now if I were Sarah, I would say How Neat, or way cool about the snail, but I say, oooh, yuk, with a bit of fascination I might add! Love the toad! I have not seen a walking stick in years! I bet Zim was glad to get the shower...and bet Gem is thankful for her light colored coat. When I worked at the orchard I had the off-white painter's pants I wore most of the time, and it definitely made a difference...definitely felt the heat if I wore jeans.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

That's one smart snail! Cute little toad and the walking stick is amazing! Always love seeing those gorgeous horses! Aren't you sweet for cooling him down!

Paul said...

Interesting critters you have there... Looks like the snail has been watching the squirrels raiding the bird feeders and wanted to get in on the act!

Always enjoy your pictures of Zim and Gem!

pattisjarrett said...

The snail looks huge! Cute toad, all puffed up. That's a Texas-size Walking Stick, too. The hose felt pretty good when I was working in the yard today--but I did not roll in the yard afterward. Honest!

Nancy J said...

The smail, eating it's heart out, a toad that believes he is larger than life, and hosing down, perfect finish for a hot day. Loved every photo.

Midmarsh John said...

That reminded me of the time I kept stick insects in my classroom and a couple escaped and went to explore the school kitchen.

The pink pond is certainly a novelty.

Gosia k said...

intelligent snail and terrible toad. Lovely nature. Have a nice weekend

Margaret Adamson said...

I enjoyed the wonderful eclectic mix of crittters in your post today. Glad the duckweed is nearly gone. I am sure the ducks are glad also. what clever snails you have and that frog surely is too fat! Love both your horses and I am sure they love being out in your pastures. Have a lovely weekend.

mick said...

A great selection of photos and I especially like that red duck weed - although I think it might easily become a pest. Hope your temps don't get too much higher and hotter!

Ms. A said...

That snail had quite a trip to sip! Can't believe how that duck weed just took over the pond. I'm a little more used to the green stuff. Great shots, all!

Hannah said...

I have that same little hummingbird feeder, but no snails like that, thankfully. Plenty of slugs though. Your pond looks like Pepto-Bismol, I don't blame the ducks for not jumping in. The horses look happy, anyway, with lovely pasture to roll in. So cute!

Irma said...

Beautiful picture of the snail, toad, and horses.
Great nature there.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Lynn said...

I've never seen anything like that red weed before, it really takes over!:@)

Aida said...

Even the snail came up to have a drink. Must be very hot around you as summer it at its peak. How big is that toad? Zim and Gem are the cutest.

Have a nice week

Aida

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You KNOW he rolled! Ha! One of those things you can count on happening. Every time.

That snail is HUGE! So is the toad! Such a fun slice of your life! blessings ~ tanna

Kathy said...

A spray with a garden hose would have felt pretty good yesterday afternoon!

EG CameraGirl said...

Ha! I bet you are right about Zim rolling over! No fun being too clean. ;)) Love the shots of the snail but I'm glad he/she's in your yard and not mine. :)

Lynne said...

Great "Critter" post . . . I wonder if the Hummingbirds will fly in with the snail taking over the feeder.
The toad sure does wear a full camo shirt!
I can't believe all the red in the pond . . . wow!
Bet Zim loved the "cool down!"

KaHolly said...

Fun photos. Haven't seen a snail at the hummingbird feeder like that. How funny. I like those small feeders. I have a half dozen of them. They are easier to keep clean. I just replace one every time I change the hummingbird juice and throw the used one right in the sink for the next time.

DJan said...

However he got there, it was quite a journey for that snail! I've never seen anything like that. And yes, it's fun to see all the different animals and critters around the ranch. Glad to know that pond is clean again. :-)

eileeninmd said...

Good morning Tex, what an awesome critter post. Cool shots of the snail on the hummer feeder. But, how did it get there? The walking stick is cool, I do not see them often! I always enjoy your Whistling Ducks! I just love your Zim and Gem, beautiful horses. I am sure Zim enjoyed being cooled off with the hose. Great series of images! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Have a happy weekend!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love seeing these critters and the snail on the hummingbird feeder is too cute. Like Eileen said, wonder how it got there? Gem and Zim are always gorgeous. Great post.
Enjoy the weekend. cm

Uppal said...

A variety of pictures and all very good. Love the horses!

Jo said...

What a lovely mix of critters, Theresa. I love that you showered Zim to help ease the discomfort! Have a great day. Jo

Debbie said...

i am sooooo happy to see you guys today!! funny snail, i have never seen anything like it!!

and the pond looked clear in some of the later images. is that now, or 3 years ago...heheheheh ;))))))

DeniseinVA said...

Cool photos Theresa. I bet Zim really loved his shower.

magnoliasntea said...

Walking sticks are so cool! Love the photos of your critters.

SweetMarie said...

your horse babies are so beautiful! nice to see them again!

Blogoratti said...

Fun and delightful photos of beautiful animals.

Blogoratti said...

Fun and delightful photos of beautiful animals.

Sally said...

Smart snail. :)

Great pics, T!

xoxo

Birdman said...

The dialog just too funny! That Zim. What humor!

Small City Scenes said...

Great series of critter shots. I liked them all except maybe the snail. For some reason--not my fav
MB

Ela said...

Oh, that's a wonderful post !! I love your critters !!
Happy weekend !

Karen S. said...

Oh goodness, so many wonderful snaps! The snail is precious as is that sweet little big guy (showing off his muscles and powerful-ness) I love it. Your horses and captions always delightful too. A very fun post.

Jeanne said...

Love your critter shots! I saw one of the puffed up toads at my cabin last weekend but sort of missed the photo op

don said...

A very strong series with a very interesting variation in subjects. Very strong close ups of these critters and that puffy frog. I like the wet horse part of the series too. Nice one.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

That snail is too much! Gem and Zim look good! Glad the duckweed is gone... ick. We haven't seen any walking sticks yet but they usually don't show up till August. First picture of Zim and Gem, they look so... "who, me?" .. :)

Lois Evensen said...

So many cool critters to photograph! The snails in my garden are treated to beer parties and few survive. ;)

messymimi said...

That snail must have been some kind of determined! Love the critters you found that day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved catching up with old favorites and a couple of newbies at the RunAround! I've never seen a snail feeding before (or a snail feeder;))

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Please don't take offense, but I must say that you hang out with a rather strange crowd at times.

carol l mckenna said...

Delightful series of photos! That snail is so funny ~ unique! Love the horse photography ~ all excellent!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

William Kendall said...

How on earth did that snail get up there?

I particularly like those horses!

Terry and Linda said...

I've never seen a snail do that before!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great collection of photos. How funny to see a snail enjoying the hummingbirds' food! That is one big toad. The walking stick is so neat. I used to see them all the time when I was a kid but I never see them anymore. Zim must have loved that shower!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Nice critters! The toad was very cute :)

Giga said...

Oh it has happened with you has. Snail played in the hummingbird, frog explode, stick insect looks into the house, pony takes a shower, and of ducks probably do not like the water with algae that color. Greetings.

carolann said...

I never have seen a snail attempt that crawl to the feeder.

Oh my! Love all your selective takes. Excellent.

Love the horses big time.

Nancy Chan said...

I think the snail is cute. Sorry, but I would want to be near any toads or frogs. I would find the walking stick interesting. I like the caption "Come on, woman! Put down the camera and turn me loose!" Ha haa that was a good one!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I LOVE [truly!!!] your horses!!! They're beauties? Looks that they may have some arabian blood in them?

And that snail.........oh MY GOODNESS it's huge.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

PS...I also wanted to tell you I had read a bit in this month's edition of Birds and Blooms magazine that the BBW Duck is not a duck?!! Did you know that? I didn't...just learned they're part of the swan family. I thought of your once Whistler's on Wednesday right away, tho. :-)

ClickNCamera said...

The "Everything is bigger in Texas" saying really does apply to that toad, I love him! Enjoy your day!

Linda Kay said...

Tex, wonderful critter photos. The snail in the hummingbird feeder I could have done without!

Lea said...

Great photos!
I especially like the snail.
Have a great week-end!
Lea

Caren Gittleman said...

the horses are my faves! www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The sippy cup remark tickled me. Great shots of that snail, though, as well as of the toad and the walking stick. The pictures of the ducks and the red duckweed looked like something you could only have created in Photoshop. I'm glad to hear that you're winning the battle against the duckweed.

Adam Jones said...

That Toad is the biggest toad I have ever seen. Absolutely ginormous. I've seen smaller dogs.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I did that yesterday- gave Ticker a shower spray..it was so hot, and she just stood there for it, which meant she was really hot, too. Usually I have to chase her down.
The weather station says 106 heat index right now. Wow!

Our photos said...

Very nice series !

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Just fabulous!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love the snail!!!!
Such great photos.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Lovely collection! I'm always amazed with the kind of adventurous antics humble snails get into!

John's Island said...

Great group of critter photos!

ThreeOldKeys said...

Hurray for Critters! I will have to show your HummingSlug to my grandbunny ... and the TexasToadst also!

Marie C said...

A snail with a sweet-tooth! Now that beats all! :-) Loved him and the puffy toad and the walking stick. And the ducks. But, your beautiful horses were the highlight of this post! They are always so wonderful to see!

Randy said...

Nice shots. That is one resourceful snail.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I bet Zim loved that shower! A perfect critter post, Theresa. All your critters are beautiful but I was especially awed by the snail, the frog and the walking stick.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely photos and how in the world did that snail end up on the hummingbird feeder?!
Oh, that toad tried so hard to intimidate... Poor thing!
Lovely photos and your big pets are spoiled rotten too.
Sending you hugs for a happy Sunday.
Mariette

BlueShell said...

Great captures.
What a magnificent horse. I love horses, but I'll never, ever have one. I don't have the land , or the money to afford to have one.

Love
BShell

Betty Manousos said...

such beautiful horses! nice see them again.
wonderful photos, theresa! xoxo

Latane Barton said...

well, I never............
a snail on a hummingbird feeder. and that toad, so well hidden. Nice post.

Anni said...

...thanks for stopping by to view my scissortail flycatcher images yesterday!!!

stardust said...

You made me smile with each critter. The snail looked like an ornament to the feeder at first. I'm glad to meet the funky toad and to see Zim and Gem again. I especially like the 11th and the last images. Stay cool.

Yoko

Gunilla Bäck said...

I wonder how the snail got up there? I love the toad and your beautiful horses.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Morning Tex. Those snail shots are awesome. Oh it is so nice to see all is well on the ranch and everyone is smiling. I am talking about Zim and Gem, even with the heat. Love the whistlers:) Hug B

Magia da Inês said...


Bonitas fotos!
Incrível o caracol gostar de água doce!...
Bom domingo!
Beijinhos.ه° ·.
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Daniel LaFrance said...

I always enjoy seeing photos of the horses! :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Enjoyed your shots :)

handmade by amalia said...

Gorgeous photos.
Amalia
xo

Janey and Co. said...

That snail shot is amazing. ...and I have never seen such a sweaty horse!

Michael Manning said...

Zim and Gem are great looking horses! Fun to see them just after breakfast!

Viera said...

That snail is really amazing... I like the horses ...what a fantastic creatures...Gorgeous photos

Stephanie said...

I ewwwed at the snail but great shots of if. Loved seeing the Whistlers again. And loved seeing your lovely horses again. Wonderful images!!

nookworm said...

I'm always delighted to see what you find and photograph so well. I would have liked to watch the snail get up there! (or did he drop down from the top?) Of course Zim rolled!

Mama Zen said...

Oh, you know he rolled as soon as he got the chance!

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful to see xx

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Haha! I like the snail...so smart :) :)

Michelle said...

That snail gave me a good chuckle! Haven't seen one do that before!

Ratty said...

The walking stick reminds me of the time I went into one of the chain drugstores and there on a stack of items was the biggest walking stick I ever saw. It was so big I didn't think it was real until I saw it move.

Bob Bushell said...

Love your horses, and the walking stick, precious.

Stewart M said...

That snail must have a had a hell of a journey to get its free meal - that's one determined mollusc!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Kovács Miklós said...

Nice moments from everyday life. Snail is so funny and horses...
They are my favourites!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a ton of great photos!! That snail, no kidding!!!! That's my favorite, but love the puffy toad too and of course who doesn't love to see the horses!

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

i never knew that slugs would go to sugar water ... that is interesting. neat-o!! ( :

karmnik54 said...

Ślimaków nie lubię:)

The Queen Jester said...

You have some fascinating critters on your ranch.

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful.
Wishing you a wonderful week.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Welcome to Tex,
He surprised me the color of the water in your pond. Red? Why?
Photos of horses are beautiful.
Greetings.
Lucia

Crafty Green Poet said...

what an amazing snail! And such a fat toad

barbara l. hale said...

Strange and amazing stuff on your blog. I hope Zim has cooled down.

Lowcarb team member said...

They are all great pictures ... but I never knew snails could do that !

All the best Jan

Robin Lamb said...

T, can't say much for the snail and toad. I guess one has to be a snail or toad mother to appreciate them!
The rest are great. The stick bug fascinates me! And of course I love Zim and Gem!

Felicia said...

I've never seen a snail on a hummer feeder....neat.

Zim looks all cool and refreshed.

Judy said...

I almost didn't see the toad at first, it blended in with the rocks so well.

Halcyon said...

It's always fun seeing what's going on in your neck of the woods! I wonder though, how did that snail get up to the feeder? Must have been a long trip!

Jeevan said...

wow! very interesting post on various critters... wonderful to see a snail sipping through sweet feeder. love gem and zim poses same

Revrunner said...

Oh, so he was sweating! I thought you said swearing. What?! :-)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; So sorry for my belated comment, Dear friend.
The shots of snail on a hummingbird feeder is really amazing, funny thing happened :-) I checked about the 'walking stick'; (At first, I thought it is the tool hubby needs, haha)
He knew Japanese name and surprised to see the picture page p;-)
I DO hope you are doing fine, rainy days here but trying to do weeding whenhaving cloudy span before really get hot(^^;)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako* .

Anvilcloud said...

My goodness. I have to wonder how the snail got itself up there.

Stephanie Faris said...

That is one resourceful snail!

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Malgré ta journée très chargée de travail, ton regard reste celui d'une amoureuse de la nature et de la vie. C'est ce qui, très certainement, fais de toi une photographe inspirée, qui attire tant de gens ici. En fin de compte, cette page est une leçon de vie, simple et équilibrée à la recherche du bonheur.
Bel été à toi.
Amitiés.

Roger

Mary Kirkland said...

I wonder how long it took that snail to get up there.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Tex, Those horses are so very wonderful! So happy you have them and love them. Have a super fine Wednesday tomorrow! Today is the last day I am online for about a week.

Susan said...

Love seeing how life is around the ranch. That snail, I've never seen anything like that before. I've seen bees and wasps trying to get a sip...

Debby Ray said...

That would be what my Oscar would have done after a bath....rolled in something STINKY! Great photos...beautiful horses and I wish I could say the same thing about that nasty snail :( The walking stick was awesome and the toad blended in well with it's surroundings :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the pics. You remind me that I need to refill my hummingbird feeder!

Wayne said...

I have never seen a snail on a hummingbird feeder. I like the walking stick, I do not think they live around here.

Small Kucing said...

For the snail, sharing is caring ☺

Small Kucing said...

For the snail, sharing is caring ☺

Grantham Lynn said...

Great shots. I remember seeing horny toads as we called them I was a child. I was a little afraid of them. It has been hot. I could sure use a water hose bath after work! Thanks for including the horse shots. Have a great day.

Mary Cromer said...

I once had a pet snail like that for 18 months and so cool that you got those great captures. Have not seen a Walking Stick in years, thought they are assuredly right in front of me, so that was a great catch as well. Love the horses, always. Hope you are doing well and getting some rest~

Łucja - Sara - Maria said...

Oh,
Your post is gorgeous.
The stunning nature and beautiful horses.
I dreamed to once again see your photos.
Greetings.
Lucia

Ron said...

It's a good thing that red stuff is almost gone. That looks really weird!

Busy Bee Suz said...

The snail is amazing and gross at the same time. :6
You've quite the assortment of critters. I think the stick bugs are so cool.
Love that your cool off the horses; surely they appreciate and really DON'T roll into yucky stuff afterwards.

Gillian Olson said...

I have never seen a snail on a hummingbird feeder before. The toad is well camophlaged against the background, I don,t think I would have spotted it. Great to get a glimpse of the whistlers. Lucky horses, everything they could want!

bj said...

Great photos...not sure what that was in the first few but see in other comments, it's a snail. *shiver
I've never in my life seen water that color.

edenhills said...

Great images. That is a huge snail. I imagine the hose feels really good on a hot day. I kind of wish the goats would enjoy that instead of hating water.

Munir said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your horses.
That is one smart snail.
I did not get a chance to read much.
Work has been crazy. I had a day off therefore I was able to read and write.

Tammie Lee said...

red duck weed, what a trip!
mine is green, a pink pond is quite a sight!
the snail is so fun to see, we don't have any like that. Your toad too all puffed up fun. Love your horse photos too. wonderful glimpse into your world.

Barb said...

I love all the photos of life on the ranch! That snail made me smile - remember, you can collect the slime and make your skin soft (learned from my 8 year old grandson...).

jandi said...

such interesting images! love the snail drinking!

Joe said...

WOW!! I thought we were hot here but you're winning hands down.

Margie said...

Hey T!!! Popped by to say hello. (: Loved that little snail on the hummingbird feeder. Can you imagine how long it took him to get there? Hope you are having a great summer. xoxo

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Lovely photos Theresa☆
It's a big toad. And the walking sticks are so funny.

Haha ... turn me loose woman.
You have so nice horses!

☆ Have a nice day ☆

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Now how did that snail get to the hummingbird feeder??? Neat stick bug too!!

Maggid said...

that snail should be a Disney Moment in one of their animated feature films . . it's really amazing and I bet most of us never considered the option this snail chose . . . You are So Cool.

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