Essay — Lizards and snakes, oh my!

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The hummers have migrated to their winter home. Fortunately, less flighty inhabitants of Carpenter Country are still here.

The friendly anoles scramble through the shrubs and take care of garden pests year-round. This little guy was curious about the camera lens and brave enough to stick around while we snapped his picture.

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The Clouded Yellow butterflies ignored us as they flitted through the waning plumbago blossoms in search of a last bit of nectar.


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And Mrs. Black Snake was on the hunt beneath the boxwoods. She’s gorgeous, and very shy. We felt fortunate to catch a glimpse of her.


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Each season has its own beauty. Are you living each as it passes?



***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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