Forced to concentrate...

I am on the lovely Caribbean island of Nevis for four weeks, but I have my left foot in a stiff and heavy medical CAM boot, and the right foot with a big rubber "even-up" layer strapped onto my sneaker. This is because of severe Achilles tendinitis (correction -- tendinosis) in the left leg, and therefore I am also under doctor's orders to minimize my walking as much as possible.

This has some pluses as well as some minuses. Although I can't walk down to the main road and go to the various beaches every day on foot or on the bus as I usually would, I can nonetheless walk around the small yard of the rental house to some extent, or even go up and down the lane a little bit, as long as I am careful not to do very much.

Because my scope for exploration is severely limited, this is causing me to concentrate my awareness and my searching efforts, in order to find as many different species as possible within this small and somewhat ecologically impoverished area of a few houses and a few vacant lots that are mostly overgrown with invasive species.

I think this is actually good discipline for me as a naturalist! I have to focus really intently and therefore manage to find things that normally I would not notice.

I have included here some of the more picturesque things I have found so far in this small area.

Posted by susanhewitt susanhewitt, April 17, 2018 23:49

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Schwartz' Anole Anolis schwartzi

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susanhewitt

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April 16, 2018 08:27 AM ADT

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Acacias, Mimosas, Mesquites, and Allies Subfamily Mimosoideae

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susanhewitt

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April 16, 2018 10:16 AM ADT

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Tropical Bull Nettle Cnidoscolus urens

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susanhewitt

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April 16, 2018 10:20 AM ADT

Description

Oooo, this is nasty stuff, terrible stings, and on Nevis I have seen it in one place grow to be 9 feet tall.

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Devil's Horsewhip Achyranthes aspera

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susanhewitt

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April 16, 2018 01:24 PM ADT

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Little Yellow Pyrisitia lisa

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 10:50 AM ADT

Description

There are a fair number of these lovely little sulphur butterflies around here.

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 10:54 AM ADT

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Found by. sweeping a net through lawn vegetation that was grown somewhat high after a month of not being cut.

Then chilled to be still before photographing. Then released.

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 10:56 AM ADT

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Great Southern White Ascia monuste

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 11:41 AM ADT

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Lion's Ear Leonotis nepetifolia

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 01:50 PM ADT

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Mealybugs Family Pseudococcidae

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 01:52 PM ADT

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Flatsedges Genus Cyperus

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 01:55 PM ADT

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Hyssop Spurge Euphorbia hyssopifolia

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 01:56 PM ADT

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 01:59 PM ADT

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Yellow Geiger Cordia lutea

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 02:00 PM ADT

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Bagworm Moths Family Psychidae

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 02:08 PM ADT

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Windmillgrass Genus Chloris

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 02:09 PM ADT

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Pomelo Citrus maxima

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 02:12 PM ADT

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Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 03:54 PM ADT

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Wall Spiders Genus Oecobius

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susanhewitt

Date

April 17, 2018 04:03 PM ADT

Description

This was outdoors, under a window sill.

A spider egg case protected by a silk net. The silk net was not much more than 12 mm from one end to the other.

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Southern Sword Fern Nephrolepis exaltata

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 04:08 PM ADT

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Tarantulas Family Theraphosidae

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susanhewitt

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April 17, 2018 04:11 PM ADT

Comments

Let's see, Nevis in a CAM boot or northeast rain, snow and cold - I'd take the boot :-) My grandson is wheelchair bound and uses a beach wheelchair, generally available from local cities, hotels or beach rentals. Not sure they are available in Nevis but may be worth checking into. I wish you the best.

Posted by ellendale over 3 years ago (Flag)

Thanks Ellen! A beach wheelchair is a cool idea -- I guess it has very fat tires. We don't rent a car on Nevis, but I can order a taxi as needs be. One of the coastal areas/beaches that I usually go to requires crossing a fairly short distance over rough ground with tall weeds and rocks. I do have a cane. I am not going to push myself. I am going to wait a few more days before I go to any beach I think.

Posted by susanhewitt over 3 years ago (Flag)

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