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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

So I made it down to ol' Hogtown -- Gainesville, Florida -- my new home for the foreseeable future.  I live out in the woods with three funny dogs, some lizards, palmetto bugs, ferns, banana spiders, tiny green frogs, and at least two deer.  I'm hammering away at the new King-Cat (#71) which will be out before I leave for tour next month, and staying in the AC!  IT'S HOT.

I am a little bewildered and overwhelmed by all the new flora and fauna surrounding me, but I'm doing my best to get a grip.  Here are a few pictures I took of my new neighborhood.


This is where I live now.



L: Pete, R: Eddie


Ginger Spice: Leader of the Pack.

 
The girls knocked over their skate ramp again.
(L to R: Posh, Baby, and Ginger)


See those delicate little hairs on the caterpillar?  THEY'LL STING THE SHIT OUT OF YOU IF YOU TOUCH THEM.


One day I was walking peacefully down the street, when I ducked under an overhanging tree branch and walked into the stringiest, thickest web I'd ever felt.  I practically bounced back!  And there staring at me face to face was




Yes, it is a four inch spider with a HUMAN SKULL painted on its back!  WHERE THE HELL AM I???  The natives say they're called "Banana Spiders."  That's like calling a Great White Shark an "Ice Cream Fish."

So I became a little obsessed with these so-called Banana Spiders (Nephila clavipes).














Unknown woodland flower.

 
Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
 

Unknown fern.

 
Lantana camara (?)



No doubt some other ferocious beastie lives here.

 
Millipede.

 





Pete and his Filthy Disgusting Ball™.


The Cee-Ment Pond.

 
Banana trees (Musa sapientum).

 
Unknown Lily (?)


Unknown woodland flower.


The Old Pecan Tree.


Spanish Moss.


My Li'l Buddy.



Linus (Canis lupus familiaris)


Still unknown woodland flower.


Did I mention there were spiders?

 
Don't know.

 
Sort of looks like a Yucca.

 
Nope.


Tamarind tree? (Tamarindus indica)

 
No idea.


Some kind of Aloe/Agave type thing.


(Note tell-tale zig-zag pattern in the webbing.)


(Note gold sheen to threads.)





 


Opuntia spp. ?



And that's why I stay indoors and draw comics all day.

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4 comments:

  1. I'm amazed Pete let you stop playing fetch long enough to make this blog post, much less write an entire zine!

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  2. When it gets cooler, seek out the Ethnobotany Club at the school. They have nature walks and you can find out what everything is, and sometimes they have barbecues! I was the vice president a long time ago, but I was a botany poser.

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  3. Meredith-- I kick the ball for Pete endlessly... it's too gross to touch with my hands!

    Vanessa-- Botany Poser. Now THAT is uncool!

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  4. Those are some horrific spiders. I would have run away screaming. Great doggies and flowers, though.

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