The scene below, with the view of Greater Monkey Caye obliterated by heavy rain, has been with us off and on for the last 4 or 5 days. And during each of those days (and nights), several inches of rain has fallen. The good news is that our water vats are full. The bad news is that Monkey River and Black Creek are full - and overflowing. We hear that there are places on the Monkey River Road that are under seven feet of water! Three or four sunny days with no rain is all it will take to dry out the road.
|We run to lower the sun shades and get them lashed down when see rain like this approaching! They do a good job of keeping the driving rain out of the veranda.|
The heavy rains and high winds have pushed in some higher than usual tides for us; a beachcomber's delight. Below are a few of the items of interest that have washed up. This site is wonderful for exploring sea beans.
During the rainy spells, we do chores inside the cabana. Dennis is putting little foam sheets behind all the wall cover plates for electrical outlets and switches since they seem to be an entry point for small insects. Behind one outlet cover plate he found these little pieces of shell. They are gecko eggshells. Apparently the geckos also realized that small insects where coming entering through the wall plates. We love the geckos because they do eat the insects; we love to have them in the cabana.
|Delicate shells leftover from gecko eggs fell out of the wall outlet.|
|It looks like all but one of them was successfully hatched.|
The rain has not been constant. In fact there has been some very pleasant sunshine. I get outside whenever possible to see what is going on. The sun drew out this wonderful pair of baselisk lizards. They are also called Jesus Christ lizards because they can run on water. They have an extra row of wide scales on the long third toes of their hind feet that give them this ability. You can see the scales in the photo below and on the photo of the female if you click on them to see them bigger.
|This female does not have a crest, but is more richly colored than the male. Look at the scales on the long toe of her left foot. These scales enable her to run on water.|
|She, too, let me get quite close, although she was poised to run into the wood pile if I made any sudden moves!|
The rains also brought out lots of small flying insects, which brought out lots of dragon flies!
|I have not delved into dragonfly ID's yet, but there are at least 4 different kinds.|
During breaks in the rain, I managed to walk along the jungle path and saw a large butterfly or moth flitting along. It finally landed and I was able to take the photo below.
|Owl moth with a great eyespot!|
Dennis came out of the generator shed after turning the generator off and said "get your camera!" So I did, and followed him back into the generator shed to see another impressive moth.
Ascalapha odorata, Black Witch moth.
This moth also likes to fly into our window screen at night when we have lights on. At such a large size (4 to 5 inches across), it looks and sounds like a bat or a bird trying to get inside.
With all the rain also come rainbows. This one arched across Greater Monkey Caye and seemed especially broad.