2013 is flitting out of our lives and making way for 2014.
|Blue morpho butterfly, always on the move, just like time.|
2013 was an eventful year for us that passed in a blur. Dennis and Max completed their first full year in Belize and Dennis celebrated a year of being retired. I retired at the end of June 2013 and relocated to Belize in October. We got our car imported to Belize too.
|We love Belize dragonflies because they love mosquitoes. This isn't part of the Mosquito Coast for nothing!|
We actually haven't seen too many mosquitoes around our place. The most bothersome insects are the various flies - sand flies, red flies, bottlass (bottle ass) flies, black flies.
|Fortunately the dragonflies are voracious and non-discriminating eaters of flying insects.|
I still haven't started trying to key out the dragonflies; there are so many new critters and plants to learn. Never a dull or boring moment!
|They perch on every little stick or twig to soak up the sun.|
Even with all the dragonflies, 2013 brought me another "first" that I could have done without - a mosquito infected me with Dengue Fever earlier this month. That was a week of hell and then several weeks of recovery. Seem to be just about over it now. I think I was mosquito bitten while at the plant nursery - lots of standing water there from flooding and plant watering.
|They also are big eaters of insects and are quite acrobatic in their flycatching. Great entertainment.|
Now - ringing the old year out and the new year in are 2 butterflies. I haven't ID'ed either of them - something I can do next year!
Very best wishes for 2014 to you and yours Wilma and hope you steer clear of any more mosquitoes.ReplyDelete
Thanks, John. I just read that 50% of the world's population is at risk of getting Dengue - that's a lot of people!Delete
I wish you and Dennis all the very best for 2014 and beyond, in your paradise.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Keith. Paradise is what you make of it!Delete
Happy New Year Wilma! I hope it is a year of good health for you and Dennis. Beautiful photos in this post. I love the blue morphos. So stunning... and always flying.... just like time.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nan. Glad you like the photos. The blue amorphous seem to fly about so lazily, but they are deceptively fast.Delete
Happy New Year Wilma.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Roy. We are looking forward to it.Delete
Wishing you both a Happy New Year from a cold , wet& windy Lancashire.ReplyDelete
Thanks, David. Believe it or not, sometimes it feels cold to us here. But then all we have to do is remember the cold in Minnesota and we feel warm again. :-)Delete
Happy New Year Wilma and Dennis. The first whole year in your new place of residence and me thinks that it will be a special year - good luck to you both.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Derek. We feel like kids again with a whole new world to explore.Delete
Great variety and selection of images.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anthony.Delete
Nice post Wilma... Happy new year!ReplyDelete
Yikes! Dengue Fever...yes, that was a first you could have done without. Glad you are done with that first and can get back to your photography... Looking forward to seeing what you find to shoot this year.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Alice. I, too, am looking forward to seeking out new targets.Delete
Hi Wilma, this is Nick and Silke your next door neighbors :) We are house sitting Steppingstones Resort and look forward to meeting you once you return.ReplyDelete
Wish I could have been there to help welcome you. See you soon!Delete