Studying nature with a bad foot

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.

Publicado el abril 17, 2018 11:49 TARDE por susanhewitt susanhewitt

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susanhewitt

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Abril 16, 2018 a las 08:27 MAÑANA ADT

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Huizaches, Sensitivas, Plumerillos Y Parientes (Subfamilia Mimosoideae)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 16, 2018 a las 10:16 MAÑANA ADT

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Chichicastle (Cnidoscolus urens)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 16, 2018 a las 10:20 MAÑANA ADT

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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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Cadillo Africano (Achyranthes aspera)

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Abril 16, 2018 a las 01:24 TARDE ADT

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Mariposa Amarilla Pequeña Manchada (Pyrisitia lisa)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 10:50 MAÑANA ADT

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

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 10:54 MAÑANA 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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Abril 17, 2018 a las 10:56 MAÑANA ADT

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Mariposa Blanca Gigante (Ascia monuste)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 11:41 MAÑANA ADT

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Bola del Rey (Leonotis nepetifolia)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 01:50 TARDE ADT

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Cochinilla Australiana (Icerya purchasi)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 01:52 TARDE ADT

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Papiros Y Juncos (Género Cyperus)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 01:55 TARDE ADT

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Hierba de la Golondrina (Euphorbia hyssopifolia)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 01:56 TARDE ADT

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 01:59 TARDE ADT

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Muyuyo (Cordia lutea)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 02:00 TARDE ADT

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Polillas Cargapalitos (Familia Psychidae)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 02:08 TARDE ADT

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 02:09 TARDE ADT

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Pomelo (Citrus maxima)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 02:12 TARDE ADT

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Huilota Caribeña (Zenaida aurita)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 03:54 TARDE ADT

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Arañas Enanas Redondas (Género Oecobius)

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 04:03 TARDE ADT

Descripción

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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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 04:08 TARDE ADT

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susanhewitt

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Abril 17, 2018 a las 04:11 TARDE ADT

Comentarios

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.

Publicado por ellendale hace casi 6 años

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.

Publicado por susanhewitt hace casi 6 años

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