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July 1, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

For Your Ides Only

Organically focused. Even with camouflage.

You see them, right?

Two tails. So off the rails.

Two lizards among garden foliage (© image. Copyrighted, no permissions granted. All rights reserved)

“Hey Larry, mind the gap – and that cat” (© image)

A pair insistent on the Prehistoric Lunar Calendar

To go along with their Jurassic Park appearances?

Possibly culturally appropriation, but it’s the image they wish. (And no one appointed me “Boss of those and thee”)

“…a prehistoric lunar calendar, with the kalends proclaimed after the sighting of the first sliver of the new crescent moon a day or two after the new moon, the nones occurring on the day of the first-quarter moon, and the ides on the day of the full moon.The kalends of each month were sacred to Juno and the ides to Jupiter. The day before each was known as its eve (pridie); the day after each (postridie) was considered particularly unlucky.” (Wiki)

Commentary on the above:

1) Who doesn’t love eyes on Jupiter, that giant bolder in the room? (Pluto’s flirting again. Will the 3rd time, July 4th, be the charm?)

2) Well, they say, Juno wasn’t too happy with Jupiter deciding to do the single parent thing.

3)  Guess being part of the Capitoline Triad wasn’t fulfilling enough for her. Three is always awkward. But Mars’ arrival probably helped her focus on her life’s work: “guardian angel; as every man had his genius, so every woman had her Juno”

Well, that certainly sheds light on all this.(Not)

Leaping lizards, these roamin’ garden inhabitants (sans togas, but brutes full of Et tu) are only 14 days early, for July ides

    • “Ides (Idus, variously Eid. or Id.), the 15th day of full months and the 13th day of hollow ones, a day less than the middle of each month. (Wiki)

As the days turn, July is warming up to celebrate. (Natrually. Who wouldn’t, being named after a celebrity?)

Timing flies: a nice lizard snack

There you go. The ides have it.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

And then there’s this:

“How to watch the ‘buck moon” lunar eclipse.”

Partial penumbral eclipse occurs for US the night of July 4/morning, July 5.

Night Landscape with waterfall . Fairy Tale. 1916 Batten illustration.(USPD, artist life/

Mysteries and fairy tales flow from science. Or is that the other way around? (USPD/


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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 1 2020 6:23 am

    yes.. they must be from jurassic parc … otherwise the mama hadn’t alarmed a whole howltel because such a veloci raptor was on da ceiling….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2020 7:37 am

      We think they mistook the yard for a movie set…there’s several small armies of them…all different types.So far no barricades or border wars. (And so far few have accepted RC Cat’s invitation to slip inside to relieve her summer boredom) Thanks for crawling in with a comment

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  2. shoreacres / Jul 1 2020 6:43 am

    I must be blind this morning — I only see one! I even looked in the brown leaves, thinking one had changed color. Inquiring minds want to know!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2020 7:44 am

      The big brown one is across the gap to the left – sitting among the thorned palm branch stubs. You may have to enlarge the pix a bit. Someone must be creating a Lizard Land set out there. I’m still trying to get a shot of the smaller ones that really look like dinosaurs and a re almost transparent other than this mountain like row of brown dozen their spine. They are very fast. I hope they eat mosquitoes as well as roaches. Do you remember when people used to “lasso” a horned frog and set it on their shoulder? If the lizards gulp mosquitoes, I’m willing to try a lizard ornament.
      Thanks for joining this I-spy game.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 1 2020 12:17 pm

    Fortunately the little guy was green or I never would have seen him. We don’t have those types of critters here. Way too cold for them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2020 2:21 pm

      It’s weird – this year we have several different lizards: the normal green ones, the almost transparent pale ones that showed up a couple of years ago, now these big brown Dino lumpy ones and a smaller smooth brown with dark stripes. Who knows where they all came from..guess word got around this is a pesticide free yard? Hey as hard up as we are for entertainment, the little wild kingdom is great.
      Thanks for leaping in with a comment

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  4. Carrie / Jul 1 2020 2:04 pm

    Luckily, that’s a type of critter we don’t see much of in Ohio (or unluckily, depending on one’s viewpoint…). In fact, I’ve never seen one here, though I think we have a few species around. As long as they keep their distance from me, we’ll be fine. 😄


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2020 2:28 pm

      Ah, but these are natural predators of roaches, mosquitoes, and probably spiders.
      And entertainment for bored dog who may gently put large paw on lizard to hold them still so she can look, but they detach their tails which wiggle and Molly doesn’t know whether to go after the scrambling lizard or watch the tail.
      Yes, we are easily amused.
      Thanks for climbing over the gate to chat.


      • Carrie / Jul 1 2020 2:30 pm

        Years ago when we went to Turks and Caicos for a vacation, my husband walked under an open stairwell, and two lizards plopped down onto his head and shoulder. I think he’s been scarred for life over that. 😄 But I do indeed like them taking care of roaches and mosquitoes!


  5. marina kanavaki / Jul 1 2020 2:25 pm

    For a moment -before seeing the brown one on the left, took him for a branch! 😉 – I remembered Baldrick’s words from an episode of Blackadder: “Master, I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies!” …go figure! Cheers for the smiles! Happy July!!!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2020 4:13 pm

      A painting mentor once told me to never let the eyes tell you what to paint – eyes lie, she said. Don’t let them tell you what you see because they are lazy and tell you from memory and what they think has been seen before.
      Does that make sense to you? One drawing instructor had us draw in the dark – trying to break the dependence on what eyes think things should look like.
      Kids are much more creative until school and someone tells them the grass must be green across the bottom and the sky at the top blue – and the sun always a circle.
      Never ones so blind that they could nor see.
      Cheers and yea you found them both. Thanks for playing I spy!


      • marina kanavaki / Jul 2 2020 2:05 am

        Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I always thought school to be an impediment to art and creativity. Thankfully when I first went to school, teachers thought I was autistic because I would destroy every hint of the predrafted drawings and paint my own images on top, instead of simply coloring them in, as I was supposed to. They sure had a weird take on autism. Good thing my dad laughed at them, being an artist himself. 😉 As for the eyes… such a huge subject, but yes, they do lie! 😉

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  6. Ally Bean / Jul 1 2020 2:37 pm

    Nothing like this in my part of the world. I can’t say that makes me sad, especially when I can enjoy your friend via photo.


  7. sustainabilitea / Jul 1 2020 3:43 pm

    Two very different looks on those two. 🙂 I love a good Ides, preferably the one in March because it’s my birthday and I’ll party if I want to…although this year’s celebration was not quite what was expected. Dratted virus, ruining all my fun. Ides be happy if it ’twere over!



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