Life abundant in my yard

We moved into our house almost a year ago and although a quarter of an acre certainly isn't much space for this girl who grew up in the middle of Indiana corn fields, I do appreciate what I have.  Whenever I need a small burst of inspiration or a bit of a pick-me-up, I like to head out into our yard with my camera and notice the life all around me.  Living in a tropical environment provides plenty of life to wonder at and I love the thought that my small plot of land can nurture so many different forms of life.  From flowers, herbs, and vegetables, to insects, dogs, and birds, there is a lot living and growing around me and it's a shame not to stop and appreciate it all.  There is even rumor of a monitor lizard with babies, although I've yet to spot them, and there is a stray cat that makes nightly visits, hopefully to deal with those pesky mice and cockroaches, which I've chosen to leave out of my photos of appreciation.

I hope these photos also inspire you to stop and appreciate the diversity of life around you at this very moment!

 Snail

Snail

 Flower

Flower

 Bananas

Bananas

 Red-billed firefinch

Red-billed firefinch

 Lizard shedding its skin

Lizard shedding its skin

 Red-bellied paradise flycatcher

Red-bellied paradise flycatcher

 Red-cheeked cordon bleu

Red-cheeked cordon bleu

 Great horned grasshopper

Great horned grasshopper

 Ladybug on mint leaves

Ladybug on mint leaves

 Flower

Flower

 Bamboo

Bamboo

 Chameleon

Chameleon

 Red-chested scarlet sunbird

Red-chested scarlet sunbird

 Juvenile brown snake

Juvenile brown snake

 White-browed robin-chats

White-browed robin-chats

 Sunflower

Sunflower

 Carrots from the garden

Carrots from the garden

 Baby praying mantis on a basil leaf

Baby praying mantis on a basil leaf

 Fly

Fly

 Sam and Jack

Sam and Jack

 Kikuyu white eyes

Kikuyu white eyes

 Chicken eggs

Chicken eggs

 Ripening cherry tomatoes

Ripening cherry tomatoes

 A bird eating papayas

A bird eating papayas

 Ziz the hen

Ziz the hen

 A group of lady red-billed firefinches offering food to the male

A group of lady red-billed firefinches offering food to the male