Here is B, exploring the things that live in the fountain and in the tall grasses that grow at its edges. He loves to wander around the yard, looking for ladybugs and soaking up the life that is so abundant in the gardens, as he soaks up the summer sunshine. Since the flowers and grasses vary, from garden to garden, so do the critters that live there. We have even seen our friends the Collared Lizards once or twice this year. (If you are not familiar with these feisty little guys they are the state reptile of Oklahoma. Here we call them Mountain Boomer Lizards.) There are many of these lizards living in my gardens and, to give them some added protection from their predators (cats and birds), I have placed stacks of rocks and bits of broken flower pots here and there throughout the gardens. These 'safe houses' also serve as cool resting places for them when the weather becomes unbearably hot. I love their tropical colors which change, depending on where they are hiding. They are usually more sand colored than the one pictured here, but will always have some of the turquoise and pink on their bellies, legs and tails.