Tag Archive: Wildlife


Everyday Is Saturday For Us

Truly everyday is indeed Saturday for the two of us, well the pets too!  I know I am funny but it is true, being retired and me disabled we have nowhere to go.  We get up when we want and hit the bed when our eyes will not longer stay open.

I was thinking about this as I continued to plug away here in the yard,  trying the best I could on my own to ready this place for summer as he decided he would do the maintenance  on  our truck.  It is a huge undertaking when it is a Honda.  Back 30,000 miles ago he was supposed to change the timing belt well he started yesterday at 10 AM and stopped at 7 pm and back out there this morning by 9 or 9:30.  He will do the water pump at the same time.  I suggested we trade it in as it looks beautiful and runs great as I knew it would be very involved,  sad thing is we are stuck here no matter what happens to JT or Mom or even us,  as I sold my van a year and a half ago and my pickup sits with a leaking,  ruined transmission still.  So I will keep my fingers crossed he does a great job on her and we can go see my Mom over the REAL weekend.  She is to coming home tomorrow!  I am so happy.

I went to bed really tired and hurting last night but got a great nights sleep and got so much done, so it was a good tired.  This morning I had my yummy healthy breakfast and prepared for a full day in the yard but first the house.  Dishes and floors!  Then time to get outside with JT and my shovel and rake and her toys.  I decided I would regain my front driveway after many years of plowing and leaves piled up.  So long in fact it was now rich soil,  I love free dirt!  See where the new dirt is there were deep ruts all along the drive.

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It had begun to get so small of an entrance so I worked further up out of this shot and dug all of that out and took 5 loads in the wheel barrel around back  to another spot I am trying to build up and add plants that will set out roots to hold it all up.  I am now thinking I should have got a pallet of cement blocks but I am so frugal I used boards from my old chicken coop and fence posts to hold it all in place till I can afford to have a few loads of clean fill added under the green growth of bushes and  trees to take back more of my land that all the flooding year after year has swiped from this beautiful piece of land.  I will add a pretty tree that sends out deep roots and add here too but I will prune so it stays away from the house.

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This was at one time all level with the backyard  not the lower yard though,  just never so dramatic, so I will do this in stages, yes pace myself,  add a little soil and a tree then add bulbs for spring as this is on the south side of the house nice and warm.  I may get some blocks designed for this for the section you can see from the front driveway just to give it a finished look and not wooden pallet  and boards :) maybe I will add a bird bath here as the center piece once soil has had a chance to pack down and I can make it good and level.

All the while I worked and JT played this is what we got to watch in the river

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Maybe you can’t see it but there was a Great Blue Heron working the river,  thankful for the dam being pulled so it could fish once again.  I love that they love my place and feel safe to raise young with the rest of the critters that do.

I worked for so many years 80 to 100 hours each week out on the roads dealing with all drivers do,  to have a place like this,  so for me it is worth the hard work to keep it and as much as it’s beauty as possible.

Some flowers in bloom here today

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Yes I am blessed but thankful for the rains that began to fall so I could put my feet up and write to you.  I will hit another 50 blogs hope one is yours :)

 

 

Sunrise and Wild Turkey

No morning and actual Wild Turkey greeted me as I woke late this morning.

A few ducks joined in as well and a random Hawk and a bunch of my small birds who love the full feeders I hang out for them.
I even saw a male Finch and he was wearing his bright Yellow outfit. I can now relax. Surgery is set for the 17th of April.  Everything is just about perfect except we are set to get slammed again this time some snow but 40 to 70 mph winds depending on which station you listen too.  So I will fill the feeders and keep the shovels by the door tonight and come morning be prepared to feed a flock of  25 to 35 wild turkeys along with all my doves, juncos, black birds, blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, robins, titmouse and the ducks.  When it is nasty they all stop by to see me for something to eat now all I have to worry about is keeping the hawk from picking them off.  I have trained JT to bark and let me know when she sees one and then I just step outside and off it goes.  I have hundreds of acres beside and behind me it can shop at.

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Watercolors

I took one, three hour class to see if I would like painting again and to see what Watercolor was all about.  My teacher was terrific and from Russia.  It was during the games in Sochi.

I had signed up on really a whim and on the night I attended, at a local high school adult education course I was not alone.  There were seven of us and one of which was there to learn Acrylics so as she learned so did we.  The class was fun and fast paced as I would soon learn so was the art of Watercolor.

She taught us about resist, loading up your brush with a juicy mix of pigment and how important it was to have lots of fresh, clean water too.

At the end of the class we had new skills.  We had been taught a way with in which to relax and let go. To feel your work as it flowed onto our 140 pound cold pressed paper.  Life was good till I got home then the fun began!

Each day I try to take an hour sometimes more and sit with my brushes, pigments and a huge bucket of water and do some technique.
I have a friend who is amazing with her paints and she gives me tips and links to videos on YOUTUBE to help me learn even more.  So I am learning and watching and trying and will do so probably for as long as there is paper for me to lay a stroke of paint onto. 

I am not proficient of course having just had a three hour lesson but I am having so much fun that I signed up to go to my teachers studio twenty minutes away and see what else I can learn from a pro.  I am having trouble with pine trees as I do not want to paint a real tree but really an obscure, sort of abstract one.  I know it will come in time as I pick up new equipment here and there I am sure good brushes will really make the difference.  My friend usually does her masterpieces on 300 pound cold pressed paper but for now till I learn the steps in getting the image in my head out onto the paper and I am happy I will stick to the cheaper ones.

I can not leave you without sharing one I did now don’t laugh I am new to this usually I just paint the house and barn!

Take a lesson on something new at a local school and just have FUN!!!!  Life is hard enough on most of us.  I am calling doctor today to book my surgery for shoulder to get it done with to hopefully lessen all the pain of the last seven months the heck with the snows that fall and trust me there will be snow here in New England but as I have been watching the birds pair up and chase each other I know I can handle what ever mother nature throws our way.

So here is my first attempt  with cheap paper, cheap store bought watercolors and some salt and rubber cement :)
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I also have visitor’s not like you all do mine usually are very wild,  here are a few lousy shots through the window as light was leaving for the day.  A Mother Deer and her young.  She looks healthy but not pregnant so maybe there will be no fawn prancing in the yard but I must remember this winter was brutal for not only us but them as well.

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Have a great week everyone and stay safe in your travels.

 

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Wolf’s

Originally posted on Imagery Photography:

Did you ever think you could stand inside a wolf habit and pet a wolf? Well you can.

Naples Florida is home to a unique charity,The Shy Wolf Sanctuary. They rescue wolves that have been bred or purchased as pets and then abused or abandoned. The sanctuary is the only wolf sanctuary in the USA where you can actually interact with these beautiful wild animals. They are totally supported by donations and merchandise sales. The staff is made up completely of volunteers. Plan a trip while in south Florida for a real wildlife encounter.

If you buy a print of this image, I will donate all my profits to this wonderful organization.

To see other images and buy apparel or prints, please visit my commercial gallery.

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Petting a Wolf

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It Snowed!

No I did not take photos yet after shoveling for seven hours in 24 hour period I was too tired to snap a photo really that tired and I fell again.  I told him to return my boot cleats he had bought me as I usually am very steady sadly yesterday I was not!  I am OK bad bruise that will heal in time I have enough going on never mind see another doctor.

So today I will share some more shots from our day before the storm at the coast.  We went for a long walk to see the seals and snowy owls maybe an eagle or two.  Mostly seals and gulls as it was cold and windy and I knew I would need my strength for the storm clearing so we were only outside for two hours in it but JT had a great time with me as I did her then we watched her daddy look for treasure.  Oh I did change my photo on all my sites to the same photo except for my Friends of Living and Loving Facebook page so no longer will you see a shot of him bent over digging treasure but he is.
So here are a few shots of JT and maybe a landscape or two sorry if photos are too large and take forever to load I will work on that next time I upload. I need the largest format to sell and do not want 3, 4, or 5 of the same photos in my computer all in different sizes I am computer illiterate
so I do things the easiest way I can to find the photo I want to share with you and just click on insert photo.
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Seeing him digging down on the beach thinking she would take me there silly girl she is fearless.
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She had never paid attention to the seawall but on this cold day feeling no pain she jumped up on her own and wanted to walk it.  Seems as she gets older I may have to watch her more.

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A pretty place to sit  and watch  a sunset and a group of very loud seals
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back to the truck to wait for the sunset and go home and await the storm good thing they brought dinner for the gulls
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Can not wait till I get back to the sea
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Winters we have the place to ourselves brrrrrrrr

Nice Catch

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Nice Catch

HONEY I’M HOME

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Curious

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Curious

Female was very bold and talkative.

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JANUARY THAW MAKES ME HAPPY!

On the second weekend in New England, the January Thaw really kicked in.  Be still my heart.  I could not believe how cold it has been, really since Thanksgiving into the New Year.  We have been spoiled it seems.  Many recent winters we have had a little cold them warmth then cold again, see I really like that, I think.  This winter we had a vortex and it brought me back to my youth and really big snowstorms and cold weather.  We still have January to get through then February and March will follow. bringing with it who knows what.  We did not get the worst of the horrid stretch of weather, the poor folks in our countries mid section got hammered, so I can not complain just our backs and coastline took a beating so far, oh wait the heating bills have been crazy made even worse by a fixed income.  It is why I am trying to sell some photography here and there just for extra cash to make life easier.  My sweetheart will be making some things for me using his welding expertise for the upcoming craft fairs and yard sales and when we have some finished I will show you.

So what do we here in New England do when we get our January Thaw?  We get outside!  We spend time out in the warmth of a winter’s day, with sunshine on our faces. We so not ski but he used and we do not skate but we could, as the yard has so much ice all over where  we cleared of snow.  See we have had over 1 1/2 feet of snow then 4 inches or more of rain then freezing and thawing going on and finally he resorted to getting us some cheap cleats for the bottom of our boots.  Mine are still in the package his are worn in.

I take JT through the snow as I can not afford another injury like a broken arm or hip or for her to get hurt as vets and doctors charge too much. Wait can I get Obama care for her?  So steady as we go is our plan.  Chopping ice each mid day only for it to re-freeze over night.  You have to be tough to live above the Mason Dixon Line, where the north and south meet.  Yes the south suffers terribly too, with drought and heat and wicked storms that blow homes away and ruin lives.  What an amazing place this Earth of ours is, really we are all at its mercy aren’t we.  We either roll with the punches or give up.  So far what ever has been thrown in my direction I have been able to recover from, some sadly never will and I find that so unfair.  Ok enough depressing weather stuff, want to see our world yesterday?
After chopping  with the one  arm I have left of any use, I grabbed the camera and that cute JT and went off into the woods behind our barn to see what was going on, hoping to run into a deer or two.
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We found his tracks right away, just steps away from the rear of the barn.
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Some pretty interesting trees like this pretty Paper Birch peeling out in the winter landscape.
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This tree just a little older and stronger with the start of some curling  bark. I adore trees but you already know that :)
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This one has some company along its trunk
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You can see JT was all about this decaying tree who knows what had stopped here before us.
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Well beaten down deer trails could be found along with bear, coyote and fox  prints as well all leading to the stream and away from it.  Everyone needs fresh water.

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It was pretty bright and sunny and we were really enjoying the walk in the woods today I will hit the beach as it will be almost 50 degrees!
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Big and small deer living here on my property make me know I am doing something right.
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JT is loving all the smells nature has left behind in the woods and I am so thankful she never goes off on her own, she is definitely a Momma’s Girl.
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More tracks of forest dwellers.

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Scat left by one such animal. A deer has been here.
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It really was such a pretty walk in the woods with my girl even the trees looked joyful and no longer weighed down with snow and ice.

It was time to head back out to reality.  Time for some more chopping before supper was put on to cook.
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This is out in front of the barn, no wonder he is hunting for chains to fit his 1954 Dodge with dual wheels a lot of good all that beautiful welding of my plow being added to his truck did ,if it can’t move.   We SHOVEL and CHOP!
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Yes it is rather treacherous to say the least!  I must be grateful there is ICE and NOT MORE SNOW well not yet.  :)  Give it a minute we are in New England!
Have a great week and I hope everyone who was suffering in the awful cold is also getting a respite if even for a day or so and for those dealing with summer heat and drought I wish you cooling rains.  Gentle not flooding as we will soon know that world all too well.

Have a great week!

Peace

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Animals get frostbite as well

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Frostbite in Dogs from VAC Animal Hospitals

What is frostbite?

frostbite_in_dogs_general_information-1_2009Frostbite or congelatio in medical terminology [next step] is the damage that is caused to skin and other tissues due to extreme cold. When the environmental temperature drops below 32°F (0°C), blood vessels close to the skin start to narrow or constrict. This constriction of the blood vessels helps to preserve core body temperature by diverting blood toward the core and away from the cooler parts of the body. In extreme cold or when the body is exposed to cold for long periods, this protective mechanism can reduce blood flow in some areas of the body, especially the extremities, to critically low levels. The combination of cold temperature and reduced blood flow can allow the tissues to freeze, causing severe tissue injury. Frostbite is most likely to happen in body parts farthest from the heart and in tissues with a…

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CHRISTMAS FLEW BY

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So Fast Indeed……. sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though :)

It was windy and cold so we stayed home.  JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old :) and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee.  She is too smart but I must have told you that before.  Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen.  Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.

I took her out to the area that was clear of snow and where the least ice was on the bare ground. Last thing either us needs is an emergency room on Christmas morning.
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As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned.  Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with.  We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.

I needed to rest my shoulder after I threw her toy over and over so I asked her if she wanted to go see if we could find some beaver.  She led the way!
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So down to the rivers edge we went all the while making sure we did not slide in!
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See the tracks?  He pulled a section of the dam to save our land  we knew they would come but we are never quick enough to catch him in the act!
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Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias.  They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!

Want to see how he gets here when he forgets his ice skates at his Beaver Hut?
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Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!

I know your laughing right lol I am telling you I feel like Elmer Fudd and the rascally rabbit :)
They slip in from the water at my lower yards edge too
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And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ”  where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.

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We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more could we ask for.  We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.

With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER

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A little something to get your Monday off to the right start.

This rare white lion born in Serbia learns to road for the first time.

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Lost In Play Today

While I wait for results on my MRI I decided to play with my Polymer Clay. I will be doing a craft fair locally in November so I better get busy and create.

First batch was done in bright colors

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I had my breakfast and did the dishes and swept the floors and before I knew it I was gathering supplies in my nightgown and sat down and began to play.  Creating something colorful and wild again.  It has been awhile since I just sat and played.   Felt good.  I looked up at 1:00 PM and I was still in Nightgown with many pretty items to bake so I can turn them into pieces of jewelry for the sale in November and maybe some for my friend’s store in Newburyport too.

 

Have an awesome weekend!

 

Oh wait my cat played with her friends today :)

 

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So Many Left Their Nests

As all the student leaving for college left their families behind to strike it out on their own they left their parents sad and some in tears.

Empty nests happen elsewhere
I now have not one but two in the Lilac out front just outside the kitchen window.

I watched the male Cardinal teaching them how to fly.
Offering chirps of encouragement. Cheering them on.

There was one last baby not wanting to go.
I was also sad to see them out of their warm little spot in front of my window.
Washing dishes would not be the same.
You see they had three clutches of eggs this year but this will be it till next year.

I will add the photos but sorry I could not get too close and the glass with this Nikon was not going to let me get all I wanted to show you but know this the Mom was beside me in a tree and having heard and seen me each and every day speaking to her through the window they stopped their noise and sat silently still as I snapped two quick photos to share with you all.

They will not travel far just to the feeders in our back yard so the Bear will have to go elsewhere

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Isn’t it too little to go I wanted them to stay just a longer

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It was so quiet when I did dishes today.

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Bear Stories

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Oregon Black Bear

Black Bears are much smaller than either brown or grizzly bears, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t scary. This one was cruising our neighborhood in Oregon and  tipped over the heavy Webber Grill on my porch. Later, our neighbor captured the bear’s photo on a surveillance camera.

Since I have been blogging about bears, I decided to relate a couple of scary bear stories.

Bears like me, or at least they haven’t eaten me. They’ve had numerous opportunities over the years. It goes with the territory of backpacking throughout North America for over four decades. My scariest encounters, as it turns out, were also my first. I had created a fundraiser for the American Lung Association in Sacramento called the Sierra Trek. Participants would obtain sponsors and then backpack for a hundred miles over nine days.

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Our Black Bear Is Very Naughty

You know I love my wildlife and you know I feed my birds and I have spoken about this Bear before and since I moved my computer out into the quiet kitchen area of the house and am no longer set up overlooking the lower yard and river. I miss a lot.

This morning I slept in till 6 AM as I went to bed real late. I put the coffee pot on and filled up my containers with fresh sunflower Seed to take out to fill the feeders so they could have breakfast while I read your blogs. I have been leaving the feeders empty to not entice this big black bear and any others with it from destroying the set up my darling made for me to feed them all. We recycled and used an old umbrella fabric removed and holes drilled in ends to hang feeders and suet from oh and a BELL since he destroyed it a couple of weeks ago so I can tell when he is out they’re messing with it so I can get PHOTOS after all it is what I DO right.

Well it was raining and JT grabbed her Frisbee and me the seed and off we went out to less than 100 feet from the back door maybe 60. I toss her the toy off she goes to catch then go potty and right back she comes to me for another throw. All the feeders full and us wet after 20 more throws we head back in. My coffee smelt great poured a cup and brought up the new reader to find all of you.

I am enjoying the coffee and reading and laughing and crying as some were real touching when the dog starts going NUTS!

Barking and carrying on. He was still asleep but he yelled BEAR. I go to grab my camera and both are plugged in and charging. I grabbed the Easy Share and I get into the living room where there was only a screen between us and the bag of seed and him and the feeders full of seed. He broke one arm but when JT scared him and our human voices he started to beat feet out of here. Thankfully. Then he stopped and start to turn to look our way and I screamed “Get out of Here” all the while JT going nuts and the poor cat who was outside took off and was not seen for 6 hours.

So here is the only shot I got.

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Not sure if you can make him out but this is when he stopped and turned and looked at me and the dog seeming to not be worried about us much.  I may end up not feeding the birds there goes my Dragonflies :(

I swear I was just saying life was so CHILL lol then heart beating what would I do if he came through the screen wanting the whole bag of seed :(

I shall load the shotgun and have it ready with the camera  and fire over its head with hopes of making him change his address.

OK I am officially no longer bored

THE SUN CAME BACK!

It rained and rained I mean it really rained.  We went weeks without one drop of rain and in one week we more than made up for it.  I had a river here, you all know the one I am talking about, it had maybe two to three feet in it, after the snow melt then no precipitation.  I was not complaining but the fire marshals were. I have used that time wisely getting more of the home painted and yard ready to sit back and enjoy this summer.

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Mowed for the 2nd time.  It smells so heavenly here after it is mowed, not sure of all the different kinds of grasses that are in the lower yard.   There are all kinds of  Violets, white and purple, Buttercups(do not know the real names)clover lots of clover and grasses are all mixed in, down here along the river.  There is always frogs and snakes Chilin here as well as snapping turtles and sun turtles.  I heard our Raccoon chattering along the stream as well.  I had not one but two Red Tailed Hawks here yesterday afternoon,  which meant most of my backyard birds spent some time hiding.  I wonder if they were in their flight drying their beautiful feathers and enjoying the gorgeous day as were the three of us.  We did not do a BBQ’s and saw no one it was such  a very nice day in the yard after all the rain.    I did a weeks worth of Laundry and hung them all on the line to dry in the sun and breeze they were done in no time and folded and put away.

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Looks different from all the snowy ones you have seen.  Spring and fall are my favorite times to be here in New Hampshire.

 

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Soon I will have roses in full bloom all over this yard, with smells that are just as pretty as the Lilacs,  which have been  gorgeous but are now fading.

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Doing something different above with a shot of a spent Dandelion seed head  just learning to play again.

 

It has been so nice to get back in touch with you and more and more will be added as I find you trust me I am looking !

Have a beautiful week in your yards.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘A sign of hope’ for the species

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Wisdom and her mate guard their nest at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy USGS via the Creative Commons.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Along with logging about 50,000 miles in the air each year, the world’s oldest known albatross this year hatched another chick at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross believed to be at least 62, has now reared offspring for six years in a row — “a sign of hope” for the species, according to Doug Staller, superintendent for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, which includes the Midway Atoll NWR.

Wisdom has worn out five bird bands since she was first banded by U.S. Geological Survey scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956. Robbins estimated Wisdom to be at least 5 years old at the time, since this is the earliest age at…

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Since we had a really bad problem with coyotes a year or so ago, we talked to a Government Trapper (yes, there really is such a person).  Remember the information below is FROM THE GOVERNMENT TRAPPER, I am NOT an Expert!!!

Please do NOT send me horrible emails telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about…I only have my experience and what the expert has told us.

A couple of times Terry was actually stalked by a coyote—probably defending the den, while he was changing water late in the evening……and once the dogs and I were stalked.

We have had coyotes come into the yard….sending in Missey Coyote to lure the dogs out so they can …well…have killing sport with the dogs.

We have had to train the grandchildren not to run around on back of the farm in the late evening…ever!

I never leave dog food or cat…

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I took this photo yesterday along the river but facing out to sea.  It was beautiful over here, less wind then when JT and I tried to join her daddy on the ocean side, man was it cold and a very brisk wind.  Cold we can take but that constant wind is not good and I am bundled up, well  all but my weather-beaten face and to protect her from the harsh elements I have gone through my whole life,  we walked over here to take shelter from the storm that was brewing.

What a deceiving day.  It was so pretty to look at.  Made me what to shower and get dressed and head out with him.  I was down another two pounds on Tuesday weigh-in so I wanted to keep up the hard work.  Funny you see something working even if it causes pain I am the type that has always been tough and just pushed through it.  I am not saying it is smart , just saying more about who I am.

I have one month left before I leave and want to take in all my world has to offer.  I want to walk and spend time with them.  I will miss the three of them,  who share this home with me.  My son said he missed his pup but knowing she was with friends allowed him to take on the challenge himself so I will let go and trust.  JT loves me as much as Mike’s dog adores him but Mike does spend time during the day without his girl and JT is always beside me lol I am her person.  She watches over me and protects me even when I am not in danger so maybe after she gets over missing me for first few days she will become a dog again.   Something tells me we will be like that commercial that runs here,  of the lady coming back from war with her huge dog greeting her on the ground covering her with kisses, will also be played out here,  hell being on the floor meditating for 10 days 14 hours a day will have the ground being normal for me.  Wish me luck!  lol

 

OK back to the REAL STORM BREWING this morning I woke to a weather report saying maybe we would miss a big snowstorm Thank You for listening to my prayers this time now they say just three to four inches but wet snow this time.  JT loves catching snowballs she will be so happy.  Now I will show you a few photos from the river as the sea.  They are not my best and I am sorry I was freezing and will blame them on the wind!

Now look at the next pictures don’t them make it seem like it is just a beautiful day to SUNTAN

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Not a care in the world.

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Have a nice weekend
 

 

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This video from the USA is called The Great Backyard Bird Count 2013.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

You’re Invited to the Great Backyard Bird Count

Please consider taking part in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 15-18. The count is being integrated with the eBird online checklist system—which means that the count will be global for the first time. Anyone, anywhere, with Internet access can take part in the count. [If] you already participate in NestWatch, then you will not need to create a new account for the GBBC. If you’re watching birds that weekend, simply enter your checklists at www.birdcount.org. You’ll be prompted to enter your existing login information.

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Boyfriend is hunting the sea for treasure and JT and I are getting some much-needed walking in.

She loves when I tell her we are going to the beach.

She runs to the door wagging her tail then runs to get her Frisbee .  She is so very happy I can see it in her eyes.

Wind recently was 45 mph but she never gave a hint that is was bothersome to her.  It was warm and so walking we went along the

Merrimack River where it meets the sea.

I never looked for shells or sea glass.

I spent the hour and half walking with her and kicking a stick as the winds would have taken her Frisbee far, far away. She wanted it and I said find a stick so off on the mission she went up ahead to find a good one.

We came upon a group of men, they looked kind of suspicious to me,  even JT lowered her head and growled softly.  They were huddled under a tree  and as I got closer I saw the spotting scopes and HUGE camera lenses all pointed into the Fir trees.  I asked what they had cornered in the tree   the older man said “Birds”.  I sort of felt bad for the bird lol no damn privacy!  Now the photo of the men could have been used in a “Birding Book” or front page of paper on a slow news day.

 

After our walk and play were done, we went to sit in the truck and take a break from the wind when I saw a woman walking towards us and the wooden walkway with her tripod and cameras.  She saw JT with her pretty face watching her through the open window and she proceeds to start snapping photos of her, what she did not know is  that JT is already FAMOUS,  with  her own followers.  We started chatting and seems she tries to capture birds for Audubon and that was why all the men with huge lens were there.   They have groups that meet and hunt the birds down to photograph.  I see so much being present  had they sat on this bench see what they could have caught in their viewfinder

 

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Pretty Seals hanging out enjoying the day yes here in New England.

 

Peace

Eunice

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By Daily Mail Reporter

 

A dolphin tangled in fishing line sought help from a diver in the waters of Hawaii.

The amazing encounter on January 11 was captured on video and the diver, Keller Laros, spent the better part of eight minutes tending to the needy mammal who readily accepted the help.

Mr Laros was leading a group of snorkelers for a manta ray dive experience off the Big Island’s Kona International Airport when the dolphin squealed out.

The diver explained, ‘The way he came right up and pushed himself into me there was no question this dolphin was there for help.’

Human interventionHuman intervention: The dolphin swam straight to the diver, seeking help
PainPain: The dolphin was entangled in fishing line and a hook was lodged in its pectoral fin

The group were enjoying the aquatic sights when suddenly they heard a dolphin cry and the bottlenose dolphin swam…

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They seem to know when the snow is crusting over so they can make their way up to me and the bag of Sunflower Seed.   I am so happy the tree was saved for the winter housing units it holds.  For these fury gray critters  it is the only home they have ever known.

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He loves his mealtimes here

Have a great day

Eunice

Family Of Three

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They always come together

They reside in the worrisome Willow

I left the rest of the tree up as weather is changing

They will need a dry place to stay

They are so much fun to watch

Till they are trying to chew their way into your home

These have to be the best feed trio out there

Chicken scratch and Black Oil Sunflower seeds,  suet too and the river for water

They like this yard too as they have been hanging out together for over a year

No traffic woes here just a big old chewed on Willow

Trees with huge canopy’s to leap from one  to another on

Yes life is good in these parts

 

 

 

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IN A PEAR TREE lol

In a Pear tree no a Pine

A Partridge no it is a silly Turkey

It jumped up as it was being pecked on by another

Sorry had to go up into the Tree House(bedroom) to get the photo, yes through the window

Not really a good photo you had to be there lol

 

 

 

Burned The Evidence

8 AM looking out at the river

8 AM looking out at the river

 

As the sun rose and spread west

The light shone on all the work we have done

Yesterday I got some much needed rest

I still can not believe the damage one Beaver has done

I raked while he cut

He stacked while I trimmed trees

You could tell we didn’t spend much time sitting on our butt

So as I stood here with camera in hand the only word that came to mind was  gee

We really took the bull by the horns on this one

The water is down almost to where it should be

The Beaver have NOT WON

Guess who has been sleeping ME

 

 

Snow Flurries on the Trail

THEY ARE EVERYWHERE PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS do not become a Victim

Weeping Willow Pieces

We have so much work to do here in the lower yard, along the stream.  I hope we can get it taken care of before the snow stops us in our tracks.  We have to haul the pieces he cut for me to use as a place to step upon in the garden path areas, I think I want them to stay natural but not sure what kinds of bugs they will draw to the garden, not that the birds won’t love them.  Here is how many he got ready for me with just two of the trees limbs.

 

Wooden Slabs For The Garden

 

The ones close to the entrance the Beavers made, will be burned as they have dried out too much.

 

We have had one fire to get rid of all the small pieces  now to burn the chunks, on a calm evening.  I would have loved to do it tonight with the shooting stars above but I am very tired and do not feel like watching a fire in the cold, all night, even with the pretty stars above.

 

Don’t forget to LOOK UP

Builder Beavers

nutsfortreasure:

man oh man they are cute when it is not your yard they are destroying :)

Originally posted on Seasonsgirl:

Moving along in our Zoo tour we come to a water-loving animal the beaver…

There were two big beavers there and they had a huge dam that they were building on. They are such interesting creatures and more fun to watch then you would think.

 I hope you are enjoying your tour of the DC Zoo… More to come :)

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Weeping Willow

She really is weeping as her days are now numbered.  The Beavers started to attack her bark and left plenty of gashes to tell me they were going to finish her off.  This tress was a small beauty when I mover her in 1988 here it is 2012 and will be gone if our bodies hold up, by 2013.  I really need to be the one to take her down if left to the beavers it may take out the bedroom and us if we are in the bed.  We do not have thousands to pay a tree company so we will do it a little at a time.  I felt like we won in a way because one section they were gnawing on is now down, they will know I have had enough.  I know they have to survive as well but our loss of a home or possible life or that of pets we love will have us working hard to take it down safely.  I will use the willow pieces as stepping-stones in the yard, well till they become one with the landscape once again.  She did her best to suck up flood waters over and over and though she looks gnarly and battered for all the storms she withstood  her insides were beautifully healthy.  The squirrels have lived up in the nook for years as winter approaches I do not know where they will go but sadly it is out of our hands she has to go on our terms to keep our home safe from ruin.  There will be more grass to mow  but I will plant a new Willow in her place and wrap her tender bark with metal fencing then a pretty fence for the outside world to see and I will fill it with plants and flowers the wildlife will love for cover and food, it is the best I can do.

 

Beavers

Damage a Beaver does

Looks like he was leaving me a NOTE

 

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Port of Entry

 

 

 

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No longer Healthy

 

cleaning up the smaller pieces

 

First huge limb down and being cut up

 

Now for thinner slices to reuse as stepping-stones in the garden area

That will have to wait as we are so sore from all we did yesterday.

I will miss her when she is gone I hate killing trees Beaver well now

 

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Joy of having your own HOMESTEAD and I thought Sunday’s were a day to REST!

 

I am happy to report no Beavers were killed yesterday while we were ready for them but we did have visitors 6 of them and they could not be happier with the river lower than it was and all the bugs they were finding.

 

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Yanking Dams AGAIN

Rivers Rising

 

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They put up gates to keep people out!                                            Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign

 

 

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Dressed in Yellow

 

We busted Beaver Dams The State busted 100 year old dam MR.Folsom built

 

Well  more and more of our yard was being taken way by the river rising so we set out today to see if we could do anything.

We found two spots slowing water badly and flooding whole area.  So we took a piece of one dam out to drop water quickly.

We had lots of rain soon to arrive and they are getting ready to drop the levels of the lake behind us for winter.  So we are

under the gun just to stop from being flooded out.  Chainsaw is next, as we are serious.  So we will tie ourselves off to

keep from being washed downstream.

 

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Yes there was a lot of Rain

Some beautiful color as well

Good conversation

Tasty meals

Wonderful adult drinks

Gold

and yes with the weather we had

WE HAD DUCKS TOO!

 

Well you can’t always get sunshine

and warm temps but friends now

that is real warmth

 

 

BACK FROM MOUNTAIN TRIP

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We made a dash to get away

We loaded the dredge as well as our dog

We  also added food to have during our stay

I must say we spent many hours in a fog

 

He went for color in his pan

I went for photos full of color

Not much went as planned

OH but I did see COLOR

 

You can not imagine what the mountains looked like

It was hard for it to be caught on film

Between the fog and heavy rains I took no hike

I will try to share some even though the light was slim

 

 

Fall in NH

 

 

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Energy for Flight

nutsfortreasure:

Another one of MINE

Originally posted on 20 Lines A Day:

Finches will come

Food For My Feathered Friends

 

Yes another Sunflower

Just doing my part

The seeds are filled with Power

As these little birds need a good start.

 

Soon winter temps will be upon us

They will need this for heat

They will soon begin the rush

Sunflowers I grow are simply a treat.

 

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BAD BEAVERS

 

You are looking at what used to be my roadway.  There used to be a bridge that crossed this tiny stream and the area at the end of this road,  had a home on the left.  The bridge lifted up 15 feet,  as the water rose that high. Now I was beginning  to wonder why all this water was filling our yard. I asked a town worker to locate the reason for this continued flooding.  They came back and said they found a huge beaver dam,  on the lot of land where  a friends home had gone under water three times.  They never said they had a damn over there, which cost them their home.

 

Well with three feet of water in my home enough was enough.  I contacted the new land owners and they were adamant I too would lose my home and end up selling it to them for conservation type land  but not really.  They told me the government had given them money to buy homes and lands to help with flooding.  Flooding what flooding this was because the place was over run by nasty large rodents, called BEAVER.  I loaded the gun and waited till they came for some of my trees.  We took a total of 6 Beavers  and then I set about looking for people, neighbors who also abutted this huge dam to see if I could put on waders to pull half of it out to release the water from my yard as well as my home.  Most of his land was under water and he said he would help.  Two days later my beautiful lawn that was now trying to dry out was covered with nasty stuff as well as snakes.

 

Crazy that this was allowed to go on for as long as it did.  All it took was me and my boyfriend and a neighbor and his teenage son to stop the insanity.  This group then went on to place gates on each of these conservation type pieces of land.  Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign  all over the trees , I thought they were into saving the land and trees, wildlife too!  This has always been  an upland game area.   Deer, Turkey and Ruffed Grouse. NOT BEAVER PONDS.  Why don’t I stop talking for now and let you see what one dam on my tiny stream did.

 

Above is where the bridge lifted  and was taken away

 

 

Right behind where my Lilacs are along side the house right below the bedroom window.

 

 

I am so happy I raised the yard to level it for a garden and pool.  This is where the water is just below us.

 

 

As we let water out of the dam area boy did it start to drop fast.  It was right up against this side of the house.

You have seen my yard,  in  the post Chores Done, so you know there was a lawn there

 

 

Where I am standing taking this photo , it was under 10 feet or more of water in first photo,   see how I take care of a rodent problem.

I worked 16 to 18 hours every day , not just five. I drove a rig for over 2 million miles and was not going to lose my

home to beavers or a group backed by our government,  to buy up homes from people who loved living here along

a pretty little river and stream.  The turkeys love it here as do we.  Something you love is worth fighting for.

 

In this shot she is almost back within her banks, soon the Heron will return to fish.

 

 

 

 

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Feeding Time

nutsfortreasure:

re-blog from 20 Lines or Less

Originally posted on 20 Lines A Day:

 

A friends Koi pond at feeding time.

Boy are they BIG

She keeps them alive or tries to,  in the basement of her

house,  in tubs with air .

 

Yesterday I blogged  “Bedroom with a view”  about the

Great Blue Heron and then another blogger   motherhoodisanart

told me how much a Heron loved her Koi too.

 

This blogging reminded me of my friend,  who called early one morning a few years ago,

crying. I asked her if she was OK and if there was anything I could do

to help.  She stopped crying and said “Yes, come get your DAMN Heron” lol

sorry for laughing but MY HERON,  seems my river hunter was tired of  all the flooding and  with water to deep ,

as well as full of Beaver #&%#,   he went down the street to a nice clean pond

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Another Visit

I was in the kitchen tonight,  trying to get supper done just in case a tornado actually did form or if we lost our power, when my sweetheart told me to get my camera but to hurry.

I had no idea what was going to be in our backyard this time, we do get many visitors.

I stepped into the next room and there is three female turkeys and each had many little ones with them but this one came to the door like she wanted to show me.  I snapped the photo then

put camera down, just to watch them.  They were all healthy looking but Moms looked kind of thin so I left the doorway and went to get the bag of cracked corn.  I stepped outside to feed

them, they were skittish and moved a little distance away but with storms on the way nature takes over.  I sat with my COOL Cat and watched the Mom turkeys with their young.  They

walked up to the woods all thirty to forty of them.  What a sight.  Hope they come in from the woods in the morning,  maybe I will get them on video this time.

Here is the mother and her babies she brought right up to our back door.

 

Moose

One of our local Moose  on the Loose  you have to be very careful when you travel where they live. Hundreds of collisions each year in NH with these HUGE Animals.  Not a lot of people survive a crash with a moose of this size as lots of times they come right through the windshield where you are sitting just inside.  Travel safely ALWAYS leave your phone off and keep your hands on the wheel it may save your life as well as a wild animals life if you are paying attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were taken at dusk with a camera that was really out matched by the lighting available but you can tell how big they are if you are in a place where they are not seen.

 

BEARDS

Wow all the boys came to the yard tonight to strut their stuff and scratch the ground for the cracked corn and bugs in the lawn.

So handsome and their beards are HUGE!  The youngsters had like 2″ long ones,  Check them out!

 

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They brought their little ones.

I am blessed.

This proves it.  My yard has everything they need to munch on and feel safe as well.

I love when the Moms take them out on a field trip and they pick our yard!

Not many photos as I wanted them to get used of us.

 

 

 

 

A new family to raise.

Soon our place will be filled with  Wild Turkey.

 

 

 

I Love Heron, gators not so much

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We watched this bird as it hunted for food and caught a fish!

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We wondered if it had young it was feeding, in the grassy area just out of my reach with the camera..

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I have these birds here in my stream in NH but this area is perfect for viewing them in action, no wonder the  State of Florida made a  pull off area here..

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Now he sees us, he better pay attention.

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Yikes!  Lurking and watching and probably hunting too.  I would never cut it as a wildlife photographer I would close my eyes  and miss the Kill Shots

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A beautiful view on our Easter trip with Mom, who had never been to the Everglades area of FL.

Here are  some other locals who wanted their photos taken.

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So pretty this bird is all shimmer and Brown in color.

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This bird was so vocal.  Drumming and signing.  He like the camera or us.

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Not threatened by us, maybe we were their protection, lol .  We still were not ALONE

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In just over a half hour, we saw so much in just one spot along Alligator Alley

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Yes a Vulture too

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Since we are on our third day of record heat I decided to share this place I love in Florida.  It is important to have wild and scenic spots so you can reflect on what is really important in your life.

That day we were about to get hit by a bad hail storm so I took roads  that got us out of harms way to which my Mom said ” I do not know how you drove in that!”  Finally a little appreciation for my brains and Driving ability!  lol

Stop along a road some day on a trip and see what you can see and don’t forget to SHARE WITH ME!

She really is a Cool Cat!

This cat came into my life with a sister who went missing six years ago.

They were so very tiny not really ready to be on their own but the woman was going to

drown them, so they were brought to me as a gift.

I named them Rythem &  Blues.

Blues had the same markings only Gray.  I always thought Blues was the laid back, chilling cat

but by the photos below you can see she was not alone in this gift.

 

We have many flocks of Turkey here through the year first the adults and then they bring their young.

Turkeys can be nasty

They hold people in cars and homes at bay.

I am grateful my cat is behaving as well as these wild turkey in our yard.

Photos once again shot through a door so sorry for quality but I am sure you can see enough in them to fully

appreciate what kind of cat we have.

 

I am sure she had been hunting in the bushes for chipmunks and came out when she heard the all the noise.

 

That should have been the first photo sorry still new to BLOGGING  lol

 

She is hoping to BLEND IN

 

She Has!

Even these Mother Turkeys tolerate her which is so unheard of.

 

A wide view so you can see how she was surely out numbered by them.

 

Her friends have left

and she comes to the door to my relief.

This was her first of many encounters with different broods in the yard.

What do you think?  Normal?

Cool Cat?

I am just glad it all turned out good as I was taking photos the whole time.

Today has been a very interesting day in our yard.

So many different types of birds have come to our feeders.

There are babies to feed.

 

I need to learn to walk around our home with a camera swinging from my neck

and not a pretty piece of jewelry I just made.

 

The dog, JT is going nuts in the living room, relentless barking..

I  walk around the corner to see if the cat is chasing the dogs squirrel.

No  not a small furry grey squirrel but a large Black Bear!

He was slamming himself up against the pole we have an old umbrella attached to.  We  hang Hummingbird nectar up high as well suet and seed.  I guess it was  just to tempting for our local Bruin.  What was a bear to do with all those yummy offerings, just hanging out of his reach.

 

The dog barking got him to stop and drop and take off!   The cat, our very cool cat was scared to death and ran for cover,  she is just now coming with lots of coaxing from me.  This the same cat who chills with Wild Turkey.  Her yard is changing.  I always had 4 dogs. Now with just one, who always travels with us, it seems to have let them become more of our landscape.

This past Christmas Coyotes came calling. They hung around close by,, their calls at night unnerving.. They stayed around and took down a few deer, mated and for now have moved on.  Then Raccoon, Fox, Beavers etc. they have all been here.  I know I am doing so many things right here for them to stroll through but I also know I should not have feeders out right now, it is just to tempting..

 I had just bought food and made more nectar and just made all the birds and squirrels happy. I felt bad there has been so much rain here. The nests are full of young and more eggs  that will hatch and need to be fed so many times in the course of a day.. 

 

This time just a piece was broken off and suet fell to the ground as well as one Hummingbird feeder.  Lesson learned they will come down at night and go back up at 10 AM  when I can catch him in the act and shoo him away.  That is my plan anyway..  Wish me LUCK, lol

 

Living Things

TOM

One of the Wild Turkeys who  calls our yard, home.

(let me first apologize for photo quality, I shot it through a glass door)

 

 NH, 30 years ago, started a program to bring wild turkeys back into the state.

From my vantage point I say it was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Usually 3 flocks of them are raised here, in our yard alone, with many more who visit each year. 

It may be the cracked corn I toss out for them in the dead of winter or just the safety of our yard, which draws in the adults and  makes them want to raise their young  here.  I am so thankful the program was a  success. We have many hours each year where we can sit out in the yard and be entertained by them.  Turkeys can get nasty and territorial but even with our dog beside us or chasing her Frisbee, and the cat cruising the yard,  they scratch the yards soil in search of ticks, bugs and some corn.  We have the river on our property and for the last two years it has finally stayed within her banks, so they have water and food and a quiet safe place to just be.  I stay here for the same reason,. her beauty and quietness allow me to just be. 

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