Possum Sketch

Tuesday morning it was raining again and I noticed the cat looking at something out the french doors so I decided to check it out.

In the pasture was a young possum. It was raining so I could not venture too far out with my camera but I grabbed a few pics and they were all blurry. This is what happens when you are trying to hurry.

Frustrated I started playing with sketches and I was able to I turn this one into a possum sketch.

They are not the prettiest of animals and sometimes a bit scary looking but I try to appreciate all the things I get to take pics of.

Double Trouble

Monday morning after the rain storms I spotted these two cotton tail bunnies in the front yard.

I went to get the camera and they were actually still in the same place when I got back. They do not look very old to me.

This was a great way to start off my week with wildlife in the front yard.

    Life is good!

For the love of nature

You realize as you get older things are harder to do, you tire out easier and need more breaks. Honestly, that is okay because at least you are able to to do something you truly enjoy.

Listening to the birds sing early in the mornings is one of my favorite things to do.

I was talking to my mother n law and she told me she loves that too and she sits outside early in the morning waiting on her ride to mass.

The sun on your skin a fresh breeze in the air & being surrounded by nature is such a beautiful feeling.

Nature has a way of making you feel alive.

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Little Bunny

I saw this little bunny hopping around the back yard he was lucky the dogs were not out there to play chase.

When I went outside & he did not see me I stayed sort of hidden by a tree and I was able to get about 8 – 10 ft from him before he hopped off.

He was eating fresh cut grass.

We use to see lots of bunnies all the time but the Hawks look at those, squirrels and dove as easy meals. The dove decline this year is drastic.

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Three ducks in a row

The ducks have been back about a month now.

Sometimes there are just two and other times there are 10 but almost always they are in pairs.

In this picture, there was only three I am not sure what happened but sometimes the other partner shows up a few minutes later.

Are you ducks in a row?

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Eastern Bluebird

This is a male Eastern Bluebird he was flying in and out of our cypress tree.

I had a really hard time getting a picture of him.

I love their colors and you can always get a glimpse of them out of the corner of your eye because of the bright blue color.

There have been quite a few of these birds around here we are trying to get them to nest but they are so picky about their birdhouses. They like something about six feet above the ground not a lot higher and for sure, not lower.

I want to put out some dried mealworms because they are supposed to love those but I need to figure out a feeder for them.

If anyone feeds these birds let me know what you feed them & what type of feeder they like.

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The beauty of a cardinal

My grandmother loved feeding the birds but I never remember her buying bird seed.

Her birds would get scraps from lunch or dinner but the birds ate it all. They would eat beans, cornbread, fruit and old bread. I always remember lots of cardinals and blue jays in her backyard. It was like the minute she walked out there they all came and they were not scared of people at all.

My dad loved feeding the birds and the raccoons and I loved watching him enjoy nature in his own backyard.

I think I was always a nature lover but when you have others teach you the beauty of wildlife it gets passed down even more.

We have lots of feeders here and I feed quite a mixture of seeds & suet. You can mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together for easy cheap mix and the birds love it. I recently bought some safflower seeds to feed occasionally.

This bird is a juvenile female cardinal she found some red berries that fell off the asparagus fern growing off our side deck.

They say a cardinal represents a loved one who has passed. They usually show up when you miss them the most. In many ways, I believe this because lately, my dad has been on my mind.

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Coopers Hawk

The Cooper Hawks are stalking the birds in the clover in our pasture.

I caught two yesterday in a tree but one was gone by the time I got my camera so I was able to capture this one.

He let me get about 15′ from him before he flew away.

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Parks and safety

My sister and I walk & bike ride and this week we joined a gym.

Today we were walking in one of our favorite parks that happens to be mostly shaded and you are surrounded by nature.

We had done round 1 of the trails and were on the path part.

There normally is us and 4 others at this park in the early morning this is at 7:00 a.m.

I looked up and I see this guy standing by his car but he is obviously watching this young girl 25ish running. I told my sister I had a bad feeling. I took out my mace spray and moved it where I could get to it easier just in case we needed it.

The girl had lapped us she was running not jogging and she was heading toward the guy when he all of a sudden he raised the hood of his car. Once she spotted him I think she knew something was not quite right she turned around and went the other direction.

We kept walking hoping to cross paths with her but she actually went to another park across the street so she was safe.

We continued to watch the guy without letting on we were watching him. All of a sudden after we are coming around the path he headed to the trails where we were going next. He left his hood up on his car and the windows down and was walking the trails the whole thing was creepy.

Once he was out of site we got into my truck and left but not until we drove past his car to get the license plate number just in case we might need it.

I am glad to know the girl left the park but I do not think he knew this. I think he went looking for her on the trails. It was one of the scariest things ever I just felt he was up to no good by watching his actions.

First of all, no one should run, walk, jog or bike by themselves it is just not safe. Make sure you pay attention to what is going on around you it could save your life or someone else’s.

The trails are very secluded through a brushy tree area and often times you do not see anyone on the trails. The trails are 1 mile there and back so no one would see you unless they were going down the trails.

We have since decided not to go back to the park for a while because it really bothered us both.

Remember there is always SAFETY in Numbers and please pay attention to what is going on around you.

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