Saturday, September 19, 2009

Up the Lazy River

One of my favorite places to visit is my son's camp site
on the River. Sometimes you see 'stuff' sometimes
you don't, but it is relaxing and beautiful to me. These
images bring a song to mind.... which some of you will
not remember although it was recorded by many
artists since 1930 when it was published.

Up the Lazy River.. by the old mill run

Linger awhile in the shade of a tree

Throw away your troubles... come dream with me

That lazy lazy river in the noon day sun.

Okay, enough of that sappy song... ...what else
do I see at the River... First I saw the Great blue Heron

Flying down river fishing
Finding a safe place to land and walk in the water.

Then along comes a White Egret walking behind the
purple loosestrife growing along the bank

Exploring the shallow waters for food

Resting a moment on a large rock

Turning and going the other way

Deciding to relocate away from my clicking shutter
Up Up

and away.....

zeroing in on a destination common to and familiar to him

landing on the old snag on the other side of the River

As I pause and wait... a Duck swims by...
I think this is a Male Wood Duck in eclipse plumage
correct me if I'm wrong

Then a Killdeer makes his appearance on the rocky island

Pausing to get a drink and give me the 'eye'

A loud roar announces a flock of Starlings as they
hone in on this rocky island and come screaming in

It was kind a cool to see them all splishing and splashing
in the water and droplets flying ...

Once they were all gone it was back to the Lazy
River... throw away your troubles

Come dream with me.

May you have some peaceful quiet by your own lazy

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, September 14, 2009

Groundhogs Unlimited

The Groundhog, also known as a Woodchuck is a member
of the squirrel family....yep, ground squirrels known as marmots..
Hard to believe isn't it?

'Nobody picks on a strong man"
That was a quote by Charles Atlas.
This picture made me think of him and I named it
"Chuck Atlas"
Why? because on his
emergence from the darkness to the sunlight this
groundhog thinks he can 'move the mountain'
and push over the shed....

Finding out quickly that he could not...

He decides to explore the yard.

Groundhogs weigh between 4 and 14 pounds and are
stocky built

They are very cautious.. because I have a dog and watch
carefully before coming out into the yard.

They eat a broad range of vegetation... and can wipe out your
garden in one day if you don't fence it. For this reason they
are not welcome in most peoples' yards.

Meanwhile out back the adults are playing
a different game.

sniff sniff...naughty I say.. Or is this how they know
who they are?

Awwww must be a girl and boy thing... When I saw this
I thought of 'muskrat love'... these fellas look alot like
the muskrat except for the tails.

These two pal around together... eating bird seed and corn
that I put out for the birds.

Don't stick your tongue out at me! This is what I do..take
your picture and put in on my blog. Hey! You could be a star.

I get up one morning and look out my dining room window
expecting to see a bird or two...and Surprise!! Hey! How
did you get up there?
This feeder is usually loaded with grapes and oranges
and it's even with my windows...

From the outside you can see it's about 5 feet off the ground.
Yes, groundhogs can climb and will for a free meal. I get ready
and watch and wait.... I want to see this creature climb up this

Here he comes through the yard.

and foot over foot... up he goes.. no problem

He looks really big up there on top of the feeder checking
out the fruit.
I shouldn't have been surprised to see him eat oranges...

Last year he ate apples under the tree as they fell on the ground

Starting in early summer and running through fall

until about mid October the groundhog puts on a heavy
layer of fat....
This will sustain as he hibernates from October until
he emerges in February.

I fill this little Cheshire cat full of corn and the
groundhog loves it... I can get many portraits

He becomes a ham and smiles just like the cat...

He welcomes a friend .. sharing the corn

A groundhog is also called a whistle pig. because they
stand straight up and whistle to sound the alarm of
danger. I'm sure you've gone by a field and seen
one standing there like a sentry.

They are active by day, especially early morning and
late afternoon. They seem to love a sunny day.

The birds are not intimidated by him... and feed
together. They live 2 to 6 years in the wild and
dogs and humans are their worst enemies.

I think he is blending in by trying to be one of the
statues in my garden...

'If I stand still she won't notice I am real" What a fun
animal to observe.

This was my summer in 'groundhog' days.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things he Hath Done

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