Category Archives: Wild Critters

Random Wildlife – Snapper

DSC_5388 (1600x1060)The coat of duckweed provides effective camouflage for this snapping turtle.  He was spotted en route to  another pond.

Size Matters

DSC_5367 (1600x1060)We have a couple of clumps of day lilies near the hummingbird feeders but we seldom see a hummer taking much notice of the flowers, inviting as they must seem.DSC_5365 (1600x1060)I think it’s because the reach for nectar is just a tad too far for birds that like to hover as they sip.

Tidbits

DSC02458 (1600x1060)This scared looking minipin, Hannah, is a refugee from a breeding program and is gradually learning that not all humans are assholes.  She turned up at a shelter in a neighboring town but they had no luck placing her – staff at St Francis said they would try their luck at finding her a home.20150611_165955 (1600x1060)This mantis was hunting ants on my parsley, I took out the cell phone to see how it would work for macro.  This is the best I could do, he was very lively and scurried around trying to avoid the looming rectangle.  He’s only an inch long, or so.DSC02479 (1600x1060)Mrs J tried several times to get a decent photo of Suzy, this one is as good as any.  There was one that would have been really good due to the expression on her face but it was, alas, just too out of focus to use.20150611_163448 (1600x1060)Steak and fries with garlic green beans.  The trick to the beans is to cook them a bit before dumping them into a pan with garlic butter to heat through.  Nice thing about it is that you can boil or steam the beans ahead and then finish them quickly when the rest of the dinner is ready.  I dug a huge rib eye steak out of the freezer, one that I had the butcher cut off of a rack of them.  I couldn’t find a mate to it so I cut it into two steaks and trimmed it up some.DSC02487 (1600x1200)Amelia is a Siamese about 1-1/2 years old.  Mrs J says she’s a squealer – if a dog or another cat touches her she becomes very vocal.20150612_121932 (1600x1060)I have a thing about cheese crust pizzas.  Thing is I just love them!  This one has the meatballs you can see, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and onions that you can’t because of the cheese, unless you look really close.  I do see an olive or two peeking through.

Slo-Mo Hummers

More fun with the new camera phone.  Trying out the slo-mo video capture feature.  This one is quarter speed, not sure if that is a fixed setting or whether I can adjust it.  Bonus!  It uploaded the video to Youtube right from the camera over wifi.

Tidbits

It’s been a week or so since the cicadas emerged from their 17 year dirt nap and they are making up for lost time.DSC_0437 (1600x1060)I tried a box mix onion ring batter for these and didn’t much like the result although I did manage to choke a few down.  The sammich is a turkey salad made with a generous amount of crumbled crispy bacon with celery and sweet relish.  Much better than the rings.DSC_0429 (1600x1060)I posted a photo of this chicken while still on the grill the other day.  Here it is plated with the baked beans and a few cold sides.DSC02319 (1600x1060)Post needz moar kitteh!  I don’t know anything about this one other than it will be available for adoption soon.DSC_5324 (1600x1060)I don’t have many pictures of Toby that don’t have him giving me a suspicious glare.  Look up scaredy-cat in the dictionary and there he is.DSC_0443 (1600x1060)I don’t make compound butters very often but I really should pick up my game.  This one is a dill butter with a drop of lemon juice and a dash of cayenne and it went really well with this lemon butter fish filet.

A Good Day for a Cookout

DSC_5339 (1600x1060)Thighs are the best part of a chicken.  These are bone in and they still have their skins and are perfect for a bbq.  Cast iron works great on a grill, these beans will have a smokey flavor because of that chunk of hickory I have in the smokebox over one of the burners.DSC_5452 (1600x1060)Bonus Butterfly!  I just like the look of this one.  That’s a Yellow Swallowtail on purple cone flowers.

Suddenly, Cicadas!

DSC_5319 (1600x1060)Cicadas!  One of a myriad that appeared overnight.  They are kind of pretty, fresh out of their old skins.  This one is perched upon a coralbell Mrs J planted last fall after nurturing it all last summer in a container.  Not really looking forward to their singing 24/7, talk about the sounds of summer…DSC_5317 (1600x1060)Once we noticed and started looking we found the empties all over.  These things emerge on a cycle, I’m not sure if these are the 13 year or the 17 year models.DSC_5316 (1600x1060)

Random Wildlife – Hummingbird

DSC_5295 (1600x1060)This is a Ruby-throated hummer, notwithstanding the dusting of pollen on its throat from sipping nectar out of this Columbine.DSC_5297 (1600x1060)

Random Wildlife – Egret

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Random Wildlife

DSC_5200These two diving ducks showed up on the front pond yesterday, I didn’t know what they were but went online and a nice fellow told me they were both female Common Goldeneye ducks.  Thanks, Mike!DSC_5209 (1600x1060)Mrs J maintains a suet feeder that woodpeckers like a lot.  This one is a Red Bellied Woodpecker.DSC_5211 (1600x1060)These are a pair of Downy Woodpeckers.  The male has the red patch.  Downys are our smallest woodpeckers.P1000260 (1600x1060)Canada Geese are frequent visitors and can really honk up a racket when the dogs show themselves.  I took this one through the window of the truck as we returned from an expedition.DSC_5210 (1600x1060)Spring is turtle roaming season.  Homer is keeping a wary eye on this one as he heads back towards the pond.PICT4485 (1600x1060)I include this one of a deer, taken by an automatic camera that overlooks the spot where Mrs J scatters corn and other seeds, because of the groomed look of her hair.  I’m guessing it results from walking through thick vegetation – maybe that’s why they call it brush.

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