Category Archives: Wild Critters
It’s close to opening day for deer hunting season and this fine fellow will need all of his wiles to make it through. We don’t hunt but the neighbors do and his wanderings will take him onto them. We’ve just moved this camera into its present position, strapped to a crab apple tree along the entrance drive. The deer are eating the fallen fruit.
The green box is an automatic feeder, we have it filled with corn. It’s set to deliver a spread of seed mornings and evenings. We had it overlooking the back pond for years, it’s been here for a few weeks now and the critters are getting used to it and the associated bounty.The feeder used to be here – Mrs J carries corn with her on her dogwalks and leaves a small pile on the ground. This hawk has some sort of small prey pinned down. I can’t tell what it is from this low res image but I would guess it’s a mouse or a chipmunk foraging for any corn the the raccoons and deer have overlooked.
This popped up in my Facebook “memories” today, so I went searching for the original post (from Nov 2013) and decided I needed to repost it. Because it’s Friday and it’s Fall.
Stumbled across this photo that led me to the Daily Mail and this:
Frolicking in the autumn leaves, this little lion cub is having the time of her life as she excitedly plays in her enclosure.
Tiny cub Karis proved she’s not too dissimilar to human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepers, even ending up with a pile on her head.
Staff at the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, Scotland, had been raking up the leaves to keep the attraction tidy, when Karis’s keeper Brian Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them and moved the pile into her enclosure.Autumn days: Karis, an 11 week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, central ScotlandAdventure: Tiny cub Karis proved that she’s not too dissimilar from human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepersPlaytime: Staff at the park had been raking up leaves, when Karis’s keeper David Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them, and moved the pile into her enclosure
==================Happy: Karis almost seems to have a smile on her face as she poses in the pile of leaves
=============Lion Queen: Karis appears to be working on an almighty roar as she leaps through the leaves
Click on the link above to see more fun… go, now, really…go…
A different pair of friends paid us visit today to fish the back pond. It’s tucked away in a hollow down below the house a ways. They had pretty good luck with the bass.I didn’t try to count them but that cooler is half full. One of the lads threw spinner baits whilst the other drowned night crawlers looking for bluegill and redear sunfish. There a a few underneath the bass but not that many.I insisted that they hoist the cooler and grin at me so I could properly document their day. A good time was had by all.
Some friends from out of town dropped by to help thin the fish in our front pond. It was a beautiful Sunday with clear skies and perfect temperatures in the 70s.This fellow worked with Mrs J back in the day at a local electrical generating plant. He is still in the same work but he moved upstate to another station. A fine fellow, smart and hard working. He does talk a lot but he will stop long enough to laugh at himself when contradictions that arise in his patter are pointed out.He came out with his brother along. Not as garrulous, he seemed much more intent on fishing and that certainly paid off:The bluegills are doing well, reaching an excellent size on average, but the largemouth bass are nothing to brag about. They do make good eating at that size. The pond was stocked originally with these two species, and also channel catfish but the cats don’t as readily reproduce in ponds and they have since been caught out. The last ones to be taken from here reached ten pounds.
We were making a fast pass through the farmer’s market but these were worth slowing down for a quick pic, a nice pair of standard poodles that the handler had under good control. They were listening closely to her commands and obeying them without fuss.This array of mushrooms caught my eye, those closest are oyster mushrooms, I think those at the far end are Shiitakes, and a Google search leads me to believe that those in the middle are pink oysters.Our main aim was to bring out some nice tomatoes and cucumbers for the summer salad that we’ve become addicted to. I just put this one together with seasoned rice vinegar for a dressing. We really like the flavor it adds. These will be much better tomorrow and even better the next day.I brought home a few zucchinis and some yellow squash, thinking they would be tasty with a quick saute and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Google tells me that shaved squash is a thing – who knew? These have a dressing of 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, a couple of crushed cloves of garlic, and a little chopped mint, chives, and parsley. Salt the shaved veggies down and let them rest for a while, then rinse the salt off, drain on paper towels, and add the dressing. A brief nibble told me that they were tasty enough to be worth the effort. I imagine they, too, will be better on the morrow.Pizza! This one has Andouille, hot coppa, pepperoni, olives, dried tomatoes, and onion jam.More kittehs! Here are three litter mates, five months old and ready for adoption. The one in the middle is a runt from another litter that is finally gaining some weight after a shaky start.Don’t start nothing and nothing will get started.Not much chance of these two starting any trouble, at least until after nap time.