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Gabe warns snapping turtle, tells it he will be watching.

Critter Cam

I would have bet that the raccoons couldn’t get on top of the corn bin.  I stand corrected.

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PICT1672 (1600x1060)Here’s a white tailed deer with a pair of wood ducks.  I can just make out some lumps on his head where antlers will soon be showing.

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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.PICT2168 (1600x1060)

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.PICT3238 (1600x1060)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.

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20151015_095424 (1600x1060)I spotted a Daddy Longlegs picking its way over the Vitex this morning, early.  I had no idea what they did for food, thinking it may be hunting one of the bees that was busy just up the way.20151015_095522 (1600x1060)

It answered my unvoiced question, lowering itself to a flower and sipping nectar.

Tidbits

20150926_094657 (1600x1060)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.20150926_095904 (1600x1060)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.DSC_1018 (1600x1060)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.DSC_1020 (1600x1060)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.DSC_1030 (1600x1060)Pizza!  This one has Andouille, hot coppa, pepperoni, olives, dried tomatoes, and onion jam.DSC02852 - Copy (1600x1200)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.PICT1297 (1600x1060)Don’t start nothing and nothing will get started.20150918_121743 (1600x1060)Not much chance of these two starting any trouble, at least until after nap time.