deer snaps

Jul. 8th, 2017 07:04 am
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Where rabbits roam



the deer also call home!



The rabbit pic was from last night. Another rabbit appeared with her at dusk: full moon, eh?

The deer was a lucky capture. The dog was growling softly and I looked outside to see two bucks in the yard. I sat on the couch with The Huntress and soothed her while the bucks grazed their way across the front yard, and she never set up barking at them. About 20 minutes later the two came back into the yard and I was able to grab the camera: I was ticked that the pics looked blurry in the viewfinder and realized after the deer left that I had my 'distance' glasses on instead of my progressive lens ones. I was lucky the shots came out at all! A couple more are here on my google photos, including this one:


Damn you, auto-focus! :D
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My friend returned early out front today, and much to The Huntress' indignation, several times. She's an Eastern Cottontail judging by the characteristic white forehead dot.


When one lets the lawn go all manner of pests appear ;o)

A couple of more pics can be found in my google photos, here. These were taken with the Fujifilm bridge camera and not the phone, so they are a bit bigger and nicer. I'm very happy with the colors, too. The last time I used the camera from within the house to shoot photos outdoors the greens shifted to an insipid yellowy hue.


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Deer! The Huntress spooked them away from outside the back corner of her yard only to have them reappear an hour later over by the old truck.


tippity-hoof, tippity-hoof


Ooooh, for me?

There were two that munched the apples I'd thrown for the rabbit, and more pictures can be seen here on my google site: https://goo.gl/photos/Vpja7ZvGPnFaUYb48

The pics aren't great (lighting, focus), but I view these as the equivalent of Polaroids or Instamatic pics anyway. And the deer were constantly moving about: such inconsideration! The smallest one would zoom through the yard, jumping fallen trees and ducking low branches, all-out having fun, while the adults grouped together cautiously and watched all around constantly. In the end, the young'n was all out of breath and panting and just enjoying the thrill of living.
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I'm in the dog yard with The Huntress this morning, and by golly there is the side-yard rabbit in her favorite corner munching wild rose stems and hips like every other day. She stops when I spot her and just stands still waiting for the dog to start the chase. Bunny does her circle around the trees and bushes and easily outdistances the pup, running past me and out through the fence. Fantastic! I was so worried she was the one on the menu previously.

A couple of hours later I realize there is the driveway rabbit by the truck again, lazily eating apples I had tossed there, and totally ignoring the pup and myself in his dining.

Note: I do not believe this is same as the side-yard rabbit because he usually stays by the driveway near the truck (hence I sometimes call him driveway bunny) while the other is always on the other side of the dog yard near my shed and the woods there.

Regardless, he is alive as well! I don't know where the fox found the other bunny but there have been three here on occasion at mating times.

Another note: I call them by their respective pronouns because of where I usually find the kittens nesting.

So happy! I even got some pictures of a very cooperative driveway bunny.


Driveway bunny? I haven't heard that name in years...

A couple of more pics here on my google site: https://goo.gl/photos/GdnNnd2bc4pS73UZ9
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The wayward fox has taken one of the rabbits. I saw this, the silhouetted form of the fox emerging from behind some trees with something rabbit-looking hanging from its mouth. Moments earlier we were watching the fox cross among the shrubs and shadows, and it stopped to rummage in some bushes... I went out to the area later on and there were definite signs of a struggle in the snow. So it goes.



original sketch/blog here )

I do not want to appear callous, I just have to remind myself that this is the way of the world. There had been a rabbit in the fenced part of the yard earlier in the morning and the dog didn't see it right away. I watched it for a bit, standing stock still as The Huntress sniffed about, and then the chase was on. I wonder if this was the same little bunny :o(

*sigh* I even made some bad jokes later, that either the fox would appear dragging a deer next, or vice versa. And then came a trio of hawks, gliding above, and while thinking "Ride of the Valkyries" I imagined them hauling off one of the deer as well.

Memories

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:58 pm
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After finishing taxes today I used my Paint Shop Pro program to browse the files I saved off of my dying portable drive. This was fitting as PSP was my first picture editing software (and a bootleg version it was, in 1997). I'm floored at the information that was on here: my first webpages from both IDS.net (now defunct) and www.tigress.com/moonhare/ :o) So many pics! A lot of computer/mouse drawn and even more sketchy stuff. I'm so happy to see these again.

Like this one-



1997- Someone random in chat asked for a picture of a hug. Can't say if they liked this, but I did.

I had a happy half hour just browsing folders. The files range from 1996 to about 2011. I didn't read the text files but concentrated on the draws and other pictures: I'm a visual kind of fur ;o)

I remember drawing these rabbits during my "Franz Marc" period



I love Marc's use of colors and his mysticism and symbolism. I can't touch that, but at the time I was really into blues and yellows in my coloring and painting.

I used to draw randomly on whatever paper was available: I had it bad! I got the idea along the way to bind up pics in like groups, like this little book of deities-



I have to find that booklet again and look at what is included. I think my angus dei is in it along with my St. Luke draws, but maybe it's just some Babylonian stuff (like the water colored calf on the cover).

As I say to myself frequently, I need to get back into this again!
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It's here, at last! Now we'll see how long it takes me to break it.

Thanks and a tip of the bunny ears to [personal profile] frith for bringing this to my attention.

A pic: No one at work even noticed the little wolfie I put on the board today so I finally had to explain Lupercalia. Not that it mattered...

ah-rooooo!

Oct. 31st, 2010 08:57 am
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The first time I heard the howling at 3:30 a.m. I thought it might be a carload of late night revelers noisily coursing  home. When I heard it the next night I realized it was coyotes singing across the woods and fields. In two words: shivery and exciting.

This morning I heard them start up again, around 4:15 a.m., and it was chillingly delightful. One would start with a bark-bark-bark howl, and suddenly the air was adrift with assorted answering calls from random sources, and the joyful music of being alive and wild regardless of encroaching developments. It was over as quickly as it began; eerie silence followed with only the rustle of leaves in the early morning breeze.

The oddest part is that my dogs never reacted to this, not even to lift their heads and sniff the air. I felt I was the lone attestant to this magnificent celebration.



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This is not a Star Wars reference!

Along with the cups and books I've shown from my find the other night at work was a dog-eared, binding-broken copy of an old elementary school reader. I love these books primarily for their style of illustrations, and have a small handful here that I've picked up over the years.

Long Long Ago, by Marjorie Pratt and Mary Meighen, illustrated by Carol Crithfield, was published by Benj. H. Sanborn and Company and copyrighted 1939. The end plate carries a school stamp from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is numbered '17' and is dated January 2, 1940. That said, pictures follow. The pictures here are linked to larger pictures still.

Pictures under the cut )

All in all that was a great night.



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I have to start returning to work at night again to clean the building as school begins tomorrow and I need to be home for my son's bus pick up. So said, I went in tonight and began my old routine.  When vacuuming around the circulation area I discovered a few boxes of items donated for our book sale and proceeded to investigate. I love these little troves and frequently find some pretty nice things.

I wasn't at all disappointed with my discoveries tonight. Most of the books were typical children's series reading books, but the boxes held other little boxes among these. When I opened one of the smaller boxes I was astonished to find three drinking cups, two of which were Pocahontas series cups from Burger King, and one of these was none other than Meeko! I had mentioned in  another post that I wanted a Meeko, and though I meant plush, this is such a sweet little find for me.



He has a scratch across his right eye, but otherwise he's in pretty good shape. I haven't really looked at the other cup (it's there for illustration). And the book? Serendipity was there among the offerings as well, and made this whole event, well, serendipitous as well as synchronous.
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Almost got rear-ended when I stopped for a rabbit in the road tonight. Poor thing ran across my lane on this narrow  street (25 mph limit) and almost in front of an oncoming vehicle. The other car swerved and slowed while the panicky rabbit skittered into reverse and almost slid under the wheels. Bunny bolted back my direction while I was braking and I lost sight of him under my hood so I came to a complete stop. The guy behind me wasn't too attentive and was going too fast because all I heard then was his tires screeching. The rabbit appeared on my right and zig-zag hopped/ran along the curb next to a great stone wall and then disappeared, legs pumping, under an old gate. All this in under five seconds if I count it out in my mind.

The bunny's god was watching over him for sure, maybe me as well. And for the record, this was a tawny brown bunny, not whitish grey.
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Some friends came through next door-



"I know he's there."



"Move! Move, he's stalking us!"



Stealth mode.

They actually hung around and let me point the cell phone at them again without bolting away. So nice to watch.

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Visited my mom at the hospital this afternoon. Decided to stop at their gift shop for another plush instead of exposing her to dust bunny, Ears. As we passed the shop windows on our way to the doors, who was watching me?



Yeah, mom loves deer, and she was quite affected to receive this little guy. I won't belabor the synchronous aspects of this.

She's doing fairly well and had a bit of fight in her as she pronounced that she told them  "I'm going home, Tomorrow." I don't think so, but it will depend on her oxygen counts more than anything. I was happy to find her looking well (looking well for her condition, I guess).

Saw the dogs after that, making sure my brother had fed them. Watched the chippies out by the bird feeders; buttoned up the house and left a light on for the pups. Might check on them again this evening.

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My mom's health has been declining since Spring. Today she was hospitalized with bronchitis and a low blood oxygen count. The combination was causing dizziness and confusion bordering dementia. Her only thought was for her dogs, left alone in the house and unfed.

I noted in a post last September that I feel protected in times of need. As I walked over to my mom's tonight to feed the pups I realized that there was a deer in the woods watching me, over me perhaps. She stood quietly, ready to bolt but not in a hurry to run off. I even had time to pause and take a cell pic-
pics and text- read on )

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