Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Just passing through...

This afternoon (must be the acorns)…




The recent rain brought the frogs and toads back

Here are two different types of toads I rescued on the same day from two different window wells...


Here and Gone (late-blooming lilac bush)

Lilacs are known for blooming around Mother's Day.  Our new bush (Barbara) was planted in honor of my mother-in-law Ruth.  About a week ago, I saw a small bud starting.  I Googled it and it's not unusual.  But this didn't last long.  Within a week it was gone and it's the only one I've seen.  But it's growing very well and I've been covering it to protect from the deer.



 
Gone...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

First time I've seen a deer in our yard

When we first moved in, the owners had mentioned deer in the yard but I always felt with a fenced yard, deer wouldn't find it necessary to come in my yard.  Recently I witnessed a deer jump over the back fence into my neighbor's yard but I reasoned they have multiple bird feeders and that was the draw.

I got a text from my neighbor this evening saying "you have a visitor in your backyard" along with this photo...

 
So I moved quickly to the back bedroom careful not to alert Russ (too late) and grabbed my camera only to see this young buck in our yard.  If we didn't have a fence, this would not be as big a deal.
 
 
Here is video of the exit.  I'm guessing it was easier jumping into our yard than jumping out but it cleared just fine...
 



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Talkin' turkey

When it rains, it pours (figuratively...it's very dry now)...the same day I get a hawk picture I have a pair of Wild Turkeys at my back fence.  I'm thinking they like the acorns under my oak tree...




Community garden in the neighborhood park

The City of Des Moines has community garden space in Woodlawn Park which is on my dog-walking route.  Here is an ear of corn and a squash blossom (look closely for a bee in the center)…

 

Hawk at work

Saw this Red-tailed Hawk this morning.  Best I could do from the road through my windshield...