Ahhh…. the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly! In my front flower bed, the yellow and black varieties dance endlessly all over my Lantana. Are they not breathtaking?
Throughout the day, the different families of geese arrive. They strip seeds off of the stalks of grass and forage amongst the scattered deer corn for leftovers the deer leave from the previous night. From the two ponds in our neighborhood, we have four families. Each pair returns every year and has between five to eight goslings. With four adult pairs of adults, we can end up with up to forty geese in the neighborhood flock!!! By the way, that is a LOT of goose poop!
Odd bedfellows of the geese are these ducks. On two different occasions, I have seen these two species in and amongst the flock. I have never seen either before, so was surprised when there they were! The Ancona was grazing with the geese.
The Muscovy on the other hand, was just under the bird feeders in front of my office window. It was filling up on sunflower seeds. That was interesting! Its red warty face took me aback for a moment as I initially thought I was looking at a very small turkey vulture. Nope. I had to look it up to find out what sort of duck I was seeing!
I had to laugh the other day at this unlikely pair pecking around in that leftover deer corn. Yes, that is a Bluejay with a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Ha ha
And then, there are my little fawns. I have only seen them three times this season and was excited when they darted into the field in the way back of the yard. They were chasing each other and kicking their back legs into the air. Such joy they were feeling! And even more excited was I that I had my camera out on the deck with me! Their spots are still quite visible, but I would imagine once they have shed their “baby” coats, the spots will be gone.
Later on two young bucks appeared looking for corn as well, but “too early my young ones” I hollered to them. They decided to lick on my mineral/salt block and munch on some poke leaves.
I had to laugh at this squirrel gnawing on and enjoying a large mushroom that popped up by the steps to my deck. He devoured the stem then trotted off over to the woods.
At night, there are other nocturnal critters that come to feed, visit or hangout. These two green tree frogs are always on my deck, usually near the windows through which my inside lights shine. No doubt that light attracts bugs and the frogs sure do seem to know that. One is on the window and the other to the upper right on the wall.
This opossum was pillaging the fallen sunflower seed under my bird feeders the other night. I heard a noise and when I turned on the yard light, there it was. I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. Odd looking, though cute at the same time.
And there you have it. The latest snapshots of the little sanctuary in my back yard.
I have to admit that I (like most of us) have been having some difficult times. Darkness can descend without a hint of warning and envelop me. Thankfully, it is lifted before it weighs me down and carries me into a deep abyss. (I know that abyss quite well).
He who loves me and cares so deeply for me lifts me up. He gives me constant reminders of how blessed I am. He showers me (sometimes literally) from Above with endless streams of joyful moments that lift and swell my heart beyond fullness.
Oh, let us all rejoice in the God who loves us SO deeply. He who became one of us and suffered as we all may or do. He who died a horrible death to save us from ourselves.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, we glorify YOU.
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