Tag Archives: Nature Wildlife

Praying Mantis on the side of our Garage

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw him.  He’s three to four inches long.  Biggest one I’ve seen in years.  The picture doesn’t really represent his size.  He was giving me the once over, I’ll tell you.

Dan O. De Ment

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Young Raccoon – Not Happy

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This little fella showed up last evening just as it was getting dark. He’s eating Muffin’s, our feral cat, food and not happy because I tried to take it away from him from inside the house using a door stop stick.  He actually pulled it towards him off the little rug piece the food is sitting on.  I finally got him to move by raising my voice at him a bit.  We won’t be leaving any food out for Muffin past dusk from now on. As warm as it’s been lately the critters are roaming the neighborhood like everyone is running a free meals program.

Dan O. De Ment

Waiting for Spring

When you find yourself closed in during the winter months Spring is foremost on your mind.  The flowers in bloom, the new life, people having the ability to walk or ride in shirt sleeves and shorts, and, we move the clocks forward.  (Spring ahead and Fall back.) “Daylight Savings Time,” begins in th U.S. March 12th.

All the outdoor jobs need to be started, ie; scraping and painting the deck, replacing or painting windows on the home or garage, replacing trim on the garage, raking the yard to allow the new grass room to grow, caulking here and there around the house and garage, and cleaning out the garden for new growth. (to mention a few.)

Everything feels different in the Spring, doesn’t it?  The birds are singing their Spring songs, the air smells fresh and clean, at first – then the locust trees blossom with a fragrance that some love and others hate. Then, in the Central U.S., the honeysuckle blossoms with another powerful fragrance.  (allergy sufferers beware!) Meanwhile, many floral species have already bloomed and we’re enjoying their beauty. Downpours happen regularly to help everything grow to its full potential, while we hope the rains don’t plug our gutters with falling tree buds.  (I finally got smart and bought a utlilty pump that sets down, halfway, in my deck, and pumps out the water through a garden hose so the eight inch deep area under the deck doesn’t overflow and allow  water to find its way into our kitchen.

So, get ready, be prepared, and enjoy it.  Don’t forget to have your allergy medicine close at hand.  Oh yes, one more thing, why does March always feel like it lasts forever?

Dan O. De Ment

 

My wife, Jean, grooming our Feral Cat, Muffin

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Jean grooms Muffin when she can.  Sometimes Muffin walks or scurries away, but today she just plopped down and enjoyed the attention.  She’ll roll over, stretch out, or even lie on her side.  She often moves forward as she’s being groomed but always close to the ground.  She had a burr in her tail here and didn’t mind having it removed at all.  Jean didn’t know I was taking the picture but she’s a good sport and was OK with me posting this.  Muffin couldn’t have cared less.

Dan O. De Ment