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Flower/Bird/Critter Photos and a Funny Fox Tale [Aug. 1st, 2010|01:58 pm]
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Massive Photo Post! :DD

This spring I put up a bluebird house since we'd been seeing one in the yard all winter, and sure enough, the most adorable bluebird couple moved in. We think they have raised at least two broods since this spring.

Other flora and fauna pictures from this spring:

A couple of rabbits in a face off up on the hill. lol They took turns rushing each other and jumping high into the air. Very fascinating and hilarious to watch. :D

Lily of the Vally:


Some birds and flowers from early this Summer:

A lone Goldfinch:


Hydrangeas and Lilies:

Zinnia, Petunias & Verbena:

Trumpet Vine:

Hahaha - squirrel on the windowsill. Maybe this was a cool spot...

Squeeee! OMG - we have figs on our fig tree! Our first! :DD

*grin* And now, a very funny Fox Tale:

This is our bird bath:

It is a very popular watering spot and is usually very very busy this time of year, and while mostly we get just birds on it, like this pretty blue jay...

...it is also frequently visited by squirrels and the occasional wandering cat. No doubt a possum or two has found it handy during the night, though we've not actually seen that, we know they are around. But lately, every few days, we've been finding the bird bath knocked over, which means something larger has been getting drinks, but we had no idea what. Until last Friday when I spotted this cute critter in the yard...

As I watched him, he jumped up on the birdbath and sat there lapping away! Hee!! I ran to get my camera and was just focusing and pushing the shutter release when a second fox leaped past in a blur and the first one jumped down. I was so disappointed that I'd missed the shot, but was totally entranced by watching the two foxes. They gamboled all around the corner of the yard, climbed up the walls and jumped down, then spent a few minutes resting in the shade:

Then one of them came back to the wall behind the bird bath and seemed to be trying to find a spot to jump down to get to it.

And that's just what he did! And just as I pressed the shutter release to take a picture of him sitting on the birdbath, that little pink tongue lapping away, the whole thing crashed over. So this is the shot I got! LOLOLOL!

After that, he had to go sit in the shade for a minute to lick his very wet belly. *grin*

I seem to have acquired a sudden adoration for foxes. So cute!!! ^.^

[User Picture]From: dark0feenix
2010-08-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pics as always! And adorable creatures, the foxes especially! ♥
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! *hugs tightly* ^.^
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[User Picture]From: leochi
2010-08-01 08:23 pm (UTC)
OMG, OMG, OMG! I am soooo jealous of you being able to watch young foxes, they are adorable! It's one of my best memories to have watched them in the wild in Switzerland when I still was with my Swiss boyfriend. They are such beautiful and interesting creatures.

And of course your flower pics are wonderful, as always, as are the bird and squirrel pics!

Wonderful post! *squishes you*
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! They are just adorable to watch. I was completely spellbound. :DD And you can just see how smart they are.

Thank you, dear!! *squishes back tightly* ^.^
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[User Picture]From: giraluna07
2010-08-01 08:40 pm (UTC)
Great shots! You're a lucky woman; you live in paradise. <3
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! ^.^ We do love our yard, and I do love watching the wildlife that visits so much. ♥
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[User Picture]From: pingviini
2010-08-01 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love day lilies! So beautiful.
LOL at the squirrel, and that fox picture when the birdbath crashed over is just hilarious. Priceless! :)
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love them too. I planted a lot of them, some from a mixture where I had no idea what they were, so there are quite a few colors and varieties - and I love seeing them bloom every summer. I never got out to take photos of the brilliant red ones or the star-gazers this year, but they were so pretty.

I have laughed and laughed at that fox crashing the birdbath picture. Just too funny! I'm so glad you enjoyed these! *hugs*

Hahaha - sorry for the double comment - of course I had two windows open and had a momentary identity crisis. lol
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From: blue__solace
2010-08-01 10:39 pm (UTC)
Hello m'dear :-) you have some beautiful flowers in your garden and wildife. I have foxes in the neighbourhood where I live, but not as cute and fluffy as yours. X
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, dear P!! ^.^ It is so awesome to have an LJ comment from you! *grin* I've decided I totally adore foxes now. XXXX

LOL - sorry for the double comment - of course I had two windows open and had a momentary identity crisis.
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[User Picture]From: blamebrampton
2010-08-01 11:05 pm (UTC)
Those foxes are little beauties! And what wonderful bird and garden shots -- thanks for sharing them!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-01 11:21 pm (UTC)
Aren't they cute? :DD I was totally thrilled to watch them. Thank you so much, dear! I'm absolutely delighted to have you as a friend over here. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: blamebrampton
2010-08-01 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited to be here -- absolutely my cup of tea! (And I am in denial about your other post, where I expect to stay for a while. The views are lovely ;-)
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-02 12:10 am (UTC)
*grin* Well, I do hope to have a few more things to post over there, so yay! ;-) And I adore your posts, so I'm very much looking forward to enjoying them here. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-02 03:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I adore lilies, and wanted all kinds. Hee - and now it seems I adore foxes too. I wish they would come play in the yard every day. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: etheriaelle
2010-08-02 01:42 am (UTC)
How absolutely adorable those foxes are. You have such a beautiful garden. Must be so nice to be able to just sit out there with all the beauty surrounding you. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-02 03:14 am (UTC)
They were adorable. I never realized how cute they are until they came and played in the yard that day. :D And lol - you've lived in TN - and I know it's got to be the same where you are now - there be many biting critters out there in the heat and humidity. I don't go out there and sit - or not after about the middle of May. We have lots of big windows for admiring the pretty from the safety and coolness of the house - and yes, it is very nice. I love being able to look out and see the animals and flowers in the yard. I do plan, however, to make a screened-in gazebo with a ceiling fan out there some day, and then it will be enjoyable to sit out. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: etheriaelle
2010-08-02 04:51 am (UTC)
- and I know it's got to be the same where you are now - there be many biting critters out there in the heat and humidity roflmao I just thought TN had heat, humidity and biting critters. It's so bad here that when I go back I sit out a lot just because I don't notice them so much there. Relatives will be running for the bug spray and DH and I just look at each other cause we haven't even noticed. Kids baseball games have been cancelled here because the kids in the outfield couldn't see the ball for the bugs. True fact.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-03 03:03 am (UTC)
Kids baseball games have been cancelled here because the kids in the outfield couldn't see the ball for the bugs.

HAHAHAHAHA - oh dear! No, it's not that bad here, but I do currently have quite a few very annoying chigger bites from walking in the yard with the workmen installing our new drainage system downstairs last week. Grrrr! *hates chiggers* :P
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[User Picture]From: etheriaelle
2010-08-03 03:40 am (UTC)
but I do currently have quite a few very annoying chigger bites from walking in the yard with the workmen installing our new drainage system downstairs last week. Grrrr! *hates chiggers* :P

*passes you the nail polish and sympathy*

I hate, hate, hate them and it does seem really, really rare to get them here. We don't have skunks either. I DO NOT miss those either. I am actually allergic to the mosquitoes there but not the ones here, so far, so one bite there is 10 days or more of being swollen really badly and in misery from itching. Here the millions are more of an irritant and bother me more for getting in my eyes, nose and mouth and wondering if they are carrying a virus.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-05 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I hate them with a fiery passion too - and I am so moving there if you don't have them! LOL But really, I'm so intrigued by this story about the mosquitoes. I am VERY allergic to them here too. The bites swell up to the size of a half-dollar coin sometimes and go beyond itching - my muscles twitch it's so bad. I always assumed that it was all mosquitoes. Wow. Hahaha - I will be bringing OFF to Cheekwood - of course!! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-02 03:17 am (UTC)
Hehe - bunnies are pretty much the cutest things ever. :D And these were so funny - how can anything so cute look threatening, but I'm sure they were trying. lol

Thank you so much, dear. I'm so pleased you liked the flower pics. *hugs tightly*
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[User Picture]From: demicus
2010-08-02 04:21 am (UTC)
Stellar photographs of your yard & it's inhabitants. It's good to see that the bunnies haven't been dining on your flowers. We presently have a groundhog that must be 3 ft. tall (think of the gopher from Caddyshack on steroids) when he/she stands up & shakes his/her furry fist at me. He or she's quickly divesting our yard of the bulk of it's flowers & no amount of hand-waving & foot stomping deters him/her. For the remainder of this year I vow to cease replacing said flowers (⚐) & garden vicariously through you.
Now if we had a fox or two, I might be telling a different story. lol
That second to last photo is priceless! ❀
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-03 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! *grin* It's funny but the bunnies seem to like the dandelions in the yard much more than my garden flowers and I'm quite happy for them to have those. It's very amusing to watch them eat them too - they nip the stems off near the ground and then the long stem slowly disappears into their mouths, like a person might suck in a spaghetti noodle in slow motion. :D Hahaha - groundhogs - now that's one animal I've never seen in my yard. I've seen them on occasion while driving but not in our yard. Plenty of moles, which may be what the foxes are liking, but no groundhogs. Sounds like I should be glad!! lol
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[User Picture]From: kupukello
2010-08-04 05:40 am (UTC)
Oh, that fox picture is priceless! Amazingly good! There's movement and water and fox parts!! I'd say it's better that way than having them lapping the water! :D Send it to some competition or something!

Girls, and their friends, and the rest of the family have been oohing and aahing at your pictures here, and Bramble, having seen your beautiful garden now wants to know whether you have gardenias there :D She has one and as she carried all of her plentiful pots and plants outside on the (hothouse-style) balcony, it decided, not only to sprout leaves in every possible place, to bloom again, to her utter delight. Her favourite, you see ;)

Your foxes look quite young? They have big feet and lithe bodies, and, heh, apparently curious minds and not that much skill. Siblings born last spring?

Oh, and that blue jay!!! Do you really have birds that gorgeous there??!! O.O

Echinacea? That's how it looks? *g* I've only ever seen it bottled *g* Do you make something of (CAN you make something of it yourself?) or do you just enjoy the pretty flowers?
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-05 02:48 am (UTC)
Hee! *waves to all the Kellos and friends!* :DD

I was so surprised that the photo wasn't just a blob of blurry fur. *grin* And I wish I had got the lapping one too, but this one is really much funnier.

To answer Bramble's question, I don't have any gardenias in my garden. I had one in my yard when I lived in Virginia and loved it. They smell divine! They have always been a favorite of mine too - but I think it may be too hot here for them - or something. They can do fairly well as house plants, but I've not had much success with them. I am very neglectful of my house plants. I get them and they either survive or they don't. lol I have some that I've had for nearly 40 years - those are the really TOUGH ones!! It sounds like Bramble has an extra special green thumb for gardenias! That's very awesome! :D

I do think those foxes were young siblings. I have really no experience with foxes, but that was my impression too. They seemed young in their activity level too - they were practically bouncing everywhere - up the wall, down the wall, up the wall, down the wall - rest 30 seconds - run all over again, jump on the birdbath, fall off the birdbath ... lol

We really do have those bluejays here, and I can tell you that they travel in packs and they are LOUD. They go around yelling, "Jay! Jay! Jay!" back and forth at each other. They are very feisty birds and have been known to swoop down and peck kids (my brother) on the heads if their babies are threatened. But I actually like them - well you know - they are blue! :DD

Yes, that's what Echinacea looks like, and it also comes in other designer colors lately. I have wondered that myself - if I could make tea out of some part of it for a cold remedy or some such. So no, I've not tried... yet. I just enjoy the flowers. ^.^

And oh, I have just not had time yet to look at your vacation photos. I know they will be awesome, and I'm looking forward to sitting and looking through them as soon as possible. *loves*
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[User Picture]From: leelastarsky
2010-08-04 10:09 am (UTC)
Your garden is utterly stunning! So is your photography! Capturing that 'birdbath surprise' - PRICELESS! :D
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-08-05 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you, Leela!! *grin* That shot was such a surprise. Too funny - it's made me laugh over and over. :DD
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