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Cats, Deer, Grouse and Hogs

June 3rd, 2020 | 2 Comments »

Last week I sent out a single photo as a Wednesday vignette. It showed a groundhog and a cat standing close together, absolutely still.

 

cat and hog (1 of 1)

 

Lots of people responded to that photo, remarking on how close together the two animals were. But photos can be deceiving. Take a look at the photo below, for instance. Does it show a real deer or a painted silhouette?

 

deer (1 of 1)

 

I did not manipulate the photo of the cat and groundhog and I’ve often spotted them together in that same part of the garden. Usually, though, they are much farther apart, as they are in the photo below.

 

cat and hog 2 (1 of 1)

 

We never feed the cat, and although some would call her a wild cat, she’s really a homebody, never straying far from the same spot. I’ve photographed her many times over the years, sometimes walking downhill…

 

downhill (1 of 1)

 

… sometimes, walking up.

 

cat silhouette (3 of 4)

 

Most often she is on her own but sometimes she’s with a friend.

 

cat silhouette (2 of 4)

 

Like most cats she never hurries but strides along at a medium pace, her tail erect. She’s with us all year round, a welcome presence throughout the seasons. Winter can be tough for her. Sometimes she almost gets stuck in snowdrifts.

 

cat silhouette (1 of 4)

 

As for the groundhog, while he doesn’t travel far from home, he is much more active than the cat, only pausing for a close-up when he feels like it, and at times looking quite fierce.

 

hog closeup (1 of 1)

 

The cat and groundhog aren’t the only animals I’ve seen recently at Glen Villa. There was the grouse I flushed when out on the trails.

 

grouse (1 of 1)

 

There was the baby fawn I spotted yesterday in the Lower Garden.

 

fawn (2 of 2)

 

I think the baby was born only a short time before. Certainly he or she didn’t move when I approached, just opened one eye a bit, then went back to sleep.

 

fawn (1 of 2)

 

And there is the crocodile (or alligator?) that I call Stumpy. He photographs well from every angle and never moves an inch.

 

Stumpy (1 of 1)

 

 

 

Introducing Mr. Albert Stumpson

July 3rd, 2019 | 6 Comments »
For many years a pine tree towered over an old house where a tenant farmer once lived.   [caption id="attachment_6230" align="alignleft" width="4000"] You can see the tall pine tree behind the house in this photo from 2009.[/caption]   In search of the sun, it gradually leaned farther and farther away from the house. Until one day, it fell.   [caption id="attachment_6221" align="alignleft" width="4316"] The screened porch on the farmhouse is the perfect place to sit on a summer's evening.[/caption]   When the branches were removed, my son-in-law noticed that the

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