Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tails From the Field




I started my hike in the hills at first light, the first thing I saw was a small dead fox, a coyote kill I suspected but I wondered why it wasn't devoured, I examined it and moved on past the Girl Scout camp. I thought the image above was so funny, I wondered if this hawk had seen all those eagle finials on flag poles and felt a little left out.

The weather was cool and breezy, perfect for walking.


Here's a secret I know about the deer, once they get hitched they're like any other married couple, he carries her purse, follows behind without a word while she prattles on and on, blah, blah blah, right Buck, "yup".


Snakes are making a big showing lately, I see one nearly every day, I know nothing about snakes except the important facts, the important facts are, which ones are rattlers and which are not, this is a nice snake probably a gopher snake, gophers may not agree on my opinion here. I must add rattlesnakes do their own good work with the rodent population, they are shy and don't want to bite, just watch out you don't step on one and it's smart to keep your dog in check, leashed is safest.

I came across a bird bomb, a pile of feathers which I inspected and collected, a downed Northern Flicker probably taken down by a coopers hawk. I have to say I felt sad finding it, the feathers were near the nesting site I saw this spring, the couple raising chicks. The part that thrummed at my heart strings was that the mate was staying close by and calling, awww shoot. Fickers are just that, flickery, flitty hard to even capture in pictures, I took one of the mate that was flitting from bush to bush in a circular pattern around me, calling to no bird. I know, such is life, seize the day, lessons from the trail.


















When I finished my hike a couple of hours had passed I walked back out and looked for the little fox, it was gone now, all except the tail which I stuck in my pouch. Coyote got his meal and I got the inspiration I came for.

Have a beautiful day all, xoxo Ro

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  1. Ro, you live in an enviable environment--even with the heat and dust in the summers. Long walks like that are dreamy--the captures of the day, beautiful! Be inspired!

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    1. Thank you Dawn, I am inspired. It was quite an interesting morning.

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  2. What an interesting hike you had. Great photos & captions, hawk impersonating finial, buck carrying her purse :)) Cheered me up except for the demise of a lovely bird. It is sad even if natural. The last photo of feathers inspiring stones is perfectly wonderful. Btw, what do you do with the fox tail? xoxo

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    1. Ha hhaaa don't you love them, especially that doe caught with her mouth open.

      Oh I know, nature is brutal.

      It looks like a feather stone guide, I think in stones.

      I don't know what I'll do with the tail, if you come over I'll show ii to you :)

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    2. I'd be over in a flash to see that tail !!

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    3. He eee, I know you would love all my oddities and exoskeletons! I have some good *stuff!

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  3. Great pictures! Love the deer couple :)
    And those feathers with their stone complements are fantastic!
    A couple months ago we had a bird that perched in a tree for hours, making this pathetic cry over it's mate that lay on the ground. It thrummed my heartstrings too :(

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    1. Ha haaa this Buck looked so obedient."yes Martha" :)

      I was thinking how much those feathers looked like stones in my collection.

      Oh that's sad DJ, trying to call their mates back to life :(

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  4. Wild Kingdom in your own backyard.

    Your feathers are beautifully matched to the stones.

    Can't wait to see when/how that fox tail reappears in your creations.

    Lessons from the trail, indeed.

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    1. Hi Cinder, I bet you're experiencing some lovely fall color right now!

      You know how it is, you never know what's going to happen out there in the big wild world.

      Thank You!

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    2. Yes! Our fall colors are almost at their peak.
      At the moment the sun shining, the sky is bright blue and leaves are glowing gold, orange and red. (With a enough green to make things pop) The temps in the 50's ...perfect day.

      Come on over and we'll walk my three dogs....

      : )

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    3. Sounds LOVELY, you're going to have a great weekend!

      I be right over!!

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  5. Oh, Cinder read my mind. What a trail you find!!!!

    And those stones and feathers together--sublime. Just sublime. Like the stage getting set for a performance.

    Thank you for sharing this day....

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    1. I should do a stone feather chart, lapis blue jay etc.

      Banjo was so excited and interested, the wind was whippy and she would just stand and put her nose in the air waiting for mysteries to waft by, it was strangely exciting.

      xoxo

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  6. "...he carries her purse..." hahaha! This made me guffaw out loud.

    (Guffaw is such a weird word.)

    Those feathers and their matching stones--wowzer! (Are the feathers all from the same bird??)

    Mystery leaf...basswood? The bark looks a lot like walnut, but not sure the leaves are elongated enough...?

    I had to pull out my fingerless mittens today!

    xxx

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    1. I wonder if I have ever Guffawed, a word to type but it's one that never has crossed my lips, at least I don't think it has, when Eric wakes up I'll try it out, the maiden "guffaw" voyage.

      He heee, those deer, it would make a good anniversary card :)

      Yes those feathers are all from the same bird, it's a beautiful woodpecker.

      No it isn't basswood, remember it was growing in the Eastern Sierra, west coast, I showed it o some friends, nobody knows.

      Oh YAYYYY put some soup on!!!!!!! I love cold weather LOVE!!! Enjoy!!

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    2. Ah! Yes...totally didn't pay attention to habitat--ha!

      I'm sure you've guffawed--big hearty laugh--but just not, "Guffaw"-ed! =)

      Oh boy...imagine having such colorful plumage. What a beauty.

      Soup's on (minestrone). Come for lunch!

      xxx

      ...anniversary card. Haha. Yes...along with your little 'conversation.' Your feather and stones photo would make an awesome card/postcard, too!

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    3. Well yes I certainly have Guffaw-ed I just never used that word in real life have you? Not really sure how to sneak it in. "I went to the comedy club and guffaw-de til I cried? ha haaa!!

      Oh yeah, sound delish with crusty bread, enjoy, I'll be there in 3 days.

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  7. Ro,
    Your morning hikes are amazing to say the least. Do you ever "feel" any of your furry friends that you comment on watching you? I love how you move so gently through the wild world!
    Have a great weekend! Oh, and isn't this your meeting weekend with the rockhound?? Have fun!

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    1. I always feel like they're watching me, same with the zoo when I used to take my son, who's watching who :)

      Yes I'm excited about those old slabs, I'll take some pictures.

      Have a good weekend Rae!

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  8. Hi Ro-bird,

    Your photos are wonderful. (To catch that doe while she was speaking!) A *perfect* anniversary card :).

    Cinder, you are describing my view here in NH (!!) This time of year IS a sight to behold....

    I ♥ your rock/feather collection. I love the way you think too -- not everyone would see the wonder of nature like you do. Wowzer is right, Ash!

    Let us know how your guffaw goes -- hahaaa!

    xxxooo

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    1. Lisa--I know, right! If I had that kind of plumage I'd stare at myself in the mirror all day. And if I had those sparkly pretties as well...I'd be a bit like Snow White's stepmother, I think...."I'm the fairest...and the sparkliest...!"

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    2. I have never asked Eric to hold my purse but I may have, for sure have talked his head off :) still haven't slipped the guffaw word in, todays project!

      I love the feathers, you know I do, I have too many but never enough just like the stone obsession.

      I bet it's amazing in NH right now, ENJOY!

      It's cooler here finally, LOVING it!

      xoxoxo

      You have your own beautiful plumage Ash, now go look in the mirror. The birds are out there admiring you :)

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    3. Songbird,
      I love NH. I went to college (in Henniker) where I met my husband. We lived there for 6 years after we were married. We did a lot of hiking, especially in the fall.
      NH will always have a special spot in my heart!
      Enjoy those fall colors!

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  9. SO. True. Ash, even this far away I can tell that your soul has some of the fairest plumage of all!!! =)

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    1. Aw, well, shucks you two. (If I owned a dress I'd be twirling about in front of the mirror right now.) =)

      [Cue: Wind Beneath My Wings]

      Thanks for the pick-me-up. Back atcha in spades!

      xxx

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  10. Hahaaaa! Too funny...and great song choice !

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  11. Oh Ro!!! What an amazing hike, as always...and the feathers matched to their rock counterparts... Chills, just chills xoxo A

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