Spring, 2015 saw the 17-year invasion of cicadas, returning to disrupt our country peace and quiet, and assault our eardrums! Good riddance until 2032!
From time to time, we see one or two coyotes in the pastures. So far, they seem to prefer snacking on baby calf manure, not the calves! One day I happened to look out a living room window and saw a coyote sniffing its way through the yard near the house. From previous experience, I knew I lacked the stealth skills to get a photo from outside the house. So I had to make do with shooting through the window screen. The resolution isn’t good but you can still see the coyote.
We see wild turkeys frequently but all I have to show for it is this picture of a feather, which Cricket found pretty interesting!
Speaking of Cricket, here she is with one of the many moles she eradicated from our yard this year. It's frantically digging through the gravel to escape the jaws of death!
Bill took some great photos of butterflies on our butterfly milkweed.
Early one evening, I saw this tree frog on a window screen. I took this shot from inside the house.
Bill took this one from outside. Didn’t he get a fantastic reflection of the sky in the window?
As I headed into the house one evening, I saw this toad lazing on a skull in June’s Junque Garden. I raced into the house, grabbed the camera, raced back out and snapped a couple of photos.
On our evening walks this fall, we’ve encountered a skunk scavenging for food in a pasture uncomfortably close to the house. So far, Cricket hasn’t done an up-close-and-personal with it. I maintain surveillance on both sides of the path and we keep her close if we spot the mobile mace-sprayer! I also haven’t been carrying the camera on these encounters. Even if I did, I don’t have any attachable lenses, and the built-in zoom doesn’t have the distance to keep me out of range of a hazardous gas blast!