Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Animal Wednesday - finally!

It's been ages since I've done an Animal Wednesday - mostly due to....winter I guess.  I was working on the book, and wasn't taking time for other drawing or photos - oh well.

So, it is spring-like around here and I say that because right now it is 45 degrees outside, which is pretty cool I think.  But it's been a lovely time, with sunny days and cool nights - really my favorite combination.

We saw this guy trying to cross the road last week.  He was HUGE and slow. I knew he would get killed on the busy road, and that it was very dangerous to have such a large animal hurt or killed on the street.  So after we passed him, I convinced DH to turn around and let me get pictures.  Then I pretended that I was coming closer to him and sort of stomped my feet and he scuttled back into the woods.  I may have thwarted his amorous intents....it is mating season after all, and some siren turtle across the street may have been calling him but oh well....

Yesterday we saw this fox in our backyard. We've seen him, or his cousins, for a few months now, he's pretty used to us and doesn't usually dart off or anything.  And he normally looks healthy and beautiful. Yesterday he looked awful - with a skinny hairless tail, and a quick look up told us that he probably has mange.  He will also probably get over it, I hope.  He stared at us for a long time and then nosing around found a dead squirrel, picked it up and darted into the woods.  Why there was a dead squirrel on the ground is a mystery to us, unless he had it stashed there. 

Then yesterday afternoon we went kayaking. First day of the year on the river and it was a perfect day.   DH paddles like crazy looking at everything, and I've learned to paddle for awhile, then anchor somewhere and sketch, or read. It's heaven!  Quiet with nothing to hear but birdsong - completely relaxing.  I had dinner waiting in a crockpot at home which made it even more relaxing, no worries about what to cook when we got home.   This muskrat was paddling around me, fairly fearless.   

The swans were also out - enormous birds. I can barely understand how they fly they are so huge!

And finally, this isn't an animal but a promise of a song.  I found this on my walk the other day - lovely blue shell. I'm hoping it hatched and that this wasn't the result of a foxy poacher but who knows. 

Looking at this picture makes me think of something.  This is my hand and since I was young I've had the wrinkliest fingers of anyone I've known.  For some reason, this has never bothered me, even as a teenage "wanna be like everyone else".  I have never had smooth girly hands, and I've always been proud of my wrinkly hands.  I count that now as a blessing, that there was one less thing to worry about in my youth.  Isn't it amazing how you can accept somethings about yourself, yet agonize about others?  Ah...youth. 

Happy Animal Wednesday!!!


soulbrush said...

Love that tortoise, aren't they just the most amazing creatures, and they live to over 100 in Africa.(Still don't know the difference between a tortoise and a turtle- is the one in the water???) Love the colour of that egg, cerelean blue. Wrinkly- gosh never even thought of it till you menationed it- funny girl. xxx

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have a lot of animals in your life Mim. They certainly add a lot of interest to your life. HAW.

studio lolo said...

I love the lushness of spring! So glad you were able to find some time for nature and kayaking. I know how much you love that.
Love the tortoise and swans. We have a fox here too. Unusual for us! He cuts through the yard every day and leaps over the neighbors 5 foot fence effortlessly. He's a beauty! The sad thing is my favorite squirrel has been gone for over a month. I know he got her. She would come looking for me nearly every day :(

We have to move, so maybe it's best she doesn't come around anymore. Saying goodbye would be hard.



Lynn Cohen said...

Hey, we both posted turtles on Animal Wednesday!!! Yours wins for largest!
I am nearly 72 AND DO NOT have wrinkly fingers! Wrinkles other places but I looked to see, and no, not like Mim's so you are unique! ;-)

Barbara/myth maker said...

Great post and pictures. Thanks for the tour of the wildlife. That blue egg is so beautiful, as are your hands. :)

Teri Casper said...

Wow, that turtle is a beauty! I just love foxes and was happy to see yours. Wonderful animals all around.
Looks like a bluebird egg. Hope it makes it to life.


Robin said...

Mr. Turtle is WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you for saving him....

I hope Mr. Fox recovers from Mange..(awful disease) and gets his beautiful red coat back.

The Muskrat - wow - love him.... and, well, you KNOW I adore the Swans!

The Bluebird eggs... (or perhaps my *Cousin* the Robin /) are so enchanting..I hope the little ones are now flying....

I think everyone has some wrinkles on their hands... you have great hands....they are creative hands - writing clever stories and drawing marvelous sketches!



♥ Robin ♥

kj said...

i do what you do when i kyak: the simple rhythm of nothing . where i go there are dragon flies everywhere on the surface of the water. i so love that

how can that blue egg be so round?

okay ms wrinkly. good that you have high finger esteem. that will take you far