Many birds show up from time to time, but most will vanish at the slightest motion. Sitting there and holding the camera up to my eye as long as I possible, (surprising how heavy it seems to get) - and I finally get a bird in my viewfinder. BUT - as soon as I depress the shutter button the subject is away - demonstrating some fantastic reflexes. Far faster than mine I must say. I hope I can get some better shots as the weather gets a little warmer and I become a little more motivated.
It seems the very wet snow had little effect on the various garden plants. The Bleeding heart is going to be I it’s full glory over the next few days. The Hosta are sprouting. Ferns are going crazy and the lilac tree looks like it will be sporting a bumper crop of blooms.
I have no idea what this pretty blue flower is, nor do I know where it came from - but I like it.
Yesterday turned out quite eventful. First of all, Chloe showed up at the door early in the afternoon. Eat and run - then back again several minutes later to repeat the pattern. Sure enough it seems she is now nursing a litter. Her den must be close by but I have no idea where - and I’m not going to do anything to disturb it. At one point she even came up behind Milady and waited for her to hand feed her a tea biscuit. Last week she was running away whenever Milady came within fifty feet of the retreat.
Later last night I had a visit from a huge raccoon. I think it was Kimmie, aka Big Momma. This raccoon is about five times larger than Chloe - but is as gentle as a lamb at this time of year. A few minutes later an even bigger, very rough looking character joined Kimmie at the dinner table. Also a gentle giant - this one looked familiar. Sure enough, a good photograph comparison identifies this one as Bear - one raccoon I never expected to see again. (Check further down for another photo of Bear taken last year).
I have no idea what these two weigh - but my guess is they may be around fifty pounds! And yet, (at this time of year) - they are as friendly and gentle as can be.
Still one question remains, (Only one)? Is that Kimmie? If not who is it? This raccoon obviously knew me. A search through my photographs may supply the answer. About the only real distinguishing mark is that tail, (and of course the size). But marks like that are only temporary.
Keep you posted. It's going to be an exciting summer in the back yard!