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You talking to me?

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Don’t know why I thought of that (“You talking to me” quote from Taxi Driver) while taking this shot but that is what sick thought popped in this head. His look just had that attitude to it. I watched him for a while and he seemed to be having problems finding the spot he entered my old pool fence at. And I couldn’t find a low spot either where he was going to fit that shell through but obviously, he had. Anyway instead of watching him struggle I put him outside the fence. I went back out 3 minutes later to check on him and he was gone into the tall grass.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m always on the lookout for him when cutting grass because I know he frequents my yard and the neighbors a good bit. And now that they have one of those services that come in with those huge mowers that roll around a yard at warp speed he won’t have a chance if he is out in the open over there.

I guess I’m a sucker for wildlife. I’ll stop to move a praying mantis or frog instead of mowing them over. I know I can’t save everything. I’ve probably killed too many bee’s and I certainly put a dent in the Cicada population earlier this year with the tractor. Now snakes, I know they are good. I don’t have a problem with the small or medium ones at all, we go our own way. The larger ones or poisonous I don’t mess around. Only once in a property dispute with a very large one who made it clear on a few occasions he didn’t like me on my property, did I have to take action.

I love the wildlife around here, reminds me of my youth and that is strange in a county that has changed so much with development everywhere. Families of deer, yes they are a pain, they eat my better half’s flowers and crap in the yard and maybe spread deer ticks. They are still beautiful and watching the young ones run and jump and turn with abandon is like watching a comedic ballet. I love the birds despite them decorating my freshly washed cars once in a while. I love watching that fox stalk and hunt. I love seeing that big groundhog and it’s young every so often.

I’ve even tolerated the mole who has been working on the border of my property but has been sampling more and more of my soil underground. My patience is wearing thin with him though. I was hoping the hawks that frequent the airspace in my yard would have nailed him but I guess I’ll have to put a little effort into it myself.

A southern turtle would say “Yall take car now”. Photo by Mike Hartley

The rabbits and squirrels entertain the young ones and keep the dog’s attention when we watch my son’s 4 legged babies. The occasional raccoon passing through or possum. I have yet to see the black bear roaming this area but I’m sure he has been through the woods behind us.

It reminds me of my youth when we used to see wildlife fairly frequently. Too bad even less of the counties next generation will have that experience as development continues.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A difficult day depends on perspective. I know someone who would love to have a difficult day at the job if they were healthy enough.
  • Democracy only is as good as our response to crisis situtuation together.
  • If they stop making cars with manual transmissions I’ll buy an older car.
  • I’m falling behind on my daily desk calendar again. I think I do it intentionally but time keeps moving on.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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