I would likely gain some benefit from spending countless hours sitting down in the woods, observing wildlife and photographing it with the camera. But the part of me that loves being productive and getting a good days work completed, just can’t fathom sitting for hours in hopes of getting a great bird or animal shot. So, … More Soulful Eyes of the Woodlands… The Barred Owl
Christmas Day began with a thin layer of ice topped off with a skiff of snow. But as the morning progressed, the clouds darkened and a fine-grained sleet began to fall. Soon, the sleet tapered off and big flakes of snow took over, whirling around in the wind. I carefully stepped outside with the camera … More Tough Little Birds of Winter
This past week I noticed a few faded and tattered butterflies, flitting around, then stopping to rest on small patches of henbit and trampweed. I wondered how they managed to survive the many nights of freezing temperatures the last two months. Always though, the days brought warmth and sunshine, in spite of the looming winter … More Where Have You Gone… My Butterflies?
I am a morning person. Up early, smile on my face, and toting one of my favorite morning phrases, “The early bird gets the worm”, I am off and running just as the sun is making its appearance over the horizon. Usually, this is a quiet time for me, watching nature come to life. I … More A Bizarre Deformity and the Plight to Survive
I have been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for the State of Oklahoma for a little over a year now. While I have always loved animals and sought to help the orphaned and injured, I never dreamed I would one day be active in helping wildlife in such a manner. At the time I applied for my license, … More Call of the Wild… The Weird and Wonderful Experience of Wildlife Rehabilitation
On the evening of June 26th, I found myself wandering the woodland path in search of Daisy deer. I had not seen her in the early morning, but that was not unusual as she had developed a habit of showing up whenever she pleased. Daisy had been on her own since mid-January. She had tried to follow … More Discovering a Woodpecker Fledgling
Yesterday morning welcomed us with the first 70° temperatures we have experienced all summer. Until today, the morning lows had been in the upper 80° ranges and into the low 90’s. FD and I enjoyed the beauty of this cool morning by walking around the yard, filling bird baths, starting sprinklers, and checking out the heat-exhausted trees. … More An Injured Juvenile Robin
Late in March, the trees began to leaf out, bringing a fresh look to the landscape of our ten-acre ranch. The grays, browns, and muted neutrals of winter began to fade. Bermuda grass started to show signs of life, and all sorts of weeds began popping up as the sun warmed the red Oklahoma soil. Daisy … More Henrietta’s Secretive Ways…
Early in April this year, family from Nebraska came to visit for a long weekend. We forewent the usual sightseeing in the nearby Wichita Mountain region and Oklahoma City area. Instead, we opted for a more relaxing weekend of hiking, fishing and kicking back here on the ten acres. Niece Emily, and nephew Sid tried … More Laying Hope to Rest
The feeding station down at the bottom of the slope is a favorite spot for me to observe wildlife. A large tub of water, two feeding containers with goat or deer pellets, a corn log squirrel feeder, and a hanging corn feeder provide a nice stopping place for wildlife. I often see Ms. Foxy leaning … More Sharing Corn With Your Homies…
I do not know what has happened to me since we moved on this place. I used to be so disciplined. A work-oriented person, I set out each day with a “to-do” list and I stuck to it. If something interrupted Plan A, say, a mechanical breakdown, I had Plan B, C and D for … More Thieves and Poachers!