Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A Charmed Life

 Even though my time at The Ranch was brief this trip, I still saw a great deal of magic:

Not one but two coyotes marched passed:



I need to seal the back door off more: The little lizards were under the towel I put there to block the air, seeking warmth:


Not sure what this is:  A vole?  I have never seen one before.




The deer are becoming brazen:






These appear in Winter.  I have not idea what the are:  Frost bits?  Leaf Skeletons?  Magic?


When sharing all this with a friend, she commented "You lead a charmed life".




I really do.

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:32 AM

    To 'city folk' who are accustomed to living in urban environments, it can certainly seem magical.

    But at night, those feelings can change. Used to the sound of city traffic and 'light pollution', the rurals becoming threatening. "It's so quiet out there - WHAT WAS THAT !!?" Childhood fears of the dark becomes very real again.

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    1. It does, Anonymous. It is one of the things I love, but I know why many urban folk would hate it.

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  2. What about those lizards, TB?

    We have some snakes and salamanders here in Alberta but they are few and far between. As a boy I would have given my left arm to capture one. Can those little lizards survive in captivity do you think?

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    1. Glen, I think so. They are literally everywhere outside. As long as one would be able to feed them small insects, I would think they would be fine.

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  3. Deer are like ants here. I can't think of when I went through a day without seeing a handful of them. It has probably been years though. But I can still remember the thrill of seeing a deer when I was a young boy. Back then, you were lucky to see one in a year's time. How times have changed.

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    1. Ed - Even in our suburban corner of the world, they are within two miles of here and can be seen in the evenings. That said, they will eventually get developed out.

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  4. TB... The sound of the wind in the trees was the music of my childhood. There weren't many trees where I grew up, but plenty of wind. That little short clip was not enough. I wonder if there is a way you could set up a camera and record an hour of it. I'd be willing to pay a bit to help out. Post that, and I'd listen on repeat all day. That is the most comforting sound in the world to me.... Not other noise but the wind in the trees.... That is heavenly.

    Luck favors the prepared. Your folks prepared well. And you are getting some benefit from it too. Wise people. Very well done.

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    1. STxAR - The sound of the wind there is a great comfort to me and one of the great attractions.

      An hour, eh? Man, I wonder what the memory consumption on that would be. I will give it some thought.

      My parents were very wise and well prepared people, so much so that their provision has outlived "them" being themselves.

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  5. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of living in a rural area. I'm sometimes amazed, though, how far those "domesticated" sounds can travel. Lawnmowers, chainsaws, even log trucks on a highway several miles away.

    Are those dewdrops on a tightly woven spider web in that last photo? (I see a lot of that) If not, I vote for magic.

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    1. Kelly, domestic noise creeps ever closer, even there. I might make it my lifetime without direct neighbors.

      I am not sure about it being dewdrops - those pictures were taken at 5 PM or so in the evening.

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  6. I found a vole once.

    https://movingnorth.blogspot.com/search?q=vole

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    1. That is awesome John - and very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Thanks! No voles were killed in the writing of that post.

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