Saturday, July 29, 2006
O is for Out
Stepping out the door for an early morning dogwalk, I find this beautiful moth on the step with a yellow leaf from the nearby tulip tree.
We leave a flood light on all night. The insect eating birds, especially the Phoebes, have learned to come get breakfast from the bugs the light attracts. This moth was probably injured by a bird, but it's not dead and I gently move it to the front yard before the dogs run out the door.
Later in the day I find wing pieces. The moth did not escape being a bird's breakfast.
After walking out to the back three acres, I aim the camera to the east for a sunrise shot.
Another hot, humid day is predicted. The sunrise is not spectacular and there are no clouds in the hazy sky.
Aiming the camera to the west, the mist is still visible against the trees.
We head down the path with the nest boxes used by bluebirds. Mama bluebird is sitting on her nest and peeks out at us through the hole.
She's hoping we walk by without bothering her because she's in the middle of laying her fourth egg. We click a quick picture and move on.
See the rabbit? It's right in the center of this picture.
Rabbits freeze in place when they see us coming. They are so well camouflaged that the dogs usually don't spot them as long as the rabbits don't move.
The dogs know the field is full of rabbits. Glory and Pappy delight in trying to find them.
They find a rabbit and head into the tall vegetation after it. The rabbit scoots out the other side and is long gone to safety while Glory and Pappy spend the next ten minutes darting around in the weeds looking for it.
I'd love to know what little Pappy thinks he is going to do with a rabbit should he ever catch one. Or maybe I wouldn't.