Wine family and llamas...what could be better?
Love the sunset RF
As the weather gets a little bit more spring-like, we're finally getting back out for longer walks. Went to Fullersburg Woods for an hour stroll. About 3/4 of the way through, we came up to the "sugar cabin" that is used for Maple syrup boiling down demonstrations. We were pleasantly surprised to find a nice fire burning!
It's been pouring here. Yesterday I saw a double rainbow.
My garden angel had not been seen for ? weeks. She's a couple feet tall at least and sits on a stump that's 10-12" tall. I think we melted at least 10" yesterday and today.
That's a lot of snow, Bernard! We don't get snow like that very often.
Just one of the morning's traffic snags..
I am amazed by how prevalent wild turkeys have become. I never saw them in the wild until about thirty years ago and now I see them regularly. Meanwhile, pheasants have become nearly nonexistant. It's been several years since I've seen one in the wild. There's a lot about wildlife population that I don't understand.
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I wonder if something has happened to the predator population?
I commented on FB, but I still giggled when I saw your photo here BL!
This particular flock is nearly 40 large. The house they are walking from feeds them I am sure...You can find them in the driveway foraging every afternoon. They have kept the same territory and grown to quite a large group over the last 3 years or so. Someone even made some cute "Turkey Crossing" signs.
I never saw a wild turkey till about 15 years ago and now around here they are very common.
Yankee Magazine did a great piece on The Return of Native Turkeys. At least here in New England.
There are occasionally wild turkeys in my yard, just strolling around and making themselves at home. They keep a certain distance if I am outside, but don't seem frightened.
Quite a long time ago, I frequently saw a golden pheasant. He was wild, but quite conspicuous in his flashy feathers.
Speaking as a former welding sculptor (have one of my favorites on the wall, steel - rusted, of course!).
(The aluminum pieces were safe, but heliarc is very difficult).
I liked reading that. It made me look into how the wild turkey came to rebound in Pennsylvania. There has always been some population, but it had declined to an estimated 5000 left before restoration efforts began, largely aimed at moving some flocks into vacant suitable habitat. That led me to other topics at the Game Commision website where I found this information concerning the decline of pheasants.
That certainly is consistent with what has happened where I live. Prior to WW II, the area was mostly modest sized farms and orchards. These gradually went out of production and more brush and woodland took over. Then more recently, a lot of that land has been cleared for residential development. My wife often complains that we moved to the country and the city followed us there. It would seem that loss of suitable habitat is at the root of the pheasant decline.
I only wish we could devise some practical method to make the white-tailed deer population decline. They've become very destructive, eating many plants that they formerly ignored. Hunting is severely restricted because of the many houses now present and we don't have any wolves. Sometines it seems that the only effective way to reduce the herds is by striking them with automobiles. Maybe we all need "bull bars" on our cars.
The view out of our hotel window in NYC - the tram goes by pretty often too...
For Steve Miller....Today at the dump. The owner is a great guy, a contractor who does amazing work. His own house is a vintage bungalow and he has added a second floor and addition to it, yet it looks just as it should.
He is also a volunteer fireman and often the first guy to arrive. He tells us the truck is his work truck, he made the flat bed out of reclaimed wood and it is a nice as any dining room table. The truck is a 1947.
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