Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saved By the Camera.........score: Words - 0, Pix - 63.33

Here's that no-good, lazy blogger cheating again.........With Consolee's help I just downloaded some pix from my camera......some go back months, others were taken only yesterday and I am thrilled to have them accessible (I hope).  The subjects are critters who have delighted me in  various ways........many of the pictures are really awful but were the best I could manage under the circumstances........trying to shoot the porch buffet at night ain't easy when you have glass and screens in between you and your target.  However, I shamelessly offer them for what they are worth.......for me that is always a smile, a giggle and a few sighs and moans at the charm and beauty of my visitors.  This first pic is one of my insatiable hummingbirds totally out of focus but definitely close-up and personal.  It does show his gorgeous irridescent magenta head.

Here he is taking a breather on a bush
outside my kitchen window.

Incidentally, these were daytime shots not nocturnal.   I have about 8 feeders, 4 of which are visible from my kitchen so I can have entertainment while chopping veggies.  Since I use a formidable cleaver for my chopping I am glad I learned the "fold the holding fingers under at all times" method.......I only forget once in a while.........ouch.

This is one of the raccoon family.....there was a mamma and four babies....the babies grew prodigiously and I could not tell which were the young 'uns and which was the Mamma.  They were all gorgeous and charming.

Below are two of the babies.  I loved watching them when they chose to eat with their fingers by skillfully picking up a single piece of kibble and tucking it into their mouths.


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Here is my latest freeloader.....an utterly adorable baby possum I have named Pogo. (does anyone remember Walt Kelly's marvelous comicstrip?)

This guy comes several times during the day as well as at night.  He has decided to sit in the midst of his dinner while he eats and when he is full he climbs up the side of the water bowl and sits on the rim and drinks.  One day the water level was a bit too low for him and as he stretched forward to get to the water he fell in.  I rushed out to help him so I missed seeing how he extricated himself.  By the time I got back to watching he was perched on the rim of the bowl  trying again.   What a cutie!

So this is how I entertain myself and what a lot of joy these critters provide.

19 comments:

  1. Lo, what a nice group of "pets" you have! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Fabulous photos, Lo! What fun you must have watching them!

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  3. Oh, how lovely you are...taking the time and effort to feed your menagerie...and being repaid with endless entertainment! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I remember Pogo. I adored the funny pages back in the days they were funny. As dumb as Blondie was I still liked the Sunday editions. My absolute fav was Bloom County from the 1980's and Calvin and Hobbes, they both made me laugh at loud. You know, which makes whoever was around look at me like I was cracked(which I am).

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  5. Wonderful pix!!! I love all your critter babies!!

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  6. Yeah! Pogo! That was a hoot. CM: Alot of similarity between that and Calvin&Hobbes, now that you bring it up. Kind of like Oliphant on painkillers.

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  7. What do the cats think of all those guys crawling around out there? That looks like the cats' food anyway!

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  8. My wife has a tendency to run in with things like chairlegs, doorframes and sharp objects. She cut herself once in the kitchen, and when I asked what was for dinner, she said "Finger salad."

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  9. That is quite an assortment of freeloaders! Here in Minnesota Raccoons are notorious for carrying Rabies..so I hope your kitty's stay safe:)

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  10. Watching them must be a lovely way to pass an afternoon.

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  11. Bravo! Beautiful photos! The birds and animals always know where the kind and lovely people live and that is where they feel safe.

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  12. OMG Lo!! These pictures are beautiful!! Your gorgeous little critters must know they are in a safe place and loved...I have to tell you that I found the pictures all amazing!! Way to go.my friend. Love, Ida

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  13. A triumph of photos, loving Pogo in particular. :-)

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  14. Okay, Lois, here you are! I knew I knew you but forgot the name! I love the photos of your "critters" and I think we share something here! I was following you for a long time and then slipped away for a moment but I'm back now! Best to you Love! Linda

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  15. Excellent Pics, and I can see how those possums are cute. But I will continue to treat them with respect. To many teeth for me.

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  16. Excellent Pics, and I can see how those possums are cute. But I will continue to treat them with respect. To many teeth for me.

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  17. These pictures seem completely magical to me. Really, I love them. I can tell you do, too, so that's probably why.
    I've been taking a breather myself, like that hummingbird, from writing my blog and reading other blogs like yours. But I'm back to it and can't wait to catch up on your entries from the last month.
    xoxo

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  18. I thought you lived in the city and now I'm wondering if you're actually a country dweller! You MUST be! Love the wildlife and what a patient and good eye you have to catch them all!

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  19. Ok Lo, More than a week has gone by, ARE YOU OK?
    Hope you didn't fall and break something else..just thinking of you! :)

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