Last evening was one of those rare, soft, end-of-summer kind. It was our 66th wedding anniversary, and we had had a lovely dinner at our current favorite restaurant, and come home to enjoy the rest of the evening while sitting in the garden amid the end-of-summer flowers. Charlie, our Jack Russell Terrier joined us on our bench under the fig tree.
Suddenly the world exploded around us when a murder of crows took up residence in the large cedar tree. The angry noise was frightening and they had no intention of stopping any time soon, so we went back in the house and gave the garden back to them.
We never take the time to just sit and watch the wildlife living with us. Charlie discovers the squirrels, and an occasional lizard, and the small birds frequent the birdbath and waterfall, and a pesky Blue Jay chimes in now and then. Occasionally an owl silently glides through the garden hunting for whatever he needs to feed his family.
Red-winged and Cooper hawks hope for a newly laid egg while sailing with the air currents around the yard.
In the mornings we occasionally see evidence of an enquiring raccoon or possum, or catch the faint scent of that malodorous black and white visitor we would rather not tangle with.
All in all, free entertainment if we take the time to watch for them. And then, as darkness falls, the night-long symphony of frog-song. Nature giving us it’s best neighborhood show. It’s a wonderful life.
Garden at Dusk, watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen Spidery Plants at Dusk , watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen