Saturday, August 14, 2010

Flora, Fauna & Aminals (3)

It. Is. Back.

After a one week hiatus, in which our computer got ill and had to be taken to the hospital to be binged and purged of said illness, we can now present to you the latest installment of Flora, Fauna & Aminals for your viewing pleasure and enjoyment.

This was taken while I was walking down one of the many side streets that populate the route to which I partake in while traveling from point B (the center) to point A (home). Now although the lawn looks well kept and a spiffy shade of green, with the shrubbery trimmed neatly and the sun shining ever so nicely across the yard and house, leaving a funky telephone wire shadow in the foreground, this photo is not about that. If you examine the photo closely, and you may have to click on it to enlarge it, you will see just off to the left of the triangular pine tree, the actual subject of the photo: a squirrel. Yep, a squirrel. By the time I was able to dig out my disposable, him had moved from the near foreground to where you see him now. Since I didn't want to step on someone's property without permission, this was the best shot I could get.

This flower bed was taken as I was turning down the last street before mine. Always has a well maintained flower bed and yes, this was taken right from the street. I think that this shot came out pretty well, with all the various colors of the yard melding together: purple and white flowers, pink blossoms, bright red chimney, tan house and of course, the solid non-burned green grass.

Same flower bed, taken at the far end. Just off to the right beyond the fence is an in ground swimming pool. Not sure if its used much by the current owners (who have been there since I was a tiny tot), but it is meticulously maintained, just like the flower beds.

This is my backyard. Specifically, a man-made pond, created when the above ground pool was taken out and removed. As of the day of this post, it has been bone dry and pretty much DOA, but during the spring, when these photos were taken, a trio of ducks had called it the Grantmoor. In picture itself, you can see a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi to the right, to the left a ladder for the pool and smack dab in the middle, one of our resident Romeo drakes.

This shoot is from the other side of the pond. In the foreground is one of our Romeos (or Juliet, can't remember which). The building on the right is one of our lovely storage sheds. Leaning against it is the old ladder to the pool deck, which is that white thing just off to the right. The pond, such as it it, shows the reflection of the shed and the sky quite well.

The backyard. In the foreground is the pond. To the left is our neighbor's and center is ours. The deck/porch that you see off to the right, is my other writing area. Yes, the one with the 21 wind chimes. The tree that you see just off to the left of the deck, is now dead, courtesy of our friend, the termite.

And finally, another shot of the pond, featuring the mountain in all of its sunny springtime glory. The last few shots were taken simply because I wanted to take a stroll around the backyard. Now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "So what. Everyone walks around their backyard. Why should this be something to mention?"
Easy. If you take a look at an old town map from the early 60's, you will see that a good chunk of this street (like my end) simply does not exist. In fact, what you see for a topographical symbol that denotes my section of the street, is the one for swamp land. Yup, my part of the street is filled in swamp land. Which means during a normal spring (which means a normal amount of rainfall), my back yard turns into the type of yard that can literally separate your foot from your sneaker.


  1. Cool to have your own pond. Its funny seeing the pool ladder there.

  2. Yeah, its neat to have a pond. Not so neat when the dogs (my mothers and brothers) decide to get up close and personal with the pond.

    Maybe funny, but funnier is the leftover pool cleaning implements hanging up on the outside the shed in the last photo.

    Sometimes, being a pack rat is a bad thing. :D

  3. Is that a duck enjoying the pond? Liked the photos, G. The garden shot was especially lovely. And I like the squirrel. It looks like he was waiting to see what you were up to - lol!

  4. When there was water, they enjoyed it immensely.

    The squirrel originally was much closer, but by the time I got my little camera out of my pocket and lined up a shot, he was running fast towards the tree.

    And thanks, I always like taking garden shots, simply because its the easiest way for people to show off their personalities.

  5. Nice! I totally want to go live there.

  6. What, and give up all that west coast fun and sun?

  7. I liked seeing your yard, G. Love the pond.

  8. Thanks. Hopefully by next spring there'll be some leftover water from the snow for the ducks to swim in.


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