Friday, August 13, 2010

And now for something completely different...

There are so many happy, lovely and funny things going on around us. It's great to get out and see all the little creatures who populate the real world. I sometimes wonder how the birds and animals are able to grow up so fast and survive without help. I always want to feed them, or provide nesting materials or watering places.

And yet, these animals are amazingly adapted to survival. When I see squirrels leaping from branch to branch in rapid succession, I'm realize that their tiny little brains can plot a trajectory in split seconds.

A young neighbor boy got a small remote-controlled helicopter for his birthday. We all watched as he flew it around the backyard. A large dragonfly suddenly came flying toward it and circled around inspecting it in midair. It flew away but came back a little while later. Who knew that dragonflies were territorial?

Another neighbor has a big garden next door. She planted squash so there are lots of big yellow blossoms brightening  the area. A gal at my Curves was talking about how she had so many squash blossoms that she picked and fried them! This was another revelation.

The old saying, "You learn something new every day" is so true!

9 comments:

Sparrow chic said...

I was on the way to my grandmothers funeral, on my Dads side, when I saw this sight. We were traveling between 2 marsh areas on each side of the road and saw a mother raccoon and 5 babies sticking their heads out of the brush waiting to cross the road. I was so excited.

Teresa Evangeline said...

I love the photo of the raccoons. The natural world is an amazing place. My appreciation of it is growing even more, by leaps and bounds. Thanks for sharing some of your revelations.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Oh this pic is so darn cute!
It's a big thing here in Hoosierland to eat fried squash blossoms...none for me thanks!

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Ms. Sparrow, those batter-fried blossoms are good. There's a good Mexican soup made out of them, too.

Linda Starr said...

That raccoon family is so sweet; there is a good news bee that will hoover in front of your face and carpenter bees are territorial too, but didn't know about the dragonfly. I love mother nature.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

My husband and I were sitting on a bench near a fountain in downtown Minneapolis Thursday night...doing a little people-watching before a concert...when a pair of butterflies fluttered past. They were flitting all around one another...so charming. It was surprising to see them amid so much concrete and marble, not to mention cars and buses, but there they were.

Kathy said...

That picture is so cute and yes animals are amazing for sure!

Barbara Blundell said...

I used to be fond of the dear little creatures that inhabited my garden Cute,clever little squirrels Not any more ! When we came here twelve years ago I bought a hazel nut tree and over the years it's managed only one or two nuts. I threatened it with the chop and when I went in the garden a couple of weeks ago I did a double take. The tree was absolutely laden Not any more ! The squirrel has stripped it bare He's very cheeky with it too. He sits on the fence nibbling away and looking at us in a very defiant manner

CherylK said...

That's just the CUTEST picture! And you are absolutely right...we learn something new every day. That's a GOOD thing.