BUT! Summer is here... a time for new beginnings .. a time to start over.
How do I know summer is here? Well, I suppose I could check with the local group of druids (except that they died off, years ago).. or I could take a peek at Stonehenge (no.. wouldn't have to go to England for that, there are two dozen stonehenges in the US).. or I could check any one of a large number of sources, which would indicate that summer began last week. But I prefer a more naturalistic approach.
Last week, I came home, pulled into my usual spot alongside the driveway, and shut off the engine. Suddenly, a bunny hopped out from the shrubs and ran in front of my car, and into the woods. A bunny! Some years we see bunnies, some years we do not.. but this was the first bunny of the year. I'd post a picture except -- come on, bunnies are fast! So you'll have to take my word for it... but you know what a bunny looks like.
The very next morning, as I stood at the bathroom sink brushing my teeth, I looked out the window and saw a small deer eating grass. A deer! I raced downstairs to get to my phone and a door without a screen.. and snapped some photos... including a picture of the deer eating the lower branches of my cherry tree. Sigh. Yes, I had seen the damage to the branches and leaves.. and now I knew the cause for certain. The deer spent quite some time browsing the backyard greenery. And I spent quite some time watching the deer.
Watching the deer made me a bit late.. but a block from the house I had to stop...to let a wild turkey and about half a dozen turkey chicks cross the road! I would have taken the time to snap a picture, but I was running late. As I drove by... I realized that the turkey and chicks were crossing the road -- not just to get to the other side, but to join another wild turkey, with perhaps a dozen chicks! Truly, there was a yard full of little baby turkey chicks! Sadly, I did not get a picture. I realize you might not know what turkey chicks look like.. they're similar to chicken chicks.. but different. So I've hunted high and low (well, not really, I just typed a few search terms) to find the following pic .. which is pretty close to what I saw.. if you double this.
So -- If signs from Mother Nature come in 3s... there you have it. Three animal sightings in less than 24 hours.
What did I tell you? Summer is here!
And so am I. Happy to be back in my blog
Just in case you wondered... I always drink tea, whether I'm blogging or not.