Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ozark News

Lately, at the fringe of the mornings, 
when the wild creatures are not afraid to congregate near the house, 
we've been seeing a family of turkeys. 
It's easy to spot the mother. She watches over her clutch of poults with great vigilance.

The little ones run over the ground in a smooth, synchronized motion, like a school of small fish, 
turning and pivoting for the pure joy of movement, anticipating the day they will fly. 

It won't be long. 
When we saw them first just over a week ago, they were earth bound, 
but this morning out on Don's loading ramp a few of them were flapping their wings, 
and graduating from small hops to tiny flights. 

I'm counting on them to grow up and eat lots of grasshoppers out of the garden. 
We certainly get the other kind of help.

   This year the daylilies were beautiful, and I thought the big, bossy doe we call Lily 
had seen the error of her ways or had found greener pasture, 
but she's back, and she has her technique down to a science. 
She stretches out into her giraffe pose until she has located the right stem...

...and when it's in reach, it only takes one or two bites before it's out of sight.
Judging from the hoof prints in the green beans, the daylilies must have been desert.

At least the rabbits are smart enough to look in the window and see if we're home 
before they raid the garden.

By the time the first light slants down through the trees, 
rabbits have hunkered down out of sight to sleep until evening 
and deer and turkeys browse in the shade of the woods.

And that's the news from the Ozarks, 
where the deer are well fed, the turkeys are vigilant, 
and the rabbits are way above average.

Linking with Saturday's Critters


eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, I just love the turkey family. The little ones are adorable. Cute shot of the deer eating the lily. Our lilies disappear during the night, taken away in the dark. Cute shots of the bunny! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy 4th of July weekend!

Felicia said...

that's alot of good news you have shared Connie.

Totally awesome images, especially the last one.

Sharon said...

You are precious, Connie! A delightful post with lovely photos.

Stephanie said...

Lovely images of critters. Love the rabbit shots!

pens and needles said...

Love hearing all the good news from Lake Bull Shoals. And just in case your readers don't already know, you are one strong woman.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very nice shots!!
Funny to see so many young turkeys.
That rabbit is very funny too.

Many greetings,

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wonderful shots, all. The deer eating the flower is incredible!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of all the critters! I love the deer and the rabbit. Beautiful animals.

Lisa Gordon said...

Wonderful photos of these beautiful creatures, Connie.
I especially love your little bunny.
We have a Lily also.
Over the course of 4 nights, she completely mowed down 14 lily clusters. Hard not to love her though, as she is such a beauty, and this year, she brought a new baby with her. :-)

Anonymous said...

Great captures of the turkey family. They're really fun to watch. Lily does strike a lovely pose as she attacks your flowers. Bunnies checking you out through the window? Too funny.

Margaret Adamson said...

Gorgeous critters. Have a lovely week ahead.

Anonymous said...

Adorable shots.

Anonymous said...

amazing shots!