Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hunting Wildlife, Part II

Eureka!  At last, some wildlife captured on film (?), disk (?), digital (?).  Film doesn't really apply anymore, does it.

Deer are stirring around as the sun goes down.

The two small outside circles call attention to eyes and the circle just to the right of the deer looks to be a skunk.  I think Mr. or Mrs. Skunk lives under the red barn just a few feet to the left of this photo.  When I let the dogs out of the yard fence, both dash to the red barn to sniff the space under it.  Something lives there and Maggie, for sure, wants at it.  Luc likes to identify a smell and then moves on to another smell.  lol  Maggie hates skunks.  I've seen her grab one and slam it to the ground over and over again, ignoring Mr. Skunk's defensive measures.  When Luc gets a whiff, he wants no more of it and moves away.  It's the devil to get skunk off Maggie.  First I use tomato juice, second is a mixture of peroxide, Ivory dish soap, and baking soda, and then a bath.  But with all the efforts, Maggie will still carry a faint smell of skunk for about a week.  Therefore, we try to time the walks to when skunks are tucked away in their dens. 

Thought this was a pretty good shot.  There are three deer in the photo.

As soon as the rain lets up, I'll take the camera back to the garden to see if the cantaloupe-eating critter can be captured in a photo.  So far, Tropical Storm Hermine has given us 2 inches of rain which is added to the 2-4/10's inches last week.  We are extremely pleased because our rainwater collection tanks are almost full.   We lost about 4,000 gallons of rainwater earlier this summer when hubby mowed too close to one of the tanks.  The mower sheared off a valve, i.e., water went everywhere.  Fortunately, there is a cut-off valve between the two tanks which was closed and we were able to save about half of the water.   We've been limping along rainfall-to-rainfall.  July and August are usually very, very dry, and many times September is the same.  Hermine put us in good shape.

Until next time, God bless.


The Japanese Redneck said...

Hoo ray for getting your 1st wildlife pics.

Man, glad we don't have any skunks here. My dog would have to stay outside for a while.

Also glad you got some needed rain.

Crafty Sue said...

So the camera is doing a good job!
I love the first picture... it's great!

SquirrelQueen said...

Wow, congrats on the wildlife capture. There is a lot happening in that one photo of the deer and skunk, lots of eyes.

I was wondering if you would get any rain from Hermine, glad to hear you did.

Linda Pruitt said...

These are awesome shots! Makes me homesick for the country life!!!

DJan said...

These shots are just wonderful! I feel that we will all be entertained by your new "eye" for a long time to come!

ruthi said...

awesome pictures! your wildlife creatures are gorgeous. lots of eyes.