Wild Pets Need Love Too

These two videos are examples of what happens when I ignore our “pets.”

We don’t have any pets, really.  In fact, we have a strict no-pets policy.  The indoor, manage-daily variety are simply too demanding and are just one more mouth to feed.   I have problems enough getting my kids to remember to brush their own teeth every day, much less taking care of something living.  No thanks.

We do occasionally feed the wild variety, but aside from the doe – which we think has given birth – randomness is the key to avoiding their dependence on us.  I throw out goodies every now-and-again.

Recently, I began putting out dried mealworms for our resident wren family of last year (there are six, oddly enough) so they’d quit eating up all the spiders on the back porch.  We have a real need for arachnids, anoles, and geckos to work overtime on mosquito patrol.   Apparently, I didn’t get to it fast enough for his liking.  He began loudly singing to me while I was at the kitchen bar working on yesterday’s blog post, breaking the closed-door sound barrier.  Alright, already.

Where’s my mealworms, woman?  Where’s my mealworms, woman?

As for squirrels, well, those guys are just plain crazy.  I’m not sure why this one decided to come in through the window.   Perhaps the deer feed in the back is all gone and he was trying to bring attention to that fact.  See?  Another mouth to feed.  I guess he’s lucky the hawks have long since moved on.

Hey, lady, if you’re too busy, I’ll just go get it myself…

Taking Pictures – Wrens Say “Cheese!”

House Wren Babies

I love taking pictures.   My relationship with the Olympus E-330 digital SLR and its single 18-180 mm lens is both intimate and fullfilling — it’s been my camera of choice since 2007.   I know this camera well and can adjust important settings quickly and on-the-fly depending upon what is required at the time (shutter speed, ISO, metering, F-stop, etc.).   It’s got great automatic features.  But still, I do like the naughty feeling I get whenever I “go manual.”

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