It’s finally October, home month of jack-o-lanterns, ghosties, ghoulies, witches (the cartoon type), bats, spiders, skeletons, and the like, for the upcoming Halloween. I love wandering around to get shots of local decorations, much like Christmas. This post, however, covers some of my old stuff…stuff collected over the years (remember email forwards?)…stuff I didn’t take, myself, plus…a really cute video from 2005. I have no idea who took these. ~Vic
My paternal grandfather was a firefighter, my brother-in-law is and my dad nearly was. I grew up going with my grandmother to my hometown’s fire department HQ, bringing lunch for my grandfather. When he retired, he worked dispatch.
As a Drivers License Examiner, I got to give road tests in firetrucks.
I was lucky to catch this. I was walking home from the local market. ~Vic
Training The Next Generation
The deer in this town are so used to not being hunted, they will come out in broad daylight, eat, play and stare at you. Some are almost tame and you can get rather close to them. They’re cute but, they will mess up a garden if it is not properly secured. I learned the hard way not to plant tulips and I discovered that they like green/white Hosta but, not the green/yellow. They will not touch Narcissus. ~Vic
Continuing from yesterday’s post, this was an ice storm that occurred when I was in Examiner School. This area is in the Eastern part of the state, a half an hour due East of Fayettenam (Fayetteville/Fort Bragg) and 75 miles NNW of Wilmington. Basically, it’s in the middle of nowhere. It was all I could do to not bust my ass walking to class.
These and yesterday’s pix were taken with my old Samsung Alias II. ~Vic
Still feeling cooler? You’re welcome!
In my last post on March 2, I was talking about sitting under my Hackberry tree and getting pelted with debris from a little woodpecker above me. I tried to get some shots of him but, they weren’t clear enough. My S7 just doesn’t do well with distance. That’s OK. I have other stuff.
I had forgotten that I had some videos of critters, too. I was trying to sing like a child, just being silly.
Clark was not impressed.
I love watching and listening to the birds. They are fun and fascinating. A few evenings ago, I was sitting in one of my Adirondack chairs I have in my yard. They are underneath a very large Hackberry tree. This tree is huge and old. As I was enjoying the sunset and journaling, I heard tapping…above my head. Then, I noticed dust-like material gathering in my lap, my pages and on my phone (and, no doubt, on my head). I looked directly above me, which was not an easy task in a high-back chair. Yes. It was a small woodpecker. This little thing had the entire tree to beat its beak into but, decided to do its routine…directly above me. I struggled to get shots but, I got a few. That will be for another post in the future.
Flowers, critters and ‘shrooms for today.
My favorite place to sit.
Just hanging out.
Got the bee’s hiney. LOL!
Another shot of the Bumble I chased all over the yard.
Happy ‘shrooms on the hill.
Flowers for everyone!
That is one happy grasshopper.
I see you! Arizona Sun.
A cheery Rose of Sharon bush bloom.
Isolated pair of Black-Eyed Susans just hanging out.
This was a BIG, happy Hibiscus.
I followed that Bumblebee all over the place. It was hopping from Liriope to Liriope. I finally caught it in flight. You can just see its wings.
I wander all over my neighborhood snapping pictures with my Samsung stupidphone. The Bumble and the Liriope are in my yard.
We have several neighborhood cats. Some are really, really nice and just want to be petted. Others…well, let’s just say I have a healthy respect for them.
Not a care in the world, this one. Local sweet Persian mix.
“I’m watching you…” Unknown Calico.
Sweet, sweet baby, missing a foot. Sweet Tuxedo ‘Gemini’.
“How dare you pet that other kitty!” A very unhappy Maine Coon mix…’Yow Ming’.
And, my Oliver…The Hemingway. He watches the world happen through the windows.