Sunday, November 18, 2012

Do you see him?

As the deer pants for the water brooks, 
So my soul pants for You, O God.
~Psalm 42:1

I'm taking lots of walks on these sunny November days.   It's good for my soul.  Temps have turned warm here, and I'm able to walk with just a sweatshirt and no stocking cap. I'm soaking up the sun and warmth while I can.  It's good.

This fellow (above) surprised me as I was walking through the trees.  I don't think I would have seen him had he not moved.  I saw his movements before I saw him.  The deer are hiding out in the shelter belts during the day, and at night they come out to drink from the tanks and nibble the leftover sunflower seeds that fall from the bird feeders in the yard.

The chickadees are still here!  I see a Downy Woodpecker and a Flicker now and then too.

Several evenings lately I've seen and heard a Great Horned Owl hooting and barking from the limb of the old Cottonwood.  I think he's a young one.  As I walk home from the chicken coop at sunset, there he is, and each time I go in for my camera he flies -- he's young and nervous.  One of these days I'll capture him on film or video.  I'd love for you to hear him "talk."  Listen here for a sample of what he says.


  1. How many points is the buck? It's deer season here and I hate to hear the shots fired...always hope the hunter missed unless, of course, s/he's hunting for food.

  2. I don't know how many points he had. He fled as soon as I clicked off the pic. I don't mind hunters who eat their kill -- as it should be.

  3. I love watching the wildlife. I wonder what they think of us. I also was out and about this weekend. The weather was grand!

  4. G'day Gumbo Lily. Lovely Photo. He is a fine looking animal. Take care. Liz...

  5. What a fun surprise. Your walks sound perfect -- thanks for sharing your buck!

  6. I seriously had to look for a second to see the deer. Awesome.

    So nice you are able to get out a bit and go for walks, I'm trying to be outside with the children as much as possible on these warm days--it's good for everyone.

  7. Oh, how neat. You are fast with that camera. I always miss getting pictures like this because I am off in lala land. Glad you are getting some nice walking weather, too!

  8. That is the most beautiful camo outfit I've ever seen!

  9. Yay! I can't wait for an owl post! Owl Moon. Have you read it?
    I'm glad you are getting to go on soul-filling walks before the snow comes, Jody.

    1. Owl Moon, yes I've read it. I love all those Owly books. How about "Owls in the Family"? Do you know it. Love that book!

  10. Love both of those books! So glad you are getting some time outside to enjoy God's beautiful creation.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Jody! It took me forever to find the deer, but I did, finally.

    We get an owl in the neighborhood once in a blue moon, and it's thrilling!



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