Listen, sometimes the deep well of creativity is pretty shallow, and blog posts can reflect that fact. It's not that there is necessarily a lack of creativity in my life right now, but rather, I've been working pretty intensely on a few projects as well as planning for upcoming ones. As a result, I feel kind of spent. So, this blog post and some of the ones before it are kind of thin with regard to interest and creative genius. I sincerely apologize!
Pat recommended for this post that I just post a picture of Spring Bird. So, I went out to our new bench, which was donated by a friend of Spring Bird (Thank you Chip!), to take its picture, and I fortunately was just in time to watch some deer romp through the woods. One juvenile was giving me some warning head bobs which I ignored. So, he or she snorted at me before running away.
Now that fall is here, the animals are showing themselves more frequently. It's a strange feeling, though, outside with this summer-like heat wave intensifying a crumbling, early fall. Our lack of rain seems to have put fall into overdrive. The contrast between experiences is adding to the frazzle of my brain.
Last night I saw four small raccoon siblings line up on a tree root facing the road at the edge of our property. The fourth climbed on top of a sibling because there wasn't room to be single file. I realized they were watching an animal which turned out to be their mother, the largest raccoon I'd ever seen! She saw me too and stood on hind legs to demonstrate her capacity to protect. After she determined I wasn't a threat, she ushered her babies through the fence to cross the road. She wouldn't turn her back to me until all four made it safely through.
We recently determined that Spring Bird has chipmunks not ground squirrels (for your information).
There have been flocks and flocks of birds coming through Spring Bird flying south, no doubt. They are incredibly active and talkative. You can get lost in watching them fly from branch to branch.
I just shooed a woodpecker from pecking at our house. He was on the brick part, too, which makes me think he might not be the smartest in his flock.
We are soaking walnut husks for dyeing yarn, and Pat is drying the nuts right now.
OK, that's about all of the news from Spring Bird. I hope to have something more thoughtful, composed, and interesting next week!!! What are you noticing near you?
Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.