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Nature's Inspiration Movie

http://www.flickspire.com/m/HealthierL433/NaturesInspiration -- Nature's Inspiration Movie: The photographs in this short video are from award-winning photographer, Ken Jenkins, and they are breathtaking. However, this video is much more than beautiful photographs! Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude. Absolute must watch for nature lovers.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Creatures In My Garden -- Part 2 -- Videos and Photos

I continue with the theme creatures in my garden. In the first post, I posted pictures of the creatures. In this post, I tried to capture their actions in videos. I am not a great video maker; my hands shake too much; also, I don't do any video editing. On top of that all the videos are taken from inside the windows as the creatures will run away if I go out to shoot their actions. So sorry for the poor video qualities.

As I mentioned in my previous post, bears started coming to our yard to feed on the bird-food. So, I had to stop providing birds with food for the last one month. I resumed this week, and who was the first one to come to the feeder? Well, you have to watch the video to get the answer :-) (yep, this is my trick to make you watch my videos).

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One has to admire the tenacity and hardworking of the chipmunks. They climb the fences, trees up into the patio; scurry down the length of the patio and jump into the bird-feeder. They then stuff their mouth with sunflower seeds, and rush to their homes doing all the acrobatics of climbing and running and dodging all the birds, squirrels and our dogs. They continue this throughout the day. The number of trips they make from their homes to the bird-feeders and back can easily add up to the distance around the world (okay that's my theory).

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I think the squirrel mistook itself as a chipmunk. It sat in the bird-feeder, exactly like the chipmunk, to have its lunch. It was quite a precarious perch for the squirrel as the feeder is about 6 or 7 feet up from the ground. And the ground is nothing but bricks. So, if it falls, it can be quite hurtful.

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Then another squirrel whom I will call Dr. Squirrel Einstein realize that there is another bird-feeder from which one can obtain food much easily. Then, finally the birds came. Birds usually do not come to a feeder that is occupied by squirrels. If they come, they sit nearby and wait for squirrels to leave. Birds do not mind chipmunks. But this time, the birds took a long time to come. The birds occupied one of the feeders.

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Many people claim that creatures can wreck havoc on gardens as they can destroy flowers, fruits and vegetables. They do eat berries and fruits. But they do not destroy the garden as many people claim. Rather, I find them useful to the garden as they fertilize the garden and eat all the unwanted and destructive bugs.

And, now here is the culprit -- THE BEAR -- for who I have to remove the bird feeders. If you watch the video, you will notice that it did not exhibit any sign of fear. We were in the patio. It was down in the garden. It saw us; stared at us and then leisurely rambled around the garden, taking all its time and without being scared of us, before it left the yard.  That means this bear is not scared of humans and that's a dangerous thing. If it ever comes across a human and attack, the bear will be then shot dead by police. So, for its safety I stopped providing bird-food. Now though I provide the food, but I bring it in for the night. And, I hope it will not return during the day-time as it did in the video.

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Now some photos:










The bird in the last two pictures could be that of a common Grackle or a Brewer's Blackbird. Brewer's Blackbird are not supposed to be present here in the North-East. But at the same time, this bird is not of the size of a common Grackle. So, I'm confused about what it is. I have contacted the Cornell Ornithology Lab to find about its identity.

I'm joining in the memes hosted by Eileen,  Rambling WoodsSt Germain's and Today's Flowers meme.

12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! Love the beautiful oranges/yellows and blues!

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  2. Good gracious...please do NOT take any chances with that bear around...:)JP

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  3. Am surprised in your last capture that the bird os not afraid of the squirrel! (here the latter ones are pretty aggressive!). Always beautiful images on your post. Am sorry but I'm not able to see your previous photos because of Adobe (but I thought I just updated it - will let hubby check on that).
    Many thanks for sharing life in your yard with SEASONS! Have a great week, Ruby!

    About your question of the frame for the shell mosaic. Any frame with a little depth would do. But I asked hubby to make this one, since I wanted it strong enough to hang outside.I made this comment on my blog, but then realized you would not be able to see it unless you go back to your comment, because you're not on a wordpress blog (what is great about wordpress is, you can carry on a whole conversation without leaving your own blog).

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  4. I can't say I blame you for making videos of the chipmunks! They are just too clever and cute to watch! Your photos are really great, too. I LOVE that orange bloom a lot!

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  5. A wonderful wildlife in your garden! I love to watch the squirrels and birds, and we feed them all year around.

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  6. I love watching the squirrels in my garden, I have at least 4 living here who come here every day – but boy do they make a lot of damage and mess in my garden! Maybe the American squirrels are more behaved at home than what they are living over here in UK? Ha! I assume you know that most of our native red squirrels are lost because of an invasion of American grey squirrels – most of the squirrels we see are the grey ones. The squirrels in my garden have worked up an appetite for my birdfeed too, but they also eat flower buds, currently it is my lilies they take, pretty disheartening to come out every morning to find another 10-15 buds gone, eaten up. They also like gerbera flowers and rosebuds, and they steal my apples and plums and bury them in my flowerpots. Yep, they make work for me every day, but I do enjoy having them here anyway.

    Loved your movies and I am glad I don’t have a bear visiting my garden – when I used to live in Norway we had bears there, but they were much bigger – and much more shy thankfully.

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  7. Lovely series of videos and photos; enjoyed them all thank you. Thank you also for your kind words on my recent posts, so kind of you and much appreciated.

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  8. Very nice series of videos and photos :)

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  9. Hello, I was sure I left you a comment. You have a wonderful yard for the wildlife. Cool videos and great yardbirds. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  10. Hi,KL! I liked your videos about the chipmunks, they are cute and clever. We have no them here, only red squirrels. The last two photos are interesting, you had much patience to shot the birds.

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  11. Lovely photos of flowers, birds and butterflies and really interesting and fun videos.
    I hope the bear will be safe but not visiting your garden again!
    Thank you for sharing! Have a happy and safe weekend!

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  12. Hello there, I am back to answer your question on the old photo you commented on. You asked about the year and I in turn asked my husband. We felt judging my his Dad's age that it was probably taken in 1930.

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