Deer are pretty prevalent right here in my neighborhood. I often see them grazing on the golf course in the early evenings and a couple of times have actually had them jump right out in front of my car. Phew! Gotta drive slow through here, and not just for the random kid darting out into the road.
The best though is when I'm sitting out here in my bitch cave, only to look up and see one or two in my own backyard. This never happened when I lived on the other side of this street, so this has been a treat for me. Just yesterday, late in the afternoon, I glanced up only to find two beautiful deer at the edge of my yard. I took some pictures right from my seat, but going through the screen never produces the best pictures.
So I got up and very slowly made my way to the screen door. Very quietly opened it and very quietly stepped out onto the grass. They were both looking at me with curiosity and looked ready to bolt, but for some reason (maybe they sense my love of them?) they stood their ground and let me snap my pictures. I kept moving closer and closer until I was about 15 feet away. I knew that was about as close as they'd let me. In fact, one of them did take off into John and Tracy's yard, but the other stayed and stared at me.
Oh, she was so beautiful!
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That same night, while sitting outside I heard the brush crackling in the woods behind my house. I knew it was an armadillo because they are so not graceful and tend to sound more like an elephant moving through the woods.
Whereas some think they're adorable little prehistoric-looking creatures, many others hate them due to the fact that they will tear up your yard in no time flat. I tend to think of their rooting as aerating our soil. And boy do they. I've got a multitude of gaping holes in the dead grass to prove it.
Those are just a few among many.
'Dillos are in my yard all the time, nature's little rototillers, but this night I happened to have the spotlights on in the back so was better able to get some pictures.
Once again, I crept out the door and onto the grass very very slowly. He/she sensed me and scurried off into the woods, but I was patient; I walked to the edge of my property and stood still, waiting for my dillo to come back out. It was cold.... near freezing, but I was so excited about my critter that I didn't even feel my toes freezing.
There he is, flashing his hiney at me! Hey, I said I got pictures. I did not say I got good pictures. You try doing this in the dark!
Then, last night I heard it again... the unmistakable sound of an armadillo rooting through the woods. Once again I grabbed my camera and stealthily made my way out into the yard. He was in my next door neighbor's yard, digging under the mulch. Joy!
I stood there, snapping away, each time checking Jim and Lori's windows to make sure they weren't peering out, wondering what the hell the crazy lady was doing. Or worse, what if they mistook the flashing lights as a UFO come down to earth?
Believe it or not, that's his face!
Now tell me that's not one of the neatest looking creatures that you'd be happy to have tear up your yard!!!
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I have another absolutely astonishing animal to share with you, and one that not many people can say they see on a fairly frequent basis.
These pictures are not mine. They were taken by my MIL's best friend on Thanksgiving day as she was taking a walk through their neighborhood.
Meet one of my favorite scaly critters.
Yes, she was actually that close to a wild gator. She's standing on the sidewalk which is just this side of the grass. Pretty cool, huh?
I've yet to see one in any of the retention ponds throughout my neighborhood but I will hold out hope! It's one of my dreams to get that close to a gator!
Yes, you may call the men in white now.