Back Yard Friends

Back Yard FriendsToday is miserable and wet out side and it is also Halloween not very inviting for trick or treat On days like this I like to plop down in front of the computer and go through some of the countless photos that are in need of organizing and placing them in Albums.

When I ran across this photo it brought me back to a sunny warm day this past spring when I was sitting out on the patio enjoying a break and watching some of the backyard wildlife.

I believe it was about the middle of May and I had just finished up working in the vegetable garden.As I was sitting there I started to think about how lucky I was to have the chance to build such a wonderful garden to attract such a wonderful bunch of back yard friends to come and visit me.

The thing that struck me most that the photo actually allowed me to remember the day that I took it and what I was doing and that while looking at it I had the same feeling of feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I did that day.

I have always felt that it is important to take time outs and just enjoy quiet time spent relaxing and not thinking about problems or concerns just sort of mellowing out and observing what is going on around you and taking it all in. As adults we have so much going on between work and family not to mention commitments and responsibilities. It is sometimes nice to regress back to when you were a youngster and the only worry you had was  what would be your next big adventure.

That is what happens when I go out and relax in the garden with my backyard friends the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, toads, even snakes are all out there let me share little parts of their daily lives and doing things that constantly fascinate and amuse me.

While I was designing the garden things just came along piecemeal it was not formally laid out and there was really no plan of making a back yard wildlife habitat. I built the pond so that I could enjoy the sounds of the waterfall and then added the gold fish and aquatic plants to help balance the pond. The frogs showed up one day a few weeks after I finished the pond all on their own. I still am not sure how the found it as the only natural body of water is 1/2 a mile away.

The birds love it and think it was built just for them the best bird bath in the neighborhood. At times they do become a bit territorial and more than one bird has been pushed off the falls and into the pond.  It just is a great place to sit and chill and let your mind wander.





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