Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nature's beauty

Every year we have baby bunnies born in my yard. This year this little guy has been living in my bed of liatris. I have not been able to work in the yard, so the old flowers have become a safe haven for the little critters. We also have a lot of hawks that just sit in the trees and prey on them.
We had the parents early in the year.  They come running out from the strangest places, and they sure can make one jump. I look forward to the babies each year as they are so cute.... they learn so quick to run. We did one year have a neighborhood cat that found where the den was and emptied it one by one and brought them in the house through the cat door. The owner of the cat wasn't very happy.
One  evening my brother-in-law called to say a hawk was on his deck, and had a squirrel. So once again I grab the camera and go. He was very protective of his catch. There was crows in the trees that wanted the hawk to share. The hawk was there for a long time, I gave up watching but I am assuming he outlasted the crows.
This afternoon the crows were tormenting this hawk. He would not move. I don't know if the crows had a nest they were protecting or if there was another meal some where.
I have lived in this house for almost 28 years, I have seen deer, turkeys,blue heroin,rabbits and once even a moose. But this one day recently I seen something crossing the road, so I grabbed my camera and ran out door....It was a turtle. This was the first turtle I have seen here.
Who knows what else I may see....
Hugs,
Ellen

1 comment:

Shirley said...

To bad you didnt have a picture of that huge snake years back. That was really scary. Two things you must do 1. always look around before heading into the yard.
2. Always have your camera close by. Nature at it's best.

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May 2, 1890
Death:

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons