Dog sitting my daughter's dog Nina one day, I'd put Nina in the dog pen while I went about watering the garden.

When Nina started barking I thought it was that she wanted out of the pen, or perhaps there was someone going by on the road.

Looking around , I saw these two youngsters, come to enjoy the nice dew-dampened grass by the garden...

I went inside to get my camera, not expecting them to wait, and expecting them to bolt as soon as I moved.

But they stayed around, and when I tried to get closer, they did not bolt.  Very slowly and using a brush pile to screen , I was eventually able to

get within about 25 feet of one :)

They were aware - but not particularly wary of - both me and Nina....

they did finally start to get nervous, wagging their tails at each other , and finally ambled off into the woods.

I hope these two learn a little more wariness before hunting season !


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Took a nice walk this evening in Bear Brook, first time in a couple weeks I've been able to get out in the woods.

What a change! Snow's all gone, and even with last night's rain, the mud is firming up nicely.  At least, I didnt

repeat my face plant ( masterfully performed after stepping in a calf-deep mudhole 3 weeks back).


Those of us who hike year round are not that thrilled with the return of spider silk, but it is always nice to see a newt.

I also saw a couple of beaver and a duck, and a turkey.

The woods are definitely waking up !



I learned something I didnt know about chickadees today.

I thought they just grabbed a seed or bit of suet and gobbled it down and then flew away ...

It makes sense, now that I think about it, but I didn't realize sometimes they grab their food,

fly away, land, grasp their nugget and eat it away from the feeder.
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Rainy afternoon and I have been kind of cooped up all week. What to do?

Noticed last night that there is a Model Railroad Show. The 19th annual Lions show in Hooksett NH.

Hmmm ...

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