Meandering Marmot

We have a resident woodchuck on our land, quite close to the house. I’ve stopped trying to take shots at it. It has reached the status of “mystical” at this point for bullets go through it like a ghost. It built a far reaching tunnel system with holes 300 feet apart. It removed a massive skunk I had buried in one of them. Above all, it respected our garden for 2 years and doesn’t seem interested in making new holes. At this point I have nothing but respect and admiration left for the little guy. I just hope we don’t come to regret it, a raid on the garden would void a lot of our efforts.

Pondering a joy ride on the pedal tractorIMG_1427

Observing IMG_1614 IMG_1674 IMG_1704

Apple droppings

Every day we pick up droppings from a tree that is a bit early. We make just enough applesauce for a day, just enough for the house to smell incredible.


the nice ones are saved as they keep really well


the ugly ones are cooked immediately


Golden age of the Monarchs

Summer 2016 revealed amazing firefly spectacles. They left the stage this year to the Monarch butterfly.




I never saw butterflies as very good fliers, they seem to land on whatever the wind blows them on. Only after following one a while did I realize it hit a milkweed every single time. Despite of their completely erratic flight pattern, they are in fact quite calculated.monarch_milkweeds