The freindliest little squirrel, adorable!

Ok, so these pictures are not perfect, but I have to share this little story!

My new neighbors across the street were having a new fence installed. They hired a company who came promptly to their house and pulled out the equipment to dig the holes & install their fence, augers, etc. They measured & prepared, and just as these guys were going to start digging the hole with the auger, they had a little visitor. A little baby squirrel scurried up one of the guys legs! A bit shocked at this little guy’s bravery, they gently tried to place him out of harms way and tried again to proceed with their job at hand. Again, this little sqirrel had other plans, he ran around them & frolicked in and out and again tried to scurry up their leg. Finally, one of the workers went to my neighbor and asked her to lock this baby squirrel in her garage as they could not finish their job without fear of hurting the little guy.

So my neighbor did as they asked because she didnt want any harm to come of this little creature either.

Fearing he was starving, she then did what we all would probably do and fed this little guy some walnuts. When her fence was finished, they opened the garage door hoping this guy would go out on his own and live a normal squirrels life. It wasn’t long before she found that she had been adopted by this squirrel. He has evidently decided not to leave, and he dearly loves his new friend!

George started telling me about this story a few days ago, I had been busy at the Spring art walk so did not have a chance to witness this little guy until I returned home this afternoon. When I pulled up in my driveway, I noticed my sweet neighbor on her front porch, throwing down some food for her new friend. I asked her if I could take a few photos, she was kind enough to oblige. She explained that she wants him to be wild, but also doesnt want anything to happen to him, no owls or hawks to pick him up. She’s been putting little bits of water & seeds out for him and when she comes outside, he climbs all over her like they are the best of friends.

 

Right now shes still hoping he will find his way but he seems so used to people that we are a bit concerned for his safety. At this point in time, unless she receives advice otherwise, I think she plans on doing what she’s doing & hopes that he will find his way on his own.

I’ll let you know if we have any further updates!

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Spring has Sprung!!!!

Well here in Mid Missouri, spring has sprung! Thank God!!!

It was a long winter and as much as I love all of the seasons, I longed for the warmth and the rebirth of the greenery and florals!!! This year, it seemed to go from cold to almost summer in the blink of an eye. Before we knew it, everything was blooming and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who was disappointed with that (except for maybe the allergy sufferers!)

I found myself down in Forrest Park in St. Louis. What an oasis in the middle of city life!

I had a brief visit to the Jewel Box and here are a few of the samplings of what I came home with.

I LOVE tulips! They are so beautiful! I was in the middle of springtime, tulip Heaven!

This weekend is the St. Charles Spring Art Fair which I have been juried into.

And the forecast of rain this weekend, ALL weekend? AH, doesnt scare me!

 Who would be scared of a little stinkin rain? (right?) Not YOU surely!

So get out your umbrellas, your rain slickers, your rubber duckies & come visit me Rain or shine!

Rhinos, Giraffes and Bears, Oh my!

Since my oldest daughter is following her passion & is in the process of getting her “Conservation & Ecology” (or Wildlife) degree, it seems to state the obvious when I say we have made many trips to the St. Louis Zoo over the past several years. In fact, for the past 3 or so summers, she’s been a volunteer in the Childrens zoo, which has only confirmed for her that this is what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Here is a picture of her, taken by a co-worker at the zoo, of her in action. I get the heebie jeebies just looking at this!

Here are a sampling of the photos I’ve captured of the amazing creatures we share this earth with.

 

Not the most attractive animals in the kingdom, Rhinos are thought of as rough & tough, but it seems as though they also have a softer side as this picture shows some Rhino nuzzling.

Girraffes are one of my favorite animals to just sit and watch. So tall and lanky with a coat of intricate patterns they are a sight to behold. They seem to have a gracefulness about them that I envy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a sun bear, he looks adorable, but from my understanding they can be very aggressive & have the claws to prove it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This old girl had me mesmerized. I’ve always loved Chimps and here I looked her in the eyes for several minutes in sheer reverence. It may seem silly, but I wondered what her life had been like and if she was happy. Theres something about looking into the eyes of an animal like this that really made me appreciate life & the amazing journey we are all on!

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A Long Winter Passing – Busch’s Wildlife

Its been a long winter.
Colder & snowier than years in recent memory.

 

Spring is just around the corner, I can almost smell it!
I cant wait for the longer days, the fresh air flowing through my home and the warm sunshine on my face.
 
Long, dreary, cloudy winters can bring down the spirit, get you in a funk.  

 

 We’re too busy worrying about things we have to do,
about the daily dramas that waste our time.
We worry about the economy, the bills, everything.
When we aren’t worrying,
we’re answering our cell phones as we pass by the world outside.
‘Busy-ness’ has filled our lives and invaded our quiet.
There are times when we need to let that cell phone ring.
We need to push the worries aside, what good are they doing us anyway?
Over the next few weeks as winter blows her last brisk winds before the next season starts, remember…
there is beauty in even the cold dreary days,
quiet is ok,
 if only for a moment, turn off the radio,
ignore that text or that call,
Sit and look at the beauty in the simple scenes.
And give thanks.
 
(origninally posted Feb 2010)
 

A Long Winter Passing – Busch's Wildlife

Its been a long winter.
Colder & snowier than years in recent memory.

 

Spring is just around the corner, I can almost smell it!
I cant wait for the longer days, the fresh air flowing through my home and the warm sunshine on my face.
 
Long, dreary, cloudy winters can bring down the spirit, get you in a funk.  

 

 We’re too busy worrying about things we have to do,
about the daily dramas that waste our time.
We worry about the economy, the bills, everything.
When we aren’t worrying,
we’re answering our cell phones as we pass by the world outside.
‘Busy-ness’ has filled our lives and invaded our quiet.
There are times when we need to let that cell phone ring.
We need to push the worries aside, what good are they doing us anyway?
Over the next few weeks as winter blows her last brisk winds before the next season starts, remember…
there is beauty in even the cold dreary days,
quiet is ok,
 if only for a moment, turn off the radio,
ignore that text or that call,
Sit and look at the beauty in the simple scenes.
And give thanks.
 
(origninally posted Feb 2010)
 

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Aug 2009
The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. 
I am an area native and have never been there.
Shameful I know, or at least, that’s what people tell me.
You know what? They’re right. Ok, I love flowers, but to walk through a big garden just didn’t seem like something I was itching to do!
Well, how could I when I didn’t know what I was missing?
This past Saturday was a day straight from heaven! The temperature was in the 70’s in the morning and the sun was shining bright.
A local photography club was meeting there and I decided to join them.
It was nice to finally be able to “talk shop” with a few people who understood my constant desire to capture our world one photo at a time and hope that, at least now & then, someone will look at my work & it will stir an emotion within them.
I spoke with a few other people too, one was an older woman who was a member. She too, couldn’t believe I had never been there but she congratulated me for finally coming.
That’s when I realized that for some people gardening is to them, like photography is to me, a passion.
It’s the wonder of the delicate beauty that a gentle, fleeting life can hold. Usually the flowers only last a few weeks, but in that short “lifetime” they shine…..

It is also about the mutual appreciation for the little things most of us usually just walk swiftly by.
If you are one of these people, and have no interest in slowing down, then this might not be the place for you. But then again, to just walk through, breathe in the air, the overall beauty & the quiet may be worth it.

And if you do, may I just suggest you try to slow down for just a bit?
Look at these delicate works of art given to us by God.
 
I don’t think it would be something you will regret.
 

The sculptures throughout the park are also quite beautiful.
The glass sculptures are donations from Dale Chihuly.
The way the light shines on and through them is quite stunning.
Lastly, I’m a people watcher. When I notice a particular person, or group of persons, my mind usually wanders into a story of its own of what those particular people are like. You can usually pick up a few things just from observing, my senses and imagination take over from there.
Let me give you an example….
There are benches throughout the garden to sit and take in the beauty. I recall seeing one such couple doing just that. The story in my minds eye was that they looked like a middle aged intellecual couple who probably lived in the city. As they sat quietly on this bench in a grove of trees, his arm resting on her shoulders, they just soaked in the beauty. You could see it on their faces, relaxation, happiness…. peace. No words had to be spoken. I imagined that this was probably a favorite place of theirs, more than likely a place they frequent as they looked so at home.
So remember, as that age old saying goes “Take the time to smell the roses”. You dont have to visit a garden to do that (although it may be just what your soul needs) but do take the time to quiet your mind and see the beauty around you.
Stay tuned in for upcoming blogs like….
-Christy goes to college (kinda)
and
-Road trip!
as well as….
-a few peeks at a family photo session I’ve recently done
and much, much more!