Recently some of the Finches that visit our bird feeder in the front yard have been coming around to the side yard to have some quality time at t he feeder there. May be some of them prefer the solitude. Who knows? The bird photos are very tricky to take when they visit because of the location and the blinds, which if we raise the birds fly away...so, y'all please pardon me for the poorer quality :)
Pictured below are me and my Cat Trainer. Oh no, I am not the Cat Trainer, but my Trainer is a Cat, namely, Rambo. Making sure that I get plenty of exercise and also cheering me along the way.
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend, if you observe the holiday.
Not sure if this is a Turkey Vulture or a Black Vulture, but I saw him/her on my commute into work yesterday. I had to edit this iPhone photo to make things pop. Quite the bird, don't you think? Linking with Saturday's Critters. Have a Happy WE! Peace :) PS. Easier to pull over, when you are riding a bicycle :)
Last week, we were blessed with a lot of rain in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The rains brought some flooding along the path I ride. I wised-up and chose not to ride this route on my way back home, as the forecast had more rains for the rest of the day. Here is a quick video of the same.
As a consequence of the rain and the blossoming of Spring, the scenery on my bicycle commute route was quite nice. I saw several birds. Blue Herons, Cormorants, White Cranes, and quite possibly even a Pelican (hard to tell from a distance without a telephoto lens).
Since last Spring and Summer, I did seven days of consecutive bicycle commuting last week. It felt good to ride the bicycle. The fact the Catalytic Converter was sawn off my Honda Element was also instrumental. As I was crossing Denton Creek, I saw a nice Spider Web on the bridge.
There was a little mist/precipitation on the web, but the web was quite intact. Spiders are incredible builders of almost indestructible webs. Lastly, here is photo of a cyclist seen riding home from work.
I ride by a farm that has Buffaloes. Today one Buffalo let me pet his head, communicated with me and licked my hand - a kiss. I am happy to admit I was very moved by the lovingkindness of the Buffalo. Below are photos from the very special occasion.
Here is my buddy. Not sure if he needs a name or not, but he seems to know me.
Are we brothers from another birth?
How could you say no to these inviting eyes?
Such a beautiful head. I petted the forehead and the Buffalo reciprocated by making his own noises and licking my hand. For a moment, I was almost teary eyed. Had I cried, that'd have been okay too.
There he stands looking at me.
I took my bicycle closer to the fence. The Buffalo wasn't sure of what I was doing. So, I backed off a bit and let him get used to me and give him his space and the respect he deserved. Just as he treated me with kindness.
Who knew commute to work could be this fun? :)
My buddy Buffalo was joined soon by another friend.
I have been pondering about this encounter.
It feels like it was meant to happen.
Personally, apart from our categorization of "human" v. "animal", I didn't feel the Buffalo was, as a "person" anything different than "me, the human".
Who am I? Who are we?
Are we all not connected?
Perhaps more connected than perhaps our rationale will help us understand?
Perhaps more than how much some of our egos will let us admit?
I will leave you with a song by The Allman Brothers, while I ponder some more ...