Trying to like Winter

It’s hard for the FLOWER to stay inside.

I do not like the cold, but I will be forcing myself outside.

Today, I did the usual yard and woods tour with my camera.

I did find deer tracks,

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and two beautiful mushrooms,

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and many red berries on my Foster Holly,

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and the perfect spot to eat acorns (apparently).

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I also discovered some things missing

in the green patch.

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This did not upset me. I am happy to help my neighbors.

The eaten off stems made me smile.

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Somewhere in the woods, the owner of these tiny hooves has a full belly.

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FLOWER

My Deer Delicatessen

I have opened a very popular eatery.

On Monday night the favorite was Hosta on the Hill.

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The buffet line was totally cleaned out.

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The Tuesday night special was Daylily Delight. Only one juicy Whooperee flower left.

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Yesterday evening, I prepared for last night’s feasting

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by adding some stinky Society Garlic as a side.

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If you are expecting  jokes about getting a gun and making venison,

you will be disappointed.

You see I once was a bear,  pregnant with twins.

NO, I am not crazy.  I am a biologist.  I took PROJECT WILD training.

In one of the activities, we were assigned an animal role.

I was a bear pregnant with twins.  I had to capture at least three times more food cards than the others.

One total let me live, a higher total let one cub live and the highest total let all three of us survive.

At the end of the “game” I was exhausted and sweaty.   I did my best.   My totals weren’t high enough.

PAUSE…

Let that that sink in.  Who got to survive you ask?   If you are a mother, you know it doesn’t matter.

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One of the munching deer is pregnant,  that means at least one more “mouth” to feed…

And we have coyotes.

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Mother Nature is my mother, too.

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Flowers are Edible.  Bring it Mama!