Monday, July 23, 2007

The Nature of Things

We live in an area that’s pretty rural and filled with all kinds of wildlife. We have seen bald eagles in our driveway, bobcats, and way too many deer. There is a bear that roams around the area looking for ways to fulfill the 20,000 calories it needs before bedding down for the winter. By the way, wouldn’t it be great – just for awhile – to be able to eat everything with total disregard for caloric or nourishment content? Death by Chocolate here I come.

Anyway, we have a nice sized pond in our backyard that hosts various snakes, turtles, frogs (those bullfrogs do sound like large rubber bands being pulled) and the occasional heron. This year we were also fortunate enough to have a male and female Canadian goose with their 2 offspring. Oh, they were so cute and I would always look for the family early in the morning and the evening. My husband and I enjoyed giving each other daily reports on the little ones' progress.

Then one night the retched coyotes were howling up a storm very close to our house (if you have ever heard this noise you know it is one that will send goosebumps up your spine). The next morning the goose family was gone and I have not seen them since. I'm sure the coyotes got the goslings that were unable to fly, I do not know if the parents were also victims. This has really made me sad and I can’t get the picture of the parents watching their babies being mutilated by these sniveling, lowlife predators. All of nature isn’t beautiful.


Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you that those coyotes have done you a supreme favor.

An adorable family of Canadian Geese appeared on the pond at the family homestead one day many years ago. Had six or eight darling chicks. The next year, the chicks came back full grown with mates to start their own families.

Year after year they prospered then polluted the pond, marched (and crapped) all over the neighborhood.
Ate their way through lawns and gardens all because there were no natural predators to keep the population in check and the local fish & wildlife agencies refused to trap or kill them until there were too many to deal with.

Bless the coyotes and ship some to the Lower Hudson Valley...

Denise Aumick said...

You are right about the checks and balances in nature. By the way, I live by the Shawangunk Ridge near New Paltz. I'd be glad to send some coyotes and deer down your way!

Dixie Redmond said...

Oh, Denise - I am in love with your piece...and I recognize some cloth! Yay! Hooray!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I really like your little art piece; love those circles. It makes me want to pull out the plaid bin and make something. It reminds me of a postcard I made last year (I posted it today on my blog).

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