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Not a lot has been happening around here lately. The weather has been pretty dismal, with lots of rain and grey, broody skies. This does not help my feeling of being overwhelmed by the world. I do try to get out of the house every day, but some days I fail at even that.

I did make it to the wildlife sanctuary last week, where I found lots of lovely pink lady's slipper orchids (though not nearly as many as I should have; I suspect people are picking them, as I found a lot of flower-less plants).

pink ladyslipper orchid

It was cool and green in the woods, with lots of birdsong and ferns.


There's a red tailed hawk that's been hanging out atop the spire at the UU church downtown.


I've seen it there several times. Must be a good lookout place for it.

These lovely little flowers have been popping up in our yard. I'm told they're called Star of Bethlehem.


Speaking of hawks and backyards, my neighbors had to put a chicken run back in the trees because one hawk decided our backyard was an all-you-can-eat chicken buffet, and had killed several of the girls. No more chickens wandering around the yard, but I'm glad they're safe. And the guys bought a bunch of chicks, which are growing fast. They're so cute, and their little peeps make me smile. One of the hens is playing mother to them.

I went to see "Wonder Woman" the other day, and I liked it a lot. It's not perfect, but then what movie is? It was refreshing to see a strong female lead who was not just eye candy or assisting the men. I wouldn't bother to see it in 3D, though. It really didn't add anything to the experience. Save the four bucks for popcorn.

Date: 2017-06-05 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thoughtsbykat.livejournal.com
I'm glad that you have been getting out almost every day. It's good therapy. The wildlife sanctuary looks like a great place to go walking. I wish people would not pull up wildflowers, they are meant for everyone to enjoy. The ladyslippers are so pretty, so are the white flower. I love seeing red-tailed hawks.

Date: 2017-06-05 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziebelle.livejournal.com
It's also illegal to pick or dig them up. But yeah, good therapy. :)

Date: 2017-06-05 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thoughtsbykat.livejournal.com
I know but, they don't care.

Date: 2017-06-05 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
I love the Star of Bethlehem flowers. I brought some into my own yard, and they survived and flourished, and I was so grateful.

I guess that lamppost [oops: make that spire--not reading carefully enough!] must be a good vantage point for the hawk!
Edited Date: 2017-06-05 07:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-05 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziebelle.livejournal.com
It is: it's on top of this church:
Hudson UU

Date: 2017-06-05 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Wow! (Your camera does a great telephoto!)

Date: 2017-06-05 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziebelle.livejournal.com
That's why I bought it. :)

Date: 2017-06-06 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wosny.livejournal.com
The Lady's slipper is amazing, a really good photo.
I am surprised people are able to pick the flowers, in the Nature reserves where I go there is always someone ready to pounce if someone is seen attacking the flora! When we saw the Lady's Slipper in Spain a couple of years ago each plant was monitored with a stick, but I think that anyone had who made it up the mountain would have to be an enthusiast and therefore know not to touch.

Date: 2017-06-06 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziebelle.livejournal.com
I don't see many people out in the woods there, and almost never someone who works there.

I did think about telling someone at the visitor center to maybe put up a sign, but it was full of visiting schoolkids.

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