In and Interdependence

Looks like he’s going to hang out up there for a bit.

Since I tossed in an extra post, and since today is a holiday in the US, I’m going to go easy on the word count. I heard that “phew!

The gallery below includes a few photos from my recent walks with Maddie. She’s pretty patient as I make her wait while I take these pictures, but I think he wonders why we aren’t trying to catch the animals we encounter. I tell her that we share this place with them, and that that’s a good thing.

Happy Independence Day to those of you in the states.


  1. You and Maddie had a great walk. I don’t often see so much wildlife here anymore – way too crowded with people now. Sad.
    (How could you hear my PHEW??? I try to be discreet…)

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    1. Ha! I know what happens when I stick an extra post in :)

      Unfortunately, we’ve been seeing more critters lately because they’re developing some of the last woods in the area. That’s why we’re being nice to them.


        1. Our town bought a large swath of woodland, to prevent it from being developed, but apartments are going up on the edges. I think the only places left are owned by the town or the state. I hope it’s enough.

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  2. This truly was a fun post, Dan! I tried twice to get good and clear photos of birds and creatures while up here with Mom. It isn’t as easy as most people may think!
    The funny thought of Maddie’s wondering why you aren’t releasing her to capture those critters is how I used to think our lab mix dog must have been thinking! :)

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  3. Dan, a fun post! Love to see your wildlife photos, and pics of Maddie! You both are so much in tune with nature. You even know what Maddie thinks! Have a happy & safe July 4th! 💥 Christine Elizabeth (CE)

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      1. Maddie knows what the camera means, and your tone of voice and your talk while you are out with her. My dogs are pretty tuned in when we’re out for our walks. Always on a leash! They are still animals and instinct can take over! The tail wagger Charley sees another dog, a bird, or a small kid and he tugs at the leash. He wants to run & play! CE

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    1. Thanks Deborah. We haven’t seen the Woodpecker for a while. My wife also saw a Baltimore Oriole last week. We haven’t seen one of them in a few years either. I hope you had a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks! I see squirrels all the time, but I till get excited. They’re such crazy little animals. We have a few more hours to go, but work tomorrow, so bed in the not too distant future.

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    1. Thanks Paul. I tried my best Woodpecker call, but it sounds more like Woody than real.

      We had a good weekend and I caught some of the fun on SyFy – I hope yours was good. It looks like you were busy during the marathon.

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      1. Actually, Dan, I was just looking up that bird, and sorry, but I think you tagged it incorrectly. I believe it’s an Eastern Kingbird. And yes, I was quite busy! At least the July 4 marathon is shorter than the New Year’s one. Glad to hear you caught some of it.

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  4. A little late now, but a happy belated July 4th to you, Dan. (Sorry, late on leaving a comment this time.) I enjoyed this post because I’m always grateful for an excuse to look at pictures of squirrels. We just have the little red guys here, but I don’t discriminate when it comes to them — I like ’em all! If I may weigh in on the bird though, that’s not a Downy Woodpecker, but is an Eastern Kingbird. :)

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    1. Thanks Wendy, for the comment, the holiday wishes and the name of the bird. I will correct that at some point. I know that the Downy woodpecker has some white on its head. I thought, maybe the bad photo was hiding that, Easter Kingbird it is!

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      1. Glad I could be helpful! I have seen a few Kingbirds, but they aren’t plentiful here, so that’s neat that you have one around. Downy Woodpeckers, however, are pretty common in the north. Cute little speckled guys with more of a black mask than a black cap!

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