I see a great many pictures on E-zine of critters from all over the world. My Mother in law has been a "Birder" for half a century. I usually leave bird pictures to her, but during a brief, but violent spring storm, a major branch of a back yard tree broke off. Since my Mother in Law is eighty four. my wife and I try to visit her often, The trip is sixty five miles each way, so we can't just "Pop" over. When we do visit, I bring my garden tools. My Mother in law has gardeners who take care of the front of the house, but the back yard is off limit to everyone except family members. That is a sanctuary to the large number of wild animals who pass through the private circle she lives on. Wild, open space is on two sides, and there is a large creek below that offers water, and safe passage between the ever large numbers of multimillion dollar homes, which have replaced the original cottages from the days when Laguna was an artists colony
As soon as we arrived I took my tools into the back yard and started to remove the clutter from the storm. I discovered Mama Hummer, and stopped cutting up the downed tree branch. The branch was left alone and two months later, the new family flew away. The yard is still a rest spot for field mice, squirrels, rabbits and skunks, raccoons, and possums, deer, bobcats, and once twenty years ago, a six foot yellow back rattlesnake, which my late father in law and I kept boxed in until a brave young woman from animal control arrived and decided that this snake was far too dangerous to relocate. It was put down, which we all regretted. In the last few years puma's, not the kind that pick up young men in bars, but the most lethal carnivore in the United States, also not the fifty-ish woman on the prowl been seen a hundred yards away.
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