I didn’t go out that much this past summer, but I did manage to spend some time in the backyard. There were some pretty interesting things that happened back there so it was almost enough to make me feel connected to Earth. I happened to have my phone handy a good amount of the time, and was able to take some cool photos.
Above, you will see a praying mantis. I don’t usually see these at all around here, so it was a good surprise when I was sitting and lounging and out of the corner of my eye, I see something move that looked like a plant, but was sneakily a sneaking mantis.
A momma cat had some kittens in our backyard. My mother is turning into a cat lady- as if she was not one already- and has been feeding the outdoor cats. She does have a heart when she wants to. I honestly do NOT want any more pet cats, but when there are kittens involved and they have a shot at moving in with a great human companion, I am willing to act as a surrogate home in the meantime. So far, we have brought in two of the little kittens and one more is waiting to be caught. The third kitten is tough to get a hold of and is very shy around humans.
There are raccoons out there in the back as well and they often eat the cat food we put out there for the Momma cat and reluctant kitten.
There are about 3-4 raccoons at a time sometimes and they get hungry.
It’s tough to see in this photo, but there are also some large-ish spiders that crawl around out there, catching flies and other bugs. It is really creepy to see a big spider like this out there just floating down from what seems like nowhere to land on its web.
Above, you see a shot of some of the unfortunate sky trails from passing planes. Some conspiracy theorists think these planes are polluting us with chemicals, and while it may be true, I find that it is most likely the speed of the planes activating water molecules in the air. Whether or not this affects climate change or not, I have no idea. I guess it is plausible that there are polluting chemtrail planes as well as these, but I think for the sake of my mental health, I will assume the best until proof comes out from somewhere reliable.
Indoors, I attempted to grow some seedlings, and didn’t have much luck with it. Above you see the seed first pushing through. I had several of these seeds going, but they didn’t survive. My cat ate one and the rest just didn’t last that long. I was a little upset, but it was fun to see it sprouting at least as much as it did.
Above is about as big as it got before dying. I am trying some other types now, so we will see how the rest go. The one pictured above is a “powder puff tree” that grows puffy flowers that look like puffs. These are also a ‘sensitive’ plant- plants that fold their leaves when touched or when stressed and at night.
You’ve probably seen posts about how my bearded dragons had babies. Above, you see 3 of the 12 that hatched and survived. I don’t know what to do with them all and I need to find some homes for these guys. They are really fun and full of life.
I leave you with a photo of one of my favorite cats who has been a great guy to have around. He is sleeping here and looked so comfy that I just wanted to photograph his peace.
Thanks for watching,
Tim Edwin B.