January 26, 2014

January Mornings

One morning this winter the coyotes came to visit. It was a family, a mother and four pups. Jim wanted to get all five in a shot, but they wouldn't pose together. The pups tumbled and played and they all took turns stalking and hunting in the pines at the edge of our yard.




One morning this winter I got up early enough to see the sun rise over the tree line. Through the window I watched the frosted leaves of a Dawn viburnum, very aptly named, greet the sun.

One morning this winter the sun was already up when I opened the bedroom door.  The sun, seeking enlightenment, was examining the books on the bookshelf.

One morning I noticed that there will be flowers on the magnolia next spring. The fat fuzzy buds, oblivious to snow and polar vortex temperatures, promise it.

I'll be ready.

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  1. I will be ready too! Your shot of your viburnum set against the sky is beautiful Laurrie! And how neat to see the coyotes in their natural environment enjoying the snow! Around here they seem to be a bit displaced by all of the suburban sprawl. It makes me sad when they don't have land to roam free on like your shots. And what I would do to sit down right there and read a book by your bookcase...what a cozy and pretty space you have! Stay warm friend! Nicole

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    1. Nicole, thanks! We do enjoy seeing the coyotes, especially the pups who play and cavort. They were successful hunting -- we watched them catch (and eat) rabbits.

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  2. Nature certainly is part of your daily life, as your evocative images show. Stay thirsty for spring.

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    1. Lee, I truly am pining for spring, and January isn't even over!

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  3. Lovely, lovely, inside and out. I wanted to tell you how much I reference your blog. I study the pictures from the plant inventory page and look them up and assess how well they would work in my garden. Thanks for your good work!

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    1. Larkspur, thanks so much. I'm glad you find the inventory helpful. I have been spending these winter days updating it with all my pictures and experiences from 2013 -- I'm only halfway through the entries at this point, but I'll finish before spring!

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  4. Love that winter sunshine. Interesting that the coyotes come into your garden during the day. Must have had to be doing a lot of hunting for that many pups.

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    1. Lisa, it is kind of amazing that the wildlife here hunts out in the open in daytime; the bobcat is out in the day too.

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  5. You seem to get the most interesting wildlife - bobcats, coyotes - wow. I am stuck with deer and moles. Let's hope the cats are all present and accounted for. I'm hunkering down and waiting for spring too. North Carolina is not behaving the way I would like - it's still freezing cold, and almost February.

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    1. Sarah, we have out share of deer and moles here too! Our cats are indoor princesses and never go outside -- it would be pretty frightening for them out there. Stay warm if you can : )

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  6. Coyotes are becoming more common here, too, even thought I haven't seen any. They are welcome to eat the local bunnies. Those are some of the fattest, fluffiest coyotes I've ever seen!

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    1. Tammy, you would have loved seeing the dinner menu for this family of coyotes -- they dined on rabbit.

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  7. What a nice post. I wonder what tomorrow morning will bring? Keep warm.

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    1. Patty, it's often a surprise when we look out the window here!

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  8. How delightful it must have been to watch the coyotes! I would have been beside myself! Your early morning photos of them in the snow are very special. Speaking of snow, we are supposed to get about an inch of the stuff here tomorrow. It will be the major news event of the year thus far if it happens. I'll believe it when I see it.

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    1. Deb, have fun in the snow! I can tell you the novelty and thrill wear off. Around here the excitement of new snow passed about three weeks ago : )

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    2. Ha! Ha! Laurrie, the thrill wore off as soon as the streets turned to ice. I am watching it melt now.

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  9. The word 'coyote' sounds so exotic to me! It is always rather magical wham wild animals put in an appearance on your own space - for me it would be a sighting of deer, badger or fox.
    Nice to have a peep into your study (I'm nosey!) and also to see the beautiful photo of the magnolia, a lovely snapshot of your life.

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    1. Rosemary, thanks so much. It does seem like quite an event when we spot wildlife around us, even though the creatures are always there, mostly hidden, living among us.

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  10. Thanks for reminding us that there is much to appreciate about these January mornings, Laurrie. I've been complaining so much about the cold that I haven't taken the time to really appreciate the sun shining on the snow or the slower pace (no rush to get out and weed in the mornings!). Great shot of the coyotes! I hear them all the time here, especially at night, but I definitely prefer they keep their distance.

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    1. Rose, I've been complaining about this season too. It takes some energy to go out and look at anything interesting.... toooo cold!!

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  11. Laurrie, I see you are waiting for spring and the sun says: it comes! Sun is higher every morning and I'm glad to see it as well.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Nadezda, you are right, the sun is getting higher and higher and spring will come as it always does!

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  12. Laurrie how wonderful your words....we have fox nearby and we rarely see the coyotes that so many fear or hunt. I love your magnolia buds...such promise soon!

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    1. Donna, we did not see coyotes for the first years we were here. Last year and this year they started to appear around us and now we are getting used to them, sort of.

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  13. We hear coyotes here, but rarely see them. It must have been a fun sight to see the pups playing! How wonderful to see signs of spring on the magnolia tree. We all need a sign right now that spring will come. We have had such mild winters here the last few years, I am quite taken aback with the lack of blooms in my garden. But the daffodils and other bulbs are beginning to emerge, so hopefully soon winter will ease its grip.

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    1. HolleyGarden, that magnolia is keeping me going til spring gets here. There are buds on all the trees and shrubs, but the magnolia's are the fattest and easiest to see, so I find myself checking them all the time.

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  14. I love the hope contained in this time of year. Good things are coming!

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    1. Heather, good things will come, but it is such a looong way off . . . sigh.

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