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March 4, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Little Mysteries

(First, I apologize for the green fence. I blame the weather.)

Second, there’s a rabbit in the rose bed. It’s been there most of the morning, and I have no idea why. It isn’t grazing, just sitting in the rain as if waiting for something.

Third, there’s a squirrel on the fence above the rabbit. A full-alert squirrel, complete with full-alert scolds, waving its tail in agitation.

Fourth, there are yellow-rumped warblers. Flitting and chirping in nearby branches, the warblers add credibility to the squirrel’s alarm. (Because birds are more credible than squirrels…)

But there’s nothing to explain the rabbit’s vigil, or the squirrel and warbler alarm. It’s just a scene, a few moments cut from the yard’s mysterious context.

I feel like a child, plaintive in my need to know. I ask, again and again, “Why?” And the yard, like a distracted mother, answers with silence.

6 Comments

  1. jacquelinelucca / Mar 4 2012 3:54 PM

    These pictures are soooo cute!:)

  2. Vicki / Mar 4 2012 4:06 PM

    I’d have to wonder if there is a serious storm coming.

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 4 2012 4:14 PM

      Our forecast says “periods of rain with chance of snow”, so it’s possible!

  3. Jeanette Gallagher / Mar 4 2012 4:26 PM

    SNOW!? I wouldn’t mind a little but not too much to drive in. Sounds like Vicki has a plausible reason for the serious waiting. But whatever reason it’s all beautiful and I sort of like the green fence!

  4. bardessdmdenton / Mar 5 2012 1:25 PM

    Wildlife (and even domestic animals) are very alert to weather changes and so that could well be it. But perhaps there are things they sense that are even a little other-worldly.

    In any case these photographs are splendid and thank you so for sharing in words and pictures!

  5. magpiesmiscellany / Mar 24 2012 6:54 PM

    I rather like the green fence. Makes a nice natural colored backdrop for your photos.

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