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Is that a bear in my backyard…

Is that a bear in my backyard…

We live Florida – in the city limits – in a nice neighborhood. We have more wildlife in our yard than my daughter who lives in the middle of the woods in Louisiana!

Our newest visitor is a raccoon who thinks he’s a pet. He shows up at the cat food bowl about 5:30 every evening. When you open the door he scurries under the car to wait until he feels it’s safe to return to the food bowl. We can sit three feet away from him and watch him eat. He made a few appearances when the grandchildren were visiting last week. Pierson who is 20 months called him “Cat”. We call him Fred.

Hide and seek!

A little washing up before the meal!

Pierson waiting for “Cat”.

Later in the evening, the possum sometimes shows up for his turn at the feeding trough. He’s a little scary. I stay far away from him!

He gets the leftovers.

The box turtles show up every day – morning, noon, and night, especially when it rains. They are my favorite.

Bath time!

Sometimes the water turtles lumber up the the back yard to lay their eggs. We have to keep watch on the nests so the crows don’t raid them.

If you look closely you can see the eggs. A crow was after them so we covered it back up. Hope they survive.

We also have to check under the vehicles before leaving the house to make sure there are no turtles taking a siesta.

Just through our back gate is the creek and a park. There are red sliders, yellow sliders, and alligator snapping turtles. Feeding the turtles is a treat for us daily. It also occupies little minds.

A walk to the park to feed the turtles.

Last week we caught sight of a fox taking a shortcut through the yard to heaven knows where! I’m glad he didn’t decide to stop in for a bite to eat. He made himself very comfortable though!

Even the ants get into the act!

Foster Kitty is a pretty good sport. He usually shares his bounty with whatever wildlife shows up.

Patiently waiting his turn!

I’m waiting for a bear to show up one day. They have been spotted in surrounding neighborhoods a few times. Let’s hope not!

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Looks like you have a large rustic yard that animals love. The possum is a very good animal to have. Eats loads of bugs every day but they mostly nocturnal. I waste a lot of time watching your yard!

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