I really wish I had a camera to catch some of the sights I see every day around our home. I am not talking about a regular camera, but a good, high quality one that can get close up of things far away. I may not have had time to grab the camera just a minute ago, but it would have made an awesome shot! The family of hawks that live in the next door neighbor's tree has two young ones that are learning how to fly and catch their own dinners. They make a terrible amount of noise, squawking back and forth for no apparent reason as they sit high about us. It is almost as if they are complaining to their parents that they would rather be doing something else...so like a typical child! They really do not want to catch their dinner or have to make the effort to fly around.
I was sitting at the table working when I heard some commotion outside. It sounded pretty close so I opened up the slider behind me and looked around. Sure enough, there was one of the young hawks sitting on the ground just to the left of our deck, yelling and squawking about something.
"What's the matter?" I asked him, not really expecting an answer. He looked at me with a nervous look, opened his gigantic wings, and flew away with a long snake dangling from his talons. Ewww! In all our time here I have never seen a snake in our yard, though the children tell me they have seen some by the stream that runs by our house. I am just glad it was not a squirrel, chipmunk, or a bird that I had to watch being taken to their doom. I could handle a snake, but not something cute and fuzzy. I have a bird feeder on my deck and after seeing how close the young hawk came to our house, I wondered if my feeding station for the birds was just another feeding station for the giant birds? I may not put any more seeds out until I know the hawks have moved on to a new location. If they ever do....
I was sitting outside at the daycare yesterday and felt something land on me. I looked down and found the ugliest looking thing on my lap. It was green, had two portions of what must have been a body, and little antennae coming from the head. I think it was some kind of larvae, because it did not have any wings. It obviously had not fallen by itself so I looked around to see what had dropped it on me. Another bug, this one could fly, was going around in circles as if it was looking for something. He had a longer, thinner body than a fly has, with wings as long as his body. He had antennae and almost looked like a bee, but I don't think he was. I set the weird green thing on the ground and watched curiously to see if the other bug would find it. It took him less than a minute to discover it in the wood chips and he began to do something with, checking it over I guess. Then he proceeded to pull it along through the wood, losing it again, grabbing it, trying to fly away with the heavy burden which seemed too much for him to carry. I have no idea what kind of bug it was and what he was doing with that green thing, but he was determined to take it away. Again, I wish I had a camera to catch the strange behavior. God is simply amazing with all of creation He has given us to enjoy. I cannot even imagine what He has in store for us in heaven!!! It will be awesome!