the new neighbor


Competition for the blackberries.


Though he probably gets to the ones I can’t reach.


He’s such a lovely little guy. We’ll call him Spike. Pity the camera wasn’t handy the one time we spotted the bobcat.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.Β 
― Albert Einstein


46 thoughts on “the new neighbor

    • I love that we’re at the edge of a tree farm which nudges against a state forest in the hills, so we get lots of cute visitors it seems. I’m a little concerned that Eric has been clearing a lot of blackberry bushes and I won’t have any for pies next year, but he promises to build a trellis and to keep some under control. The imported ones (Himalaya blackberries) are extremely invasive, but they’re the ones that taste best.

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    • I have to give credit to Eric for the shots. (Too lazy to change the watermark) I was headed up the driveway moments after this was shot and ole Spike jogged up the steep hillside with nary a pause when I showed up! I was impressed.


    • It’s pretty cool! There’s also a bobcat that’s been spotted… once, various birds including an extended quail family. We have to clear brush and some trees for a better view of the creek where lots of big birds coast up and down… All that, and less than 3 miles from the beach. Heaven!!!


    • Mr E was certainly a wise man. Sorry to be falling so far behind on responding, but life seems to have kicked into a higher gear around here. Hope you’re well and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.


    • We’re having such fun with the new place, though I’m a bit jealous of all the birds Eric is seeing. Guess I’ll just have to get up earlier in the morning one of these days. I did catch some baby quail that were hanging around. Still trying to sort through the shots. We had what looked to be 3 batches of babies in the back yard there. One group was just the tiniest little fluff balls, the next bunch a bit bigger and the last were nearly adult size… all in this herd of quail that seem to visit from down at the creek for their dust bath by the deck and then head up the hill into the brush.

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      • As wonderful as this deer is, competition for the blackberries would make me begin to think otherwise πŸ™‚
        A creek flowing in front of the property…a slice of heaven. Congratuations again.


        • My partner (in crime?) has been wiping out far more blackberries than the deer and there’s plenty to go around this time of year. Besides, he was up on a very steep hillside that I didn’t really want to climb. It’s all good!


  1. Beautiful photos, Gunta! The deer have been nosing closer to the blueberry bushed here. I will have to fence them off in the next month before the rutting bucks get in there again. They use them to scrape velvet off of their horns, leaving me with kindling.


    • You’d think they could find better places for scraping velvet. Perhaps the fence posts will work? My problem with blueberry bushes I had at the previous house was the birds. I had to put bird netting over the bushes. Then a bird would get caught inside… then somehow couldn’t find his way back out again. The blackberries are far easier to deal with except for the thorns.


  2. Ahh, sweet! Love the soft curve of his antlers at this stage. That quote is quite the idealistic premise! Lucky you for seeing a bobcat – I’m jealous!! (If Adrian could see the Himalayan blackberries of the PNW – he’d be floored, eh?)

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    • I didn’t want to rub it in, but they ARE yummy (and almost too abundant)! As for the quote: idealistic for sure, but something to strive for maybe? Thanks for the visit, it’s always a pleasure!


  3. Such a cute little guy as you say Gunta and those blackberries.. After a disappointing summer for yet another year, the blackberries here are not great. Very small and not so many of them. Blackberry and Apple pie or sponge is my favourite and I feel I’ve been really missing out these last 7 years or so! Very envious! πŸ™‚


    • Our blackberries seem to be doing fine. I’ve picked enough for 3 pies and more for oatmeal in the morning. That’s not including the ones that ‘Spike’ is nibbling on higher up the hillside. But the new house is pretty much at the edge of wilderness. Lots of wild berries and critters surround us. I’m so sorry you’ve been missing out.


    • That β€˜thicket’ is the hill behind the new house. We were driving along a road not far from there and the cutest little bear cub rolled down a steep hill in front of the van and kept on tumbling down another steep hill to the river. He was really cute, but we didn’t see mom. We’ve already purchased a couple thingees of bear spray, but I’d much rather catch them with the camera!πŸ™‚ The blackberry pies were yummy!


      • Aw, how adorable! That reminds me of a story my dad told from back in the days of his field work. He was surveying along a river when a baby bear waltzed past him, no mother in sight. Uh-oh, he thought. So he jumped up onto a stump and froze, hoping he looked enough like a tree that mama bear wouldn’t notice him! LOL
        Mmmm~blackberry pie πŸ™‚


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