Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mama Raccoon and the Kits

I was just saying the other day, that I never have my camera whenever I see a raccoon.  Well, not that this is a great shot, but Hurray - I finally got a pic.  

This was an unusual situation as mama raccoon made her nest clear at the top of the Giant White Bird of Paradise that grows next to our pool cage.

So when we noticed her she had already given birth to two kits.  Well, we could sit on our couch and watch her from the living room as she sat in her nest during the day.  It was very interesting to see her move her babies around - she seemed a little rough, but I'm sure she knew what she was doing.

Anyway, we tried not to disturb her by going out onto the lanai, but we had to take care of the pool and water orchids, etc. and she finally decided to move her kits to a new nest somewhere.  I don't know where.  

While she was moving the first baby, I went out and tried to get some photos of the other little guy.  It wasn't ideal conditions - the sun was beating down, taken through the pool cage screen, but there he is.  Looking kind of like a little sloth.  

I'm glad she moved them as we desperately need to powerwash the pool cage and I hated disturbing them whenever I needed to go out back.  

But it's always fun to have a front line seat to the backyard nature show!

For just one second, I'm going to say something about my health - which is a subject I don't like to discuss - kind of like politics and religion.

Last week I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that I have to take some rather heavy-duty pharmaceuticals to help combat any damage that it is doing.  

I have no idea how this will affect me and may or may not hinder my gardening (and just when we're coming into the fun gardening season!!!), but I thought I'd just say if you don't see anything very exciting showing up in my gardens lately, this is why.

I hope I can continue on as usual, time will tell.

But even if I can't garden much, there is still always something interesting (at least to me) going on in the yard.  Even if it's just a fly on a leaf.  I love the iridescent colors, his wing details and of course that gorgeous green leaf!

Or maybe this cool Orb Weaver.

Or how this collapsed wet spiderweb turns into a rain chain.

Anyway, changes are a part of life.  I'm trying to think positive.  I'm changing my life of debauchery, like giving up alcohol, seriously exercising and eating a mainly plant based diet.  (What took me so long! lol)

And Hey - I've still got Magnolias blooming!  :)


Alexandra Farris said...

Hi Lynn,
Have some time today and looked up your newest post. Amazing!! You are so lucky to capture images of the raccoon and baby. Plus all the other wonderful pictures that you are posting. Great job!!

janiceflorida said...

Lynn, only you could make a doggone fly look beautiful! Cool raccoons, it's a treat to get to enjoy nature close up, lucky you.
Really sorry to hear about the health glitch...sending my best wishes your way for a speedy recovery~Janice

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Nice raccoon pics, but I do NOT like them at all. Sorry! They wreak havoc here at my place, ruined the screening on the roof of screened room, poop in bird baths, knock things over, etc.

You take wonderful photos.

I am sorry to hear about your health. You are in my prayers.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Susan said...

Hi Lynn, Sorry to hear about your medical situation. I do hope that you will tolerate the medicine well and that it won't keep you out of the garden. I would dearly miss your beautiful photos and posts. The little baby racoon is adorable - so tiny. My sister has some in her garden and they love to drink out of her ponds. Take care and best wishes for getting your health back on track.

greytabbygardens.com said...

Hi Lynn! As I said on IG I have no idea what happened to the comment I left ...it seems to have disappeared into cyberspace! But anyway, just wanted to say how much I LOVE your posts. Your photography is truly amazing and beautiful! I'm not a spider person but I just loved the photo of the Orb Weaver and that beautiful spider web rain chain. Again, I am so sorry to hear that you have been unwell. Stay strong and get plenty of rest and take extra special care of yourself. I really believe that enjoying what you love and keeping a positive spirit goes a long way to healing. I wish you a speedy recovery. If you are up to it - please post because I can tell everyone enjoys hearing from you and would like to wish you well.

Kate xx

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thank you all so much for your gracious comments and kindness! I have been taking it easy as this is also the bad time of year for my asthma....yet another auto-immune disease. *sigh* I don't plan on continual whinging - so I am going day by day and practicing mindfulness. Good news is, on my new mostly plant based diet I have lost 10 pounds! :)