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Robert in Ohio

What's in Your Backyard?

  
By:  Robert in Ohio  •  life choices  •  one month ago  •  21 comments

What's in Your Backyard?
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The articles, discussions and blogs tend to be serious and controversial (not all thank goodness) and people always seem angry with each other.  Comments and discussions lack civility and that seems to be the norm.

So for a change - talk about something that makes you happy, share pictures of your piece of the earth.

Each of these pictures was taken from my patio looking into the back yard and to the pond, except the last which is from my front porch.

The photography is certainly not award winning, but the pictures are my memories, and they make me happy to be alive and to live in the rural Ohio surrounded by family, friends and the wonders of Mother Nature.

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Robert in Ohio
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1  author  Robert in Ohio    one month ago

As I get older I spend more and more time working (it is actually play for me) in my flower beds and sitting on the patio taking pictures of God's creatures who come to visit the pond and the trees and flowers.

I find peace in reflecting on the wonders we take for granted so often.

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1  shona1  replied to  Robert in Ohio @1    one month ago

Arvo Robert..you certainly live in a very beautiful part of the world and even better you really appreciate it..

I get Koala's in the trees out the front and for the first time ever about an hour ago three Eastern Rosella's just rolled up to my bird bath..

First time I have seen them there, usually just hear them up in the gumtrees..so I was really pleased they know water is there for them and other birds... it's very dry here at the moment as Summer has just gone...

Fozzies out the front..

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Not my photo of the Rosella..they are very timid and hard to get a photo..320

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @1.1    one month ago

Hard to get a photo?  Then you were lucky, and so are we to see it. 

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.1    one month ago

Evening Buzz..had to swipe it off the internet..the slightest movement and the Rosella's take off..

So happy to see them use the birth bath though and I feel quite privileged..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    one month ago

Do they use the birth bath in order to get preggers?

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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1.1.4  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  shona1 @1.1    one month ago

shona

All I can say is "wow"

What a back yard - the koala looks adorable and the Rosella is strikingly beautiful

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.5  Vic Eldred  replied to  shona1 @1.1    one month ago

I like it!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    one month ago

TOO MANY SQUIRRELS

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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2.1  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago

John

Never too many squirrels

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Robert in Ohio @2.1    one month ago

They confuse my dog,  he doesn't know which one to chase first

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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2.1.2  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    one month ago

But he probably has a ball trying to figure it out.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Robert in Ohio @2.1.2    one month ago

no doubt

 
 
 
Thomas
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2.1.4  Thomas  replied to  Robert in Ohio @2.1    one month ago

Reminds me of one time when we were living out of a camper van. It was winter, snowy, and I picked up a bag of trash to put it in the garbage can when out popped a little mouse or vole or some kind of rodent who had found it provided shelter.

My dogs, the 86 lb Vee-vee and the 4 lb Li'l Bit went wild. They were running back and forth across the yard, snorting and snuffling looking for where the little critter went. The only problem was it had run about a foot and climbed up the outside of my snow pants, not even getting as high as my knee.

Try as I might, I could not get the dogs to realize that the mouse was right there on my leg. 

Thanks for jogging my memory.

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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2.1.5  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  Thomas @2.1.4    one month ago

Sounds like a fun time with great dogs

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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3  author  Robert in Ohio    one month ago

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We live in Amish country and there are always buggies on the roads

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

As one who rarely posts articles that are serious or controversial, almost never political but sometimes fun like jokes and movie quizzes, I was really happy to see this article posted.  For one thing, it made me think back to the many "back yards" that have been in my life, especially since there most likely will never be another one, since I'm presently on the 15th floor of an urban building with no backyard, and it's not likely that I will ever have anything different.

Memories: 

When I was a baby until I was 18 we had 2 backyards divided by a rockery and an arbour through which to pass from one to the other.  My bedroom overlooked them and I can still remember waking up in the morning to the sound of robins chirping.  The backyard next to the house was where my older brother and I built an igloo one winter and slept in it for a night, never to be repeated, and the backyard behind it was sunken, and we would flood it in the winters and make a small skating rink.

But then when I started going to university we built a new home on the edge of a forested ravine, and the ravine was our backyard, where wildlife thrived and once I saw a deer in winter eating the leaves from the euonymus vines growing on the side of the house.  

It was not until I was living in Toronto that I eventually owned a home myself but its backyard was taken up by a double garage to which I had to turn in from the side driveway.  It did have a front yard much larger than any of the neighbours, the home set back from the street.  My next home did have a spacious but empty backyard on the edge of a reverse ravine, but then we bought our lakeside chalet, and I don't know if here you are looking at the chalet from what you would call the front yard or the back yard, the other side being forest. 

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If the lake could be considered our back yard, then in the summer it served its purpose for swimming, boating and fishing, and in the winter we would clear the snow from the ice, flood it to make it smooth, and it became a big skating rink.

However, eventually we sold the chalet, and when we did we built a swimming pool and pool house with a sink, barbecue and changing room/washroom in the back yard.  We hosted some amazing events there.  We were quite thrilled to see a pair of ducks that chose to sojourn in it on their migration south and back - fortunately the winter tarp was on it both times.

The next and then the last homes we ever owned had mediocre back yards and I really don't have anything to say about them.  Nor, do I have the photos to illustrate what I said, but at least I can see the images which I described in my mind's eye

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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4.1  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    one month ago

Buzz

Looks like a beautiful place - a great memory that you will have forever.

I sometimes sit and watch the geese swim around the pond for hours and just relax.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     one month ago

Not unusual to find a gator around the hood where I live.

11-foot alligator causes a stir in Ocala neighborhood

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cjcold
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6  cjcold    one month ago

Met Buzz Aldrin way back in the day. Told him that I would trash any who denied the moon landings. Buzz beat me to it and throwed a serious punch against a science denier.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @6    one month ago

You remind me of Forrest Gump and the way he was always on the edge of history.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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7  Right Down the Center    one month ago

When I lived in upstate New York we had lots of red winged black birds to enjoy.  In CT there they are few and far between.

I often have this site playing in the background on my TV.  

Of course it is Africa so morning is the only time I can see them.