mondhasen: (Thumper)
So with all the complaints and concerns over the new TOS, will this photo, from this article, http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/06/europe/russia-gay-clown-putin/, raise any... red flags?

mondhasen: (Eisbär)
A fun little article by the Royal Mint on their Queen's Beasts series, The Lion of England. Nice sketch there-



And here are two the Royal Canadian Mint Polar Bears-


Fairly standard, and it has little paw prints around the outside rim!


Duuuude!



Ah, zoomorphs! :o)
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
Have I mentioned how much I hate sequels? Probably not, because not all sequels are terrible. Alice Through The Looking Glass was pretty good, actually, though I don't really consider it a sequel more than just another story about Alice's adventures.

Another misleading trailer! ;o)



We also watched this over the holiday. Very enjoyable. My favorite characters were

surprise? )
mondhasen: (easter)
A few illustrations I've been meaning to share, some since May.

safe enough )
mondhasen: (Eisbär)
There were deer beyond the dog fence yesterday, although I originally only saw this one to take a pic of. Well hidden in plain sight-

Click to enlarge... there may be another to the right of this one.

The dog saw me taking the picture and talking to this fellow, and she flushed out four more (all of whom lithely sprinted off from her, tails flagged). The fawns have lost their spots and have donned winter camo now.

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In other critter news, the bunnies which have been secretive of late were back in the yard this morning. I spooked two when I tossed out some bread heels for the birds, and The Huntress gave them what for, sliming up the front window in the process. I saw one rabbit yesterday as well, along the side fence, lazily grooming a leg and watching me out of the side of her eye.


And it's Halloween Vacation week for me. I've got a lot of projects to accomplish, but who knows what I'll actually do.

Finally, not a mouse has stirred in the house all week! Either I've blocked all their entries or they have regrouped and are planning another round of attacks ;o)
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
We watched April and the Extraordinary World last night. The most I will say, other than we really enjoyed it, was that it was a bit of a head trip.

The usual misleading trailer-



Pictures will definitely follow when I get a library DVD to copy from: I can't capture from the Blu-ray I borrowed. There's plenty of (spoilers) information about the movie online, like here at RottenTomatoes, but few screen grabs that I would share.
mondhasen: (Thumper)
This one comes by the house every night now and nibbles grass directly under the living room window. The Huntress is not pleased that bunny ignores her!

Scooter

Jun. 4th, 2016 08:38 pm
mondhasen: (watchful)
or Scoots!

I have named the rabbit kitten Scooter because of how quickly it disappears when it senses danger. The adults are used to us and just watch carefully, but the baby goes *poof* when it hears noises.

I did get a couple of decent pics of it today, and I posted them to my google photos share, here. Included are two vegetation shots which are where the little fellow vanishes into and presumably lives (I've seen the kit appear from the brush several times).

My favorite photo today-



Click to enlarge and you will see the tell-tale 'white spot' on the forehead indicating that this is an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).

Otherwise... I saw our first firefly last night, blinking up in the tree canopy (***-***-***). I love this time of year!
mondhasen: (easter)
I finally got to see one of the baby bunnies out and about: It comes out of a brush pile by the cars and nibbles grass at the edge of the driveway. I haven't seen more than one at a time so it may be the lone survivor of a litter. Here's the only shot I could manage tonight that wasn't blurry or dark (it's expandable)-



We had the mottled rabbit around all day yesterday, grazing by the house. The grass here must be greener than in the fields...

Surprises

Apr. 3rd, 2016 09:24 am
mondhasen: (clueless)
Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote

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Actually, the NWS did predict this :o)

I watched this movie this morning-



Entertaining. Very Disney "kid's movie." Lucious Pixar animation... look at this background!



It was nothing I imagined based on the few trailers I had seen, but then again, few movies are. Check it out at your local library (I snagged mine from work: it was in processing and wasn't going anywhere until Monday).

mondhasen: (mondhasen)
This book came across the desk at work today: the title caught my eye...



Hmmmm, no, it's not that sort of goose :D



"Look Inside" at Amazon.

Fisher Cat

Mar. 6th, 2016 08:30 am
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
Or Martes pennanti

We saw a medium-sized Fisher Cat while driving to town Saturday morning at about 6:30 AM. It was crossing the road down by the high school, about 2, 2 1/2 miles from here, taking a path beneath the high tension power lines that I've seen the deer follow over the years. The animal was beautiful, stunning even, with its mostly deep brown coat with lighter front highlights. And it loped along so fluidly, like its otter cousins, that I just had to smile at its majestic countenance: one forgets how vicious these are!

Web photo

I saw what looked like fisher prints in the back yard recently, judging by the size and pattern. I've seen them near the house, never threatening but just wandering through. We had one attack one of the dogs several years ago (to be fair, the dog went after the critter first): The cat took off and the dog came away with just a few stitches required!
mondhasen: (easter)
I saw, but didn't buy, this pricey little guy in the store the store the other day-

bunny

What a wonderful job of printing and wrapping! Makes those gold Lindt rabbits look rather plain, though these two are certainly cute!

bunnies
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
So the big rabbit news this leap day wasn't the Google banner



but the announcement by The Royal Mint that they will be producing

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There is a short story and video, here, or you can visit the mint website, here. Be warned! I tried to go on the site at ~12:00 AM GMT, and was put in queue with 5483 folks ahead of me... at midnight!
I can only think it's excitement over Peter and friends :o)


(Expands)
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
The deer have been crossing through here again, daily, for about a week now. I usually see them 'beyond the wire' (dog fence) late afternoon, near 4:30. They also congregate next to the house, about twenty or thirty feet off (also just outside the fence). There are usually five, and sometimes seven. Of course I have no pics of the deer, just their tracks ;o) Some afternoon I'll wait patiently with the bridge camera.


Back yard


Side yard

I also saw three of them Friday morning, crossing out front, at around 6:00 A.M. It's comforting to know they are about still.

I have a rabbit post to make as well... maybe tomorrow.
mondhasen: (mondhasen)
A movie starring Ben Vereen arrived in the ILL delivery at work today. My mind immediately recalled him as Mayor Ben...



I hadn't thought about this odd little show in years. :D

Let me share my pain-

mondhasen: (mondhasen)
My favorite scene from one of the many Christmas Carol adaptations-
(Albert Finney's childhood reminiscence in Scrooge, 1970)



Go figure! ;o)

I have a black fur bunny chaperone similar to that, which I made in 1997.

Would these represent mummers?

mondhasen: (mondhasen)
The bunny reappeared in her form this morning after going missing all day Thursday. Surprisingly she preened a hind foot while I watched, even though she knew I was about. She was settling in a bit the second time I came 'round, and blissfully ignored me even then: she's grown used to me perhaps :o)

I tossed some grapes over the fence further up from her home but on a route she uses to traverse the yard there. Maybe she'll eat them before the birds get them.

I'm glad she's back, too. We had hellacious rains Thursday into Friday morning (enough to take a downspout off the back of the house) and I worried about her safety.

Other news-

- no Leonids seen this year, even on the clear nights, but I did see a Taurid

- we've had a small flock of robins visiting the birdbath these past few days (they probably miss the puddles in the driveway)

- odd story on the skull of the inspiration for Winnie The Pooh...

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Good Form

Nov. 13th, 2015 02:15 pm
mondhasen: (moonhare)
In spring and fall, rabbits use a grass or weed shelter called a "form." The form is a nestlike cavity on the surface of the ground, usually made in dense cover. It gives the rabbit some protection from weather, but is largely used for concealment.*

Veterans Day was rainy and dreary here. As I walked with The Huntress out back I wondered where the deer and bunnies were hunkering down in the wet chill. Musing, I surveyed the brush and I realized there could be animals looking back and I probably couldn't see them with their protective coloration and natural shrewdness... And there I saw a lone rabbit watching me!

This critter was near to the dog's fence, about ten feet from the dog! The Huntress sensed it (that actually gave me the clue to look carefully into the woods) but she didn't see what I did. I watched the bunny for a bit, its fur all damp as it hunched in its form, and decided I shouldn't bother it or I might frighten it off. This was the first time I've ever seen a rabbit in its form, other than the babies the dog dug out.

I've returned to the spot several times over the past couple of days and the rabbit is still 'at home.' Being crepuscular she probably leaves around dusk, but I see her back later in the morning.

I've wanted to get her picture and I finally got a shot of her today! I also included a shot of my auto-focus nightmare due to all the branches.

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*The best 'form' description I could find in a hurry: from http://icwdm.org/handbook/mammals/CottontailRabbits.asp
mondhasen: (Eisbär)
My house gutter(s)!

wordy! )
Oh, the mundanity once again!

- I put a new ignitor in the gas stove: a simple four screw, one wing nut operation. I cleaned the soot out while I was in there as well. Dare I say I felt like Sylvia Plath down in there? Anyway, it was taking forever to light up. So far so good: faster start up for the fish dinner last night, and brownies this morning. Maybe I'll do a cinnamon coffee cake tomorrow :o)

- Saw the cutest fox kitsch at CVS today among Halloween clearance:


- I also saw this manly accessory kit while shopping at Wally World (Walmart):


*snicker* I do enjoy this scent- and it drives my bear plush wild ;o)

Ah, and I'm on vacation this week, which is why I can do these things during daylight! I've still got three weeks to use before New Years...

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