Whatever there is of autumn, we can see as much of it from our deck as from anywhere else we’ve traveled in the valley. Garry and I took some pictures from the deck. We are chasing a tiny bit of autumn from our tiny little deck.


  1. angloswiss September 26, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Living in the middle of a forest certainly has its advantages for the camera.


    • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 12:58 am

      True, but I had to laugh. Garry’s pictures were exactly the same as mine. It’s a woods. It looks like our woods, though it definitely looks different season to season, I’m always looking for something different to do with it, Garry got a picture of me and I got a couple of nice ones of him, but he doesn’t like them. He doesn’t like the way his neck looks. Vanity, all is vanity πŸ™‚

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      • Garry Armstrong September 29, 2017 / 12:50 pm

        I plead guilty. Vanity in the first degree. My neck looked terr’ble.


  2. swo8 September 26, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    What a view from your deck! – very inspirational.


    • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      It is. Though I often wish it would change sometimes. Mostly, we watch the trees get taller and the wild grapevines take over. Sometimes, though, there are deer and eagles. I know there are coyotes and we’ve gotten downright intimate with the wildcat. And fishers.

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      • swo8 September 26, 2017 / 2:00 pm

        A wildcat might not be good for the dogs?


        • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 2:47 pm

          Wildcats do exactly what they feel like doing. Our wildcats are not very big, maybe the size of a very large housecat. Western ones are bigger. Anyway, they aren’t interested in the dogs. They are hunting rabbits and rats and squirrels. They do LOVE annoying the dogs, standing just outside the fence and making the dogs bark hysterically. They seem to think that’s bundles of fun.

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          • swo8 September 26, 2017 / 3:32 pm

            It really makes you wonder. They must be very intelligent.


            • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 3:35 pm

              They are pretty smart. They have learned to live VERY close to people and dogs and traffic. They are careful about cars. They know the fences keep the dogs in the yard. They breed in sheds and garages right next to houses. They are NOT afraid of people at all.

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              • swo8 September 26, 2017 / 4:18 pm

                You have to wonder about rabies?


                • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 4:48 pm

                  So far, so good. There IS a lot of rabies all over North Americas, but our dogs are vaccinated and until recently, so was I.

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                  • swo8 September 26, 2017 / 5:20 pm

                    I didn’t know humans could be vaccinated for it.


                    • Marilyn Armstrong September 26, 2017 / 5:32 pm

                      Sure. All animal control officers and veterinarians and other animal workers are inoculated. It is a very expensive inoculation and your insurance won’t pay for it. I got it because I was (very briefly) an animal control officer. VERY briefly.

                      Anyway, those bobcats didn’t have rabies. They were just born and raised in our backyards. They knew people were not the enemy. They reminded me of how a lot of coyote and raccoon are also completely unafraid of people. It doesn’t mean they aren’t going to bite you if you get too close, but they aren’t rabid. They aren’t sick. They simply aren’t afraid of us.

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                    • swo8 September 26, 2017 / 7:26 pm

                      We have a lot of raccoons, coyote and then there’s the coy- wolf. It would be a good thing to have that vaccine if you were an animal control officer.


                    • swo8 September 27, 2017 / 10:31 am

                      of course that would be a hazard if you didn’t have protection.


  3. lwbut September 27, 2017 / 12:58 am

    We have VERY different gardens… yours goes on for EVER! πŸ™‚

    Oh – and we have very different local wildlife too – i feel a lot safer with mine, although i’m very sure not all Australians could say that. πŸ˜‰

    Nice shots Spike!



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