Summertime @ 423 E Emerald Ave.

PicMonkey Collage

We have been running a bird nursery this summer! Mockingbirds, sparrows, robins, cardinals and surely some wrens. Robins in the tree nestled among honeysuckle vine with cardinals about two bushes over. The mockingbirds had the cedar tree with sparrows in a niche on the back porch eaves and another one is busy with the second brood in the front porch gutter.

When I was weeding one day, the baby robin perched on a flowerpot and then flew to a bush. I don’t know if he carried his old “house” with him. but it was on the step where he first stopped. I got my camera and walked towards him for a picture which set off the parents…not only the robins, but cardinals also. They fussed and watched closely till I left.

Day lilies just keep coming on, and Jayne’s tomato plants are going to overtake the house! Between them and my one pepper plant and one cucumber plant, we figure we’ll be hitting a Farmer’s Market by mid-July.IMG_7843

423 E Emerald Ave 008

IMG_7842Yesterday I saw this young raccoon at the side of our neighbor’s house. It was still daylight. He stopped when he saw me and when I didn’t move, he went to the trash can without a cover to check it out. He did decide to scoot away when I started snapping.

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

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