March 24, 2016

Spring snow... turkey in front yard...

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... wish I'd gotten a photo of the fox that ran across the backyard the other day. Much easier to catch a turkey. That bird cheered me up as I was feeling a little dismal devoting this spring-break afternoon to doing our taxes.

Feel free to talk about anything you like in the comments.

UPDATE: Hey! Check it out: I got the fox!

28 comments:

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Taxes, turkey, weather, America.
You are having a very Ben Franklin afternoon, Professor.

Will Cate said...

I love it when turkey
is turned into jerky
A high-protein snack
I keep in my pack.

Bay Area Guy said...

Yesterday, I saw a wild turkey waltzing down the middle of our street, after work. It jumped onto the hood of my neighbor's big, Blue F-150, and took a dump. My kids were cracking up. My dog -- a rambunctious little Cocker Spaniel -- burst towards the turkey to catch him, but I thought better of it, and yanked him in the other direction. I figured the wild turkey woulda prevailed in any inter-species confrontation.

The little joys of Bay Area suburbia, I reckon.

tim in vermont said...

A fox in my back yard

It's kind of grainy because it was an aggressive crop of a jpg. The fox was just a small part of the frame of the picture.

steve uhr said...

Tom the Turkey
His eyes are murky
Feeling discontent
His friends are all running for president

Fabi said...

"Turkey in the Straw" is a fine piece of Americana!

I couldn't find locally two seasons of an HBO series, so I availed myself of Amazon for the first time. Very easy to use and the order made it to my door in less than twenty hours from the time of order. I used the Althouse portal, too. Not looking for a Gold Star or anything like that, but am happy to contribute in some manner.

Ann Althouse said...

Nice fox pic.

I should keep my camera right ar hand by my computer. I am looking out onto the small backyard and is very cool when something happens out there.

Fox, coyote, hawk, turkey.

Sometimes a dog that broke loose from his household....

tim in vermont said...

This might be a better version

Full size of my dog. I think it might be my best picture.

Bob Ellison said...

Yesterday I raided a local stream for some water plants to put in my fish tank. The old plants lasted about five months before they succumbed to what I think was mostly fish and snail nibbling. The new crop went from greenish-brown to Disney-green immediately. I probably unwittingly brought in another snail or two. That's OK; they all get along in that little 10-gallon ecosystem.

No turkeys have shown up inside.

tim in vermont said...

should keep my camera right ar hand by my computer. I am looking out onto the small backyard and is very cool when something happens out there.

What frustrates me is how long the digital cameras take to be ready to shoot, sometimes stuff happens too quick. The other day in Florida I saw a whooping crane (there's a non migratory population here), but only for a few second, another time a roseate spoonbill.

Michael K said...

Here are some Arizona turkeys a few Thanksgivings ago.

The Tom was guarding his harem so I didn't get too close.

Meade said...

I want Tim's dog.

madAsHell said...

I am looking out onto the small backyard and is very cool when something happens out there.

My wife was working in the kitchen, and called out "Why is it snowing in the backyard?". I came into the kitchen, and it sure looked like snow. When we got to the window in the back door, then we could see up into the tree, and it was a falcon pulling the feathers from a sparrow.

Pete said...

Althouse, I recall a post some years back where you said you prepare your tax return by hand. Do you still do that?

surfed said...

I'll take your turkey. I'm sailing the Florida Keys and it is an unpleasant crowded zoo of American humanity at exorbitant prices. March is the most crowded month down here. Wayyyyy over-subscribed. My cool little hippie hide away from the late 60's and early 70's is long gone. I prefered it ram shackle and low rent. The days of my youth long gone now. Square grouper and guitars at sunset on the Docks of Duval are a certain piquant remembrance now...

Bob Ellison said...

Writing of taxes, I have to help a youngster with W-2 income prepare for April 15. Among the lessons:

1) No, you cannot declare yourself as a dependent.

2) No, the roughly 23% they took right off the top for SS and Medicare doesn't count.

3) Yes, you didn't make nearly enough to actually owe anything. But I doubt that you'll get some kind of negative income tax benefit, since you don't live in a ditch.

tim in vermont said...

I want Tim's dog

Everybody does. He's been propositioned by strangers on the street for stud service. He's as happy as he is handsome too.

Snark said...

Huh. I had literally no idea that turkeys wandering around was a thing.

Bob Ellison said...

tim in vermont said, "He's been propositioned by strangers on the street for stud service."

There was this lady who went to the vet with her Great Dane.

What does that make you, Tim? You're not a pimp, but you might not be looking out for your beautiful dog's best interests either. There are expressions for that sort of thing.

tim in vermont said...

Since we're posting turkey pics

The sun was coming over my shoulder when I took this and it lit them beautifully.

tim in vermont said...

Well Bob, for the first time maybe I don't know what to say. I think I'll take Jack for a walk.

Ann Althouse said...

"Althouse, I recall a post some years back where you said you prepare your tax return by hand. Do you still do that?"

Absolutely not.

That's crazy.

Bob Ellison said...

The video from Brussels shows lots of law-enforcement folks wearing balaclavas. They look like terrorists thereby, but apparently that's the style in Belgium, where they wouldn't seem to know effective terrorism stoppage from a piece of duct tape. This looks like crap both inside and outside Europe.

Bob Ellison said...

tim in vermont, Jack says thank you. That is, I think he says that. I don't even have his cell phone number, I think.

Gordon said...

I live less than a mile from the big buildings in downtown Minneapolis. We have deer walk down the streets, and there's a family of raccoons that promenade down our alley on the way to dinner at the wheelie bin. One likes to dine on my compost pile. The turkeys are everywhere except where there are Hmong households. Those folks don't let quality protein walk away.

A gal friend was upset that the wildlife has to deal with the stress and difficulties of urban life, as opposed to the rural utopia. I pointed out that as far as the animals knew, the city had always been here, and it was just as much a habitat as the countryside. And probably with less predators.

Saint Croix said...

If your church offers a Maudy Thursday service, go to it. It's amazing. Not crowded, and it's the coolest church service I have ever seen. So powerful.

Saint Croix said...

Maundy Thursday.

pm317 said...

After John Edwards' expose', Enquirer is the real deal, right?