News and musings from the vicinity of Fox Street and Willow, Long Lake, Minnesota... the Johnsons at home and away. That's us.


Watched held watcher, eye to eye.

Filed under: General by Helen on 3/20/2006


Originally uploaded by HelenJr.

There were five deer wandering through yesterday. This one I’d know in a moment if I’d seen her before. Hind right quarter shattered and healed, but the leg completely useless. She was likely caught by a car in the dark. I imagine the car was easily repaired and the driver has long-since forgotten.

But don’t be too sad for her. She survived. Quite well, it seems. And in the natural world, it’s all about survival. Bad stuff happens. The world moves on. The individual makes of it what she can.

We all have similar stories in our lives.


Birdie With a Yellow Bill

Filed under: General by Helen on 3/13/2006

Birdie With a Yellow Bill

Originally uploaded by HelenJr.

A birdie with a yellow bill
Hopped upon my window sill,
Cocked his shining eye and said:
“Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy-head!”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Just when I thought spring had arrived early, she surprised us with a snow storm. Inches of fluffy stuff hang on the branches like marshmallows. The birds flock to our feeders and water because the seed easily accessible.

This is the first robin I have ever seen come this close. She came for the water and returned with friends. I say she because today I learned to tell the difference between male and female robins. (Of course, the robins knew all along 🙂 )