Solar Eclipse in the Garden

While watering the garden this morning, I watched the solar eclipse reflected on the lawn.  Hundreds of tiny crescents sparkled through the leaves of the apple tree.

solar eclipse through the leaves garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

The taller gary oak beside the driveway cast shade with similar crescents peaking through the leaves.

I’d heard about this indirect way of watching the eclipse, but honestly, I still don’t “get” how it works.

solar eclipse through the leaves garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

As the moon shifted & revealed the sun, the magic morphed back into plain old dappled shade.

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Deer Take Over Garden

urban black tail deer tree garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

I was only away for a couple of months – – 3 at the most.

C had his hands’ full holding down the fort in my absence.  Aside from watering the plants in the courtyard, the garden was left alone…
or so I thought.

urban black tail deer tree garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Upon my return, the new crew that had taken over pruning, shearing & fertilizing, met me at the gate.   One even approached us boldly to say hello.

urban black tail deer tree garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

There were 2 does, at least 1 fawn, and a very large-looking buck.

A family business!
Operating gratis!!

urban black tail deer tree garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Feeling a bit ungrateful, I asked them to continue their duties elsewhere & give our blooms a rest.  The does were very polite, gracefully jogging to the next yard.  But the buck was much more grudging about it.  Perhaps that was because the kiddies were too scatter-brained in following mum’s example right away.  Following his crew, he walked slowly & purposefully away.
(Definitely the foreman.)

deer move in
photo by SVSeekins

Imagine what our cities would look like if humans were suddenly eradicated?  How quickly would they move into the house too?
🙂

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P.S. The deer saga continues: