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:

Street Library in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie boasts a shiny, new public library but I haven’t noticed it during my visit.

street library, Grande Prairie Alberta
photo by SVSeekins

Instead, it’s this street library that’s charmed me.  Within a few blocks of my brother’s home in OBrien Lake neighborhood, is The Book Barn. Like the street libraries I admire so much in Victoria, this one reads:

street library, Grande Prairie Alberta
photo by SVSeekins

‘Take a book,
Leave a book’.

Grande Prairie is an industry town surrounded by expansive farmland. Perhaps this library’s host-family grew up on a dairy farm?
Do they miss getting up at the crack of dawn to do chores & milk cows?

Just around the corner & down the street is another gem!

street library
photo by SVSeekins

Small town friendliness must be catching.  I also figure this has gotta be a kid-oriented neighborhood.

street library
photo by SVSeekins

This particular street library has a sign that reads:

LittleFreeLibrary.org

This library trend is so big there’s a website dedicated to it  🙂  It even boasts maps of street libraries all over the world!
Who knew there were so many?
Is your neighborhood represented?

I’m sure this is a sure sign that there’s hope for humanity.

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P.S.  check these other street libraries out:

 

 

 

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