RX: Notice Nature

I live in one wild corner!

Our newest wild resident is a deer.

She’s a brave young Momma and struts around like she owns the place!  Her territorial behavior makes me a little nervous.  In the photo below, she’s only a few feet from my door.  I stay back, keep my distance and she looks over at me from time to time, I guess checking to see if I’m still there.  After all, this is her new home and maybe in her mind, I am the resident human, who she thinks acts a little weird.

the young mother deer hangs around the yard

MY Home!

A few nights back, a neighbor knocked on my door.  She looked rather stunned.  I stepped outside.

First, she pointed at the deer standing close to us.

“Oh my!”  I gasped.

The deer was closer than usual!

We’ve become used to the deer and its territorial antics, but we had never seen it come for a sleepover right outside our doors, which is exactly what the deer did.

The neighbor pointed to our right and in a slight voice, suggesting she was taken by all the wild activity going on, she said, “The owls are here too.”

Two Barred Owls were perched under the street light on the electrical wires behind our building.  Oh, we’ve seen them before, both day and night, but lately, we’ve heard them too!

The owls were making a sort of hissing sound.  I’d heard the nightly noise for about ten days, but I wasn’t sure of the source. 

Barred Owls make several sounds other than the most known call (hoot), that can sound like they’re saying, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” 

I think the hissing sound we heard was from a fledgling.  The timing makes sense, because I heard the Barred Owls mating in springtime.

The hissing is a mysterious sound, and I think it’s a bit eerie for some people, but I love the owls and their presence is soothing.

Some people are afraid of owls.  Others say seeing one is a bad omen.

I respect the owl and feel protected when they come around.  Owls eat snakes, mice and rats.  They watch the darkness and alert their mate or youngsters (and me), of unusual intruders.

If you’d like to see the Barred Owl and hear the hissing sound, here is a video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on YouTube:

My neighbor and I stood together for a few more minutes in the wild of our otherwise pretty normal residential neighborhood.  We watched and listened.  The owls were successfully hunting.  The deer was cozy in the corner of the yard.


Barred Owl hunting in daylight in North Carolina Town

Perched Above Creek

The air was thick with wild.

“I also saw a big snake on my walk home,” my neighbor added.  “I think it was a Copperhead.”

Our wild backyard scenario was becoming more interesting by the second!

Barred Owls at Night

To our left, the Barred Owls hunt

wildlife comes to camp

To our right, the deer prepares for bed.







Thank goodness, I don’t have a photo of the snake!  I’d rather they are not seen by me.


Nature is very much alive where I live and the residents do take notice.  Every neighbor I’ve talked with mentions something about the natural environment around here, usually pointing out one creature or another.  The children seem to like the turtles and the adults often mention the Great Blue Heron. 

A sense of community can be felt in our common awe, interest or simple excitement, inspired by the wild things that live amongst us.

Seeing the owls during the day (and capturing a few photos), is a beautiful thing.  Watching all the pretty birds, listening to the sounds of nature, and once in a while, getting a glimpse of the Great Blue Heron, are each blessings of beauty.

Nature’s beauty is healing in so many ways.  Beauty shows up unexpectedly too, like in the green muddy moss on the turtle’s shell and the hissing owls.  I think those are beautiful things.

A flood zone, surrounded by a creek, with a pond in the center, apparently has a unique ecological system, which is a big reason why we have a diverse community of wildlife, such as the family of turtles that live in the pond.

Below Photo:

A resident turtle.

Normally, the family of turtles take leave and dive into the water when people approach, which they did, but one came back after a minute or two of my arrival, climbed on the rock and gave me a stare!

Pond Turtle is Big!

I Like Water, Mud and Sunshine

Maybe I imagine these wild-life-looks I get, but I must say, I believe communication happens.  I like that.

For instance, I played with a white butterfly the other day.  That’s right.  We played and I had a grand time!

I was growing a few Kohlrabi plants, which might have been the reason for my playful winged visitor, the Cabbage White Butterfly!

I was so happy about my time with the butterfly, that I shared photos and wrote a little about it in my photo journal blog, Green Healing Notes.

Photo Below:

A Green Healing Morning with the Cabbage White Butterfly!

Nature is Beauty

Beauty in the Cabbage Patch!

I need the outdoors to thrive; whether it’s walking through woods, tending plants, birdwatching, chasing butterflies, or taking photographs of the beauty I see. 

In nature, even in my own little green space, with one butterfly hovering around, I lose myself.  Or perhaps, I find myself and lose the rest.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. I like this post. It reminds me of a little hidden away spot on a river some miles away. There were about twenty houses and as many deer lounging around the lawns. I never would have guessed so many deer would take up living in peoples yards.

    I have lived in Albuquerque since middle ’92. Life in the southwest is so much different. I see more animals here within city limits than I ever saw walking in rural Minnesota where I grew up. Mostly Coyotes of course, Deer in places, and Owls at night. I think the livable land is more compacted compared to the dry lands which are so abundant here. A few varieties of Hummingbirds of which the Rufus is my favorite. Now if I could only attract more birds than Doves, House and Song Sparrows….

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    • Hello Michael,

      My apology for a late response to your comment, but thanks so much for stopping to share your thoughts!

      I guess this place is somewhat hidden away, even though it is in the city limits, which means I can see the cars and hear the noises of city life, but because trees surround our little village of apartments, people can’t see us except during wintertime.

      My teenage son and I visited NM in ’97. We never made it to Albuquerque, but we camped in mountains near Santa Fe and considered moving to Taos. Those mountains were awesome and we liked the cool nights. I thought I’d love it out there, but I missed so much the abundance of different trees we have in NC, and so we returned to our home state. (My friends in NM told me about the coyotes and I was afraid one might get to my dog).

      The deer around here have it rough, I think. The more we build and build the less land they have to live on. The same is true for the Black Bears in our mountains.

      Oh yes, the Rufus hummingbird is so pretty! I am recently seeing lots of butterflies and a few hummingbirds visit my little container garden. I do love watching all the birds! I usually have sunflower seeds for them, and a bird bath is often enough to bring different winged ones to your yard.

      Wishing you days of beauty,



  2. A fine AND fun post, Michelle! 🙂 Love the turtle yoga stretch!
    I,too, have a tendency to talk to every living thing outside.
    No, they don’t talk back much, but I’m sure they understand.

    Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree

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    • Uncle Tree! Nice to get your comment and thanks so much. I hadn’t seen the “yoga stretch,” but after a second look, I’m sure that’s what the turtle was doing 🙂

      Peace and Love to you too!



  3. Such beautiful photos, how lovely to have all that nature on your doorstep.

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  4. Where exactly do you live, and can I move in? I loved this, thanks for sharing. The only nature we have to enjoy here are coyotes (which kill our cats so its not good when we see them, even though I don’t blame them at all), possums, rabbits, squirrels, and an occasional raccoon. We do have Blue Heron in the area and egrets but that’s about it.

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    • Hi Barbara,

      I live in NC. I wish we could trade places! I don’t have the funds to travel, but if I did, I’d want to see CA. We do have lots of nature around and it is lovely. You should come visit one day. I hope you are doing okay and I think of you a lot.

      Oh, the Blue Heron is awesome. We have one too. It pooped on my car recently. There was so much I thought someone vandalized my car with white paint! My landlord laughed and said I had parked in it’s path.

      You take good care and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

      With wishes of Peace,
      Love, Michelle.



  5. Michelle, oh my, I so so loved this post… your photo’s are outstanding! .. And I really like how your neighbours are neighbourly and you feel that community spirit, especially in nature.. It seems Nature likes you neighbours too… They sense when the feel safe.. Though its hard for the animals as we humans encroach upon their lands more and more.. You are right with your words about the Moma Deer.. it is her land… she was there way before settlers moved in, and her Spirit knows it.. but she is trusting and inquisitive just the same …

    Thank you dear Michelle for sharing your experiences, loved reading.. Glad your snake experience wasn’t too close.. :-)…
    Thank you for the photos.. loved them all…
    Sue xoxox

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    • Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping to read and look at my photos.

      I have been very busy and couldn’t even respond to your comment. I’m also very, very tired lately.

      I enjoyed sharing this post. My neighborhood is still strange to me, with so many people, cars, and street lights, but thank goodness there’s so much wildlife and a beautiful park. They put up a new sculpture at the park yesterday. It is a man with a boy, woman with a baby girl, made from chair legs, so it is very beautiful. I will take a photo soon. I love sculptures in the park, and the rose garden too.

      The one deer keeps coming so close, that sometimes, my dog and I can’t get back to the door. The other deer run away, but not “crazy ears,” aka, “Bambi.”

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. I love hearing from you. I hope your garden is growing well. Maybe this week I will have a little more time and energy to visit your photo garden.

      Take good care and many well wishes to you.

      Love and Hugs,
      Your friend,



      • Sending you some healing energy along my thought wave Michelle… And no worries.. you may like a recent recipe I put up in Busy in the Kitchen post. 🙂 and I will await the chair photo sculpture with anticipation .. I too have not been on line as much, so do give me a nudge if I miss your post xx Hugs Sue

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        • Thank you, Sue. Your comment came at such a good time, or rather, a time when I do need some healing energy. I’ve had a particularly hard day and so, thank you for your good energy.

          I have been trying to pray. Have you ever felt so tired you couldn’t pray? I wonder, what is the best way to pray for another person’s safety, and a very special dog’s, and my peace of mind, while I’m physically exhausted?

          The Owl did return last night, and that comforted me so. Also, yesterday and the day before, the Great Blue Heron flew over. Once it landed on the tree by the pond, up high, and wow! That bird is beautiful and majestic.

          I look forward to looking at your new recipes! I hope you are feeling well, and many good wishes of love and peace to you.




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