a little excitement

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to tell you about some fairly exciting things that have happened to me lately. You may remember me from such posts as “Not Quite Like Me”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.  A sunset pose. There are not very many trees with red autumn foliage around here, but the bigtooth maple, Acer grandidentatum (native in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, all the way down into New Mexico, Texas, and Coahuila in Mexico) is certainly one. 
There are some oaks, like Gambel’s, and larger ones in parks and gardens, and that ash that gets red autumn color, too (which you’ll see later, in someone else’s yard), but that’s about it. 
There are some sugar maples (Acer saccharum) up in Boulder, too. 

The autumn crocuses are in flower, though the flowers are being shredded by birds almost immediately. This often happens to the spring crocuses, but this has been a weird year, to say the least, and maybe the birds are desperate to find bugs hiding in the flowers. 
The saffron crocus, Crocus sativus, opened today, and some of the saffron is already gone. Maybe grasshoppers ate it.
There are a lot of others flowering, and here’s one, the white form of Crocus speciosus.
The guy I live with did a little bit of watering in order to help get these going. 
One plant that doesn’t need any watering, because its roots are very deep, is rabbitbrush. This is the big one growing right against the back fence here, complete with bee visitors.
Okay, that’s the gardening part of my post. Except to say that it went below freezing in places around here last night, though not in our garden. I guess if we were growing tomatoes by the back fence, instead of the rabbitbrush, they would be gone now, because the cold air sort of slides down the creek bed from the foothills, and then, because the canal acts as a sort of dam, the cold air pools just to the south of the canal. We can feel the much cooler air, on our walks, in the summer time, and definitely in the winter time. 

A couple of days ago the guy I live with was standing in the “way back” garden, thinking about things (probably not thinking very hard), and he noticed something.
I mean besides the piece that broke from the birdbath. (That’s one of the maples on the right, by the way.)
It’s a little hard to see. Not if you were me, but I mean if you were you. My eyesight is totally superior. It’s in the lilac bush, to the left.

The guy I live with said “Hmm”, and then went about doing whatever he was doing. This is not exactly the sort of thing that’s desirable in a garden. But we never noticed anyone flying out of it in the last few years. 
I’m not partial to wasps, hornets (even if they aren’t true hornets), yellowjackets, bees, or anything that stings. 

So the other thing, and this was even more exciting, was what I noticed on my morning walk yesterday. The point-and-shoot camera doesn’t do much sharp detail when it’s zoomed, and this was about 750 feet away.
Talk about needing to be brushed. 
The coyote wanted to come up to where we were, because they  go across the canal and hunt on the other side, or sometimes I think even go through the tunnel that goes under the highway, but yesterday, my fierce and deadly countenance kept the coyote at bay. 

The coyote decided to rest in the shade, until we moved on. 
I of course wanted to run after it, but the guy I live with said he wasn’t up to running, and, anyway, that was something that I don’t get to do. He said that we stay a respectful distance from coyotes. 
That was pretty disappointing. I’m reasonably sure that I’m the most vicious and frightening creature on the planet. The guy I live with said something like “Not even close”, which was a little insulting. 
He said that we purebred border collies are the biggest chickens on the planet, not velociraptors like I was sure I was when I was little. 

And then today, the same thing happened. This might have been a puppy. It’s weird to think that there are coyote puppies.  There was an adult, too, but we didn’t get a picture.To me this was a whole lot more interesting than all the gardening stuff. 

So that’s pretty much it. I do have a picture of what the sky is like, looking to the north, with all the smoke from what’s now the largest fire in Colorado history.
Pretty scary. 

I guess it’s not going to rain any time soon. So the snow you saw here last month was the only precipitation we’ve had since the last week in July.

Until next time, then. 


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8 Responses to a little excitement

  1. barbk52 says:

    I think coyotes are much maligned and very poorly treated. That one did look rather ratty. I hope it’s getting enough to eat although the rabbits probably don’t agree. So now you have another big fire, even closer, near Boulder. All that beautiful country, just burning up. Well, bulbs are a happier subject. I got a beautiful cyclamen a few days ago and wanted to start some snowdrops in the backyard but didn’t have any. A surprise today, some came in the mail that I forgot I ordered. Just ordinary ones, but I like ordinary cheap ones very much. Do you get things in the mail, Mani? Food and treats? My dogs always know which boxes are for them.

    • paridevita says:

      I do get all kinds of things in the mail, from Chewy. And a flea and tick collar from Only Natural Pet. (I don’t have it on any more.)
      Ordinary snowdrops are just as good as out-of-the-ordinary ones.
      The guy I live with was going to go to Boulder with his friend, next week, but maybe they won’t go, now. He talked to another friend just north of Boulder and suddenly she had to hang up because the wind had shifted and she was going to leave. So scary.
      The coyotes here do often look like they really need to be brushed, if not go to an actual spa. They do get plenty to eat. We don’t hear them as much as we used to, like on the movies made some years ago. But like when I go on my late night walk, there are dozens and dozens of rabbits eating the grass by the office buildings to the northeast of us. They’re all over the place, really.
      I’ve caught a few rabbits in my yard. I guess I’m not supposed to say any more about that …

  2. Mark Mazer says:

    The coyote: “Talk about needing to be brushed.” I wonder if it has a mange. Some types are highly contagious.

  3. Lisa says:

    You really told that coyote, he couldn’t even look at you! You have caught rabbits? Wow! I never expected that, I sort of thought you were more of a lazy, lay around in the sun sort! Sorry for getting you all wrong. Barbk52 is right about not thinking dogs are predators. My daughter’s boyfriend says his dog is a “prey animal,” when they are in the woods, but then again, it’s an Italian greyhound! Boo, my not-pure-bred Border collie usually chases cats out of the yard, but refused to, even when I pulled him over and urged him, this last time. I’m glad, she’s a very nice cat, and he somehow knew she needed a home. She ignored him too. No rabbits. We don’t even have squirrels, none. I have daffodils arriving by mail next week.

    • paridevita says:

      Well I do lie around a lot, but I also chase things. Squirrels, mostly. I have caught quite a few rabbits. One escaped, minus some rump fur.
      Chess, the purebred border collie who lived here before me, used to chase rabbits, too.
      The guy i live with, who is otherwise against advice, said it’s often a good idea to soak daffodil bulbs in water for a couple of hours before planting them. Helps the roots get going.

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