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Stop and smell the geraniums

This is Calliope, my late Penelope's 14-year-old daughter. You may recall that I posted a tribute to Penelope here last week. I posted another pic of Calliope in the photography group tonight under the title "When I'm itchy I scratch."

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Mon Nov 28, 2022, 01:01 AM (7 replies)

When I'm itchy I scratch

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Mon Nov 28, 2022, 12:38 AM (6 replies)

When the frost is on...

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Fri Nov 25, 2022, 11:43 PM (16 replies)

Foggy Autumn Morning

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Wed Nov 23, 2022, 05:48 PM (13 replies)

Bird banding: black throated blue warbler & common yellowthroat

I happened to be camping in the Dolly Sods Wilderness (Monongahela National Forest, WV) when the Brooks Bird Club was doing its annual bird banding in September of 2017. The group has a banding station at the crest of a mountain where mist nets are set before dawn to capture songbirds. The group occupied most of the sites at Red Creek Campground, where I too was camping, and they invited me to observe the banding operation. Below are some of the many photos I took while hanging with the group.

Black throated blue warbler

Setting a mist net

Banding a common yellowthroat

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Wed Nov 23, 2022, 12:43 AM (3 replies)

Dolly Sods Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest, WV

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Tue Nov 22, 2022, 09:44 PM (15 replies)

My darling Penelope passed last month

Penelope had nasal lymphoma and rallied briefly with a course of steroids. When she began eating and drinking less and less with each passing day, I knew I'd have to let her go. My vet and her assistant were angels of mercy.

She was a year old when I got her, and her just-weened daughter Calliope, from a rescue shelter. She was with us for 14 years. I'm heartbroken. I think Calliope is grieving as well. We still have each other.

I sometimes look to find her in her usual haunts. Shortly after she died I thought I saw her shadow and felt her brush by me to get to her feeding bowl. She came to me in a dream last Thursday night. She jumped on my lap and was purring. I could feel her warmth and soft fur. I held her close until she struggled. Then she was gone.

It's taken more than a month to finally post this tribute. I just couldn't do it; couldn't find the strength or the words.

I love and miss you, Penelope.

The final photo is of her grave in my flower bed. I planted crocus bulbs in the mound and they'll bloom in the early spring--if the squirrels don't get them first.

Thanks for taking a moment to view this.

Penelope Penelopuss
2007-October 17, 2022

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Mon Nov 21, 2022, 08:23 PM (42 replies)

View of Devil's Den from Little Round Top, Gettysburg battlefield

In observance of yesterday's anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Little Round Top is now closed for renovations. I took the photo in 2019.
Posted by Mousetoescamper | Sun Nov 20, 2022, 10:42 AM (9 replies)

I happened upon these Sweetgum leaves while walking to the neighborhood market this morning

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Mon Oct 24, 2022, 03:15 PM (11 replies)

Demeter's Harvest

Posted by Mousetoescamper | Sat Oct 22, 2022, 08:51 AM (6 replies)
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