Friday, June 21, 2013

Taunting Turkeys!

To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing.
None is excluded, but excludes himself.
You have only to push aside the curtain.
                       Henry David Thoreau


I love my mornings, I sit at my window with my laptop and enjoy the incredible view I am so lucky to have; I could honestly sit here all day. This morning I slept in till eight o’clock something out of the norm for me; it probably had something to do with a long hike yesterday with NDF and D from BC. We had hiked back in the bush as D from BC was home visiting from, well I think you figured it out …. British Columbia.

 We headed through a grassy field to reach the bush under a sunny but looked like it was going to be changing quickly incoming brooding overcast sky and we trudged through the beautiful colourful wildflowers that covered the ground before we ducked under trees dripping with rain much like the rainforest in BC. This is where I wondered if D from BC noticed the similarities, being the talented observant writer that she is those creative details never escape her attention so I am sure she did. My imagination had me hiking in the mountains of BC, something I thoroughly would have enjoyed with these two ladies but this hike would have to be enough for the time being.


My being included in this Mother-Daughter moment made me feel very special and I was so happy they had graciously let me tag along. I enjoyed every minute. My mind was drifting and constantly thinking about those Turkeys that I seem to keep running into but apparently never am fast enough to get my camera out to shoot. I kept my eyes open and alert. Someday I will, I keep telling myself.



I had a suspicion this was not going to be that day with all that laughter and conversation bouncing through the bush, from I must point out, three lovely dressed ladies making their way through water dripping trees and the thick water saturated foliage blanketing the forest floor. There was the swatting of mosquitoes while two of them knew they would be protected by wearing fancy bug jackets making them disappear behind a wall of screening, and one (me) sporting a bright yellow Citronella band on her wrist hoping the smell would keep them away while wearing bright orange and enjoying all this laughter that ensued by the conversation. If I was a Turkey I would certainly have been 
"high tailing it” in the other direction.


 There was a lot of conversation about how toes were swimming in a sea of squishy cold water in their boots while hiking thorough the extremely wet grass and deep muddy puddles. Well, except for one (D from BC) who happened to be wearing her Mother’s fancy high tech Gortex boots while smirking and giggling and constantly pointing out that her toes were high and dry. I knew her Mom must really love her. If I had of worn my Pink Cadillac Boots this story would have been very different, just to let you know D from BC.


Now, back to my story about those Taunting Turkeys. I was sitting in my window enjoying my first cup of coffee thinking about yesterday and that wonderful hike with good friends while debating if I should throw my orange jacket and my Pink Cadillac Boots on and head back to the bush to see if I could find the Turkeys once again when…..

I noticed little black spots in the laneway just down from the huge Twin Oak tree that sits in the hay field with its branches hanging over the laneway. Turkeys have always came here and looked for those coveted acorns, apparently this is one of their favourite foods. I watched as these little black spots became bigger and bigger. I knew what they were but jumped up to grab the binoculars, just as I suspected I was right they had come to find me.


 My imagination took over wondering if they have always been searching for me in the bush as I have been for them and on missing me this morning they thought they would come to the house to see if I was still here. I grabbed my little point and shoot that lay on the kitchen counter, there was no time to go and grab Leo. I thought about opening the window but I knew they would fly off again without my getting one shot. I placed the camera close to the, I hope it is clean window, and zoomed out as far as it would go and pressed the button. I knew the photos would not turn out very well but “boy oh boy” I was going to get some shots of these Turkeys one way or another.

I watched as two Tom Turkeys “strutted their stuff” for the enamored ladies who stood and watched, all the time wishing I had one of those fancy cameras with a long fancy lens; I watched the show and continued to shoot. I was smiling just as I imagined they were because, I was certain this show was being put on for my eyes only.  I knew they could see me standing in the window with my red and white cow flannels, and that camera stuck to my eye while leaning on the window glass. Those darn Turkeys were taunting me. I watched as they would turn and prance around putting on I must admit a very good show, one I would have paid money for if need be.


This all went on for about 20 minutes, I finally watched them one by one jump up onto the aluminum gate and then hop off into a sea of tall grass that should be hay hopefully soon, then disappearing and no doubt continuing on hidden in a sea of thick tall Brome grass to places unknown.


 Oh Yes…. one by one I watched and imagined they turned then smiled at this girl standing at the window while saying “See you next time.” Darn taunting Turkeys and yes you will, and I will be ready.


Later

38 comments:

  1. I love seeing and hearing the wild turkeys! Glad they posed for you. :)

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  2. A Turkey Show...hiking and laughter with friends...all that beautiful greenery..
    Happiness Radiates.

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  3. Glad you found the turkeys in the end!! I would love to see a wild turkey!!

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  4. They were probably looking for "that lady with the pink cadillac boots"! I'm glad they came to find you.

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  5. Overall sounds like you had two pretty good days despite mosquitoes and some wet feet. Lucky you getting to see the turkey show.

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  6. You know - I think those turkeys really were tracking you down.

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  7. Now that is something we have in common- the wild turkeys. I've seen more this year than in a long time.

    Your world is so beautiful- I feel refreshed after reading your posts and enjoying your pics.

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  8. I always look forward to hearing you tell a story Buttons. Love the thought of you gazing out at those turkey to put on a show for you.
    Nature as we know, is indeed the greatest show on earth . As. Mr. Thoreau said ~ we just have to " push aside the curtain " ;)

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  9. I'm so excited that you got your shots of those turkeys! They were definitely looking for you. Have a wonderful weekend, Buttons!

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  10. Ha! They sound like The Wild Turkey Gang!!!

    Very Fun,
    -g-

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  11. Happy Friday, Buttons! Glad you got some turkey pics too. As for metal detecting, it is a lot of fun, and can be profitable if you use it in areas where folks drop money or rings. Even the inevitable pennies add up if you pick up enough of them!

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  12. On our way up to see Dad in Cannington we would pass a field that 9 times out of 10 had wild turkeys in it. Quite a large flock actually. Never did stop to get a picture.

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  13. Your bush looks lovely and it's pleasing you enjoyed you walk yesterday.
    Those who are patient gets the photo :) well done....hugs my friend M xox

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  14. So happy they found you! Great pictures, B!

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  15. The turkeys must have been quite something to see in person! Lucky you with all of nature's bounty strutting in your view:)

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  16. It's wonderful that the turkeys found you (so much for not getting pictures!) and Mother-Daughter time is the best!
    Everything looks so brilliantly and softly green right now; so different from last year.

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  17. I bet they took pics of you too!

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  18. Sounds like you had a wonderful walk. Glad the turkeys came and posed for you!

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  19. How delightful to have wild turkeys come and seek you out. I know hard work is involved but country life really is heaven isn't it. We in suburbia can only dream about it. x

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  20. Oh, those turkeys were definitely looking for you! I'm glad you got some shots of them. And so glad you got the chance for a nice hike in the bush.

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  21. Yay, you got the turkeys! Whenever I see any they are always gone in a flash. But I do love wild turkey sightings. Glad you had a fun hike with your friends!

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  22. I had no idea Turkeys ate acorns!!! Turkeys are a real problem out at a golf course around here:) They can be mildly aggressive!

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  23. I believe you are right.

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  24. We always love to see the wild turkeys here on our farm too.

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  25. Hooray, am so glad you captured those wild turkeys - well done! They couldn't stand the fact that you weren't trailing after them so, yes, they had to taunt again ;D)
    Love all your photos B... the last one is simply breathtaking. That bushland is wonderful.
    Cheers xx

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  26. Happy Friday buttons, who found who?? Great images, what a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature!!

    I'm surprised you didn't wear your pink Cadillac boots, I think the turkeys would have liked them!!

    Have a happy weekend!!

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  27. Love your writing and imagination . I hate to burst your bubble but i don't think the turkeys gave a gobble about whether you were there or not. Glad you got the shots. It seems quite a family of them there. It must have been nice spending time with your daughter and friends in the forest even though it was wet. Was it warm??

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  28. Glad I got to see your turkeys! Have a great day ;)

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  29. B,

    The hike through the woods of BC is just so amazing, thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. I would be a little afraid of running into bear hiking through there this time of year.

    Yes, those turkeys knew exactly what you were trying to do. That's why they kept their distance so you would have to work hard at getting the pictures you wanted. They'll be back when you least expect them to be.

    Leo will be waiting :-)

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  30. Oooooo! A surprise ending! I thought you were telling a story about a lovely walk with friends and then ... wild turkey surprise! lol

    I'm sure it was satisfying to finally snag photos of those awesome birds.

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  31. Turkeys can indeed be frustrating! I'm sure you WILL be ready for them next time. :))

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  32. B, I never tire of seeing wild turkeys and other wildlife, and I sure never tire of your wonderful ways of telling us about them! I loved this post! xx :)

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  33. Wet soggy feet...one of the joys of the great outdoors. Sounds like you had a good time though. The exercise is good.

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  34. This is a great way of spending your time in the country side. You must be a happy men ;-)

    Kind regards from the Netherlands,
    Gert Jan

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  35. I am pretty sure those turkeys came to you so you could get a photo of them for us.. As always I love reading your blog..

    Happy Sunday my friend.

    Hugs~

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  36. Goodness is it green out there! wishing you dry weather for haying!

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  37. "we hear you've been looking for us!" :D

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