Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Furry Friends & Posts of the Week

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. ~ John Muir

As seems to be the standard for me lately, the following photos are not current. Most date back to late early autumn. I hope you enjoy them.

Beautiful Oona belongs to Frank's sister Lisa. She a Great Bernese Mountain Dog.

Thanksgiving activities proved to be too much for adorable Darwin who coped by snoozing on the laundry room floor.

chipper pom2
There aren't too many little creatures cuter than a chipmunk. This guy is one of the regular visitors to Frank's back yard. He usually helps himself to sunflower seeds and peanuts but on this day, we had a special treat for him - pomegranate seeds.

chipper and pom
Nom, nom, nom, pom.

chipper peanut face
That chipper isn't much bigger than the peanut.

peanut breath
In the park, this little guy scored a peanut for himself.

peanut breath scamper
It looks like he wasn't going to take any chances that I might want it back.

beaver bites
I wasn't lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the creature who recently felled this tree but there are a number of places along the creek which show signs of a thriving beaver population.

beaver bites2
It's been a while since this nearby log was an upright tree but it looks like a beaver was making a snack of its bark.

That's it for my creature feature. I'll have more photos for you in a few days.

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.


Pee Standing or Sitting?
by Stephen
at The Chubby Chatterbox

A Little-Know Fact About Aging
by Linda
at To Behold the Beauty

by Lauren
at Mental Pause Mama


100 Years
by Michelle
at House of Lime

Stealing Coal
by Friko
at Friko's World

The Uncharted Journey
by Betty
at Bossy Betty



by Linda
at From Roses to Rainbows

Ice Fishun
by Steve
at Out on the Prairie

Thunder on the Mountain
by Maddie
at The World From My Window

The Artist
by Barbara
at Long Hollow

Red Doubt
by Cloudia
at Comfort Spiral



Golden-crowned Kinglet
by Kerri
at A Little Piece of Me

by Stacey Dawn
at Dawning Inspiration

Empty Chair
by Sandy
at Writing in Faith

A Slow Day at the Winery
by Barbara
at Confessions of a Photography Addict



Recommended by: Daryl
He Didn't Know That I Was Behind Him...
by Roban
at Moments in Time

Recommended by: Mage
Departures 6
by JED
at Cumberland Soundings

Recommended by: Daryl
We Go Skiing
by Growing Wild
at Growing Wilde on Waverly Lane

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you


ADRIAN said...

The Chipmunk shots are perfect.

Cloudia said...

Your photos of creatures domestic and otherwise thrilled us!

And look! A Quote I can steal, as well as POTW the enjoy - and one of them is MINE!!!!

This IS Jolly! I hope you find a book you enjoy very much in your mailbox very very soon!

ALOHA from Waikiki, Hil, Thanks, Frank
Comfort Spiral
~ > < } } ( ° > <3

Pierre BOYER said...

Great post !
Best regards from France,


Unknown said...

Hilary: These photos are as vivid, as ever. My camera is out of commission. So, I appreciated seeing this set. Congratulations to all of the POTW winners!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Your photos are stellar. Of course, the chipmunk steals the show. We recently saw an episode of America's Funniest Videos that showed a tiny little chipper stuffing a large peanut into one side of his mouth, another into the other side, and then clamping one in his teeth before scampering away. Too funny.

Thanks kindly for the POTW mention. :)

Leave It To Davis said...

Oona looks like a very loving dog. Look at those eyes! A chipmunk! Love it! Great picutres, all!

Andy said...

Furry friends is another fine collection of photos from you. I'm like you Hilary... low on recent photos. I need to get out more often. PS: My chipmunk likes grapes.

Sueann said...

That is one gorgeous dog.....!!
Great posts of the week..enjoyed them thoroughly
Thanks Hilary

Brian Miller said... that little sleeping dog...ha...and the chipmunks are so cure...congrats all...will try to catch a few here in a bit...

Out on the prairie said...

On a trail last summer I rode up on a beaver and he seemed used to the bikes.Thanks for the POTW!!

messymimi said...

We have no chipmunks down here, just the squirrels -- i'm not sure which would be considered cuter or more fun to watch, but i love the novelty of seeing chipmunks in your pics.

DJan said...

I love pomegranates but I would have shared with that cute little guy! :-)

yaya said...

Love the squirrel shot! My in-laws had 2 Bernese mountain dogs. They were the best dogs. They were named Calvin & Hobbs!

Maggie May said...

Darwin is makes a lovely picture and the chipmunks. That beaver damage is awesome!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Daryl said...

awesome critters and a lotta good reading/looking in those POTW

Gail Dixon said...

I wish we had the chipmunks here. Yours are precious. Boy, the beavers are destructive little devils. Yikes. Congrats to the POTW winners. Some are my friends!

Red said...

Now the dogs pose for you and make it easy but you have to work on the squirrel. The chipmunk partly poses but doesn't sit still. Great fall photos.
there's some really good pickin's from posts of the week. Thanks for doing some searching for this guy.

Indrani said...

Wow! The squirrel shots!
Congrats to winners!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy glimpses of your furry friends. That chipmunk is precious - I wish we had some around here! And two get two POTW in one week - you just made my day, Hilary! Thank you!!

TexWisGirl said...

love the chippy! wish we had them here!

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE your pics Hilary.... and thank you for including my Golden crowned kinglet :) Much appreciated!!

Mental P Mama said...

Awwww. Thanks! And congrats to all. I love that Darwin:)

stephen Hayes said...

Great photos. The Bernese Mountain Dog is so beautiful. And thanks for the shout out. It's always a joy and an honor to see my name on your list.

Anonymous said...

sweet pics and some really nice selections this week!

Anvilcloud said...

It can tough getting out in winter. There are only so many pretty snowfalls and only so many pictures that we can take of them.

Frank Baron said...

Cute collection of critters. :)

Laura said...

love your sweet critter photos Hilary... I'm looking forward to our neighborhood beavers and watching them play in their pond near our house. I feel so blessed to live where I do! Wishing you a wonder-filled day:-)

Travis Erwin said...

I've strayed far away from the blog world and now that I'm back I realize just how much I've missed my friends and their many talents. You and your photography are right there at the top.

Linda said...


Thank you for the honor of selecting one of my posts as a POTW.

All those photos are lovely, as always. The one of Oona is probably my favorite. She is a beautiful dog!

Lynne with an e said...

Bennie only appears if he gets star billing?

Roban said...

I enjoyed your critter pictures! I love little chipmunks.... With our two dogs standing guard, I don't see too many of them around here though. Thanks, too, for sharing my post about Roy B as one of your reader's choices. Roy B still has some problems, but he's been thriving at my in-law's.

lime said...

oona is such a pretty girl. and those chipmunks are just too adorable.

Dan said...

A grand selection of POTW, each unique and deserving.

Now your photo's are something else. Chippy's are special. The beaver's activity is amazing. Yes, they're destruction in many peoples eyes. I think they're glorious creatures.

I nominate you for POTW!

Bimbimbie said...

Haha*!* chipmunk in photo number three makes me smile as does the quote, so true.

Unspoken said...

I want a little dog for me and my Jane. We want the one by the machines :). That would make her smile!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely creatures, everyone, but, I do love the Chipmunks, awesome.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendations. And lovely shots of pets and wild animals!

A Cuban In London said...

I loved that chipmunk. So cute. Great photos. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Dianne said...

I love all your critters
how lovely that the chipmunks get such good treats
Darwin is adorable

bravo to all POTW folk

maddie said...

Oooh, thanks for the POTW! Glad Mr Grigg and I didn't eat those edible dormice up in our Greek roof.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That must have been some beaver. Wow! Impressive job on that tree.
Thanks for the great reads. As always, I'll check them out.
xo jj

Optimistic Existentialist said...

The Darwin shot is ADORABLE!!

Wendy said...

My goodness - so many good blog posts of the week to read! I'll be busy tonight!

I'm always amazed that any creature can gnaw through a tree like that. Especially one as (relatively) small as a beaver. One would expect a lion with its huge jaws to make that kind of a "dent" in a tree.

Chipmunks are really cute - except when they eat my flowers. LOL! The grands love to watch them nibble on acorns. Can't wait to get back into a house once again!

Love the Bernese mountain dog - our neighbour had two of them. Were they every big!!! Friendly, though.

SandyCarlson said...

The beaver work in that last photo seems to be a beaver portrait. I enjoyed all of your photos.

Thanks for mentioning my photo in your post of the week. I'm honored.

Anonymous said...

Your pup sleeping in front of the washer/dryer is pricelessly sweet!

Lisa Gordon said...

These photographs are wonderful, Hilary!
I especially love that little chipmunk. What a cutie!
Thanks so much for sharing these links.
Have a fantastic weekend!

CiCi said...

The photos are so beautiful, it is a pleasure to see them and it is fun to see pictures without snow in them. After seeing snow for awhile now here, I like to see things that don't showcase the white stuff. Chipmunks are a personal favorite, so the pics of the little dear made me smile.

the Bag Lady said...

Love the chipmunk pictures!
Twice this week I've had suicidal squirrels run out in front of my truck. Fortunately for the squirrels, I managed to stop and allow them to decide where to go!

Reena said...

Love all the critters and awesome shot of the chippie!

photowannabe said...

Love your Creature Feature.
Great capture of the squirrel.
Now I'm off to see your POTW.

photowannabe said...

I'm back to say that your POTW choices are the best ever.
Each one gave me a smile or a huge lump in my throat...
My heart is full!

Karen said...

As you know I love animal pics! Congrats to the winners-I'll check'em out!

Giga said...

Kocham psy i sama mam. Uwielbiam wiewiórki za ich spryt i dziękuję za ich śliczne zdjęcia. Bobry robią szkody, ale tak żyją. Bardzo ciekawe i ładne zdjecia. Dziekuję, że mnie odwiedziłaś i chętnie zostanę u Ciebie na stałe, jeśli Ty też zostaniesz moim stałym gościem. Pozdrawiam.
I love dogs and I have the same. I love squirrels for their cleverness and thank you for the beautiful pictures. Beavers do damage, but alive. Very interesting and nice pictures. Thank you that you visited me and willing to stay with you permanently, or if you will be my constant visitor. Yours.

Geraldine said...

Love them all but sweet doggie in the first one is my fav!

Shrinky said...

Ahhhh, now I really do feel I've come home! I've missed my visits in here, dearest Hilary, and won't be so lax as to pass up on them anymore. Those Chipmunk captures are simply exquisite, well worthy of a prize in their own right. I need to settle in a little more again before exploring your tempting recommendations - but I will.

Betty Manousos said...

dear hilary, love all your critters and i am in awe of your great close-up shots!

they are all mesmerizing!

and thanks for the links and congrats to the all the winners. off to check them out.

happy sunday!

big hugs.

lime said...

i don't know where my head was when i commented here but i completely missed that you included potw and were so kind to include me, my apologies.

Linda said...

Those are great! My chipmunks are elusive; I never get their pictures.

Dave said...

That chipmunk sure is a cute animal. Wish we had them here. - Dave

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

nom nom nom nom pom made me LOL!

Off to read some of your lovely finds... :)