9:46 p.m. - 2007-06-20
I hope you are having a great day!
Things have been so great this week! The highlight was the Ryan Adams show! Check out this review! I must say I wept a little during the first two songs ("Goodnight Rose" and "Dear John"). Ryan sounded AMAZING and the band was so tight; beautiful harmonies, wonderful players. It was awesome. The stage antics mentioned in the review came across as funny; Ryan talked about how great his flight had been because he'd been eating pizzeria Combos.
I had the cutest critter encounter EVAR yesterday, when I was running along the East River Rd. As I crested the hill, I saw movement in the brush below. It was a reddish animal, and soon I realized it was a fox! Then I saw there were two foxes, and at first I thought it was a mama and baby. (SH's parents live over there and they'd seen a mama and two kits.) But then it became clear I was watching two young foxes frolicking! They were so fuzzy, cat-sized, with fluffy tails and big ears. I loved how their fur changed from light red in color to a deep grey at their paws. I watched them for about ten minutes, before they split up, and one fox followed the retaining wall up the incline. I followed it, observing him sniff some holes alongside the wall. The fence ended at the top of the hill though, and soon enough the kit and I were face to face! He backed away when he saw me, but then moved forward curiously. I clapped my hands and he backed up again, but then came closer. Finally I stomped my foot and yelled at the fox, and he retreated! :( Watch out, foxies! People are dangerous!
Two weeks ago R and I ventured to one of our favorite spots for a nature walk, the Minnesota River Wildlife Preserve in Bloomington.
At one of the lakes:
Wild egrets abounded.
Later, we heard a rustling in the undergrowth:
This is called an eyed elater (Alaus oculatus), one of the blind click bugs. Apparently the bugs make a clicking noise. These guys appear in the springtime, and eat rotting wood. Their underground larvae are root-eaters, however, and can cause problems for grain crops.
We approached our favorite part of the walk; a valley featuring a bubbling streamlet.
I found a new friend!
And the view of the MN River, with Hwy 77 in the background.
We were extremely excited to see so many critters. My philosophy is that the creatures now know that if they present themselves to us, they will become internet STARS!
I hope the Twin Citians among you will be encouraged by this non-MOA entertainment!
Lovies and foxies,