Morning is the time to get the outside jobs done on these hot summer days.
Weed-wacking is easy and you can cover a large area in just a few minutes.
In Mary's hands the weed-wacker is a weapon, mowing down everything in its path. She bobs right swings left as she moves the machine through the brush, dust and weeds flying in every direction; I call it "Dirty Dancing"
If you look closely you can just see the image of the fox as he was about to disappear behind our deck. You should be able to see his right ear (left side of photo) and the tip of his tail as well as a small part of his back. He was on the run.
About 8 pm last night I spotted him outside our patio door moving quickly towards the pond. He was on the run, likely motivated by our voices which I'm sure frightened him as much as he startled us.
By the time I got my camera up and focused this was the only shot I got off. A terrible picture but sufficient detail to know this isn't a fisherman's story.
Just a minute or two later a blue heron took off from the pond and flew north up the valley to the east of the house. (no picture this time)
Not a minute later we spotted this buck on the run down by the pond.
Another poor quality image but sufficient evidence to know how quickly and frequently wildlife moves through this area.
Must keep a closer eye on the horizon from now on.