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Friday, August 29, 2008

The Birdhouse & Gustav

As part of our process of getting things in order at the house in case we have to evacuate for Hurricane Gustav, we were outside this evening. The eagle-eyed Charles noticed this gray tree frog hanging out in our birdhouse. It wasn't until I downloaded the photos to the computer that I also saw the spider & her eggs in there. I love the frog's casual pose (click for larger image.) Birds don't use the birdhouse, but other critters certainly do. (Update; This photo was featured on the front page of the St. Tammany News, Jul. 27, 2009.)
On the other side of the circle of life, I noticed this pile of dove feathers in the yard (the 2nd such pile in a week.) I wondered what would happen to "our" birds if we had to evacuate. We could still leave them seed (although the raccoons would certainly avail themselves of it,) but how would they weather the storm? I know I can't worry about such things, ultimately, but sometimes it can't be helped.
As of right now Gustav's tracking far enough west that we shouldn't have to leave. I hope it stays that way. We're making a formal, final decision on the matter tomorrow afternoon.

18 comments:

PJ said...

Lana, I know the feeling about deciding whether to stay or to go and what happens to what you leave behind. We lost everything in Ivan and I'll never forget the last look I gave my home before we left.
The frog looks like it's telling you everything is going to be alright.
I'm tracking Gustav and Hanna with NOOA graphics on my blog so you can check there for updates if you want to. I hate the TV news, it's so tabloid.

Charles Gramlich said...

Amazing how I didn't see the spider and egg sack either. The little house is housing life at least, even if it's not bird life.

Lana Gramlich said...

pj; I'm sorry Ivan got y'all. <:( I've been tracking Gustav & Hannah on the NOAA website, actually (you're right about the news.) Thanks for the info, though! Although it appears that Gustav will be far enough West of us to stay home at this point, the fact that it whipped up 2 categories overnight still gives me pause.

charles; The spider & eggs were in shadow back there, so I'm not surprised we didn't see them. I never really thought about other critters that might use it & I'm just glad that they are, y'know? It's not "just" decorative out there after all. The frog's pose in the birdhouse almost suggests a children's story to me...but you're the writer. ;)

Dave Coulter said...

I'm doing my best "anti-hurricane dance" for you & C! (Gustav don't have a chance now!!!) Please be careful, okay?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

I have seem pictures of animals aroun Nawlins swimming for their lives during Katrina.

I am trying to affect an Arcadian accent here:

De cat sank!

triste.

Build an ark for the cats and dogs, just in case.

We are praying for New Orleans.

Shauna Roberts said...

The frog picture's so cute it looks staged.

The WDSU traffic cams show highway 10 completely jammed already. I hope you guys can get out if you need to.

letspaintnature.com said...

Oh do be safe! I hope you don't have to evacuate, but I hope the storm doesn't do any damage too!
That frog is too funny! What a cool painting that would be.
Good luck with the storm. xoxo

MarmiteToasty said...

I LOVE the little frog with his arm hanging out of the birdhouse LOL

please be safe if the storms come

x

laughingwolf said...

lovely pic...

sad for the doves, but i guess they were feed for other wee ones...

Lana Gramlich said...

dave; Will do. Thanks for the dance. Keep it up. *L* ;)

ivan; Actually they started evacuating animals a few days ago. New Orleans has learned quite a bit from Katrina (fortunately!)

shauna; I loved the frog. So precious, hanging out there!
This year a lot of people have left town in advance, as compared to Katrina. I figure by the time we have to go (if that time comes,) we won't have too much of a problem.

chris; Thanks for the well wishes. That frog almost makes me want to write a kid's book, y'know? *L*

marmitetoasty; Thank you very much!

laughingwolf; Yep...the circle of life, y'know? Even today I watched a hawk chasing yet another dove across our front yard. It's an almost daily event. Fortunately there are a LOT of doves!

laughingwolf said...

yeah, while i may mourn one life, i celebrate the next....

Rob said...

Good Luck, Lana. We're riding it out up here, too. See you on the other side.

Rob
CrabAppleLane

Rob said...

Oh, and one of my birdhouses was occupied by ants and another by wasps.

Travis said...

I guess the natural order of things will take care of the animals if the hurricane heads your way.

Best of luck to you and Charles.

Lisa said...

That is the cutest frog I've ever seen! How nice of him to pose for you, Lana! Hope you and your neighbors are doing well. (((hugs)))

Natural said...

oh lana you guys get to see some very cool animals right in your own backyard. i have to go to the zoo to see these things. thanks for posting this picture.

the spider reminded me of charlotte's web.

roadgurl5 said...

Geez, it was hard deciding on a favorite. It's a given that all of your artwork is beautiful. I almost decided on your seven weird things meme---some intriguing stuff there. But I then came across this post. Such a great photo, the little frog and spider taking refuge in the birdhouse, and your story hinted at more---the realization that things, both material and living must sometimes be left behind in such disasters. This brought to mind the domesticated animals that were left during Katrina because of lousy policy and how that policy endangered humans, as well as the animals. Probably read too much into it, but that's what your post made me think about.

Lana Gramlich said...

roadgurl5; I got your entry here. When we came back after Katrina I actually volunteered with others to help some of the pets that had been abandoned throughout New Orleans. As you say, there was so little effective preparation. It was all very sad.

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