The new sidewalk has been poured, the garage floor has been poured, the driveway is almost all poured and the first of our landscaping efforts has taken place. We got our trees planted in the front yard. From right to left is our expensive serviceberry tree which got us the free installation, northstar sour cherry, red delicious apple and mcintosh apple. Hopefully someday they will provide a screen from oncoming traffic coming up the hill as well as fruit and pretty blooms in the springtime.
I took this and the remaining pictures one Sunday morning when it seemed like the wildlife was bumping into each other using our backyard as their expressway. This was one of the does on the lookout for her yearling fawn who was grazing contentedly nearby.
This year we have seen a flock of turkeys almost all summer long on a daily basis. It comprises of four or five females and about twenty young turkeys who are almost adults at this point. They make their way across our yard pecking up bugs and things. The young turkeys even play a bit chasing and attacking each other.
They always stretch out in a line forty or fifty feet long which makes getting a good picture of them hard. If I go for getting numbers in a single frame, they are far off and not impressive. If I zoom in to get a good look, I don't get the numbers. I got a compromise shot here where I got quite a few as they bunched up on their hike across my yard. Down at the far end of the ridge, my neighbor who lives there is a well known photographer in this area and he also photographs this same flock of turkeys. Between myself and my neighbor, these turkeys probably think we are the paparazzi.