The Wild and the Tame

This has been a week for animals — the wild and the tame.

Taking the tame first, yes, the cats are released from durance vile. So far, so good.

As for the wild, Charlie told me I missed a major migration of about two dozen deer across the side yard. He didn’t say if they were driving Conestoga wagons. Wait a minute and I’ll ask him.

He says no.

Then these guys came up to flaunt themselves before our almost-vegetarian eyes.

Wild and the TameYes, that close to the car. What are they? They’re wild turkeys. I knew we had them. We’ve seen them before, but not so many at once.

They went down into the woods. Then the wind started blowing like all get-out and leaves and spinners came down like solid rain and the turkeys freaked out. They were like, “Wind, stop it! You’re freakin’ me out, man!” They came out of the woods and calmed down, and went back in.

Turkey Feathers FarIn case you can’t make it out at that distance, here’s a close-up you probably still can’t make out. It’s weird, how close they looked in person and how far away they look in the picture.

Turkey FeathersThat big dark bit that looks like a stegosaurus is a male turkey with his feathers spread. Just like in the coloring books!

I love living back here. It’s awesomesauce!

Speaking of sauce, I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies on a non-chicken dinner that couldn’t be beat.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: An animal freaks out at a natural phenomenon.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Wild and the Tame

  1. Jane

    November 25, 2014 at 11:39am

    Love a good critter story.
    Nicholas was out in the wind one day. He was baffled. The air was shoving him around!!! You could hear it coming, sweeping toward you through the trees!! He was so excited that for the first, and only time, he backed up to the fence and sprayed just like a big boy. Wasn’t that sweet?

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