August 4, 2011

What's in the Garden?

Today I'm heading over to visit Tootsie and friends at Fertilizer Friday.  Can you join us?  You can visit at or enter through her site at the bottom of my page!

It has been raining cats and dogs here in Nikiski.  Literally!  Mud puddles galore. I haven't snapped any recent photos of my blooms, but  I will next time the sun comes out.  All the hard work is done, things are growing beautifully and now they are certainly getting watered!  Today I'm sharing some photographs of the creatures that inhabit my property. 

To be able to glimpse the exquisite beauty and simplicity of nature is to capture a bit of mirth, merriment and rapture of God's great creation.  We have eagles, ravens, owls, chickadees and moose, caribou, ermine, rabbits, and even on rare occassion, bear....and of course, my beloved pets!

Thousands of years ago,
cats were worshipped as gods.
Cats have never forgotten this." 

Cooper in the wild mess of bleeding hearts and ligularia.

Thirsty Durst in the dry creek bed.
Kipling, exploring, 2008
Wrangell, the new guy in the garden.

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.
Edith Wharton

Tassi amid hostas, ferns and lilies.
Monti on the green

In Alaska, as you drive at twilight, you need to keep an eye on the sides of the road for horse-size animals that might walk in front of you. An adult male (bull) moose can weigh 1,600 pounds and the female (cow) a little less. Only the male has antlers, which fall off in the winter.  Moose calves are born in mid-May. Whatever you do, don't get between a cow and her one or two calves; she will be protective. 

Mama moose resting in the morning. This view is from my window to the back yard.
Munching on a small willow.  Notice the budding antlers?  Beginning in May or June, it usually takes three to four months to grow a full set of antlers. This is an astonishing growth rate, as antlers can be enormous, often spanning many feet.
Spring feeding in front of the greenhouse.

The question is not what you look at,
but what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
Thanks for stopping by,


  1. LOL Love the quote about cats..too true!

    Gorgeous gardens! I miss seeing the moose and all the other wildlife. I lived on Kodiak for 3 glorious years. Umm, except for the bears..don't miss seeing the bears..especially after they climb the fence and are in my backyard. ;)
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Cats and dogs I get, but Moose in your yard! Oh my..!

  3. The animals look happy and peaceful in your yard! How fascinating to be able to watch the moose from the comfort of your home! Do you have to put up a lot of protection for your flowers? And...what do Monti and Tassi do when they see these huge creatures walking by? (I'm assuming the kitties stay where ever they want!)

    Nice pics!

  4. I am loving all your animals! I can't imagine having moose in my back yard but its neat.
    Wish you could send some of your rain to Texas!

    I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow me.
    Have a wonderful day!!

  5. Wow, what visitors to the garden. I see we are using the same blog background. Have a great day.

  6. Love the picture of Cooper in the garden. And the moose- oh the memories. ;-)

  7. And I thought we had it bad with common whitetail deer to dodge on the roadways, I cannot imagine hitting a moose! Love the animals in your gardens, where would we be without our little furry friends? Glad to meet you through Tootsie!

  8. I have a few of those "special" gardeners in my yard too...they are such darlings sometimes...your photos are great...I think your kitty photos are my favorite...Moose...well...just not kissable enuf for me! lol
    thanks for linking in!