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“Hello little one. My, you are brave and curious aren’t you.” .
Species: Townsend’s Chipmunk

Early autumn brings young adult animals out to begin foraging in order to survive winter. Juvenile wildlife tend to be more bold and/or curious, making sighting them entertaining and fun. They’re feverishly foraging and seeking out their buried food at the same time, so preoccupied that they don’t seem to care who’s around, except for dogs it seemed. I squatted down to watch this young one do his/her thing, then it stopped to come up to me to check me out, getting to less than a foot away from me. I was amazed. Yes I was holding still, but wow still. And I did talk to him/her as I do to all creatures and things alive. Lol.
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Please remember to respect wildlife with how you choose to interact and treat their habitat. Be sure to consider if your actions may habituate them causing harm later on, after you leave their presence

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A surprise visitor, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch.

I was out feeding the chickadees and surprised to have a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches swoop in to feed from my hand as well. The pair was vocal while feeding, so it was a treat to hear them call and sing up close. One would swoop in, grab a seed it liked, fly back to the large conifer tree nearby to eat, then call, and swoop back in. Def. more dominant than both Black Capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees as they gave way to the nuthatches. —— Early autumn brings young adult animals out to begin foraging in order to survive winter. Juvenile wildlife tend to be more bold and/or curious, making sighting them entertaining and fun.
Please remember to respect wildlife with how you choose to interact and treat their habitat. Be sure to consider if your actions may habituate them causing harm later on, after you leave their presence. —-
Best seeds to feed are Black Oil Sunflower with shells or shelled sunflower bird feed seeds, wholesome without seasoning or additives. I like to use with shells as it is most natural, where they would normally forage and do the work to unshell to eat the seed

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Tonight’s dinner with leftovers for lunch 😊 This Thai inspired cold noodle with beef dish used to be something I made often in my mid 20’s. For some reason or other I haven’t made it since then, so it’s been about 20 years?! I even remember that I had only made this dish while living in my first bachelor/studio rental apartment I lived in on 11th and Pine, and how I often made it for when friends came over for dinner. It’s weird and interesting how some things we love go out of favour and can be forgotten. For some reason last week this memory came up and I felt inspired to try to make it again.
Rice noodles, chopped cilantro, julliened cucumber, crushed garlic, hot red chilli relish, sliced medium rare grilled beef tossed with a mixture of fish sauce, lime juice, and honey

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Enjoying the Perseids meteor shower along with a very bright waxing moon, while listening to Ólafur Arnalds. Such a beautiful experience, being one with nature and life.

Have been fortunate to see a few bright ones blazing down while the moon was low still

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Meet Spike. He was a best friend to Harry. Having been rescued in his early years by Harry, he ended up with a life of daily adventures as he was able to go to work with his bff. Spike got to go everywhere, lived on a boat, and then a house. In his old age he suffered from dementia of sorts and would pace the house and deck repeatedly, but was fortunate enough to live out his old age at home, safe, and well loved. ⁣
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⁣I had the fortune to meet Spike a couple of years ago, then again this year before his passing. His bff knew that Spike’s time left on this side of the rainbow bridge was limited, and so I wanted to do my ‘Loving Memories’ (end-of-life) photoshoot in preparation for the inevitable… which came this July 31st, 2019. According to the vet, it’s believed Spike had a big stroke in the wee hours while he slept beside his favorite human… it was a heartbreaking decision to let Spike go, a poignantly beautiful ending, to pass away while unconscious, peacefully. ⁣
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⁣Our hearts ache for your bff and for your departure, Spike. We love you and miss you, Spike.⁣
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⁣NIKON D7100⁣
⁣35.0 mm f/1.8⁣
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Photo Session: Loving Memories (End-of-life)
⁣Copyright: Kaishin Chu