“From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.” Carl Schurz
Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries… Plus Neighbors
I live in the suburbs; in an area with plenty of white tailed deer. They don’t care about fences, walls or any other boundaries; when they see food or shrubs they want, they go get it. They are my neighbors of sorts. They are not scared of me or anyone else for that matter. Our history goes way, way back. Well, for me it does. I’ll explain in the next paragraph. You see, before homes and people encroached on their territory, they owned the land. When homes were built in the 1950s and on, they moved deeper into the woods but never left town… Why should they? Wouldn’t you stick around to protect your land or at least salvage what’s left for your progeny? Did I already say they owned the land? Exactly…. and they still do.
As for my personal history with my neighbors, the deer that is, we connected when I decided to bring Holland to my home. I planted over a thousand tulip bulbs over a three year period… Yes, in 3 1/2 years they were gone… Bambi and his/her relatives came to dinner… often. They decimated my garden and ate everything but the poisonous plants. I tried everything short of… Nothing worked. Even one avid gardener friend, who lived further up north, claimed she planted extras and they would have some and leave some for her to enjoy. Her deer neighbors must not be street smart NY deer, I figured… Why leave some behind right? Finally, I said sayonara to my tulip bulbs and planted some shrubs.
When the weekly photo challenge was introduced, I was excited because I love looking at photographs. I take them too but I am still a novice at photography. I was looking forward to simply checking out what more skilled photographers had to offer, and I figured I’ll wait until I’ve set up/learned how to use my new Canon SLR before submitting any pictures. I’ve been on the fence about it…
Well today, I looked out my kitchen window; lo and behold, after a 2-3 week lull, my neighbors were back. I have to admit that as much as our shared memory hasn’t been a party-over-here experience, I was glad to see that they were back and hanging out in my backyard like they never left town. Boundaries? What boundaries … remember? They own the place. The pictures you see are my attempts at capturing their visit today. Taken with my old Nikon Coolpix. Do you have furry neighbors/neighbors from nature? Do share! Come back for more photos as I will add more! Enjoy.
Positive Motivation Tip: Find some common ground with your neighbors and avoid all conflicts.
- Are deer carnivore or herbivore (wiki.answers.com)
- How can you help deer in the community (wiki.answers.com)
- Dear Deer, (gadabout-blogalot.com)
- Don’t Feed The Deer (shadowwolf32.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Deer … Boundaries & Neighbors not in headlights from my Personal Collection