Animal Kingdom

Soon I am heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for some vacation time with family. The name makes me laugh since I am in constant battle with gophers, squirrels, and rabbits vying for the benefits of my garden.

Eight deer swept through the yard last night, reducing my flowering almond and lilies to mere stumps. I would complain but I just read that my girlfriend returned from a hike to find a snake on her doorstep. I shall remain quiet and appreciative instead.

The golden finches have returned for the summer and they are such a colorful addition to the array of birds here. I love them. Of course, the Miller moths have shown up too. I saw the first five of the season yesterday. I do not love them. I hope it is nothing like last year’s invasion. Maybe our late winter slowed their numbers down. One can only hope. It would be nice compensation for all the snow and cold in May.

As I write, robins are sweeping the yard for worms, Cassin finches are fiercely working to clean up the bird seed I spilled, two hummingbirds are draining the feeder, and fat bunnies scurry away every time I open the door. My aspen trees are splendidly leafed out in their summer duds. Summer in the forest!

I don’t have elephants, giraffes, or rhinos, but I do have my own kind of animal kingdom. Have fun this summer! Barb

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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One Response to Animal Kingdom

  1. Great article and have fun at the Disney Animal Kingdom. Best of luck with everything 🙂

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