Who’s Following Who

I heard gobbling as I approached the pond. Wanting to get a good picture, I tried to be quiet but the thick undergrowth and dense trees made it almost impossible. A few weeks ago when I was hiking the same area (trying for a picture of turtles that time), I twisted my ankle, so this time I was being super cautious and wore actual hiking boots for ankle support.
When I first caught sight of them, the turkeys were across our small pond, in front of me. I thought for sure they would take off as soon as they saw me, but to my surprise, they kept moving through the trees, eating nonchalantly as they went. I kept moving and so did they. It finally dawned on me they were actually following me, not the other way around.
I took lots of pics, but having another destination, a grove to the west, I reluctantly put the camera back in my pocket and moved on. After a few yards, something made me look back. Here they came in magnificent flight. My leaving the pond must have taken them by surprise, so they took to the air, flying up over the embankment to catch up. Back on the ground, they followed along, checking out the grove that I was surveying for a future project.
After the gobblers decided the grove wasn’t as interesting as I thought it was, they moved out through the tall, drying grasses that IMG_1325surround the pond, gorging on the grasshoppers that are big, juicy treats this time of year.
What a lovely fall morning that was, one of many this year. We have truly had a beautiful autumn with spectacular color. I love the gorgeous foliage in my neighborhood, especially the red burning bushes, and the nice weather has allowed me to get a lot of work done in my new yard. I know that winter is coming, but first we get the holidays, and then the trick is planning for spring. That’s the farmer in me, and I guess it will always be in me.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and 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, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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