Friday, May 29, 2009

A Photo About Loss

Had a good cry this morning seeing Teddy's empty apartment while feeding the sheep. I'm in a funk. I know she was frustrated by her physical limitations and now she is free.

A tiny kitten appeared in the carport when I got back from the vet's as if there was a vacancy sign. Maybe I can train it to eat the field mice in the pumpkin patch so I don't attract any more foxes.

This is a photo I took of Crow Poison, Nothoscordum bivalve, and altered through digital manipulation. I turned the white flowers black to show how I will miss Teddy Bird's presence.

Speaking of crows, I read an interesting article yesterday about how a UK study proved crows rival chimpanzees in their intelligence. Although these birds in the wild don't make tools, the captive crows were taught to use them in order to get their food, and when the tools were taken away, developed their own tools to do the same tasks.

Not only do animals have the capacity for love and life enjoyment, they are also a lot smarter than given credit.


Nola @ the Alamo said...

Animals are intelligent! I've always told my hubby that the cats and dog are waaaay smarter than us. We go to work, they stay home; I drag home 20 lbs of food, they lay around and primp, then wander over and have a bite of food at their leisure. They earn their keep by supplying us with endless love and devotion and a few good laughs.
Just remember Teddy is with you in spirit; and now she's free of pain! That kitten is a sign that life goes on and someone else needs you now.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Me again, thanks for all the info and the tree link. Oh, I wish I lived down in the hill country, you have such a great zone for gardening, it stays so much warmer there in the winter! I spent lots of time in Austin years ago when my ex-hubby worked there for an extended length of time.
My brother is an Aggie from back in the '60's, so I'm an Aggie at heart; I married a Sooner, so we share a mutual dislike for longhorns, and only disagree once a year when A&M and OU do battle.
Have a great weekend...

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