Cottontails~

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The Holler bunnies are practically tame,
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probably because we feed them carrots,
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with the express understanding they eat the carrots and not my flowers!
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What we have here is a failure to communicate,
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not all that uncommon among neighbors.

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Cheers to you from The Holler’s funny-bunnies~

Hollerific~

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I just went to visit my daughter Dre,

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in Pacific Grove California.

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The roads were downright Hollerific,
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with scenery just like Hollerdom.
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There were Hollerish folks,

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like this army veteran who loves butterflies and Hillary Clinton. (You have to play, “Where’s Hillary? and look for her in the first butterfly house photo. Click to enlarge to see her clearly!)
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The critters were different,
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but it’s nice to know there are Hollers everywhere,
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with creative folks, living in natural places, with wild animals,
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that are protected.
Cheers to you from Dre’s Holler~
For more info on the PG Butterfly House check out: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20150316/NEWS/150319767

Trust~

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is an honor,
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that is earned,
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and easily broken.

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The Holler Hummers have learned to trust,
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and will feed readily from hand.
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My husband and son volunteer occasionally for photos,
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as you can see in this photo, but mostly I do it myself, which is really quite comically difficult.
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I hold the camera with my right hand and the feeder with my left!
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But the experience of concentrating, vibrating, hummingbirds feeding from your fingers, so close to your face and eyes, is so simply phenomonal, that’s it’s worth is above words.

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It is amazing what we will do, and receive back, for unselfish love.

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Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

Red-Tail-Kids~

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I had an opportunity to get up close and personal with a juvenile red-tailed hawk.
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They are magnificent creatures.
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both up close and in the sky,

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although I far prefer to see them flying free.
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We have three juvenile hawks in Holler skies now.
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They fly closer to us than the adults,
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Red Tails don’t develop the characteristic red-tail until their first year molt,

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and their feather colors can vary from quite dark to very light.
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Cheers to you from the Red-Tail-Kids~

Sacred Visions~

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are the genius of Gaudi.
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He walked on this earth,

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but his mind,

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and soul,

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lived in the heavens.

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When you walk in the quiet of earliest morning,
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in La Sagrada Familia,
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you can feel Gaudi’s sacred visions.
Cheers to you from the beautiful heart of Gaudi~

Squirrel Nutkin & His Holler Friends~

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Squirrel Nutkin has his favorite chair, where birdseed falls on his head like manna, unasked for, from heaven.
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It’s perfect place for pillow-hiding where no one can see him at all, if only it weren’t for his tell-tale-tail!
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He can scale the walls like spiderman,
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and perch on his chair like a king on his throne.

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Baby-Bunting-Birdie is confused by all the action, but never hops by without leaving a gift, so thoughtful!
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The Grosbeaks create the showers of seeds while stuffing their beaks past full.

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The docile doves just watch the show.

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Cheers to you from the setting sun and another critter-full Holler day~
(Thank you Ms. Potter for many happy childhood reads about Squirrel Nutkin and all his animal friends).

Madrid’s Don Quixote Tapestries~

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The Royal Palace of Madrid,
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has a special exhibit,

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honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of, “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.”

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These tapestries were commissioned by Phillip V who lived from 1683-1746,
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and depict in detail the life and adventures of Don Quixote.
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I included a close-up so you could see the intricate stitch detail in these remarkable tapestries.
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They were woven sometime in the early 1700’s by the Madrid Tapestry Factory which was founded by King Phillip V. Goya worked for a time in this factory creating designs.
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Cheers to you in honor of Don Quixote who taught us so much about the subjective nature of our perceptions~