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Happy Holler Christmas to You!

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Folks at The Holler celebrate Christmas in a Big Way!
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One of our neighbors fills their multiple acre property with hundreds of decorations.
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Each year there are more!
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Many of them have moving parts. There is a almost life size Santa flown airplane with a runway that lands!
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Some are twenty feet tall and the lighted trees are taller!
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And this is all done by one Hollerite family!
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Christmas is serious out here. I think the coyotes are impressed because they don’t chew the electric cables and coyotes chew EVERYTHING!
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To be honest I get the Christmas bug too…..
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But not to the same impressive degree!
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Happy Holler Christmas to you and yours!

Sky Floating~

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Sand Hill Cranes
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magnificent fliers
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floating in space.
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They drift by
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like giant ballons
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untethered by human hands.
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Proud silhouettes
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kissed by the golden sunset.
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Cheers to you from the wintering cranes at the Salton Sea~

M n M’s~

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Look who dropped by The Holler today, M n M’s, Mother Nature’s Maids!
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They keep things clean around here,

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but don’t like me coming near.
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They open their wings to seem imposing,
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while Holler trash they are busy disposing!
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Good birds, they keep the sunflower field tidy.
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Yep, we have sunflowers in December!
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The birds & the bees love em.
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I couldn’t just leave you with photos of vultures could I?
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Cheers to you from The Holler Housekeepers and some December sun~

Peregrine Precision~

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Peregrines dive as if in a dream,
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snatching birds in mid-flight,

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landing to administer the coup de grace.
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Mantling prey on the ground for seconds,

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they soon return to rule the skies!

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Cheers to you from the lightening-fast-Falcons~

Note: Peregrine Falcons are the fastest-moving creatures on earth and have been clocked diving at up to 242 mph!

Fall Migration~

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It is sad when the summer orioles,
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fly off to their winter homes.

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No more sunny day squabbles,
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and birdie bickering.
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When the last baby bird has finally fledged,
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and flutterbyes have fluttered off,

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when grosbeaks are gone,
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and only hand-feeding-hummers,
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and winter birds stay, it is time for us to fly away too.
We are off to spend time with Canadian grizzlies and send you cheers from your Holler summertime friends~

There Be Dragons~

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in the hothouse garden,

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snapping wizard jaws at you!

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Breathing purple fire,
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they cast enchanting spells,
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like sirens beckoning you close,
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and closer still.

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Cheers to you from the mystical orchid dragons~

Into Eden’s~

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wild west,

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coyotes rule,

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above the rest.

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Lords

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of the night,

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they reign
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supreme.

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But in the day,
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they step aside,
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when into Eden,

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serpents slide.

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This 12-year-old Southern Pacific Rattlesnake was about 20 feet from our door. She was well over 5 feet in length. My son said, “Aren’t you going to take her picture?”

I was so shocked by her too close presence that I forgot about taking pics which is a first for me, and I was a bit rattled when I finally took them! This is the wild west, and the rattlesnakes live here, and always have.

On another note, a genetic study was published a few days ago, which clarified there is only one true north american wolf, the grey wolf, others are coyote/wolf hybrids.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wolf-species-20160727-snap-story-20160727-snap-story.html

Cheers to you from Eden’s Holler~