Monday, October 14, 2019

Out After Dark...Redux!

redux: adjective
1. brought back
2. revived

Last week's post needs to be brought back and revived. Someone was missing from the party...

In last week's post I shared our close encounters 'Out After Dark' with a snake, a hedgehog, and a demon-eyed dog.

Then this week this hanger-on showed up on the light post outside our building! Welcome to the party, Spidey!
 
Don't the markings on the underside of the body look like a face?





















With the flash reflecting off the bushes.
From the 'front' side.



He/she is well fed. I wish we had an object of comparison in the picture, but it is a little bigger than a quarter (including its hairy legs and fat body). Big enough that Maureen gives it a WIDE berth when going past the light post.

Today's poem is Spidey's perspective on being included in this redux blog post. Read at your own risk:

Sheesh,
there they are again.
Those two-eyed
two-legged
noisy
nosy 
GIANTS
tromping around my web
like they live here!

Excuse me,
you don't see me going into 
THEIR homes...
OK, so you see me 
once I get inside,
but that's another story.

Back to the problem
at hand...
and I have NO hands!
These GIANTS and
their black rectangles
flash me with a
bright light and it
disrupts my dinnertime 
and life.

I know, 
if I move real fast 
like this...

"EEEEEK!"

Works every time. Hee - hee...

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Out After Dark

When we lived in Arizona we had many run-ins with snakes - mostly in the daylight.
One of the many I saw on my trail runs.


















When we moved here to Switzerland I thought we left the risk of running into a snake behind - day or night.

I was wrong.

This past week Joe and Smidgey encountered this fella right outside our apartment building while out for Smidgey's pre-bedtime walk.

Snake photos by Joe.
Out for an evening stroll...uh, I mean slither.

We've tried to identify him (or her) but to no avail. There are snakes native to Switzerland, including two that are venomous, but none look like this critter. Perhaps a pet who escaped? We're not sure. It was gone by morning.

Another evening last week, while walking Smidgey once again, we encountered a very different critter:
A hedgehog! See his cute face?
















Smidgey wanted to be "friends" with this prickle ball.
















Hedgehogs do not seem to be the 'brightest bulbs' so to speak. This fella let Maureen get right up next to it so we could take these pictures. Credit where credit is due: photos courtesy of Maureen.

And then there is this critter seen in the night:
Spookiest of all!





















they slither
they prickle
they scare us with their eyes

after dark
WATCH OUT
they might give you a surprise!
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