Qwazy Wabbits!

I was at a playground with my son and there were several rabbits running in circles everywhere.  They were not shy and were running and jumping all over the place.  They finally wore themselves out and took a break.  Soon after, they disappeared into the brush.funny bunnybunny bunnies sleeping rabbit

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Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals and educates the public about nature and the environment.  Please click through to check them out and donate if you can.  Or, if you are local, stop in for a visit.  Here are some photos from my visit.  This eagle was so cool!

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We visited and took a hike around the lake.

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We also had the opportunity to see some of the other animals they care for year round.

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History from the website http://www.cedarrun.org

In 1951, Jim and Betty Woodford bought a 185 acre parcel of land, in what were then the wilds of Medford Township, to use as a summer get-away. They quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pinelands and decided to live here full time. By 1957 they built their first home with a view of the lake, and founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Betty became a local authority on the flora and fauna of the NJ Pinelands, and quickly began teaching others what she knew.
Over the next 40 years, Betty and Jim devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford’s ultimate dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run’s land and buildings for future generations.

My Finch Post

Another amazing act of nature.  I was working in the yard and noticed a small bird coming out of a fence post.  The fence is designed for the rail to go into the post but it is old and not joined together.

fence postThe birds, finches I think, entered the opening and created a nest in the hole.

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The interesting part is that the hole used to gone straight, but something bored down into the post creating a pocket in which they created the nest.  Not sure how that happened.

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Finches are small, but baby finches are tiny!  It makes you want to just pick them up and hold them.  But, of course, that would not be good for the baby birds so I just look.

Baby finch in post

They do squeak and open their beaks when they are hungry.  They will only be here a short time.  I hope they enjoyed their stay!

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Reflections on a hike

I went for a short hike with my son and took a few quick shots.  The temperature was mild and the wind was calm.  Very peaceful.

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It was the end of the day and the sun was setting.  There was still enough light to capture some reflections on the pond.

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A pair of ducks wandered around but otherwise it was pretty quiet.  We were looking for frogs and turtles but just found the ducks.

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Here today, gone tomorrow…

It was just days ago that I posted the pictures of the baby Robins in the nest.  They grew up so fast…and now they’re gone.  It reminds me of how precious time is and how we need to stop and smell the roses more often.  Enjoy the little things in life.

Baby Robins

 

Nature can be so beautiful but it all changes so quickly.  The same goes for our lives and  children who grow up so fast.  Stop and watch the children play.  Don’t be in such a rush all the time.  Everything is not so important that you can’t indulge the little ones once in a while.  You will be surprised how much you gain from giving them so little.

Empty Nest