Tuesday, June 17, 2014

STOP EVERYTHING!!! I need to tell you guys about something that happened...

Slightly off topic for me on this blog, I want to begin a story of something that happened to me this weekend. Mainly, our weekend was focused on the celebration of Father's Day... but something extraordinary happened while I was home from work on Monday... Let me tell you about it. (And don't ask me any stupid questions about how I got pictures of all this... just roll with it, right?)


There's been something moving around in the woods for weeks now out back of our house. I assumed it was a raccoon or a porcupine or the smoke monster from LOST. But I was mistaken... If you look very carefully at the picture above you can see the little fella climbing on the rock in the middle of the picture. 


Yes, that's right folks, there's a vintage Star Wars toy AT-AT walker in the woods behind our house. Just walking around like he owns the place. King of the forest.


He's got spunk, I'll give him that.


He's a nosy little bugger, that's for sure.


Sometimes that doesn't go so well for him. 


I guess this past Monday he finally decided to check out what that big white shape on the edge of the woods was. 


It was probably pretty intimidating at first. 


But like I said, nosy little bugger. 


Decided to mark his territory. 


Eventually made his way back around to the front of the house. 


Where he found our returnables barrel. 


It was at this point that I realized something was around. And from the chew-marks on those aluminum cans, I suspected I knew what it was. 


I knew just what to put out. 


I think I'm gaining his trust. More on this as events unfold. 

(And yes, I know something similar was done in a youtube video. I didn't know it until I got all these photographs though... so just let me have my fun.)

19 comments:

  1. You feed and they'll just keep coming back! Set up traps now before your yard gets infested.

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    1. Honestly, Erik, I think he's just a stray. He's in rough shape, but I think he was a pet. I'm going to gain his trust and see what happens.

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  2. Awesome rock in your backyard! When I get my farm together one day I will put some in complete with moss.

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    1. Yes! Rock. Moss. All that. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! I'm far from done. It's not going to take over the blog, but you will see more from this little guy in the future.

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  4. Nice collection of photos. I've never heard of "returnables" before. I guess that's regional. We just call it recycling.

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    1. Thank you and yes. I think it must be regional. I've never heard of "recycling" before. What is this strange magic of which you speak?

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  5. Just remember Derek, they multiply like rabbits.

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    1. Luckily, I haven't seen any females around. Just this guy.

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  6. I hear they are very territorial, so just make sure you don't get surrounded in the woods by them, you may not make it back.

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    1. I honestly think this one is a solo stray pet or something. We'll see how this all plays out soon enough.

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  7. YES! Derek, I think you've found your calling ;)
    Completely unexpected and absolutely wonderful. I look forward to more adventures in the wild from up there. Even your wildlife is so much more interesting than ours. I must know, who captured these shots?
    Very nice frames!

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    1. I took all of these except the one I'm in. I roped Jenn into taking that shot. There are more adventures planned, for sure. Like I mentioned above, I'm not letting it take over the blog or anything, but it's definitely going to become a regular feature.

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    1. Thank you John! That actually means quite a bit coming from you.

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  9. You sir, have won the internets. All of them. Good show.

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    1. Thank you! And I'm not done yet...

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