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Every year we have an increased occurrence of critters when fall starts to set in. This year, the number of Barn Spiders has increased dramatically. During the summer months I might find one "hanging" around by shed, but this year there are several. There are two on my mail box, one on the shed, one on the eve of our home, one on web between an evergreen to the house, two hanging on webs in trees in my back yard, and this one I captured in the Garage-Mahal. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Barn Spiders are very common in North America. You can learn more about Barn Spiders by clicking here. Yes, I know, the picture sucks. I took it with my cellular phone and enlarged it. Enlarging only made the cruddiness become more cruddy.

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Yes... that's right... another photograph with my cellular phone - equally crappy. This was taken in my back yard at dusk. I know, it looks quite light, but that was the camera attempting to compensate for the low light. I walked up on this bunny when I came out of my house heading for the Garage-Mahal. It was too busy eating freshly growing grass sprouts to notice me. When I tried to get a bit closer my key ring jingled and off it bounced. It hopped around the side of the building and once it stopped I took this picture. When I came out the next morning I found the rabbit gone (of course) and numerous deer hoof prints in the same area. Good thing they just passed by and didn't take to eating my new grass too.

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This particular bunny (above and left) is a common Eastern Cottontail. There are several nearby. I've seen three of various sizes recently. I think this one is the youngest of the group because it's smaller. Three years back I found a baby bunny in the woods along the south edge of my property. No other rabbits were nearby - or at least none I could see. I took this little one inside and snapped this completely out of focus picture with my Nikon P1. Apparently, my camera selected the high-contrast edges of my alarm clock to focus on rather than the brown bunny resting on a tan comforter. Here's a cheesy picture of it. If you're interested in learning more about Eastern Cottontails click this.


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