Ah…yes, love! It makes the world go round, your heart flutters, and you begin to feel butterflies inside your belly. Animals deeply feel love and empathy for each other. Visit the science of love by Dr. Anna Machin click here.
Love is definitely in the air…which you will see on the trail cam videos. Raccoons and deer are hanging out harmoniously, and two deer are kissing with endearment.
“It’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.” – Serendipity
Always know that you are dearly loved and cherished.
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It’s for the birds…well, not really. If you’re an animal lover like myself, then you will enjoy these trail cam videos. On the trail cam videos, you will find a group of cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, and a nutty squirrel socializing with each other.
Plus, studies have shown that about 10 percent of the 10,000 known bird species have mated with another species. To read more about this from the Audubon Societyclick here. For more info. click here. So, I guess birds of a feather ‘do not’ stick together.
In Celtic mythology the Holly tree is a symbol for peace and goodwill. We decided to celebrate 2023 by planting holly trees in the woods around our home. Plus, holly trees add a pop of color in the winter months. Holly trees are easy to care for and only need to be fertilized once a year. The best location for planting a holly is in well-drained, slightly acidic soil with full sun.
Here are the steps to planting holly trees:
Lay them out in the configuration that most appeals to you. Remember to try to see them as they will look in maturity. The variety here, ‘Mary Nell’ grows to about 20-30 feet high and spreads out to 10 feet in a pyramid shape, so space them accordingly.
Gently remove the holly out of the container. Carefully break up the bottom of the root ball. This is an important step, especially if the plant has become root bound at the nursery. Loosening the bottom of the root system will promote new growth and ensure a good start for your holly in its permanent location.
Dig a hole! Our Carolina mountain clay is a bit more challenging than most soils for digging, so we use both a pick and shovel to work through the clay, small rocks, and roots. Though clay is tough to work with, hollies love it!
Continue digging until the the hole is twice as wide as the root ball and the root ball sits just slightly above ground level. (See Diagram Below)
Place some timed-release tree fertilizer, and an organic soil amendment (bagged top soil and/or a good planting mix, at a 25-50% ratio with the soil removed from the planting hole) at the bottom and sides of the hole.
Water the contents liberally, allowing the water to soak through the mixture. Place the holly into the hole and fill the hole with the rest of the original clay. The holly should sit so that the top of the root ball is at about the same height as the top of the hole.
Wrap a cover such as burlap around the newly planted holly to keep moisture in the soil and to protect the plant from wind-burn and extreme temperatures. This is an especially important step if you are planting in the winter.
Use landscaping pins to hold the burlap in place.
The burlap and pins are now in place and should look something like this.
Cover the burlap with sawdust or mulch. Finally, water the holly completely one more time.
Before you know it, you will have beautiful holly trees with lovely red berries! 😊🌲
After viewing 198 trail cam videos, I collected the best to share. As of now, there has been a deer family hanging out in the back of the woods. You will notice that there is a deer on the trail cam that has one horn. I believe that is how the unicorn myth got started.
I have been checking the web and found out that ‘unicorn’ deer are rare in the wild and that they are called piebald fawns, a form of a genetic mutation. Here is a news segment about these adorable deer, click here.
Also, on the trail cam video one deer has a slight eye condition. One of the eyes is smaller than the other…I believe that is also a genetic mutation.
Plus, I recently learned that deer can smell humans about 1/4 mile away! They have 297 olfactory receptors (nerve cells inside the nose) that make their sense of smell extra sensitive.
The woods are alive with bright colors and wildlife during the cold winter months. There is a mystical feeling of viewing the clouds over Table Rock Mountain. At twilight, you can see pink and yellow sky surrounding the mountains.
Here is lovely and joyful blue jay footage that the trail cam captured. Blue Jays are fascinating because they have different bird calls to claim territorial space and communicate with each other. Plus, blue jays are monogamous and mate for life…so romantic. 🥰
To learn more about blue jays visit Lesley the Bird Nerd on Youtube, click here.
A family of raccoons live in the back of the woods behind the cabin. Raccoons are extremely intelligent and resilient in the wild. The raccoons have been active since the black bears began their hibernation phase for the winter. Raccoons need to stay safe from bears because they eat raccoons. To read more click here.
Here are a variety of trail cams of the raccoons. Enjoy the trail cam videos!