November 8, 2013

Carnage

Oh my god, blood all over the walk, wheel tracks leading away. Did Jim fall off the John Deere lawnmower and then get run over?

But no, there he was, coming down the path, ready to do chores, no sign of mishap or injury. Hey.

I was pretty upset when I saw those pools of blood. This part of the walkway is right outside the bedroom window, and if some creature had some kind of mishap, it was awfully near the house. No sign of feathers or fur, though. No screeching sounds the night before.

Just this evidence of foul play in the morning. And it was still wet. There is a huge coyote who visits our neighbor's yard, and we have bobcats who hunt near our meadow. What could have happened?

I went to investigate.

But wait. As I stood right over the evidence, the walk was clear -- there was only a dribble of dampness along the stones.

I backed up and once again the stones were blood soaked. Huh?  I looked up.

There, in the distance was the culprit. The red maple, blazing in the sun, had cast a blood red reflection onto a little patch of wetness in the shade.

The tracks in the grass were my own, from the garden cart. The dampness was from a little bit of spilled hose water. The sight of carnage outside my window was nothing more than autumn sunlight and fall foliage playing tricks.

I have to tell you, it really scared me.

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  1. Whoosh! I personally was relieved to see the picture of your husband coming safe and sound down the path! Isn't that wild? Unseen hazards of gardening.

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    1. Larkspur, there are so many gardening hazards, we all need to be wary : )

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  2. Ha, ha, you had me going there for a moment, Laurrie--those damp spots in the first photo really do look like blood. Once I knew your husband was okay, I was sure some poor animal had met his demise here. Glad to know it was all just a trick of lighting. I've decided I must plant a red maple!

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    1. Rose, it looked so much like blood, I was startled beyond belief. Eeek.

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  3. Quite the trick of light there! I've encountered the odd mysterious puddle of 'something' my usual reaction is to poke warily at with a stick...and then feel very silly when I figure it out!

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    1. Acair Fearann, I was so shocked when I saw these blood puddles . . . and then felt incredibly silly when I figured it all out. Mmmph.

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  4. OMG...that's too funny...you had me going there for a minute...glad no real blood was shed :-)

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    1. Scott, no blood was shed, but I nearly had a genuine heart attack!

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  5. Too many scary movies over Halloween?

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    1. El gaucho, with the bobcats and coyotes and other scary beasts, we don't need frightening movies here to create anxiety! But this sight of blood had me going . . .

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    2. I can only imagine. I'd be on edge with those types of critters roaming around, knowing how tasty my pups would be to a wild critter. In your defense, it REALLY did look like blood!

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  6. I'm so glad there was no real blood. I had a similar experience with a puddle a couple of days ago, saw the unceasing gray-white of a cloud reflected in one, and thought for a nano-second that it might have snowed. Snow scares me almost as much as blood.

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    1. Alison, I had to laugh at you being more frightened of snow than blood!

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  7. I was thinking it was something from detective story, Laurrie! I'm glad the blood was only red leaves reflection, your maple is awesome in fall!

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    1. Nadezda, we all watch too many detective shows on TV. My first thought was that it was blood, and I felt so silly to find out it wasn't!

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  8. Halloween is over. Too early for April Fools. Ha.... what one's mind will do to you.

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    1. Lisa, who are you gonna believe, your own eyes or the facts?

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  9. That is crazy! I can not believe that the tree cast that bright of a "stain" on your walk way! Now that is a brilliant tree! WOW! I was guessing an animal for sure! Happy weekend you!

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    1. Nicole, it's hard to show how very realistically blood-like that little puddle was! Not just a red colored stain but a really scary pool of blood. . . for a moment at least.

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  10. Surprised, worried, relieved, curious, amazed. What a story!

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  11. I thought your bobcat was back and had munched some bunnies. Great story!

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    1. Tammy, that's exactly what I was afraid of -- carnivore predation outside my window. Eek.

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  12. That is so funny! Your blood was very realistic, and even after you told me the culprit, I had to convince myself!

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    1. Deb, that's what I could not get over -- it was so real looking, even after I knew it was just a reflection it looked like a pool of blood.

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  13. Mother Nature plays so many tricks in the garden but that's a new one for me!! Glad is was so innocent.

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    1. Debbie, and I am glad as well. I was a little worried there for a short while : )

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  14. I could have sworn it was blood by your picture. How very cool the effect of that red tree.

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  15. What a fine mystery, with a happy ending. Amazing what a creative mind, aided by proximity to wildlife, can come up with.

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    1. Lee, the ending -- a mere bit of light and reflection -- was way happier than what I thought at first : )

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