Alas, as me good friend Robbie Burns once said,

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Or maybe it was said by another famous author Rob Byrnes in some New York drinking establishment. Either way, my 30 Days Of Creativity project was nearly ripped to shreds this afternoon by turbulent breezes blowing from the south. The theme for today was LANTERN, and I had folded a string of multi-colored origami paper lanterns to hang along the mighty cedar trees in my yard. I got them strung among the trees, but while I was getting my camera from the house something or someone ripped them from the trees.

I blame the wind, but it could also have been Herkle and Jerkle a pair of vile and vicious grackles who are making my backyard a living hell for Mlle. Renee and myself for the second year in a row.

 Herkle & Jerkle Grackle Apparently, they don’t understand the basic concept of nest construction. For two years in a row they have built their somewhat flimsy nest at the top of 20-foot tall red cedar tree. Cedar trees do not have thick sturdy branches, and last year and this year their nest and flightless hatchling has been blown out of the tree to the ground below during spring storms.  Storms!!! They were tornadoes over most of the area.

 MEAN MOMMA Now, Herkle Grackle is One Mean Momma and she and her wimpy husband were determined to keep me and Renee out of the yard by dive bombing us whenever we set foot in the yard. I eventually wait until after the sun set one evening and I went into the yard with a flashlight and a shovel and located the half eaten fledgling. Once the corpse was gone, they left the area.

Anyway, I managed to save four of the little lanterns which I photographed indoors. And I’m quite sure Mr. and Mrs. Grackle once starred in an avian film by Alfred Hitchcock.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on June 12, 2013, in MY LIFE AND WELCOME TO IT and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Do these Grackles not know WHO YOU ARE? They need to be more appreciative of the environment you create for them. Well, I suppose they were grieving…

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