Kitten of the Mountain

Playful kittens attempt the game “King of the Mountain” on a pile of siding boards:

Goldie (left) and Cal begin the warfare.

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Goldie goes on offense, then quickly deserts Cal to begin her climb.

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GOLDIE: “Oh, Cal. What’s holding you back?”

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CAL: “Goldie, c’mon. Give your li’l bro another chance… C’mon… That was too fast.”

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GOLDIE: “Hmm… Well, it is kinda lonely up here…”

Back down Goldie goes, and Cal dances around her.

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Then, Cal deftly gives Goldie his best move: fake flop and cry;

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fierce and startling spit; and

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the over-your-head leap upward;

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and to the top!

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CAL: “Haha! Now who is ‘Kitten of the Mountain’?”

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GOLDIE: “Okay, Cal. That was clever. Draw?”

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CAL: “Sure, Goldie. You’re my bestie!”

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Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
(View more of Goldie and Cal at:
http://www.photosandbeyondwordpress.wordpress.com )

 

 

 

 

Sticky Squirrel

Roland is a hyper-active young Squirrel. Like all youngsters, he likes to investigate his new world. Let’s pick up the action with Roland:

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ROLAND: “Hmmm… Wonder what this thing is… ”

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ROLAND: “I can pick it up, but what does it do? Can I eat it?”

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ROLAND: “Okay, cool. I can roll with it!”

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ROLAND: “Weeeee… !”

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ROLAND: “Hahaha! I’m all over you, Thing!”

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ROLAND: “Oh! Ah! Thing poked me in the eye!”

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ROLAND: “Ah! Get away, Thing! You’re dangerous!”

STICK “THING”: “You know it, Bushy Tail! Go find a nut, like a normal Squirrel… ”

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ROLAND: “Okay. Yeah. Scary Thing was right. This nut is better!”

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Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Where Have All the Kids Gone…

At the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio, Jay and his cohorts, Marylou and Mart, had another break in their work day, which they discussed thusly:

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JAY (foreground pony): “Anyone coming aboard back there, MaryLou? Mart?”

MARYLOU (in white): “Nary a child, Jay.”

MART (blond mane): “There are less and less riders this week.”

JAY: “Where in the world are they? Gets very boring just standing here.”

MARYLOU: “It’s the computers taking over the world.”

MART: “What are you babbling about now, girl?”

MARYLOU: “It’s the modern thing.”

JAY: “What is?”

MARYLOU: “Remember our grandparents telling us they didn’t know what the new generation was coming to? Then our parents said the same thing?”

MART: “Well, yes, but what are you getting at?”

JAY: “Yes. What, Marylou?”

MARYLOU: “It’s another change in the technology of the universe. Kids used to play baseball all Summer. Then they turned to clubs and gangs. Now…”

Jay: “Yes?”

MART: “What!?”

MARYLOU: “This generation is inside, home, or at their friends’ houses, playing computer games. Or walking around using only their thumbs to think — texting. The majority of them won’t be coming to the fair any more.”

JAY: “You really think so, Marylou?”

MART: “Wow! The world does keep changing, doesn’t it? It’s just like Grandpa and Dad said!”

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Credit:
Story and Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Rocking the Hop

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Great White Egret: “Hmmm… Wonder what this rock hopping is like…

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Well, let’s see…Up and away! Wheee…

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Oh, what a landing! I like rock hopping!

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But I see a bigger fish for the taking at the next stop. Off we go…”

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Great Blue Heron: “Hey, Whitey Egret! Look at me! I’m rocking the log hop!”

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Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

 

 

The Rock Hop

Gladiator sizing up the hop to the rock…

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and…take off !

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and landing on the rock in a (fly)hop!

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Gladiator: “Ah, good stuff, this rock hop fishing…”

But he quickly decides to relocate because there’s a camera person over there on the bridge!

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Gladiator: “Safe retreat! And another lush fishing outlet. Camera person won’t bother me here…”

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Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

Rock and Wind Fishing

Hopping from rock to rock to follow and catch fish is a favorite game of the Great Blue Heron.

Read Harvey’s story (BELOW):

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Harvey: “Sorry, Teddy and Eddy White Egret; move back. This is my fishing rock.”

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Harvey: “And I see ya, fish…

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and I gotcha!

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Yum! But, it is a bit windy…

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today…Ooooop! A little help from my wings…

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should…Oooops!…do…!…Where’s the — (oooohhhhh…that’s cold!) — rock?”

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Credit:
Story and Ph0tos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Fishing Lessons

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Baby Heron (ABOVE): Hmmm… Mom said I could catch fish here.

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Baby Heron (ABOVE): That can’t be a fish. Too big. Mom said I’d have to look under water.

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Baby Heron (ABOVE): And these darn big, floppy wings are so awkward.

Baby Heron (ABOVE): Think I’ll take a walk. Mom-Mom. Mom!

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Baby Heron (ABOVE): She must be kidding. The fish will jump into my mouth?

*****Credit:
Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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