Here in central Appalachia – “The Heart of the Appalachian Mountains” – there is a vocabulary like no other. I used to be very articulate and grammatically correct- a language snob. Then I moved to Appalachia.
Now I have an accent and have adopted the culture and vocabulary. One of my favorites is the whistle pig. You may know him as the groundhog. He even has his own day on February 2nd.
When they sense danger is afoot, they sit up on their haunches and whistle!
They live in colonies and travel in a network of underground tunnels. They go six feet deep and forty-nine feet long- each tunnel!
Well, we have two tunnel doors 🙂 in our yard (on the back bank) and we get to see the chubby critters occasionally. However, when Bella and I went for a run (me in my chair) we saw a whistle pig near us. I grabbed by camera and here is what I got. In a couple of pics, I can see myself in his eyes!
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we came upon him and he raced to his hole and peeked out.
uh oh, they are still here… should I whistle ?
They must be safe… time for lunch!
Have a great day and look out for the whistle pigs along the road!
i have more art to share with you. I’ve been busy preparing for my Basic Zentangle 101 class on Saturday. Glad I have a few more days to prepare. So far as I know, it will be a small group which I find more intimate and better for the student. They get more attention and that’s nice.
It’s been raining here at least once a day for a couple of weeks, as well as being in the mid- to upper 80s, which makes for a very humid (miserable) day. I like it best when I get to go outdoors and go for a drive in my chair with Bella. I always find some wildlife to photograph and Bella can use the exercise.
Yesterday, I came upon-almost literally!- a very young fawn just sitting in the grass inches from the road. I could have touched her, she was completely u afraid of me even when I spoke to her. She startled, however, when Bella barked! So did I! All I had with me was my phone- last time I go out without my “real” camera!
such a pretty thing
a bark and she’s off!
she lingered in the firld for awile then went to our neighbor’s apple tree for a good munch
And now for the art!
practicing fairly new tangles
Take care and be creative- you’ll feel better!
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