Double Vision

I have written about it many times before, but we have a bit of a deer problem.  They like to eat our hostas, young maple trees, apple trees, arborvitae, lilies, tulips…pretty much everything in our yard and garden.  The problem has become larger over the years.  Unfortunately, the problem has multiplied by two this year.

Trouble #1
Trouble #2
Destructive Duo

We have seen this pair of fawns in our neighborhood several times over the past few weeks.  Now they seem to think our yard has the best salad bar.  The fawns visited us on Tuesday and were back again this morning for breakfast at 6:00 a.m. with their mom.  Oh deer!!

Flora And Fauna

This young buck was enjoying a salad buffet of various hostas and other greens this morning.  He kept a close eye on me while I was taking photos and then bounded off when I was too close for comfort.

Young Buck
Finishing His Salad
Off He Goes

We have had plenty of rain so far this year.  There are several different plants blooming in the yard including some that I consider weeds.

Purple Flowering Weed (Damesrocket)
Blue Flowering Weed (Forget Me Not)
Forget Me Not

The irises still have many buds yet to bloom, but have given us a week and a half of blossoms already.

Irises In Bloom
Flowering Chives

The azalea was beautiful this year.  Last year it suffered some damage from the deer.  I sprayed deer repellent on it early in the spring and didn’t notice any buds eaten.


We have had way too many days of cool temperatures and fog off of Lake Superior.  While the rest of the state is in the 70’s and 80’s, we have been in the 50’s.  Not great for the garden.  Now that it is officially summer, I am hopeful that warmer weather will be here soon.  I think I may have said that same thing when spring arrived, didn’t I?


This Week’s Photos

I’m too tired for a lot of writing, so without further ado, here are this week’s photos.

Yellow Bird
Feeding Time


Deer Feeder?
Taking Time To Chew His Food
Mmm, Mmm, Good

Time to rake the yard.

The Clean Up Crew
Bag Lady
A Break From The Rake

A couple of photos of our “senior” boxer, Daphne.

Portrait Of A Boxer

I’m still waiting for these to bloom.  It’s been so cold, I think they are afraid to open.

Ready To Bloom
Daffodils ~ Also Waiting To Bloom
Northern Flicker
Looking For Dinner

Our first thunderstorm of the season brought hail.


The Honorable James L. Oberstar came in under the Aerial Lift Bridge at 9:30 this morning.  Yes, that really is ice in the harbor on May 8.  I photographed the boat back in 2011 the day before it was christened with Oberstar’s name.  You can see photos here.

Hon. James L. Oberstar
In The Harbor