ReWilding Challenge: August 2019 — Week 3


REWILDING CHALLENGE: DAY FIFTEEN


Nesconset, NY – 15 September 2019: Back at work today, but managed to take the time at the end of the day to do the “air” challenge around sunset. I watched the sky change colors, eventually fading to darkness. Today the air was clear, not too humid, but not yet the crisp air of fall. I am not good at describing the smells of things as typically a scent must be very strong for me to notice it due to my sinus issues. But I enjoyed breathing in the fresh air, and as darkness began to fall I made a wood fire in my backyard fire pit, and the welcome smell of the campfire filling the air with the familiar smoky flavor and a nice warm orange glow was comforting…


REWILDING CHALLENGE: DAY SIXTEEN


Nesconset, NY – 21 September 2019: Its been hard to get back to challenge activities this week, even though I have managed to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside. Often it is after work in the evening and already almost dark out. But I am continuing my focus on the outdoors and picking up with challenge activities where I can. Today I did the “rewilding your home” challenge activity, by getting back to feeding the backyard birds (and squirrels) — something we used to do, but that I had let fall by the wayside because I have no time and am not often actually here. I pruned back some of the scraggly overgrown bushes around the little red maple in the back corner of the yard and re-installed the bird feeder, filling it with black sunflower seeds which was always a favorite of the cardinals (my favorite bird) and then putting some of the seed on the pilings that I had set up for the squirrels on the other side of the yard in my futile attempt to keep them off the bird’s feeder. As tonight was the first time I put the seeds out I was not surprised to not get any visitors, but I did notice the squirrel in the big tree behind the house when she went up to her nest in the evening, and I would not be surprised if she takes those seeds in the morning. While I was out in my yard setting up the feeders, I saw the little bunny who I think is the same little bunny we saw at the start of summer, now grown bigger. I think it might be the same one because of the way it was not so afraid of me. The bunny we saw in June (and who I occasionally saw in July and August as it was growing bigger) was amazingly not fearful of us. Dimitri had been almost able to go right up to it, and several times I got fairly close (though using my phone to take photos, it doesn’t look like I was that close). Most other bunnies that we have seen around the neighborhood or in the yard are skittish and run away quickly but this little one was different. It was almost as curious about us as we were about it. And so I think this was the same one …

This is the photo of the baby bunny from July…


REWILDING CHALLENGE: DAY SEVENTEEN


Nesconset, NY – 22 September 2019: Today I did the “Bird Language” challenge, profiting from the fact that I set up the feeder yesterday. Of course the squirrels were a distraction …