Late Summer howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers.
Rain has graced my tame prairie, and the temps are lovely and cool now. Summer had returned with a high-humidity vengeance. Yes, the animal adventures continue.
I like to hang my laundry out and let the sunlight and breezes do the drying. Well, a few days ago, I was late getting it hung up and since there was no rain I decided to leave it outside, along with the large tub I use, which I'd hung socks on to dry. Anyway, since many were dry I just threw them in the tub. Lo and behold, to my complete surprise, after I'd brought the tub inside the house, and got around to the socks... well, beneath them was one of the tiny lizards that have been here since we moved in, some thirteen years ago.
They're cute little critters, and not dangerous at all. Poor little thing was scared to death. But I picked up the tub reassuring Little Lizard that he/she was okay and I was returning him/her to the great outdoors. After a bit of talking, Little Lizard calmed right down, and remained calm as I carried the tub outside, then freed him/her.
Then, almost a week ago, I trekked down to my rural mailbox, and as I turned toward it, I spied the back end of some brown furry critter that had a rather busy tail. Given it was much larger than a mouse--which sometimes inhabits my mailbox--anyway this creature was so darn fast I couldn't see it fully as it dived beneath the foliage in the ditch. In moments, at a fast and furious speed, it circled around the mailbox running desperately into the ditch's water pipe beneath my gravel drive.
I barely saw the full critter and had no clue what it was...however, a bit of research on the internet and voila! I have a groundhog or what is also called a woodchuck... Yep, brown-furry critter did look like the infamous Punxsutawney Phil.
Once upon a time, the great beast now affectionately called Nessie was a dear and beloved pet-guardian to many in those ancient of ancient days. Yes, hard to believe. Yet, so much of our real history has been lost to entertaining myths -- to the mists of an ancient epoch which has become mere fantastical and magickal legends. This includes Nessie's story.
However, many types of Nessies, both shapeshifters and beasts, have made their home in the water cave system beneath Wolf Peak Territory.