Friday, January 29, 2016

#FridayFollowUp

This past Monday, here on Blogger, I had a lengthy entry filled with photos and narratives of my recent activity on The Last Leaf Gardener's Facebook Page. In keeping with my intent to post some of my Facebook (Fb) content here on Blogger (for readers who don't use Fb). 

The following is a partial "copy" of my activity since my last entry here on Blogger:

After I published the aforementioned post, I made an entry on Fb that included copies of the following photographs.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.



Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.



Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


These pictures were accompanied by a comic strip featured on Mutts, a comic strip that I have spoken about a number of times here on Blogger.



In any event, the following is the text that accompanied the Fb post that I'm referring to:

"This past Monday, Earl conceded to Mooch MUTTS.com - Patrick McDonnell that he was correct, stating, "You can't teach an old owner new tricks." (As seen in the first image accompanying this Fb entry, which is a screen shot of the "event.")
And with this "news," ‪#‎PatrickMcDonnell‬ posed a question stating: "What tricks have your companion animals trained YOU to do?"
I commented on this post with a mention of how Cam had me trained @ http://on.fb.me/23tBnfO, and, now upon reflection, I realize she's not the only bird who knows how to get to my heart!

For even though I had filled all the bird feeders in my garden in preparation for this past weekend's ‪#‎jonasblizzardnyc‬, they birds emptied them quickly.

The snow was accumulating at a fast rate and I could not make it through the drifts to replenish my feeders! 

So being a co-dependent type, I devised a way to accommodate my avian friends by putting my household ladder right outside the door that leads to my garden.

However, it snowed so hard that my supply of food and my ladder got buried!

Now, even though the snow is melting I STILL can't get through the drifts to replenish the feeders hanging in my garden, but my ladder-workaround seems to suffice, as evidenced by the photos following the ‪#‎Mutts‬ comic strip! 
Since my ladder is outside I hope I don't have to reach for anything in my apartment in the coming days!"
I made other entries on Fb that I'm not including here, but, yesterday, 1-28-15, I posted something about cardinals where I included copies of the following pictures:

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon



Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon



Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

And here's what I wrote about this beautiful cardinal who was making himself at home (during the #jonasblizzardnyc) within the branches of an Ailanthus tree that grows in a courtyard adjacent to where I live:

"The images included with this Fb entry were taken on 1-23-16 during the ‪#‎jonasbizzardnyc‬. And even though Mayor De Blasio in conjunction with Governor Cuomo ultimately placed a travel ban on New York City, where I live and have my rooftop garden, a number of wild birds broke the law and traveled to my garden to eat.
In recent posts here on TLLG's Fb Page, I reported this news, and if you'd like to refer to my entries here are the links:
If you refer to these posts you may notice that my best avian friend and co-author, Cam, is not featured, and that is because I have not seen her for several weeks!
And now, after reading the following news, I fear that she may have died!
'''Most Northern Cardinals live only 2 to 4 years,''' the title of an article stated, and Cam has been with me since the summer of 2012!
The article went on to say, 'Winter is the time when high fat foods become more critical in a bird’s diet. Every night up to three-quarters of a bird’s fat reserves are used up; reserves that must be replenished the next day. When fat reserves are depleted, protein — mostly scavenged from muscle tissue — is depleted to keep up with energy needs.
"'Northern Cardinals are always the first and last to visit the feeders. You may have also noticed that the number of cardinals feeding together rises as the temperature falls. A flock searching for food is far more successful than just one or two birds, so pairs join up to forage together. This strategy is useful in a season that requires more energy to survive. It's also safer to spend time with a flock, because that means more eyes on alert for predators. About 40% of adult cardinals die each year. Most die during the winter when food supplies are low. Death may not be due to starvation but a weakened immune system or being forced to search for food in more open areas where birds of prey and other predators can kill them. Cardinal populations with access to a feeding station may be in better condition and more likely to survive the winter than cardinals without access." (Source: http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/…/most-northern-cardinals-li…)'''
In any event, it is not unusual for Cam to take mini vacations from my garden and I always experience a sense of profound loss in her absence. And there could be several reasons that she has not come here!
For one thing, some very disruptive construction is going on in a building (being gutted and overhauled) that is a few doors west of me and for another thing, there have been rumors that a hawk is lurking close to my garden. Also, some other bird types that are visiting here and have been very aggressive, which may deter Cam although she seems to be able to hold her own, but this time I do fear the worst and my heart aches!
Cam and I have worked on subsequent volumes for her book series, Words In Our Beak,* and I will continue with her work even if she has passed. 
I think I saw Mac, Cam's husband, for a brief moment on the day the blizzard ‪#‎jonas2016‬ dumped 28.5 inches of snow in NYC's Central Park, which is close to where I live.
But he did not come into my garden!
In the first image featured here, he seemed to be on the look out for her from the vantage point of an Ailanthus tree that grows in a courtyard that is adjacent to my garden. And in images two through four he is looking in the direction of my garden, but he did not come to it.
I am hoping that the idea that Mac seems to be on the lookout for Cam means that she is still around. But perhaps I'm projecting... for if she is gone, he may be grieving.
I may never know if anything has happened to her, but I will carry out her legacy, for as I said she and I have already worked on a number of volumes to follow up the first one of "Words In Our Beak."
However, it will be painful for me to carry on without her, I feel like Wilbur (from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web) did when Charolette died, but at least Charlotte sent Wilbur other friends to help him carry on...
* Cam's book info is posted @ http://on.fb.me/1Pw53Pb"

All day long after posting this, I continued to think about Cam, and later in the evening, I posted this photo of her:


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

The following narrative accompanied it:


I have just changed my Fb banner photograph, replacing Harper's image w/Cam's.
And one of Cam's pictures is on the banner of my Blogger banner @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/ And there is yet another photo of her on my Twitter banner @ https://twitter.com/TheLLGardener. Moreover, she can be seen in an image on my hometalk banner @ http://www.hometalk.com/thelastleafgardener/.
As many followers of this page know, I co-authored a book with Cam called "Words In Our Beak Volume One." It is available in Apple's iBooks Store and is also can be found on Amazon. Info @ https://www.facebook.com/TheLastLeafGardener/posts/905722469477127


As of this posting, Cam and I have prepared text and images for at least six volumes for her series, but I may have to complete everything for her by myself, for I fear she may have died.


I hope I am wrong about what appears to be Cam's demise, for I love her dearly, but, I will carry on her legacy by completing and publishing her work, if need be.
As you might conclude upon reading this, I'm most concerned about Cam's fate and I pray I'll have good news to report.





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