Wildlife Habitat
 NWF #8581
I have no lawn.  My one little acre is landscaped to resemble the wild environment that existed here before development began, using domestic species of the plants which would have occurred here naturally. 

There are groundcovers to feed the creatures: plants like sweet woodruff, boston ivy, virginia creeeper, and periwinkles. 
There are protected plants: such as jack-in-the-pulpit, bloodroot, smooth yellow violet, and three varieties of trillium. 
And there are shrubs: huge rhododendrons, cedars, dogwood, mock orange, japanese plum, and forsythia.

What is the raccoon looking at? "Trick or treat?"
132Kb   Deer visit.
The property is wooded with majestic oak trees (some of which may be over 200 years old), maples, cherry, and bass, with honeysuckle understory.
There is one each of  hemlock, spruce, pine, japanese maple, and even a mulberry bush.
Back Yard Path in Sweet Woodruff
There are squirrels living in the eaves, mice (sometimes in the kitchen), two families of groundhogs out back, an occupied bat box out front, at least one opossum down by the creek, numerous chipmunks, and there are two families of raccoons living in the same hollow tree.  My compost is always eaten before it has a chance to become soil, and many of the beasties go thump in the night.
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Deer come to visit, hawks nest, and we sometimes see eagles, including, occasionally a bald eagle.  The carolina wrens nest in my flower pots, and one family actually grew up in the garage.  The cardinals, bluejays, chickadees, and mourning doves nest farther from the house.  The nocturnal birds, like the barn owl,  I do not see, but I know they are there because their voices haunt the night.
Go to Eagle on a wall.
The house came with an Eagle, drawn with felt-tip marker on a bedroom wall.
The house was designed and built in 1967 
by an little-known architect who owned and lived in it 
until he sold it to me. 
Although it has design defects and severe deterioration, 
which I am remediating, it is distinctive and beautiful in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.
It has the same sense of belonging to its site 
as the famous Fallingwater,
in Ohiopyle, (Bear Run), Pennsylvania,
but because of the deterioration, the leaks, 
and the mildew problem (now mostly conquered), 
we lovingly call the house 
What is Nicki looking at? What is Nicki looking at?
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