Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Visitors Tap Tapping At Nature's Door

NOT EVERYONE WELCOMES the rain that visits southwest BC throughout the year. Although some folks would prefer fewer showers, I appreciate the rhythmic tap tapping of drops on flowers along the pathways I wander.

Besides the luscious drops other visitors came to mind when searching for a word that begins with "V". The elegant home (photo, 2010) with a Volkswagen in front was built by local artists along Marine Drive in White Rock a few years ago. The house frequently has eye-catching faux guests positioned on the balcony overlooking a water view.

The statues are a delight but are not as friendly or animated as, Kay from Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel, a real-life visitor from Alberta who came by last May in her brilliant green rental car. It was a treat to see her in person and to catch up on her kitchen reconstruction news.

Another visitor is the cute neighborhood cat who certainly looks harmless ...

unless you are a bird building a nest.

The cat sees feathery guests in the neighborhood as an invite to dinner. It is one of the reasons I no longer have a bird feeder.

This bloom has a pest as a guest nipping at its delicious crepe petals.

And look who flew in to dinner uninvited at a Vancouver City apartment I visited. The pigeon landing on the counter brought to mind that to have dinner or to be dinner are dramas played out often in the natural world.

After leaving his calling card, the confused little fellow escaped out the kitchen window.

Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

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  1. Fantastic post. I can't get over the shot of the pigeon landing on the table. The statues of visitors is fantastic and great shot of Kay. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team

  2. Oh my, wanted and unwanted visitors. Great post and wonderful pictures.

  3. Glad to see Kay.
    we're all visitors at some point, I'd think.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. Most of the visitors I would welcome...but NOT the pigeon to my kitchen! Great post!

  5. Great post and wonderful Visitors.

  6. i enjoyed my visit here, too.:p
    great post for V.

  7. Lovely visitors except for the pigeon (although it is cute) and that fat lady under your tree. LOL
    Beautiful photos.
    Luv, K

  8. I once befriended a pigeon for over a year. It, too, entered my apartment once, left a calling card, and then departed. All to say, your pigeon story really left an impression, especially since you were so quick-witted and skillful in getting some fine photographs! I also appreciated seeing Kay, liked the cat (but wish it didn't like birds), enjoyed the Volkswagon (great idea!) and I share your enjoyment of rain's tap, tap, tapping (though prefer that it play on windows and surfaces other than my head :) Another very creative and enjoyable post, Penelope.

  9. Now that's one visitor who came to dinner!!

  10. I’m amazed with your way how your photos and narratives illustrate the interesting title. I, too, like walking in the rain hearing the tapping (but not drumming) sound on my umbrella. Now that you had a nice captures of the pigeon, I wonder whether it was wanted or unwanted in the end.

  11. What a great series of photos!! Each photo tells me each story, and on the whole they stand in great harmony! A cat is an uninvited guest for birds, but I can’t help smiling, seeing his serious face watching birds.
    I love your expressions “the rhythmic tap tapping of drops on flowers”. I remember onomatopoeia which expresses how rain is falling. My favorite one is “Shito Shito”. Gentle rain is Shito Shito falling over every beings.
    In Japan one-month long rainy season already started. This season is essential for rice cultivation.
    Have a nice weekend!


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