When the People Are Away

This week I am going to cheat be creative with my 1 Day 1 World Project entry, for 1:00 – 2:00 am.

I didn’t do anything at all last week, and here is why – I couldn’t think of anything new to do.  I am often up til 2, and I could go outside and walk around and take pictures of toads and spiders and munching caterpillars, but I’ve already done that.

I hesitated to use these game camera photos, because they’re not from this week (and they’re not the most exciting game cam pictures I have, either), but to me the big picture of this whole project is to see what is going on around the world at a certain hour, so they fit that bill.  Here is what goes on out in the Hill Country of Texas between 1 and 2 in the morning.

whitetail deer

Whitetail deer


Raccoon at water trough

whitetail deer

Whitetail buck in velvet at water trough

axis buck

Axis buck at feeder

When we go to visit our ranchito, it’s not uncommon for there to be over 700 pictures on one game cam.  We don’t have TV up there – instead we pop the camera chip into a laptop and go through all the pictures to see what animals have been taking selfies in our absence.  Some of the other species we get are gray fox, porcupine, feral hog, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, cottontail rabbit, and elk – going through the pictures is more fun than Christmas.

Sadly, it’s also not uncommon for some 4-legged someone to investigate the game camera and break it.  Here are some of those famous last shots.

animal nose

Elk nose, I think.

animal ears

Raccoon ears, I’m guessing?

deer extreme close-up

It’s all fun until someone breaks the lens!  🙂

I love how these wildlife cams give me an effortless glimpse into these animals’ lives.