For a city girl like me, it’s always a thrill to come upon an animal, especially when it’s unexpected. When we enter the dirt road leading to our summer rental house in E. Chatham, NY, I always hope that the bunnies will make an appearance. They always stop in their tracks, hoping we won’t see them.
I was visiting a local garden and spotted this frog sunning himself on a lily pad in the pond.
Driving home one day, we came upon four llamas grazing behind the fence of a farm. They were curious and came right up to the fence to sniff us out. These llamas live within about five miles of our house. The last time I saw llamas was in 1964 when I was volunteering in an Andean village called Ayacucho. There they were beasts of burden and had a tougher life.
Another day, we came upon these wild turkeys.
I visited a Shaker herb garden near the Albany airport and followed a sign to the colony’s cemetery. I never found the cemetery, but I did spot this big fellow on my way back to the parking lot.