~~~~~~~ A prickly encounter ~~~~~~~
Late last evening around 11pm while I lay upon my sofa, I noticed that the rear security light had been activated. This was not an unusual occurrence, as my next door neighbor owns two cats. So, choosing to ignore the warning I turned my attention back towards the TV and to the thoughts that I had been thinking. Suddenly for no apparent reason something told me to investigate, even though I was convinced that the security light had been activated by a cat. I walked toward the window and opened the curtain slightly, expecting to see a cat. Not so, for there before my very eyes and to my amazement and delight, I saw a hedgehog.
Hedgehogs are not what one may consider to be an endangered species, (not yet anyway) but I have not seen one in my garden ever. So, you can appreciate my sweet surprise at just what I was witnessing. Rushing for my camera and walking into the back garden, took only a matter of seconds. However, the hedgehog was nowhere to be seen. I decided to sit on the cold stone step and wait, the security light clicked off and I was thrust into almost complete darkness. The light from the window of my front room afforded sufficient light, to be able to distinguish some deep shadows and some faint shapes. I waited and I waited, for what seemed to me to be an eternity.
As I waited my heart began to beat just that little faster, with the anticipation of just what may be about occur, or not occur as the case may be. I began to wonder if there was a hole in the fence somewhere, and the little creacher was by now scurrying away ,across another garden never to be seen again. I began chuckling to myself at the position I was in, sitting on the cold stone step in the darkness. Camera at the ready, and my backside cold and numb. Waiting for a none existing event to happen. How silly of me I thought. I decided to stand up and investigate, to see if I could find any sign of Mr hedgehog.
Suddenly I heard a faint rustling sound, coming from the bottom of the Laurel bush, not 6ft in front of me. Then a sudden movement caught my eye, and I could just distinguish a dark shape moving slowly from behind the laurel. "Yes" to my delight it was indeed the Hedgehog. Suddenly a great calmness befell me, as I concentrated on just what I was doing. Was the camera in the correct mode etc. I managed to take some shots of the hedgehog before he disappeared again to the top of the garden. Not wishing to disturb the little creacher any further, and being content with the number of shots I had taken. I hurried back into the house and eagerly uploaded the pictures to my PC.
This was an unusual and wonderful happening for my back garden, because as you can appreciate not much wild life frequents it because a Wolf called Cherno happens to reside there. Coming at the end of a most emotional and confusing day, this 10 minuet experience was worth more to me than ten hours with the Lady of my choice :)
You can view all the pictures of this wonderful happening in my new album. "Prickly subject"
Deep peace to all who visit this place.
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