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It’s Show and Tell Friday

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 28, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “It’s Show and Tell Friday” by Linda Martin Andersen

Yesterday, my husband and I conducted free family tours across the back of our yard, which borders a creek. Can you tell who’s been to visit?

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

I teased our grandsons and niece that they could share this sighting for Show and Tell.  Actually, they’re a little old for this, but I did suggest they could raise their hands and volunteer the information.  Probably not the best idea on the first week of the school year in upper grades.

As I writer, I often hear write what you know.  Well this is something I know.  I’ve decided I should do just that.  Including this in a published picture book would be my preference, but for now, here’s my Show and Tell blog post.  😉

What exciting nature sighting can you share?  Let’s make this our own Show and Tell Friday.

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14 Responses to “It’s Show and Tell Friday”

  1. I wonder if pictures we post on FB are all about “show and tell.” I’ve never thought about the connection between doing this in elementary school and what we’re instructed to do as writers. Nice connection–one that will stick in m brain too! I think images are powerful like that–whether a photographic image like this, or a well-crafted image in writing. Thanks for this post. Enjoyed it!

    • Carol,
      Maybe that’s part of the FB appeal. We never outgrow “Snow and Tell.” I’m glad you enjoyed my post and you found a way to connect its message to your writing. You’re always stretching and growing. I admire that about you and so much more!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Now we’ve got to train these beavers to leave your trees alone. If anyone needs a dam, please call these beavers at Linda’s at 555-555-5555.

    I hope the beaver man comes to help you in this situation before more trees are “touched by a beaver.”

    Fun post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We have had gorgeous sunsets this week from our back porch.

    Also, I watch three bird feeders from the kitchen window: the goldfinch feeder, thehummingbird feeder and the robin, finch, cardinal feeder. My husband said when he was watering this morning, that a hummigbird was circling him. That was a reminder to buy some sugar and get him fed!

    When I walk outside of the front door or the garage, the birds make it known that I am on THEIR turf!

    • Janis,
      It’s obvious your birds know a good thing when they find it. Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful bird sightings and the hummingbird’s reminder method. Funny! Keep enjoying those special moments.

  4. Hi Linda, it has to be beaver! How fun that you conducted free tours of your back yard. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      We tried to make lemonade from our lemons. I’m glad you enjoyed our humor. However, now I realize that the beaver do intend to build a dam here if they aren’t stopped. Oh my! They’re notching out wedges in several huge trees. We called the US Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Specialist. A representative will come tomorrow or some day soon.

  5. Hope the specialist doesn’t take too long, or you’ll have to ask to her to bring a big chainsaw to cut the tree off your house. When we lived in Maryland and rode our horses into the Patapsco State Park, we could tell when beavers were building a new home. The horses would either have to climb or jump over a newly fallen tree or make an alternate path around, if the tree was too big.
    Have you ever heard a beaver slap it’s tail? Makes quite a noise. Cheers, Sarah

    • Sarah,
      I haven’t heard a beaver slap his tail except on TV. I’m hoping the wildlife specialist comes today. He’s planning to. It’s getting late in the day though.

      So now I know a combination rider and beaver dam spotter. 😉

      Thanks for commenting!

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