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January 5, 2011

Close encounter of the Turkey kind

Filed under: Humor,Outdoors — Tags: , — Marcus @ 11:50 pm

So, I know that I have not updated the blog in a couple weeks, however, I can assure you that there was a very good reason for my sudden disappearance.  You see, being a wilderness person such as I am and also having the need to capture and report back moments that very few will ever see, sometimes you come across an opportunity and have no choice but to just follow it through to the very end.

This last couple weeks have been that, it all started when I was out on one of my daily 30 mile hikes in the wilderness preparing for the day ahead as I walk mile after mile, I came across a group of turkeys, and the thought struck me, I should dedicated my time to getting closer to this flock, have them accept me as one of their own.  I have dedicated every moment since to that goal.

Sure it was difficult getting used to the frigid waters I now bathe in so as not to have any lingering scents from the human population.  And I have had to really depend on my wild edible skills that I honed over the summer so that I didn’t have to leave the flock behind to eat.  But as you will soon see, my hard work has paid off, little by little the flock has accepted me, inch by inch, they have let me closer to them.

So without further ado, please enjoy the fruits of my labors:

What, you don’t believe me that it took me two weeks of my every waking moments to get those pictures?  OK then, I confess, it took me about 2 hours of walking around the Chagrin River Park with my camera to get this series of pictures, and some more you will be seeing on the blog in the upcoming month.

I had actually gone to the park right at sunrise to try and get some pictures for the blog, I have seen this group of turkeys before and I had hoped to get some pictures of them or a massive buck I see there sometimes.  As I was walking down one of the trails I saw the turkeys so I just sat down in the middle of the trail to see where they were going to go.

As luck would have it, there was another group coming up on a trail ahead of me to the right and they were making a good deal of noise talking and such, and the turkeys took one look at them and headed right towards me!  I just sat there taking picture after picture expecting them to turn away at any moment, but they didn’t.  The turkeys got to be about 8 feet from me before they decided I wasn’t moving so they might as well head into the woods as apposed to walking right up to me and demanding that I rub their bellies!

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  1. Great pictures and speaking of luck, wild edibles right in front of you.
    Too bad it isn’t turkey season!!!!
    I have been watching three turkeys in the field across from our house. You have a more close-up view here.

    Mom

    Comment by Mom — January 6, 2011 @ 7:30 am

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