Thursday, April 7, 2011

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I ran into an old friend this week, Mr. Groundhog!! This is the first one I've seen this year, and I like to post at least one a year. Seeing a groundhog is a sure sign of spring! He was out fattening up after a long hibernation. I know I've said this before, but when they hibernate, their body temperature goes from 99 to 38 degrees and they breathe only four times a minute. Scientists have found an actual substance in the blood called Hibernation Inducement Trigger. Other than that, the process is largely a mystery. Many of us have been impatient for spring to come because the winter has lingered so very long. But the groundhog has come to tell you that your wait is over!!


"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield it's valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near." James 5:7


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yunims said...

I think you like a Javanese. Our people are also fond of reading the signs of nature. Both the visible and that can only be seen with the mind's eye!. Javanese people noted the signs of nature in the form of poetry books. Good news! Best regards.

Arti said...

The creature looks so cute, we don't have them here in India!
Good news he has brought too, so that makes him all the more adorable, isn't it? Beautiful creature beautifully captured!

Have a wonderful day:)

Ann said...

Groundhog day introduced me to this. I was quite curious.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh Ginny, I love the middle photo. Mr. Groundhog looks like he is calling to his friends that he has just spotted Ginny with the camera. That's his first sign of spring. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I know you'd miss a lot of life doing so, but some winters how divine would it be to hibernate?

Mildred said...

Great pics of the groundhog, Ginny. We are seeing so much green in the trees this week. I look forward to warmer days. Have a good weekend.

Melanie said...

I saw one yesterday too! He was running across the road as I was driving.
I didn't know the hibernation information. That is very interesting!

From the Kitchen said...

Welcome Mr. Groundhog! I'm starting to see a few signs of spring around here. We had an April shower during the night and the grass is greening. Can flowers and budding trees be far behind?

Best,
Bonnie

Shug said...

Hello Mr. Groundhog....
He is such a cool little guy and so big. We do not have them around here. A few years ago, we took a group of kids out to Lubbock for the basketball playoffs. There was one block of land that was full of these little creatures. The kids loved seeing them....
Enjoyed...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Welcome to Spring!!!!! Glad you saw Mr. Groundhog... We had one who lived in an underground nest near one of the big trees in our backyard several years ago. He ate our new plants/flowers/growth...

We had to make sure he was OUT of his home --and we blocked the entrances. He moved on to another home --not near us (thank goodness). We haven't had any trouble since.

Hugs,
Betsy

Remington said...

Is that Phil? He is just there to tell you he was right about spring....

Joanne said...

Awww ...he's fattening up...so am I! Hey when in Rome...ok maybe not. He's cute. I am so ready for flowers and gardening and soft grass beneath my feet. Great post! Blessings, Joanne

reanaclaire said...

How did u manage to catch such shots... groundhog? looks like a hamster to me.. LOL...

Stephanie V said...

He's a fun little sign of spring for you. Great photos.

Regina said...

I enjoyed your charming photo series of Mr. Groundhog and his reminder of Spring..beautiful in the soft grass! We have Mongoose (ha ha)..not quite the same I guess? We had snow early this year and now it's back- overcast with rain. It will pass- wishing you a wonderful weekend~

yunims said...

(this is my answer to your comment on my blog.)
I hope your husband quickly receive healing. And I also hope that you remain patient. I'm sure you always provide for her spirit to achieve total healing. God always loved your family, whether in sadness or delight.

Tracy said...

Oh Ginny, I don't think I've ever seen a ground hog that wasn't either on TV or in a cage...that was a precious capture!
Thanks for sharing such cool photos!

George said...

These are great pictures of the groundhog. I sure am glad that Spring is here.

DawnTreader said...

We don't have those animals here, the only time I saw some live was in the Austrian alps back in 1990!

Diana (Di) said...

Thanks for the optimistic post, Ginny. We clearly are ready to see the groundhog. Rain, rain, cold winds, and did I mention rain. However, currently I see blue sky and am headed out to the garden... where I belong. Have a blessed weekend.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Oh he is a Good sign!!! Spring is Finally here in Iowa.. yea!! :-)

Have a wonderful Friday, Ginny!!!
Hugs,
Coreen xoxo

HalfCrazy said...

Hey there!

That is an interesting piece of information you've written up there. What I find the most incredible is how they manage to only breathe 4 times a minute! So cool.

Well it's time for him to come out and enjoy Spring.

~Ron said...

Mr. Groundhog knows best :-)

Only Fish Recipes said...

I just love your clicks...seriously...i never knew the hibernation info of groundhog !very interesting!

hip-chick said...

they are cute but they can do some damage to your lawn.Remember the Bill Murray movie?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Waiting is not one of my strong points,but wait I must ,more often than I care to.I am thankful that God is always on time,so even when it feels like I'm waiting for Him,He is never late.

Ann said...

I've never really thought of a groundhog as being cute until seeing your picture. He's an adorable little guy. I like him even better for saying it's spring :)

srp said...

I have seen one here, out by the golf course...
Ants, too, seem to be a sign of spring.
My poor tulips... they have finally come up and one even has a flower.... at ground level... no stem... and it is pink... though I planted red ones. I don't do well with tulips.

LC said...

I have missed your daily messages and enjoyed catching up. Groundhog and envious goose were great as were the critters prepared for rain! But best of all were Anne Marie, her pinwheel and kite party and she and her little friends in the pinwheel race.

You were so on target with the verse by Paul about being content with little or much. And aren't we blessed with much indeed to share the stages of life with our children and our children's children!

HalfCrazy said...

About your comment in my blog..

Psychology is really interesting when talked about, more so with reading it, even more exciting and interesting if one practices the profession. Y'know - the whole client-therapist relationship thing. And all the Psychology principles and theories applied.

Unfortunately, I do not have any current plans of pursuing the Psychologist career track. Right now I am obsessing over getting into the industry, the Human Resourcing industry. :)

As of now, I'm not very busy cos school has not started yet. I want to be a really busy bee!

Chatty Crone said...

They look cute - but try having one in your window well - do you know what a window well is? IT took forever to get him out!

sandie

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, I can't believe I missed this post. Well, better late than not at all. I love seeing woodchucks or groundhogs! I have only seen them twice but they are so interesting. How wonderful! Have a great day and a most pleasant week.

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