Dreaming in Character

G.L. Jackson


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california’s been good to me

Raindrops on a spider web, and an I-don’t-know-what monster bloom, both in my garden.

Nature is still my most patient photography subject.

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One thing I love about Oregon

…I never know what’s going to happen right outside my front door. For instance, today I opened the door to let my cat in, and this fine gentleman I’d never met before was standing right on my doorstep, just like he wanted to be invited in.

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I stood there and stared, ushered my cat into the house (I’d never seen my cat hanging out with a peacock so peacefully before. Actually, I’d never seen him hanging out with a peacock at all before). Our visitor might have been a little miffed, because he turned tail (literally) and hopped up the front steps.

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At that point, he walked up the driveway and took up residence on one of the fenceposts. He looked very regal.

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I decided to try to get closer. Obviously this was someone’s pet, and I didn’t want him going up to the road because of the cars.

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I think he decided that I was close enough. Maybe this is the peacock version of the stink eye.

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At any rate, we had to go run some errands. I managed to invite him back down the driveway so I could get my car past him. Cat food kibble worked wonders (I looked up what domesticated peafowl eat before offering, because I didn’t want to make him sick) in seducing him back to level ground. He even tilted his head back and started vocalizing, which… wow, they’re loud. When I shut my car door, he went into full display.

By the time we got back home, he was at the neighbors’ house. I wish I knew where he lived so I could’ve let them know their peacock had gone walkabout. I hope he makes it back home safely. He was beautiful.