Saturday, March 22, 2008

Free The Peeps

This is a tough season for peeps everywhere, so I decided to stage a catch and release. You would not believe how hard they were to find! Peeps are in short supply at 3 in the afternoon the day before Easter. I finally found some among the pillaged shelves of a local CVS. It was a sad sight, indeed, as they were in the company of giant shattered chocolate bunnies for whom there would be no salvation. Alas, I kept to my mission.

As soon as we were out the door, we headed up Camino de las Crucitas to the former site of Refrigerator Henge (more on that at a later date). This is a high place with 360 degree views and lots of junipers and low bushes for the peeps to seek cover.

At first, the peeps were hesitant to explore and looked at me quizzically.

But then, they began to pull apart from the safety of the peep pod and hop around in the junipers. Only one of them got hung up on a high pointy branch and decided to just stay put while the nesting pair and a single male stayed close together. I was feeling mighty confident about this release program until I heard a terrible screech from above.

My enthusiasm and the joyful peeps had caused me to forget about the pterodactyls which live in the mountains overlooking Santa Fe.

As you can see, one of the peeps paid the ultimate price. If you magnify the picture, you can see that he stood tall and took it like a peep.

Undaunted and down two peeps, they headed out into the bush. The nesting pair found their dream home. But one decided to head back.

Larry. Larry the Peep.

He stopped to say farewell to the peep who was now adhered to the juniper bush. Prefering not to be photographed, the most philosophical of the five, he felt it was his fate. Oddly, his name happened to be Socrates.

Larry took one last look and blew kisses to his friends from the mirror of my magic driving machine.

Larry desired the home life. So, he came with me, watching the passing scenery with excitement as we made our way to my home.

Larry enters in.

After scoping the place out, Larry finds the ideal perch.

And so, that is the saga of the release program. The life of Larry the Peep is the only one we will be able to track.

The life of a peep is a rare and refreshing insight into the real meaning of 'law of the jungle'... or in this case, desert... as well as the old saw: no good deed goes unpunished.


Let's end with a pretty picture:

Have a wonderful Easter.


Katydidz.Etsy said...

LOL .. Thank you for such a delightful story! So very cute!! And a little sad for the peeps that didn't make it. But the happy ending made up for that! =o)

goddess in the groove said...

OMG....I will never look at Peeps the same again :).