Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Our gardens, with the new spaces, are ready for business. They are fenced. I quite frequently see Shadow or Zoe and their kids moseying around the fence, nibbling. A few of them know what tasty morsels they got to help themselves to after the frosts last year. They are probably keeping a close eye on that situation for the coming season.
Plants are coming along nicely, in the beds, that were started early. A lot of the seeds planted directly into the beds are up now too. I can't wait for the fresh vegies to start happening.
Yesterday morning, I was just finishing with my weekly orchid maintenance after breakfast....putting the last liner with an orchid in back in its pot, when my husband lets go that there's a $#@*& bear out there. I guess it was about 200 pounds. I never did see it. It was just out of my vision where the pot was. He was running out to get Toby and I was running for the camera and out on the deck......but, it was gone! Usually, the bears aren't gone that fast out here. I prowled around for a few minutes and decided there wasn't going to be a photo. As long as I was out though, I decided to water the hanging pots. About that time, northwest of the house, a fawn started bawling, which didn't last very long. I though oh-oh! That don't sound good. Bear just in the vicinity looking for a meal.....not good at all. The does had been spending quite a bit of time in the yard already this a.m., which I thought was strange. Usually, this time of year, there isn't quite that much action at once. Above doe had been out there with her twins. Several other named does had been out there without theirs. Sooo.......hmmmm.
Well, I have seen this doe with her kids several times since the bear was here. Shadow has been out here with her twins.....in fact, she was out here a few minutes ago. Zoe, however, has not had her fawn with her since the incident....not yesterday.....or today. And....she has had that fawn out here a lot.
Shadow, on the other hand, has raised all of her fawns to adulthood....so far. Knock on wood! She is also six years old this spring.
Nature isn't always pretty, for sure. But, survival of the fittest. I guess she is tough. I had wondered at the time if she would survive that. I have seen, in winters past, some deer come through here with big chunks out of their hide and meat taken off their rumps. They live. It heals. It is pretty amazing. I have learned a lot watching these specific deer these years up here.....and what they can take.
Well, the storm seems to have ended. There are still clouds around but not so dark. I will leave you with one more storm cloud....I always think they are neat to look at.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Yesterday.....I guess we were all living right, or something. My one brother took his motorcycle across from where he lives by way of the back roads. My sister and her husband came up on their new side by side ATV. We were all thinking about rain. However, during the whole part of the day when the activities were happening, the rain storms, thunder and lightening, all split and went around us. Given the way it looked a number of times, that was pretty amazing. I left right after 4 p.m. thinking I would beat it out of there before it hit. Last year I drove out of there in one of those storms when it poured so hard you could barely see to drive. I did drive over to the official boat access to take the photograph on the top of this, just because of the view....looking down the whole lake. But, I did actually get back out to the main road before the down pour began. Then, it really came down.
I did hear that they didn't quite get the jetski loaded in time to beat the rain. But.....all else was good!
Now, back to working on my Hovland Arts Festival details before that happens July 6 & 7.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Got going up the trail. I was slowing down by a beaver pond to watch for a moose. Just up the road, a deer was standing. OK. I slowly drove toward her, thinking maybe there were fawns. She proceeded to run up the road in front of me. Hmmm. Didn't see wolves of fawns. Still....she ran up the road at 10-12 mph ahead of me for a good mile and then turned off on a forestry road. What the heck....never had that happen before. There were plenty of nice places she could have gotten off the road. Oh yes, when I first started following the deer, a rabbit came tearing out of the woods and ran in front of me too!
I got to my turn off and started across to the next leg of the trip. Just when I was slowing to stop by the little lake, I saw a cow moose standing between the road and the beaver dam. Well, she was in to the woods before I could even stop, what's more pick up the camera. I stopped, opened the window and listened. She was in the woods there....but, I couldn't see her. I took a photo of the lake with its nice reflections. I was pretty focused on watching to see whether she would show herself again or if she had calves. All of a sudden, I saw a moose swimming across the lake from the island to the shore she was on, only a lot farther down the lake. I grabbed my 400 mm lens to put on but wasn't sure I could do it that fast. That moose was moving! So, I just used the 18-200 lens I had on and took this. The bull hit shore and off in to the woods....never saw it again either. So far, my adventure is being productive in seeing things, anyway.....even if I am not properly prepared! I thought I was. I always put the lens on the camera I think I am most likely to be needing while driving and possibly getting a quick shot. Well......doesn't always work that way.
I made up my mind right then and there.....no more leaving the camera.....just because! Sheesh....but that is irritating. Of course....given I always will carry the camera now.....I won't see as much....right!
Anyway, the main thing is, I get to see some of this stuff. I can't tell you how many times, over the years, I have see really neat stuff...and, no camera. It is still very vivid in my memory because of what the incident was. That is special.
Well, was going to leave you with one final shot of Shadow, my pet deer, standing in the cherry blossoms. My internet connection won't upload it right now. So, we will see if this will post and I will continue on this another time. :)
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Anyway, with all the rain this week, it is not conducive to getting anything done in the yard. It is just saturated! Plus, yesterday it started out in the low 50s and dropped to 40 degrees......where it still is this morning. At least the sun is shining between all the clouds today. Usually, Memorial weekend is the time to start planting the gardens. Not this year. I think everything would sit there and rot. Then, of course, when we do get a bit of sunshine and 70 with high humidity........we aren't used to it and it feels so hot you just want to sit out there and enjoy the fact we have some sunshine.
Toby and I have had our little adventures all week, rain or not. It is drier on the shore....relatively.....and there aren't ticks on the Lake Superior shores either. Right now....ticks are bad! My tick jar on the counter is filling. If we go in the woods.......we get ticks. Picking Toby is just about a full time job. Frontline or Advantix or whatever.......doesn't stop the ticks from getting on him in the first place. They will still try to attach most of the time. I don't want any flare ups in his Lyme disease.....for sure. So, I am vigilant.
Spring flowers and cherry blossoms are finally out. It is fun to see some of spring arriving anyway.
Maybe the weather will soon moderate too......we can hope.