With the sun just below the horizon,
the blue hour was upon us.
Still groggy from a night of deep slumber, I opened my eyes and gazed out the window...
the romantic snow that had silently fallen while sitting at the previous day's bonfire
had decided to stick.
Once again we were blanketed in frosty, beautiful white.
It frosted the branches of trees and shrubs, but barely lay on the ground...
a temporary winter dressing that would quickly be no more than a memory.
As I dressed for morning chores,
I heard Hubbs groan as he looked out the front window.
"I forgot to bring the bird feeders in last night.
We had another bear visit."
I could barely contain my excitement...
not because there had been a bear on our porch, but because we had placed
game cameras around the front yard and there would be photographic evidence
of our un-invited visitor.
As if we needed photographic evidence!
This bird feeder had hung on the outside of the railing next to the suet feeder.
The hanger was now twisted and bent onto the front porch.
The bear apparently spent a good deal of time sitting here on the porch emptying
This feeder was missing, it's hook pulled downward.
I found it next to the woods, empty.
Pictoral evidence is so much more exciting, though.
(pay no attention to the date and time on the photos -
we forgot to reset the clock on the cameras when we changed the batteries.)
In the photo below, the corner of the front deck above the bear's shoulder is six feet off the ground.
I estimate this fellow was about 5 feet tall... not a very big bear.
He(she) was remarkably gentle.
Normally we find our feeders torn to shreds.
I feel sorry for bears at this time of year.
They've woken from a long winter's nap and are quite hungry.
There's not much out there for them to eat with Winter hanging on as it is.
Still, it's not a great idea for them to associate our house with food.
The bird feeders will be brought in each evening from now on.
Garage doors will be shut and doors to the house locked.
It's a fascinating world out there in the wild.
I am so grateful to be able to experience it...
and so excited to be able to share it with you.
Perhaps an after-meal nap?