Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A WEEK OF QUOTES - PART 3 - SOMETIMES........


"Being alone doesn't necessarily mean loneliness.  People are great but being alone is wonderful!  I prefer the silence of alone, and the sounds of nature.

~Jayson Zabate~

I love nothing better than to get up early and hear the first bird song, you could say being one with nature.  It is one of the most relaxing experiences, that and being out in the woods walking along one of the trails.  However...

there has been a bear sighting in our area, and the local nature people have asked us not to feed our birds right now.  I had actually stopped as I noticed a very large hawk flying through the trees recently, as if he had spotted something and was on the hunt.  Yes, he has to live too but oh my goodness, I don't think I want him to catch his meal right under my nose.  So, no filling up the bird feeder for a while.  The deck has been a very quiet place and I do miss seeing them.

After the sighting of the bear they conclude that it is a young one who has recently been sent on its way by its mother.  They also said it is probably trying to find its own territory.  I do hope it is well away from people for everyone's sake, including our bear.  

Every now and again when we have planned on going into bear territory, we have read about what you should do if you encounter a bear, and I'm sure this changes depending on which species you meet.  Half of all bear attacks on people involve a dog.  Dogs will go after a bear and it will attack the dog and consequently the dog's humans.  With our local bears it was advised to talk firmly to the bear ???? and walk away slowly, never run because then you become the prey.  I hope I never have to put these tips to the test.

Fortunately any experiences we have had with this amazing animal have been at a safe distance, with guides in attendance, to make sure no one does anything silly.   If you haven't read the poem I shared from the Shenandoah National Park Service, you can read it in my post here, which I put together not so long ago.

Gregg came across something recently, a photo by Canadian photographer Jim Lawrence, who shared a most amazing bear photo.  You can see it if you click on this link.   I won't tell you what it is about, that would spoil the surprise.  Let's just say I laughed with delight when I saw it.  There is a website address imprinted on the photo also, which will take you to Mr. Lawrence's home page.  His photos are stunning and you can see those here.

I might be a bit scarce returning visits this week, but thank you for stopping by.  I will be catching up in a day or so.





34 comments:

  1. This is scary! There are bears around here, and they have even ventured into friend's trash bins. But I would be terrified to be outside and very close to one. Do you live in or near the woods? I remember your beautiful poem. And the picture of the bear is amazing, and funny. Bye bye to your deck can for now, I hope it returns soon.

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    1. Hi Ginny, we certainly have to pay attention don't we? :) No we don't really live near a lot of woods. There are trees around here, and lots of them but it is a fairly built up area. I still haven't put the deck cam back again but soon I hope.

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  2. LOVE that bear photo.
    I am more likely to be alone in a crowd than when I am on my own.
    I do hope that young bear finds his/her new territory soon, somewhere which is safe for him/her, and everyone else.

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    1. That is often the case EC :) Me too, I want it to find a good home safe from people.

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  3. What is a terrific photograph of the bear and the camera. No I would not like to meet a bear face to face (as they say) Pity you cannot have your birds in the garden at the moment. I have been away in Scotland at my sister's (so no commenting) and just about to go away again for 2 more weeks! Well life is short and I am making the most of it

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    1. Thank you Margaret, I miss my birds that's for sure :) How lovely you have been visiting your sister. I look forward to seeing your photos. Yes we all must enjoy these moments when we can.

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  4. oh look at the beautiful woodpecker

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  5. The photo is fab! After reading your post I remembered reading about a possible reintroduction of bears to the UK. Not sure whatever ever came of that idea!

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    1. Thank you Valerie. Now that's very interesting :) I wonder if that will ever happen?

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  6. "After the sighting of the bear they conclude that it is a young one who has recently been sent on its way by its mother."

    :-(

    This makes me sad. I know if is nature, but still.

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  7. That was a priceless bear photo of the grizzly turning the table on the photographer. Too bad that you have to curtail the feeding as it is fun to see the deck cam captures. We also used to hang feeders out and hawks would be in the area looking for a meal.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy, being in the right place at the right time :)

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  8. Nigdy nie widziałam niedźwiedzia na wolności wiem ,że to piękne ale groźne zwierzęta.
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie:)

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  9. i saw that photographer bear on FB a while ago and it is an amazing photo. maybe yours will learn to use your cam. ha ha.. the color scheme on the woodpecker is my favorite. i love black and white with pops or red and he really pops those colors....

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    1. It was an amazing photo. I can live in hope :) All I have seen are the raccoons and foxes (last year) but not lately. It does have a very pretty feather pattern.

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    1. Obrigado, agradeço seu comentário. Um abraço e uma boa semana para você :)

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  11. Your first quote suits me. I like being alone.

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  12. You stay careful, Denise. Keep an eye out for critter than can bite. Isn't nature something else? All that beauty along with the dangers.

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    1. I will Latane and thank you for the concern. Yes, all that beauty with a big does of common sense :)

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  13. Hi Denise,
    You can almost hear the bear saying I would have changed to f10, super image and story.
    I think I would be most cautious with a bear, I think the fact you talked firmly to the bear would have no effect what so ever, I think run and pray being the best option.
    All the best,
    John

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    1. Now that made me laugh John and yes indeed, it is hard to know what is the best action.

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  14. In my experience bears bolt when humans call out, which is a good thing. It's still good to respect that it's a wild animal, and to give it a lot of space and understand how to behave in ways that won't make the bear a problem- such as not leaving a food source around.

    That quote speaks to me.

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    1. Couldn't agree more William, great advice! Me too on the quote :)

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  15. I love bears but wouldn't want to meet one in my subdivision. That would be grizzly. I wouldn't be able to bear it.

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    1. No, that wouldn't be a good thing Liberty Bell :)

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  16. lovely bird....
    I enjoy to hear bird songs too.....
    A lot of bird variety in the back yard during this summer season....

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    1. Hi Tanza, thank you :) I miss the bird song right now and yes, there is a lot of variety and they change each season.

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    1. Oh you are so very welcome, glad you enjoyed :)

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