Steve’s Adventures. Part 3.

Hello everyone on this very beautiful morning here at Steve’s Country.  The sun is shining again and it’s warm finally which is so nice.  I have my door open and the birds are singing so enthusiastically out there.  The sun is shining on my desk bringing such a warm glow to my writing area.  My cup of coffee is right beside me and Muffin is…looking at my feet.  Why, I ask her.  She just sits looking at me not saying a word.  Always makes me think I have forgotten something.  Oh, right, her paper ball.  I crumple some paper, she plays with it and when she is finished, she rips it to shreds.  Tiny little pieces of paper all over the living room.  Then I have to vacuum.  She must think I enjoy vacuuming.  I don’t.  Really.  Sigh.  I buy her toys.  And what does she want to play with? Crumpled paper ball.  Amazing.

A better look at the golden corydalis.

But what a beautiful morning.  Sir George calling for his breakfast.  Twice.  Baxter calling for peanuts.  Birds singing.  Choco and Chatter fighting.  Male squirrels generally chase each other around.  The females however, like to connect more when they fight.  So there is Choco and Chatter, they sit chattering at each other, suddenly Chatter jumps straight up and Choco is right there when she lands.  Wow.  Almost looked like a new type of dance.  Finally the full connection.  And they roll around like one ball of fur.  Right off the edge of the deck.  5 Feet to the ground.  Like nothing happened.  They are still rolling together.  But finally there is a break and Chatter wins this round.  Last time it was Choco.  They are actually quite well matched.  So both will stay here.  Like Mama Chip and Chipper last year.

We have our pair of chipping sparrows back again this year.

Speaking of bears.  Mine was back again, night before last.  Looking in the living room window just before 3 am.  Poor Muffin.  She really doesn’t like bears.  I don’t mind, as long as they are far enough away or there is a barrier between us.  Like one time I was out for a drive and stopped in at a little garbage disposal area along the highway.  I thought it might be a good spot for seeing some bears.  Sure enough this time there was 7 bears, 5 black and 2 cinnamon.  Now, cinnamon bears are just black bears that are brown instead of black.  But they are beautiful anyway.  I was hoping to get a picture of one.  So I parked the car close to the bears and got out slowly.  I decided to leave the car door open in case I needed to get back inside quickly.

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There is my cinnamon bear, not the best picture.

There are things I have never told anyone about my adventures.  I learned early on it’s best not to tell some people, that way they don’t get worried.  People tend to worry a lot for some reason.  There was a nice black bear on the other side of the car, about 400 lbs I figured (about 190kg).  But I wanted a cinnamon bear, one was about 20 feet away and the biggest of the 2 was further away and in the shade.  So I aimed for the closer one. 

My car door didn’t want to stay open though and kept bumping into me.  Finally I turned to look and the door was actually closed slightly.  Odd, I thought.  Then I spotted him.  It was a black bear that kept bumping into me with his nose.  I think he wanted me to move.  I wanted to move also.  But where.  The cinnamon bear was coming over now as well.  Standing between 2 bears is not the best idea.  Honest.  Only one thing to do, get in the car.

Beautiful blue forget-me-not.

I started talking quietly to the bear that was behind me.  I talk like this will all animals.  It seems to make them calm.  He actually sat down.  And the cinnamon bear stopped coming any closer.  So I opened the door and got in slowly, talking the whole time.  In situations like this you don’t panic.  Or show that you are afraid.  Animals can sense fear and that makes them nervous and they become very unpredictable.  So staying calm and talking quietly, calmly, works to keep them calmed as well.  I was a bit relieved to be back in the car though.  I watched for a while and then left.

Just couldn’t resist this picture of the male goldfinch in the apple tree.

Just as a word of caution.  Don’t do what I did.  Bears are large and dangerous animals and although they look rather clumsy, they can outrun you.  Easily.  They are also extremely strong animals.

Well everyone, I guess that wraps it up for today.  More is coming however, so stay close by.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.



42 Comments on “Steve’s Adventures. Part 3.

  1. When you say, don’t do what I did, it makes things more interesting, who doesn’t like to experience interesting things 😀😀😀
    Hello Muffin 😽😽 paper balls are popular among cats😺😺 enjoy your time. 😻😻😻

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    • At least people have been warned, if they still do it they are not too smart. Bears are very dangerous animals. Cats do like those paper balls for sure!!😸😸😻😁

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  2. So big dangerous bear bumping you with his nose—no problem. (I’m imagining the conversation) but a tiny little spider? Have you tried sweet talking the spider? Beautiful pictures. I’d like to see the white Kermode bears. White black bear.
    Muffin sounds like she is in good spirits today 😊

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  3. OMG you got the shot and it was quite dangerous 😨 so you insisted you want the cinnamon 😂 OMG this is really not easy and a very good shot by the way! Couldn’t be better! Well planned and I guess many would have panicked with all these bears around 🙀
    What a lovely days 😊 everybody is around! The birds, the chipmunks and the squirrels and Muffin being naughty 😂 perfect day! Forget-me-not 👍 beautiful name and beautiful flower!
    Thank you for this lovely day and the adventure you promised with 👍🌞🌞😸😸

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    • I thought I was keeping track of all the bears and with my door open(I thought), but…It turned out okay anyway. This is the first time I have told this part of the story though I have mentioned getting the picture before. Didn’t want to worry people!😂I learned a lot from a dog trainer years ago and the first thing she taught me is don’t panic, don’t show fear.😲 Not always easy to do, but I finally caught on to that. And it works so well, along with a soft calm voice. Still, I doubt I would do it again, at least not alone! Yes, we have been having a good day here for sure. I will do the travel blog tag this afternoon, but first to spend some time outside.😁📷😸🌞

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      • I mean even if she taught you, not easy at all! You can’t predict how these animals would react 😕 but bravo you made it and don’t do it again 😂
        Enjoy this beautiful day and posts can wait a bit 😊 there’s a lot of beauty there 🌞🌞😸😸

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      • True, I do take chances too many times. Like when 2 bucks are banging their heads together in the fall mating season and I walk between them😲🦌. Stupid really. But I talked nicely and calmly and they backed up to let me through. Still not smart. But that’s me. I think I’m learning now though. Maybe. Might be evening before I get that post done, have all the pics I need, but it’s time to eat again. Sigh. I definitely won’t do that with bears again!😂😹🐻

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      • Good morning Steve 😊 Sorry had to sleep, you know the time difference thing
        Come on now! Walking between them what you were thinking 😲 But after all, if you enjoy this I guess nothing can stop you :/
        Hope your day will be great and sunny and bears free haha😹🐻 Enjoy it

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      • Good morning Huguette! True, I’m a terrible person, I take chances, but I am slowing down a bit now and trying to be more cautious. Trying.😀Didn’t get as much done yesterday as I hoped, kinda got slowed down a bit, still that way this morning.😕But I’m working on that travel post first today. Hope your day is going well!😃🌞😺

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      • As long as you can handle them, no problem I guess, we are whom we are 😊
        Sorry about the injury and hope it’s not so dangerous :/ maybe you should have some rest today
        My day is good, thank you 😊 regular day 🌞😺

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing, I love to read your post. I love your picture, and I love the way you make me feel and how you create a movie in my mind…

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  5. Wow! Bears!!! That’s so amazing Steve! Never saw them but I am sure they are incredibly beautiful animals! 🐻🐻🐻 Anyway, I just thought that you may find exciting the idea of travelling and watch animals all over the world. 😊😊😊

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    • They are beautiful and very powerful animals. Yes, I would enjoy being able to travel around and see some of the incredible animals of this world. Have a great day!😃🌞

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  6. Hi. Steve & Muffin. Reading your post on a wet, gloomy, chilly, spring day. I am laying in bed recovering from the flu for the second time. Your morning blog takes me back to a time a spend in Woodstock. I love the country morning. The city has less to offer by means of beauty. Oh how I long to leave and escape into the quite hills of the country🌹

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    • Thanks so much for reading today! I hope you get well soon, flu anytime is bad but I think spring and summer is the worst time, so take care! True, city life isn’t quite the same, parks are nice and a good way to get a dose of something country like, but there is nothing like real country. Even living in this town is not the same as living out in the country like I did a few years ago. I used to live in a larger city for a couple years before moving to the country and I didn’t care for it at all. I’m a small town guy or country preferably! Again I hope you get well soon!😃😺Muffin purrs her greetings as well, she is right beside me as I write.

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