Good morning once again everyone! I hope you are enjoying your day. I know that for many it’s not very easy to enjoy every day. But that’s what Steve’s Country is all about, to try and bring a little sunshine into your day, a little relaxation for a few minutes and a bit of fun too! It’s a cloudy day with just a bit of light drizzle right now, it’s definitely a bit cooler than the last few days. But it’s still a beautiful spring day. Speaking of spring, I heard a noise on the deck around 5 am this morning. Well, time to get up anyway, so I went to take a look. Muffin was ahead of me as usual and had her scared look as I came into the living room. That can only mean a couple of things, a wolf, or a bear. It was a bear, but already leaving by the time I turned the light on and got to the window. It wasn’t that great big fella that came around last year, it was a smaller bear. I didn’t really get a good look at him as he was already moving into the shadows, but I would say around 300 to 350 lbs (136 to 158 kg). So, the bears are now out, so I will need to be careful.
And now for the art in nature pics for our enjoyment…
I found some left over polypores from last year, but I’m not sure which variety.
And here we have the diligent work of a pileated woodpecker to extract the harmful insects from this tree to hopefully extend the life of the tree a while longer. This hole is about 4 by 5 inches (10 by 12.5cm) and about 6 inches (15cm) deep. When I looked at it, I could see it might be too late to save the tree from the destruction caused by the insects.
Everything adds to the art found in nature, even these holes made by our largest woodpecker. I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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