Monday’s Musings #14.

Good morning everyone on this sunny, smokey Monday! It has been a rather quiet morning. A couple of gulls, Sir George and Ricky, have been here, the family of crows stopped by briefly as did a family of chickadees. But not much singing or chirping, basically none really. There was a red fox out here very early this morning barking. They can make some interesting sounds and if you’ve never heard them before, they can sound quite scary. Doesn’t sound anything like what you would expect from a fox, which really is just a small wild dog. But they have one bark that is more like a scream and it can certainly make a person jump hearing it for the first time. Especially at night.

An older pic of “smiling” Grover.

Something was around last evening that was really getting everyone upset. The birds were chirping wildly, the chipmunks were doing their warning chips. Muffin was looking out the window trying to see what was going on. Even the crows were upset over this. Must be a common enemy, but what? Finally I got to see this large orange cat come out of the long grass and lie down on the driveway. I tried calling Muffin over to look at him, but she was determined the “whatever” was out her window. No, no, Muffin, he’s over here. But she wouldn’t come. Then something scared big orange and he ran off back into the long grass and over to the neighbors yard with his ears back. He really was scared of something, but what? Maybe Muffin was right and something else was out there. The birds and chipmunks continued their warning calls long after the cat was gone, longer than they normally would.

I miss having my blue jays around. This is an older pic too.

So perhaps there was something else. Maybe that fox was out there. Or maybe…a bear. I wasn’t going out to check anyway, it was getting too late, even though it was still daylight. Those bears running around have made me nervous. First time I have been so nervous about bears. Normally I don’t give them a thought when I’m out walking. Now I do. Now I wonder if I should keep walking to the river with those bears around. I really don’t want to meet one that far from home, even with the bear spray I carry with me. Would you go walking back there knowing that bears are around? But that’s also where I get a lot of my pictures, which I wouldn’t get, if I didn’t go walking to the river. Sigh. It’s a tough decision. I hope you all have a wonderful day, Happy Civic Holiday for anyone who gets this holiday as we do here in Canada, and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

21 Comments on “Monday’s Musings #14.

  1. Good Morning Steve! Listen to your gut–it is God speaking to you. If you are feeling uneasy about walking by the river, pay attention. May need to find another place to take photos for a time. Much better than a bear mauling. Have a blessed day!

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    • It’s really only the one bear that makes me nervous, he’s a bit unpredictable, but…
      There is no other place for me to go however. I don’t drive anymore, which seriously hampers my ability to go anywhere else for pictures. And summer is the main time for getting pictures to help go through the winter months, since not much happens in the winter. But perhaps I will need to cut back on the number of pics I use. We’ll see. Thanks so much for your concern on this, have a great evening!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ί

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    • Yes, perhaps that’s true. But not much around home for picture opportunities now. My landlord’s garden flowers are finished for the summer. They quit early this year because it’s been so dry and she doesn’t water them. So not even many insects around now because of that. Lots of chipmunks, but I need more than chipmunk pics!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή Oh well. I wish I was still driving, then I could get out more to other places for pictures. But summer is nearly over, this is the last month!πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸŒžπŸ˜€πŸ˜Ί

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      • I’m sure you can find something else to photograph but better stay away from bears! I definitely like your place surrounded by nature but too little summer time though β˜€οΈπŸ˜…

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      • Well, I’m trying to think of things to photograph, but I’m running out of ideas. I guess I could start taking pics of leaves, actually I already have started!πŸ˜‚πŸ“·πŸƒ But I guess the river is out until winter. Hopefully it will be a mild winter again.πŸ˜€πŸ“· Yep, summer is way too short here!πŸ˜³πŸŒžπŸ™€πŸ˜

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      • That’s a harder challenge than taking photos of bees! Seems the only time I can get her is when she sleeps. I do have a few other photos of her, but I am trying to do that too.πŸ˜€πŸ˜»πŸ“·πŸ˜ΎπŸ™€

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  2. Stay home Steve ! We do not need any pics down by the river ! Or along the pathway that you travel to get to the river ! Choose another area for now ! …it sure could have been a bear …or two…they are searching for food ! …yes, we have smoke from northern Manitoba and Ontario too ! …have a wonderful day ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ€”πŸ»πŸ¦ŠπŸ”₯

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    • Well, if I don’t get out there won’t be any pics to share after a while, that’s true enough.πŸ€”πŸ“· I wish there was another area, but as you know, I don’t drive so there is no way to go elsewhere.πŸ™„ Oh well, once winter comes hopefully I can get back to the river again. Not many pics in the winter though. Still a nice walk however.πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ˜Έβ˜•β˜•πŸ“·

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