Good morning and Happy Friday to everyone! Time to get a cup of coffee and join Muffin and I on this most beautiful morning. It is very nice out there, the sun is shining beautifully, the sky is a very vivid blue, the birds are singing loud and clear though admittedly there are not very many different species singing. But it still sounds so nice anyway.
A perfect summer morning to sit on the deck with my morning coffee. There are no bad animals in sight (namely bears) so off goes Steve with coffee in hand to sit and enjoy this wonderful morning. Ahh, he sits and gets nicely relaxed. Suddenly there is a loud noise and this big black animal is up the side of the deck and over the railing!
Steve has likewise suddenly disappeared back into the house dropping coffee all over the deck. Door closed and locked, though I am not sure why I lock the door, if the bear wanted to he could very easily push that door open, locked or not. That bear is now standing on the deck railing and checking the bird feeder for food, but he finds nothing since bird feeding has had to end for the summer due to the presence of this bear.
Poor Muffin is so puffed out, it is amazing how big her tail cat get at times. But this time her whole body was like that. She had been watching out the window and did not like what she saw. Steve did not like it very much either. No, Steve did not take pictures. Steve was too busy trying to get his heart rate settled down again. I did not hear that bear at all until he started climbing up onto the deck. Perhaps he was sleeping down there. I have no idea.
But he was not making any noise. Not a nice way to start the day. At least I do not think so anyway. On a nicer note, yesterday my friend and I took a drive out of town for the morning and stopped at a few small lakes along the highway. It was really quite beautiful, and peaceful. Nice not having to worry about bears for a while. And there were a lot of wildflowers, and not so wild flowers, in bloom. I am showing some apple and cherry trees that we found, plus some pincherry bushes as well.
The pincherry is a native shrub, or small tree, that produces nice bright red berries, great for making jelly or syrup. The apple tree was likely the result of someone tossing aside an apple core and the seeds grew. I imagine the same happened for the cherry tree. Both were full of blossoms. So were the pincherry and Saskatoon bushes. In fact, everything was just loaded with flowers this year. I have not seen such thickly blooming blueberries in a long time.
Even the bearberry bushes were loaded with flowers, something I have not ever seen around here. Usually they only have a few flowers. In one area too there were dozens of flower flies, all the same species. But I did see other flower flies too. I was not able to get pics of them all though. That can take a lot of time. But I did get a lot of pictures yesterday which I will be showing little by little. Today some flowering trees. Well, I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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