Thursday, May 10, 2018

Awesome April



The fact that I am just now getting to my April re-cap means my life is full of blessings, such as a new house that draws on our time to make it a home, and a trip to Ohio for our daughter's graduation.

Sometimes, especially at the change of seasons, it is fascinating to look back at photos from last month - how much Nature has changed in just six short weeks!  As I prepared this post, I found myself whispering 'wow' and squinting through my glasses to make sure I had read the photo dates correctly.  Want to see what I mean?  Let's go look!

These ski resort pictures were taken on April 7, the day before ski season closed.  In Whitefish, the end of the season is set by the Forest Service, to ensure limited encounters between humans and bears as the bears emerge from hibernation.  It's certainly not for lack of snow!!!

Lest you think the Forest Service is being overly cautious .. . thousands of people followed a Glacier National Park web cam for 3 weeks (beginning around March 24), to watch a black bear in a sycamore tree.  Here are some of the screen shots I captured - isn't he an entertaining fellow (from a distance)?


Once warmer temperatures arrive to the lower elevations, the snow disappears quickly.  My trail cam documented not only wildlife, but the receding snow banks around our house.

Speaking of trail cams, I was so delighted last month to capture another coyote picture, this one in the daylight!!!  And a fabulous series with a turkey!


Here are some other pictures documenting snow around our house - now you see it, now you don't!


It may surprise you to see Easter pictures in this post ... but I include them here for 2 reasons - one, Easter was April 1 - so it belongs in the April re-cap!!!  Two- we just ate the last of the Easter candy - does your holiday candy linger, or does it disappear rather quickly in your house? 

Like the Easter candy, some of my 2018 goals are ... lingering.  I haven't done much cooking lately, and I am a little behind on my tea towel embroidery.

And I think I have a reasonable excuse - check out my new blogging studio on the back deck ...

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43 comments:

  1. Hi Angie,
    FABULOUS photos to recap April. It is amazing how only two weeks ago here we were complaining about snow. Your new blogging post looks SO inviting. I would love to come and rock with you for a bit, chat now and then, and just listen to nature. You can almost hear the snow melting if you really listen. Easter candy - we don't buy much but there were a few jelly beans around. I have never liked them, but found myself popping a few as I walked by. Darn it - I only ate them because they were there. It took most of the month for them to finally disappear. Happy Mother's Day! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. You live in a beautiful part of the USA. The wildlife and scenery is stunning!

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  3. that deck... heavenly. Thanks for linking up to I Like Thursday! LeeAnna

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  4. Hello Angie, Wowzers, that's quite the setting for your blogging for sure. Love it. We still have a few Easter chocolates lingering. I'm putting a trail cam on my must haves when we move to Colville. Love the series you shared from yours. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and Mother's day!

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  5. Your property looks really beautiful! I love the trail cams to capture the wildlife - that must be fun and interesting!

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  6. What great trail cam pictures. Those are fun. Oh, my Easter candy has been so long gone. Your blogging studio is lovely! :-)

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  7. Ooooh, I love your blogging deck. You're very disciplined to have a chair and table. I see myself writing and reading (and snoozing) on a comfy cozy chaise lounge.

    When I came to your photo of the lake, I had to scroll back to remind me that it was recently under snow. I loved those shots of the bear in the tree. He's so cute. His fidgeting reminds me of me sitting on a chair when I was young. Cheers to you, Angie and your lingering!

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  8. Sounds like a full but fun week for you! The bear would be so much fun to watch as he hibernates in the tree. Your blogging space looks like a wonderful place with a fabulous view!

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  9. Brilliant animals in the range.

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  10. Oh Angie, what a glorious blogging studio! And I can't get over the contrast in weather in just a few short weeks. We have sensed it, too, here in Suffolk, UK, though the last predicted show didn't actually reach us. It's a glorious morning as I type, but I gather rain is on the way. What sprited bear photos from the bear-cam! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.

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  11. Whoops... for 'show' please read 'snow', LOL!

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  12. And 'sprited' should be 'spirited'. The blog gremlins are at work!

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  13. It seems like the seasons are condensing and revolving faster every year. I think your lingering idea is a great goal … it tends to slow down time AND you have the perfect deck and scenery from which to do it.

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  14. Oh wonderful nature shots of seasonal transitions!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Wonderful post and lovely photos. You really do have a full life! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  16. Excellent trail cam pictures. It must be fun when you first see what the camera has captured.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. It is amazing the changes in nature in such a short time. For awhile I never thought spring would get here.

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  18. We get snow here too in April.
    Nice to see the animals captured on your trail cam.
    No Easter candy lingering around here because we didn't have any! : )

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  19. Oh no, our chocolate never lingers :) I would have been glued to the bear cam too!
    Wren x

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  20. Hello, love the bear and trail cam photos. Great critter captures. Your blogging space is beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

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  21. Congratulations to your daughter! Love the webcam shots...especially the black bears in the tree! That last shot looks so very peaceful.

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  22. I love your web cam shots. I have been following in the local paper the saga of the bear in the tree. And yes, we still have Butterfinger chocolate eggs in a jar....LOL Lovely here today and I am eager to get outside and garden. Have a great weekend! Kit

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  23. WoW!!! those web cam images are amazing, i really enjoyed seeing the bear. we had a lot of snow this winter, but primarily in march!!

    your blogging studio is amazing, love that view!!

    happy mothers day!!!

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  24. ...WOW. you sure in a wild and wonderful neighborhood! I could sit on that deck and look out for hours. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you have a Happy Mother's Day.

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  25. Your trail cam shots are wonderful. I didn't know bears were the reason why the Forest Service closes the ski areas when there's still snow, but it makes perfect sense! Very interesting to learn.

    Enjoyed all the pictures ... and I have to say that 99% of the time I'm happy with the tiny home lifestyle we've chosen but the sight of your 'blogging studio' has me a bit envious. (I'll just think about how I hate cold and snow and that will get me back to the 99% happy ;>)... Your home is just beautiful.

    Will you have to change your jelly bean background now that you have eaten all your candy?

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  26. the tree must be very large for the bear to sleep in it :)

    Very interesting shots today :)

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  27. Hello Angie..It's late and I was trying to think of a way to get the squirrel to leave the box alone. I keep a super soaker kids water gun to scare an animal if I have to. They are tenacious and will keep at it if it is hungry. Here I leave out sunflower seeds so they leave the bird feeders alone. It works here. I will see if there is some better idea...Michelle

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  28. Wow your pictures and collages are amazing. I think you must be so busy with a move and also a trip! I loved seeing the bear!

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  29. My comment disappeared! So here it is again! I feel your excitement about the turkey, coyote, bear. You will get used in no time to the "normal" mountain sightings:):) Loved that you shared them with Al Seasons! Have fun exploring some more this week!

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  30. I don't think I'd get much done with that view - no tea towels and no blog. I always enjoy visiting and seeing your new heavenly landscape.

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  31. I finished the last of the Easter candy last week. (And by the way, love your jelly bean background!). What a remarkable difference. It's beautiful to be sure, but all that snow would get me down. I know because I live in Michigan and it was a LONG winter!

    Thanks for visiting The Marmelade Gypsy and leaving such a kind comment! It's nice "meeting" you.

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  32. What a lovely place to sit and blog!

    I love the photos of the bear, so cute

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  33. Beautiful pictures and you live in a beautiful place.
    Best regards, Irma

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  34. Your blogging place is lovely!

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  35. I have never seen a black bear in a tree, though I know they can climb. Hope May is a wonderful month for you!

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  36. Really nice photos Angie! That is such a nice view you have.

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  37. Your deck has a great view!

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  38. Hello Angie. I am back from our Menorca break and catching up with everyone. This is an exciting time for you I can see. I would love to be around there to see those bears waking up. I guess they emerge rather hungry? And perhaps dangerous?

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  39. Love your blogging deck Angie...my favorite place to journal what I see. And the view!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!!...I hope no one harms those bears.... Michelle

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  40. Your new view is spectacular! I feel like the time is flying by as we've been busy with all kinds of grandchildren "end of school" activities.

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  41. It is rather amazing how quickly the seasons can change, even when one believes it might never happen. Great images of local visitors captured by your trail cam. Your deck viewing station is where I'd be every second possible. Enjoy!

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