Since I am a moose nut, I will start there. Spousal Unit was the first to spot the moose, the evening of Mother's Day! Casually looking out the window. "What's that?!" led to a scramble to the spotting scope. And what should our wondering eyes behold but a cow moose grazing on the far side of the lake. We took turns at the scope until she trotted into the woods and out of sight. (I jokingly accused him of 'arranging' for her to be there for Mother's Day.)
Let me remind you that we have been in Montana for just over a year (we arrived May 3, to be precise) and have seen only one other moose, a fleeting glimpse on the side of the road when my younger brother and his wife were visiting. So, I would be within my rights to think this was another rare encounter, not to be repeated. Guess again. The next day, hoping against hope, we strolled to the lake in the early evening. Before we knew it, she was behind us and approaching. Check out this video. (Adrenaline was pumping, folks - don't know how I kept my phone as still as I did.)
Since this video, she has put in an appearance (at least, when we were looking) twice. We believe we have seen a different moose as well (larger, perhaps a male). Seems our valley is a good neighborhood for the largest member of the deer family, which requires habitat with adequate edible plants, cover from predators, and protection from extremely hot or cold weather.
Mother's Day was a bonus day, let me tell you. While scanning the shoreline for the cow moose after she sauntered into the woods, we spotted a couple of sleek bodies sliding on and off a wood platform. Otter? Mink? A closer inspection identified a pair of beaver. And the pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place.
|Culvert on April 22|
|Now our lake is a reflecting pool!!!|
So, now that we have all of that excitement out of the way, here are photos retrieved from the cam.
|Upper left - raindrops are falling ...|
And a couple of pictures from earlier in the month, when I had the cam in our 'woods'.
And when I don't go to Nature, it comes to me. This cheeky squirrel is testing out the patio furniture directly outside our dining room sliding doors.
Of course, critters are not the only aspects of Nature around these parts. I get a real kick walking around our property and the 'neighborhood', breathing in the freshness of Spring.
Lower left: Glacier Lily; Center: Blue Violet; Lower right: Aspen
Upper right: Kinnikinnick
Upper left: Serviceberry; Upper Center: Heartleaf Arnica; Upper right: Wild Strawberry
Lower left: Oregon grape; Lower Center: Not sure; Lower right: Lodgepole pine
Even the clouds get into the act, providing an artist's canvas for the greening larches and leafing-out aspens.
Floral Friday Fotos