When we moved to the country, I fully expected to encounter wildlife in all its forms, and this post is testimony to that dream, fulfilled. And we've only been here 60 days!
My trail cam is the gift that keeps on giving … like a kid on Christmas morning, I retrieve the SIM card every few days and practically jog back to the house to see what has been wandering around the 'back 40'.
On May 23, the beaver(s) worked from 7.53 pm to 2.30 am as
documented by the trail cam. A couple of days later, the trail cam
captured the lower right hand shot of mist rising off the lake as
the sun rises. I call it "Swimming Home from Work".
In my six months with the trail cam, I have learned that it can capture changes in the environment in addition to candid shots of animals (such as snow disappearing, in my May 10 post). While the trail cam was focused on the beaver dam, it documented the sunset and the resulting reflections in the lake.
And I love this picture of the 'bubbles' on the lake's surface, created by large raindrops.
You may be wondering how I decide on the location of the trail cam - mostly it involves observing events (beaver is building a dam) and positioning the camera accordingly. From my blogging perch on the deck, I noticed a dead tree frequented by Columbian Ground Squirrels. Turned out to be a good choice for a photo studio!
|Good morning, madam!|
|Let's see - safe to take a snooze?|
|Oh, this sun feels SOOO good ...|
|Yeah, baby, this is the life …|
|Until that TURKEY shows up!|
(And now I have an inkling who was scratching away at my patio cushions … could it be the squirrel in search of nesting material?) We now have our cushions safely stored in this handy dandy shed!
(And then there was the recent episode with the fan in my 4runner, which was making flapping noises. Upon servicing it, the technician showed Spousal Unit a large hole that had been gnawed in the air filter!!! Apparently, this is a frequent event with vehicles that are parked outside in Montana. Good thing that our garage now has space for both cars to be inside!)
Swallows had won the nesting boxes from the mountain bluebirds, but then the squirrels came along and made the entrances larger by gnawing around the circumference of the hole. Exit the swallows … Grrrr. (Are you noticing a repetitive villain here by the moniker of SQUIRREL?)
When I need to calm myself (how dare those carpenter ants chew MY logs?), I go for a walk. And I find plenty to distract me. First, geese flying overhead. Listen for the flapping wings …
Upper left: Cinquefoil; Upper Middle: Blue Violet;
Upper Right: Butter and Eggs
Lower left: reflection in lake; Lower right: Shooting Star
And there's almost always some sort of surprise, like this turtle in the middle of the road!
Last year, we had no rain for over 90 days, spanning most of the summer. So, although I haven't checked the stats, I know we have already accumulated more rain in June than we had all of last summer. I love watching the sky as the storm clouds move in.
Spousal Unit, from his chair near the great room windows, had observed the lone coyote loping by in the dusk, so I moved my trail cam in the hopes of capturing more shots of this iconic hunter. So far, no luck with the coyote, but maybe I got something even better … (please note that the trail cam was only 20 yards from our house for these shots.)
I Like Thursday