Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Where the Wild Things Are

Fall is a busy time for wild animals in the forest and on our property.

Can you find the moose?

During the summer, I rarely see foxes, but lately they visit every day.
One small female is very tame.
If I'm outside working, she rests nearby, watching carefully.

Some mornings, she comes onto the deck and peeks in the window.
I recognize a large, regal male with silver rump.
I'm always happy to spot him.
He's cautious and keeps his distance.

the brown spot in front of the cow is one of her calves

We have moose stopping by every day.

Sometimes, when I look outside, I'm startled by a large ungulate grazing just off the deck. 
One day, a cow and her twin calves spent hours resting at the edge of our yard.
Once, I also had twins to tend, so I sympathized with her exhaustion.

Deer are drawn to the seed heads in my garden.
Sometimes a whole herd of doe and fawns graze on what's left of my perennials.
One doe that often came alone in the summer is now accompanied by twins.
I think she hid them when they were younger as she grazed nearby.
I always felt she was thin, but I suppose it was because she was feeding two.

Snow fell several days ago but is mostly melted already.
We need moisture badly.
One spark could start a devastating wildfire.

Bob went for blood work yesterday.
The blood draw site in the hospital is a small room.
After he registered, people started arriving.
Soon the room was packed, and he was still waiting.
Our county has stopped mobile testing for covid even though numbers are rising.
People now come to this little room in the hospital.
Finally, he left without having the draw.
It seemed too dangerous to expose himself to possibly sick people.
All this time we've isolated. Now we hope he wasn't exposed in the blood draw room!

Wild things are my one good thing today.
Thank you for stopping to visit.
(Perhaps you're a wild thing too....)
Smile and stay healthy.

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