Squirrel and its Nuts

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This time a year, when you walk through the forest, the squirrel will ‘hawk’ at you… squawking incessantly.  You are in their territory after all.  This is their busy time.  They are scurrying around ‘squirreling’ away nuts for the winter, filling crevices and holes throughout the forest – stuffed full of pinecones.

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It seems every one in the forest is fattening up for the winter, readying themselves for those long cold winter months where food is scarce for these forest animals.

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Including these hawks who were looking for those squirrels!

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Everybody’s gotta eat!

 

 

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Reflections of Blue Ridge Reservoir

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There is something magical about sunrises and sunsets, and when combined with the soothing comfort of water – it makes for stunning scenery.

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It was a full moon the other day, so we decided to get some pix of Blue Ridge Reservoir at night… and in the morning.  The light cast by the full moon lit up the daisies growing through the patchwork rock that lines the ridges above the lake.

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The forest and it’s trees come right down to the waters edge at Blue Ridge.

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A brisk calm morning greeted us with gorgeous clouds and fantastic reflections in her still waters.  It doesn’t get any more relaxing than waking up to gorgeous scenery and the serenity of a calm sea and her comforting embrace of the beauty that surrounds her.

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A Walk in the Woods

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Sometimes life gets busy.  These days, that seems like all the time!

It’s at those times it is more important than ever, to get out and smell the roses, or in our case, the pine trees, wander through the woods, and take in the nature that abounds around us.

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For us, that means getting out to the Rim.  We took the time to indulge in a relaxing afternoon awestruck by the beauty of nature which brings abundant ferns back to an area that still shows signs of a charred earth.

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We should never get so busy as to not take notice of the beauty around us.

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You can check out more forest and woods pix here…. https://kritterspaw.com/2019/08/04/relaxing-in-the-woods/

 

Morman Lake Elk

morman lake elk pool_IR.jpgThe herds of elk come mingle about in Morman Lake every year.  One can see them from Forest Road 3 on the way to Flagstaff.  The new borns play in the grass, and the moms laze around in the soggy dirt.

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I watched this one little guy very quizzically stalk a blue heron.

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The young elk was very amused by this strange looking long necked ‘thing’ strutting around in the weeds.

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The blue heron, on the other hand, didn’t think the curiosity or affection was quite as amusing.  I watched the elk follow that blue heron around the pools at Mormon Lake, and the other elk soaking up the water.  Nature at it’s finest!

 

 

 

Late May Snow

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If you are from AZ, you no doubt heard about our late May snow.  Just as we were preparing our gardens for the Spring / Summer season, we got predictions of 5″ of snow.  This is the West coast, not the East coast, we’re not supposed to get these late snow storms… nonetheless, here it is.

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While we didn’t get 5″, we did get 2 separate snow storms over several days that amounted to maybe 2″.  It was unexpected, but always welcome and provided us a blanket of white on the ground and over the trees.

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No matter.  We’ll take what we can get.

Snow storm over… 70F today here on the mountain.  Go figure.

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Bob

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Sometimes, even when you’re not looking, you encounter the unexpected.

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Such was the case when we stumbled across this scrawny bobcat wandering through the woods after a morning snowstorm, looking for supper.

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He reminded me of a friend who recently lost her beloved cat, Lucky.  He was curious, intent, and full of life.

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I watched him hunt through the lens of my camera edging up to him ever so cautiously, trying to get as close as I dared.  He was much more interested in catching supper, than he was in me.

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I hope he finds peace, tranquility, and a fabulous supper.

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