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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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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The calm before the storm

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Now that our snow is all melted, and soaking into our forest… it’s time for some more.  We are forecast to get snow for the next 3 days.   Never knowing quite what to expect, irregardless of the forecasts, we prepare ourselves for what might come.

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While some might stock up on groceries, gasoline for vehicles or generators, or perhaps ready the snowplows…. we see it as an opportunity to see if we can catch some animals in transit.

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Animals can sense when a storm is afoot better than any Harvard grad.  They tend to move around during a storm… so we set out to see if we could catch some animals.

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Unfortunately, it was pretty slim pickin’s out there.  But it made for a fun morning outing nonetheless.  Bring on the snow.

Snow Elk

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We got quite the winter storm this week…. and I don’t know what it is, but storms always seem to bring the animals.

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Of course, we are always delighted to see them.  I always tell them… ‘I’ll make you famous’… if only they knew!

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These poor little guys were hunkered down looking for warmth and food.

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Even the dry twigs seemed like tasty food for these guys who were rummaging through the snow looking for something to eat.

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Of course, kids will be kids, and all they cared about was playing in the snow!  Typical! : )

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You can check out more snow pix here…  https://kritterspaw.com/2019/02/23/snow/