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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

A bear!

Posted on 2011.08.17 at 11:01


Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-08-18 01:58 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Gorgeous photos. I would never think there would be so much wildlife in the suburban area where you live.

I'm in northern New Hampshire and our property abuts the White Mountain National Forest so my backyard looks like a wildlife park most of the time. It's so commonplace that I don't even take photos anymore.

We have a lot of black bears and I take down my birdfeeders at twilight then put them back out in the morning. I've lost way too many to the bears (and raccoons) in the past.

We don't have wolves that I know of, but we have coyotes, foxes, bobcats, wolverines, fisher cats and tons of deer, moose and wild turkeys. We have a large pond that attracts herons and one flew right in front of me today as I was turning into the driveway. They're big!!!

That cat is gorgeous. I'm glad his fur has grown out now, poor thing.
mechtild at 2011-08-18 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, take pictures, take pictures, take pictures! If we have wildlife, it sounds like your home is in the middle of Wild Kingdom!!!!

Yes, we do have a lot of wildlife for living within the city limits. But as I was saying to a commenter above, Duluth, though a city of 80,000, sits all by itself in northern Minnesota. There are only a scattering of towns inland from it, and a few strung up the shore. All of them are small. The rest of this area for a hundred miles in every direction (except toward the lake) is northern forest and bogs, and small bits of farmed or graising land. And even though this is a city with a downtown and densely populated neighborhoods, the city, built along the hillside slanting into the lake, is very long but very narrow. There's no part of it that isn't "close" to the wild areas beyond the rim of the hill. And the hillsides are cut by little forested ravines through which creeks and brooks flow into the lake. Wildlife come up and down these without being seen, as well as along the overgrown train tracks that run along the lake in and out of town, another thoroughfare for wildlife.

Edited at 2011-08-18 02:13 am (UTC)
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-08-18 02:17 (UTC) (Link)
I just finished reading all your comments at this entry and I've certainly learned a lot about Duluth and its environs. Sounds like a wonderful place to live...the best of both worlds.
mechtild at 2011-08-18 02:41 (UTC) (Link)
If it weren't so danged cold and the winters so danged dark and drear, and so danged LONG, I would love living here, unequivocally. But if the winters were shorter and milder I suppose loads and loads of other people would live up here. Then it would no longer be a small city stuck by itself in the wilds of northern Minnesota on the "the big lake". A curmudgeonly friend of ours, a lover of the lake and north shore scenery (he lives in a little house just north of town, right across from its shore), says our terrible winters are crucial, "to keep out the riff-raff". :)
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-08-18 02:45 (UTC) (Link)
...our terrible winters are crucial, "to keep out the riff-raff". :)

LOL That applies perfectly to where we live, too. Your friend is correct.

Hmm, don't have any winter icons uploaded yet, so this will have to do. I guess it could be either rain or snow.

mechtild at 2011-08-18 02:50 (UTC) (Link)
That's a SUPER icon!!!
Jo Ann
yeuxdebleu at 2011-08-18 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. :>)
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