There’s this fellow named Chuck Miller who writes about stuff and posts photos, and every weekend he puts up a list of various blogs he follows. For some inexplicable reason my deteriorating blog is among those listed. As such I like to have something decent for that link to be to rather than my usual blurred images and drivel. After all I don’t want to be responsible for dragging down the quality of Chuck’s postings. This week my own have been a bit dreadful, so here some pictures somewhat more enjoyable (I think) to keep the standards up.
This was a particularly large bear who stopped by at the lake a while back. In general bears are not a problem, as long as you don’t threaten or challenge them (by their standards, not yours). I think this is the one who would not back down from my neighbour when they met up. Usually bears will run away from humans. Except grizzlies and polars, both of which are homicidal.
This bear was browsing and not inclined to wander off. I inched the Nissan ever closer, taking photos along the way, until he decided the Xterra was bigger than him and galloped into the woods.
The amazing thing here is getting this post up at all, as the computer has been having fits of failure and I really can’t replace it. So I have been missing other people’s posts and comments and just ‘bearly’ managing to communicate with home as I continue working on the cabin.
Friday was a really intense day of running around at the last minute trying to see to all details before heading out to the cabin to begin what appears to be an endless task of cleaning up after the packrat. It finished with a thunderstorm and the need to run the generator after arguing with the water pump for several hours (the usual refusing to hold its prime problem).
However I did get the SD card out of the wildlife camera and had a look at what it saw over last Winter. There wasn’t much this year: several of the shots were triggered by snowfall which no doubt kept a lot of animals away. Here’s some that came anyway:
So our Jane is coming up to take the travel trailer away. This will not only free up space in the yard, but will allow me to get at a couple of projects such as running the power line in from the generator shed and eventually putting the brick patio down. Stuff sitting all around here waiting to be used up; last year got interrupted by a detached retina and then running out of time. I barely finished the wood harvest.
Meanwhile, back to cleaning up. One of the projects is redoing the bathroom which not only suffered a lot of water damage way back when I was reroofing the place (Brenda fell and broke her wrist one day – it poured a month’s worth of rain when I took her to the hospital) but also has packrat nests above it which were not improved by the contractor’s failure to repair the ceiling properly. But hey, what’s more work for me right? Well it’s more work for me, right?
Sunshine is erratic so I will probably be using the generator more. That’s expensive electricity!
Time to bring you up to date on what’s been going on around here.
First of all, the picture I forgot to include in the blog about the Olympus E-410:
This shows that the camera used with a good lens doesn’t have problems. You see grain, not blur. That means the Olympus lenses are where the shortcomings are with that system. Goes with this pic, btw:
Second, we had a visitor on Thursday:
He spent most of the day crashing around in the foliage by the creek, just beside the cabin. He was stripping off berries to eat and driving the dogs crazy. I believe it’s one of the cubs that were coming ’round here with their mama this Spring. Seems to have gone now.
Third item is that the smoke has rolled in again as of Friday. Along with a high of 97F. Fires are still bad and people are being warned to stay away from certain areas, not just the evac alert/order zones. Honestly anyone vacationing in BC right now must be certifiably insane.
Fortunately I was able to do some photo work before it got like this. Can’t even breath out there now. It’s looking a bit “life crisis” for me in fact. Bad enough I have to re-arrange my camera arsenal without having to re-arrange my entire way of living.
I’m actually working on a new “Master Plan” to go with my failed eyesight. The best camera I’ve got for working with my vision right now is the Canon PowerShot G11, which not only has a purely optical finder and limited zoom range (so basically anything I can see I can shoot), but also the nice colour tones of a CCD sensor. Beyond that … well I’ll explain the equipment shift at a later date. It’s still in flux anyway.
Taken through the window (because I’m not insane) with the Nikon P610.
Notice that they were eating the vegetation. Contrary to popular opinion, bears are not carnivores. They will attack and kill any animal they consider to be a threat, including humans. Also they will fish and scavenge.
I was surprised to find the game camera at the cabin stayed working over the Winter. It took some pictures of interesting visitors. The first one was the very next picture after I had left with my last load of wood (albeit in the next month).
Some of the visitors were more “ordinary”.
Some were totally unwelcome!
Some came by night!
I’ve been trying to get a good moose picture for years! Lots of them about, but they are elusive.
Baby bears aren’t uncommon either. Other shots showed he was traveling with a sibling – and mama!
I’m not exactly certain, but I think this is a wolverine! Never seen one here before. Possibly a fisher.
This morning I was visited by three otters, which also are not usual here.
In fact even the birds have been unusual this year, with first the Barrow’s Goldeneye …
And then a pair of surf scoters:
Meanwhile work progresses. I won’t bother with any of those photos until I get to the point where it looks like something.
Every year a charity here sells two different editions of teddy bear. The practice is you buy one, and another gets donated to local hospitals to be given to any child who has the misfortune of being an inpatient around Christmas time. I’ve been buying them for years, with the ‘take home’ one being sent on to various grandchildren or others who might benefit from a bear in hand. Last year it went to my poor sister-in-law who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. She won’t remember it any more than she does me, but for a few minutes it brightened her life.
I have to admit not all the bears find new homes. There’s one living out at the cabin, and two more here at the house. Now this one has come to join them, at least for now. Because just for now I am the one who needs a bear.