|A black silhouette in the morning|
In the dim light of early morning, all I could make out was a silhouette, but the immediate thought was, uh-oh, a bear cub. As it moved around the tree, I was looking around for mother and considering the best path to retreat, while still keeping an eye on the little guy. At one point as it moved from one side of the pine to another, I saw a flash of long, busy tail.... Some data point in the threat-identification file didn't compute.
|A clue - a long tail|
I had enough data now to make a positive ID; the goggle-face was the definitive proof - it was a raccoon.
large quantity of clam shells I found back on April 19.) 'Coons are strong swimmers and as seen here, excellent climbers. I went on my way so the nocturnal creature could find a spot to snooze away a warm summer day.
As if the red squirrel knew I was thinking about it when I heard claws on the tree, one decided to join into the game of hide-and-seek.
It doesn't need to worry about me, nor the raccoon, but this mother turtle certainly needs to (the raccoon that is, not me).
She was out laying her eggs in the ground a good 50 yards from the lake, hoping to be off the raccoon's lake-side trail, as a raccoon finding a bounty of turtle eggs will enjoy a real treat.
Although there are still a few spring wildflowers around, they are starting to pass the baton over to the summer flowers now. The humming birds, butterflies, and bees don't mind - like a raccoon, they'll enjoy whatever nectar or pollen is available.
|A bumblebee enjoying the beauty of Lupines|
|A Larger Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) adorns the shore of Lake Wicwas|