The only person in the park and 2 miles deep into a forest hiking at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area – located in north central Tennessee – I was very surprised to discover that an adult male black bear had managed to quietly approach within 30 feet of me – a startling sight when I turned around! I estimated his weight to be twice mine …read more
To what creature these jagged orange scales belong remains a mystery to this day, baffling a contingent of experts in the scientific community. Some variety of extinct dinosaur, perhaps, or possibly an old timer having lived for decades in an arid climate. No one really knows…
Growing up on Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in the small city of Marquette, our family always had pets. And, at one point, we owned a black-and-gray striped cat named Bootsy.
He was an indoor-outdoor cat, and, when inside, enjoyed sitting by the large picture window in the living room, at the front of the house.
There were lots of kids in the neighborhood at that time, so it was common for friends to come over and visit. We also had a doorbell with a glowing light.
Once, the doorbell rang and I went to see who it was, opening only the main door but not the screen door. I looked but nobody was there.
At that time, a common prank which children enjoyed was called ditching doorbells – ringing someone’s doorbell & running away.
Assuming this was the case, I closed the door and began to walk back into the house. Just then, it rang again. I turned around quickly and opened both doors, stepping out on to the front porch to see who it was – but, there was no person in sight.
However, an explanation quickly became apparent. It was our cat!
As the front porch was visible from the living room window, he could see people come to our house, press the glowing doorbell, hear the sound of the doorbell, and then watch us react by opening the door.
On his own, Bootsy learned he could get on the milk box, and then jump up on top of the mailbox, from which he could lean against the doorbell, letting us know when he wanted to come inside. That education was a game-changer for a cat.
The question: did we own the cat, or did he own us? I think the latter.
Incognito sporting a pair of sunglasses in the backwood forests of the Pacific Northwest, a relative of the Yeti – the North American Sasquatch – enjoys the peace and quiet of a nomadic life among the trees. Of course, it’s possible this is just some guy wearing an ape suit…so, always exercise caution ☑️
It’s the middle of the week, Wednesday – also commonly referred to as hump day – so, it won’t be long until the weekend. Enjoy your day!
Enjoy my digital rendition of a Macaw Parrot, a beautiful and brilliantly colored bird indigenous to the Central and South American rain forests. There are 17 different species of macaws in the wild…this one is digital from Photoshop and made to look like glass. See more in my shops at Pixels, Society 6, Redbubble and Cafepress.
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Modified photo from unsplash.com.
Vintage summer photograph of a seagull resting on a rock, in Lake Superior – Marquette, Michigan. Prints available.
Perhaps someone fed this coyote. Or, maybe dropped some food by accident. For that matter, the smell of food may have been present. Whatever the case, I photographed this coyote – a smaller species of canine closely related to the wolf, native to North America – loitering near a parking area in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.