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Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake

Loon Family of Upper Sysladobsis Lake I spent last week upta camp on Upper Sysladobsis Lake. Steve and Taylor took care of the house and poultry so I could stay there to write. I get a lot of work done on the book when I’m there. I also got to watch this loon family as well as six or seven other loons for the week. This loon family consists of the two parents and two chicks. It’s hard to tell…

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Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife For Steve and me, living a life in the wild means living with wildlife. The animals we share our homestead with are special to us. We get to know some of them through personal encounters, photos on game cameras, and signs of what was in a place when we weren’t. Those signs are tracks, scat, strands and tufts of hair, what’s left of a carcass, a small blood spot in the snow. We spend a time fishing…

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Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels – Slinky’s Back

Baby Weasels About a month ago a short-tailed weasel bounded past my feet and into the barn. “Slinky?” I thought so. It doesn’t seem like a weasel that didn’t know me would come so close. I sat a long time on the back porch observing Slinky last winter. She trusted me enough to come within inches of my leg. She tipped her head when I spoke, and she studied me as much as I studied her. Sometimes I’d look down…

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Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light House We’ve been to Egg Rock Light House before but we enjoy the ride and the wildlife we see so much we went back again on our anniversary weekend. This was part of the lobster tour out of Bar Harbor. Steve grew up lobstering so it wasn’t anything new to him but for me, in spite of marrying into a lobstering family decades ago, it was a first.  (We also went to Asticou Azalea Garden.) Harbor Seals…

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Porcupine – Living With Wildlife (and its quills)

Porcupine – Living With Wildlife (and its quills)

Porcupine Steve stopped in his tracks. “Get your camera ready, Rob.” And so I did because he knows a photo op. A big, round, slow and pokey, not-in-a-hurry-to-get-anywhere quill pig waddled down the side of the road. It took me 15 or 20 seconds of running to catch up close enough to take a few pictures but by the time I brought the camera up, the porcupine left the road and headed into the woods. I wanted great photos but…

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Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! – Ms. Moose Comes to Call

Hello Moose! Well hello moose! This cow moose strolled through the orchard and dropped in for a photo bomb. She’s wandered all over the homestead. Like the deer, it’s good to see them after a long winter and know they survived the snow as ticks. I have pictures of a porcupine that wouldn’t stand still and pose, and an uncute baby coming up soon. Uncute…that’s a nice way to put it.

Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

Have You Ever Seen A Duck in a Tree?

heard the familiar noise as soon as I stepped out of the truck. “Jeeeeb. Jeeeb. Jeeep.” I wasn’t thinking about anything other than getting the mail and letting the dogs out when I heard the sound. It kind of caught me by surprise. “Jeeeb jeeeeb.” I know I know that sound….  I looked for the noise and aha, there it was, in the old ash tree across the road. Have you ever seen a duck in a tree? Wood ducks…

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Bobcat on the Homestead

Bobcat on the Homestead

Bobcat on the Homestead I’ve been waiting for him. Let’s call this bobcat “him.” Could be a female, I don’t know yet. I’ve been waiting for a bobcat to show up. We know they’re here year round but we don’t see them until mid to late February, when it’s been a hard winter or the snow is deep. The blizzard and subsequent storm provided the deep, soft snow. It’s unusually warm so the snow is compacting and dropping but still,…

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Winter Mornings on the Homestead

Winter Mornings on the Homestead

Winter Mornings Winter mornings have taken on a new way, or more accurately, returned to old ways. I woke this morning, excited about the day ahead, and snuggled up to Steve. As of last night my freelance writing days are on long-term old…or maybe over. I’m still working on cutting back and refocusing, and I’m making a lot of progress. I’ve kept one publication, Walden Publishing, and let the rest go so that I have time to finish writing a…

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