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Grass bear

Grass bear

Marty’s photo of the day #2383: “I am a big fierce bear! . . . Hold on. I’ll get back to that in a bit, after I graze like a friendly little bunny.”

Our 25-acre refuge from gunfire

Our 25-acre refuge from gunfire

Marty’s photo of the day #2311: Deb and I keep the 25 acres we own around our house as natural as possible. Our goal is to give the animals a safe spot they can come to—especially during the fall hunting season, when we are surrounded by gunfire. Each year the wildlife we see changes. One […]

Bicycling with bears

Bicycling with bears

Marty’s photo of the day #2310: Here’s another bear shot from the motion-sensing camera in my front yard. This one is from Saturday when, coincidentally, a bear briefly ran alongside me, shortly after I departed on my morning bicycle ride. I ride a little later on weekends than on weekdays, so there was just enough […]

Which is worse: to be attacked by a bear or . . .

Which is worse: to be attacked by a bear or . . .

Which would be worse: to be attacked by a bear, or to have a can of bear spray go off in your pocket? The easy answer is the bear—unless you’ve actually tested sprayed bear spray, as I have. It’s nasty stuff! Now that fall is here, my 6:30 a.m. bike ride down and up our […]

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Deb and the mullein plant . . . and bears?

Marty’s photo of the day #1888: Deb poses with a tall mullein plant, while Bella stands guard, in case a mountain lion or bear attacks. Okay, Bella was most likely looking for squirrels, but that doesn’t sound nearly as exciting. (Photographed this past Sunday at our new secret spot—located five miles from our house.)

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

The turkey vulture and the big sneeze

Marty’s photo of the day #1887: I photographed this turkey vulture Sunday night at Deb’s and my new secret spot. Funny story: Because we were in an area frequented by bears, and the huckleberries were at their peak, I was constantly on the lookout to make sure we didn’t surprise anyone. When I spotted the […]

Fawning over fawns, part 2

Fawning over fawns, part 2

Marty’s photo of the day #1873: Two days ago, I checked the motion-sensing camera in our backyard. I have definitely found the best spot to photograph fawns and turkeys, but I would rather get the elk, moose, coyotes, bear, fox, mountain lion, and pine martins that roam our property. This time I captured two really […]

Fawning over fawns

Fawning over fawns

Marty’s photo of the day #1872: Yesterday, I checked the motion-sensing camera in our backyard. I have definitely found the best spot to photograph fawns and turkeys, but I would rather get the elk, moose, coyotes, bear, fox, mountain lion, and pine martins that roam our property. This time I captured two exceptional fawn photos […]

A good year for deer!

A good year for deer!

Marty’s photo of the day #1859: This past winter was a good one for our local deer. I have had a motion-sensing camera for years, and I’m glad I no longer use the film one (which died from a bear bite many years ago), as I’d be going through roll after roll of nothing but […]

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