We’ve stumbled into a place of magic. Autumn and winter built a palace, and look at their art!
It’s quiet now, with skies lightening after last night’s snow. Spruce grouse wander the roads.
…roads: pathways past miraculous beauty.
And – this!
A bear! Three bears in fact; mama and two cubs of the year. They must be wondering who has repainted their forest, but seeing these wonderful creatures contrast the white is spellbinding.
Black bears are a special species to me after all the time I spent with them out west. I’ve travelled so far driven by the hope of seeing one again, and here there are three! Christmas come early, I think.
A good moment. A special moment. The type of moment that makes you realise how precious our wild neighbours are.
July – August 2016
At the risk of understatement, seeing a bear and a wildcat on the same evening was a treat. But Mesendorf’s wildlife had another star turn, this time courtesy of the trail camera army. Here are just a few of the highlights from those beautiful old woods:
This huge owl posed nicely in front of a camera while it was hunting for toads in the pond.
Another one! A big adult this time, showing off his splendid striped tail.
I should say that I set the cameras to film in movie mode; these are screenshots from the clips because I don’t have the right WordPress package for uploading the videos.
The cameras also caught a red squirrel and a red fox – and a bear, albeit so close to the camera that there’s little point in posting the image.
Next stop: Viscri, the village of royalty…and half-feral guard dogs.