Friday, June 22, 2012

First Day of Summer & More Visitors

Whew. Summer arrived right on time. The past two days have been in the 90’s with high humidity, taking the heat index right over 100 degrees! It’s good for the pool (which was opened last week right before we got back) since it needs to come up a bit in temperature, but it’s not good for much else. I need to get some more weeding done but it’s too muggy out there for me.

The ferns are going crazy.

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The bee balm is starting to bloom.

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And the day lilies poolside are blooming too.

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Last night after dinner Rick couldn’t stand looking at the pool any longer and he had the first swim of the season. 77 degrees isn’t too bad for the water temperature, but it’s still pretty chilly. I watched and cheered him on from the sidelines.

Bella was out with us as usual but Alex and Hailey preferred to stay in the air conditioned house. Can’t blame them.

Rick had just gotten out of the water when I heard a noise and Bella took off down into the yard and into the woods barking. Uh oh. I know what that kind of bark means. I ran to see what it was and saw a bear climbing up a tree. We grabbed Bella and bless her heart she listened and came with us.

I walked back down to the edge of the yard to take a closer look. I’ve learned over the years we’ve lived here to look up, way up in the tree. Sure enough, this bear had three cubs with her! I was so excited I was jumping up and down with joy! This is the first time in two years since they initiated the bear hunt again that we’ve had a momma bear! So great to see her and the cubbies!

It was getting dark so trying to get photos was challenging. This was the best I could do.

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The three little monkeys!

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Pretty momma!

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Another one of the three cubs. I love the little guy sitting astride in the crook of the branch! They are so darling when they’re little. Three cubs is quite a lot. Two is pretty normal, but nothing like Fertile Myrtle’s Five. Do you remember them? Here’s a link to a video of them.

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Here’s a pic so you can see how far apart the cubs were from the mother bear.

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She was inside the perimeter of our fence which means the cubs had to crawl over it. We have several low spots in the fence from the bears climbing over so it’s not a big surprise. Still, it’s always a little unnerving to have them in your yard!

I don’t know if she’ll be back after all the ruckus or not. She didn’t seem too worried. I’m just so excited to have bears again. They are such interesting animals.


I had bearly gotten out of the almost unbearable water when Bella went bear-ling down the hill, barking like crazy.

They look so cute just hanging out in the tree. I hope they are still around when I visit. Tell them to stay on the other side of the fence, please! Next they’ll be wanting a swim in the pool.

Very witty, Rick!

Hubbie, you are too funny!

Bigsis, I hope so too, but they are not predictable! I’ve always expected a bear to end up in our pool but so far that hasn’t happened. How funny would that be?!

GREAT photos!  This is absolutely the coolest thing.  I know I’d be just as excited.  So glad you got these wonderful shots to share…thanks!

Well, Helene, thanks, but I was hoping for better. Given the light situation, etc., I think a few came out pretty good. I love my bears! After only seeing one lone bear once last year, and just signs so far this year of one bear I was thrilled to see Momma+cubs.

Yay!!!  So happy the bears are back.  You know I love them too.  Hope there is no hunt this year.  Have you heard??

Oh…I love bears!  So cute. 

Send some humidity our way…need it bad.  Just hit 104 at DIA with 4% humidity.

Still hot, dry, windy, burning here.

Enjoy your fuzzy friends!

How great that you got such good photos of the bears, especially Mamma bear - they are so gorgeous and how lucky you are to have them in your yard.  I wish we could have a bit of summer weather - we are getting rain and cold weather most days with just a very odd day of warm summer like weather.

Joyce, I wish the photos could have been better but given they were taken at almost dark and the cubs were so far up in the tree I was luck to get what I could. Our summer is not kicked in to gear yet either here. It’s hit and miss. Maybe better than yours though! smile

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