Fisher (all photos today by Pam Boppel-Nankervis, KBIC Wildlife Biologist)

Fisher (all photos today by Pam Boppel-Nankervis, KBIC Wildlife Biologist)

OK, who wanted to see photos of wild animals instead of wildflower pictures?  Here’s your chance!  Time to view actual fisher, pine marten, bear and, yes! a moose.

At book club the other night we talked about the pictures of Nancy’s gardens.  Then I shared about that day’s whining and/or humorous blog about not seeing any wild animals.  Pam suddenly piped up with an interesting tidbit.  SHE has photos of several animals from our area, some from her personal camera and some from a remote viewing camera.  Would I like to see them? 

Pine marten up a tree

Pine marten about 30 feet up a tree

We would like to see them, wouldn’t we?  I begged for inclusion in a blog and she nicely agreed.  She even might write a guest blog one of these fair days, as she knows probably ten thousand times as much as I do about the Great Outdoors.  She’s an actual wildlife biologist. 

Bear with cub from remote view game camera

Bear with cub from remote view game camera

I did have a nightmare last night.  And it’s probably all the fault of this wish to see wild animals.  In the dream they materialized rather too close.  Specifically hyenas, mountain lions, tigers and lions.  I The rest of the details are too…frightening…to put in a blog.  The dream ended when I leaped into the lake from an out-of -control boat and swam a mile back to shore.   (Aren’t dreams sometimes so strange?)  Suffice it to say, it’s a good thing that Pam has supplied these photos and we can forget about running into any animals in the woods.  Unless they’re mild-mannered.

Moose

Moose

And this is not just ANY moose.  We are pretty darn sure this is the same moose that Barry spotted at the end of our road the other night.  The moose I missed seeing, being downstate.  Very strange to think one could be wandering aimlessly in the woods and bump into one of these fellows…

Finally, let’s see if it’s possible to embed a movie in a blog.  Don’t worry, it’s only ten seconds long!  But you can see the mama bear and two cubs cavorting a bit..   No, the message keeps announcing:  “This type of file is not allowed.”  Alas. 

Instead, we shall use our imaginations and imagine the mother and cubs playing together.  As they undoubtedly do every day in the woods, whether we see them or not.

Thank you, Pam, for these great photos! 

P.S.  I am posting this blog early, again, as we’re off to the airport to pick up our son and his girlfriend in Marquette.  I’ve been outside a bit today, but have mostly spent time inside cleaning.  Barry and I are planning a walk along the harbor in the city to fulfill today’s commitment.  And tomorrow will be six months!  Hurray!

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