It's nice to see the wildflowers blooming with new ones every week. I almost gave up on the jack-in-the-pulpit but it finally broke through and is standing tall. The trilliums are about done for this year.
We haven't seen the bear family since the other morning. Jim posed in the same place mama bear stood for size comparison. She doesn't look quite as big now does she? I was surprised by this.
Same with this little squirt.
Another surprise was discovering a blue bird decided to nest in the old junky birdhouse. I saw a bird on top of it, took a picture and sure enough, mama blue bird! This year the tree swallows beat her to the other boxes. Just goes to show you, the blue birds haven't read the books saying what kind of nest box they have to have.
On Sunday we had a great time at my nieces graduation party on the Wisconsin River. All week the forecast showed a chance of rain but luckily it held off until about the last half hour on the river. It was a gentle rain and as far as I know, no one melted.
Last night our neighbor called saying a bear family was heading our way. I got my camera ready and went from window to window looking for them. Jim spotted them coming up the path near the cabin. I learned to never take pictures through a screen, as you can tell from this picture.
But then they came around in front and checked out the feeders.
Junior trying to be just like mom.
They cruised through here again this morning and left as quickly as they appeared.
I love seeing bears and this is the first time we've seen little cubs around here. Hopefully they'll find some good natural food soon so they don't become pests.
I walked past the Little Free Library again today and it was still empty. So I decided it was time to put some books in it. You can donate any kind of book you'd like, so I added some novels, a book about Wisconsin and a cookbook. This is really a cool idea. It's a small wooden box that the 'owner' can decorate however they please. The one near us must be 'owned' by the school because it's decorated just like their kiosk for displaying school notices.
From their website....
- To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
- To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
To build 2,510 Libraries--as many as Andrew Carnegie--and keep going!
Boy, did the grass ever grow while we were gone! Yikes! We also had a great crop of dandelions.
Hopefully it will stop raining for awhile and things can dry out a bit.
Good thing Molly's eyes aren't too good anymore. She never saw it, but she sure stopped at that spot when we got to that bend in the road.
Later in the afternoon we were coming back from the Transfer Station and saw this porcupine walking down the middle of the road. After it stopped to scratch itself, it decided to go the other way.
It was a good day for seeing wildlife.