We live in a very beautiful place. I have stated this a million times. One of the things that I love the most about our little piece of heaven in North Carolina is the natural beauty around us.
That beauty includes much more than just landscaping.
The backdrop of the trees and understory here are simply breathtaking. So many times I have enjoyed sitting on my front porch to just gaze on the beauty that aligns our driveway.
One morning a couple of weeks ago I got up and did my usual morning ritual. Gave the cats their treats. Poured my coffee. Went to the front door to open it so the cats could look out at the birds.
But this morning something caught my eye. Something was standing by that big pine tree.
Of course I did not have my phone on me at the time and by the time I yelled at Chris and got my phone it was gone.
Trust me. It was there.
It was a big black bear.
I tried to see where it went but wisely stayed inside to view the side yard where I thought it had gone. No sign of it.
Later that morning I went out and took a gander at the area where the bear was standing.
Suddenly it made sense.
A large area at the base of that tree was dug up. When I saw the bear he was standing on his hind legs but he obviously had found a treasure trove of bugs and ants at the base of the tree.
Further evidence in the side yard showed me that that visitor was doing a walkabout. The photos are not as clear as I would like them to be but they are large paw prints.
I have seen bears three times since we have lived here.
Chris has seen none.
Do YOU believe me?