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?
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Those footprints! How can you bear it?
I barely can. 🙂
Oops–I bearly can. 🙂
I believe you! I haven’t seen any either. I want to. But not on one of my walks! Only from inside my house, please!
I am not too worried–they just kind of ramble through now and then. There is enough commotion around that I doubt that they would ever be interested in little ole me!
Something is “bruin” down there, that’s for sure!
Oh Jake—-I have missed your witty comments! Good to see you here! Hope you are well!
Health issues and lack of creativity have set me back some lately, but I do visit my faves (though mostly in silence) and I pick my spots as it were! lol
Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Oh, just bears. These sightings would unnerve me. Glad you stayed indoors.
I do still have a little bit of common sense. Some days. 🙂
I believe you! But now aren’t you always looking over your shoulder when you’re outside?
Nah. They are around and they aren’t very concerned with the humans usually. I don’t really worry about them at all but am cautious at times when I have heard they are around with cubs. Now that I would not want to mess with!
I believe you! Both times I’ve seen bears here, I was alone too and without my ‘bear’ necessity – my camera!
I believe you. That would scare me if I saw a bear that close to my house.
Hey Judie, Thanks for stopping by! I did have one on our back porch last summer right outside our french doors in the bedroom… It was a hot night, our AC was broken and I had the door open to get a breeze so the only thing between me and the bear was a screen door. You can bet I shut that door rather quickly…..
When I was little, I was afraid if bears. We lived on the prairies and there were no bears around, anywhere. Mom thinks it was maybe because she read Goldilocks and the Three Bears to me. I would make dad check all through the house and the yard for bears before I would go to sleep. (and he did, bless him)Then I would have nightmares about bears. Not sure I would be OK with knowing there were bears in the woods. Hopefully I have grown out of this fear! Just in case, make sure you don’t leave any porridge out.
I will keep the porridge in the house, I promise. I did have steel oats this morning….does that count as porridge? Uh oh….
As long as it isn´t too hot or too cold but just right!!! LOL