Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall errata

A bad luck day for a hunter, out scouting out elk just south here. The headline in today's rag:

Sow bear attacks man twice in one day; he escapes, drives himself to Ennis hospital


Also, two days ago:

Bear sighting puts Hillcrest Elementary on lockdown for nearly 90 minutes Thursday morning



The offending bear left without playing on the swings. 

Yesterday I went out to get in the truck and happened to look up. There, perched above me about 15 feet was this critter:


A Great Horned Owl.  First one I've ever seen in town. 

It's also fall, and while we don't have the colors of New England, we can do a bit of 'leaf peeping' of our own.





Hope all have had a good weekend. 






19 comments:

  1. Your country and your photographs are beautiful. I linger on them and they are a delight.
    We've had an owl hooting away at night this past week. Heard a big cat, either a bobcat or perhaps one of the mountain lions seen on our ridge.
    BTW, your leaf peeping is gorgeous. Thanks for knowing where to be to share that color.

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    1. The transition from summer/fall/winter can be precipitous. One day it's 78, the next afternoon it's 35 and wet snow. Fall seems to come and go, be here for a day or week at a time, then winter. These phases seldom last longer than a few days; just enough to lull one...

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  2. Lovely owl shot. Our fall colors have peaked. Today, I watched the breeze strip the leaves from their trees.

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    1. Pretty much what has happened the last two days with a front from the west coming through.
      Yeah, the owl was something. Haven't seen one in literally decades.

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  3. There is color everywhere in the northern tier. It is all lovely. The critters are out doing their Fall thing. A bull moose trotted through a park in Duluth yesterday.

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    1. I was only in Duluth once, and was surprised at the geology...the rock cliffs, etc.
      Moose are fun to have as visitors, at least for the effect they have on my neighbors who try to interact with the big bugger.

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  4. WOW! And I was freaking out at 3AM last Thursday because a young raccoon was trying to get into my bedroom, through the A/C window.

    My, you Montanans lead an interesting (wild)life!

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    1. PS: gorgeous pictures, Mike. Your leaf-peeping season is equal to what we have, just different.

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    2. Thanks Martha. Well, I woudn't want a teenage coon in my bedroom either! They may appear cute, but they are not 'plays well with others' sort.

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    1. I think you should add that to your pet collection, Jon. Nice, friendly critters I understand, are fond of dogs and cats equally.
      Cheers,
      Mike

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  6. Beautiful pictures of your colorful paradise!

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  7. You take Beautiful photos, Mike. Then again, that's quite a landscape you have to work with!

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    1. It's interesting how everyone, whether coast or mountains, takes their surroundings for granted after a bit.

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  8. Two of the photos are not mine; the one of the bear is from the Montana Standard, the street is about a mile from here. The very last one is from a guy who lives near here, the photo was taken last week on the old state highway that goes east of here to Whitehall.
    The owl, picture of town and the Highland range and ones on the Big Hole river were all taken this last weekend.

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  9. Hey Mike, the photos that you took are amazing! Yep, autumn is here and the palm trees are changing colors...NOT! Heck, it's not even fall yet for us. Remember how hot is was when you were out here? It's still that hot!

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    1. Pat
      I can well imagine. Today we had our first real taste of fall, never got to 40, snow mixed with rain all day.
      Got big plans for the winter?

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    2. Yep, I have a lot of plans. Fall, Winter, and Spring are my desert months. Sunday we're leaving for a three week stay in Verde Valley Az, have a trip to the Yuma area planned, and working on some other trips.

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  10. The space and color you've photographed is perfection enough for autumn anywhere.

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