Hayward 2014 | The Wild Life

We saw a variety of wild creatures during our week at the cabin.  We spotted eagles, geese, kingfishers, a muskrat and all of the wild life below.

Full Speed Ahead | Slug
Tiny Handful | Frog
Ready For My Close Up | Dragonfly


Going For A Swim | Mallard Duck

We found these guys on our deck one evening after dark.

Mirror Image | Toads

Sophia did a little catch and release with this sunny.

Caught ‘Em | Sunfish
Standing Tall | Blue Heron
Flying High | Turkey Vulture
Coming Up For Air | Painted Turtle
Trio | Common Loons

We spotted this fellow along the side of the road on our way into town.  Sophia snapped a quick picture with my iPhone before he trotted off into the woods.

Among The Wild Flowers | Black Bear

While fishing off the dock before bedtime, Sophia caught a “big” fish.

Hooked | Rock Bass

It was a fun week with spottings of new animals each day.

Well, There Goes The Neighborhood

While Mike was out dropping Sebastian off at a friend’s house tonight, Sophia was hanging out in the living room near the front window.  I was busy looking through the mail when I heard Sophia say, “Mom, I think I just saw a bear walk behind the neighbor’s car”.  I was quite skeptical since I haven’t seen a bear in this neighborhood in more than 10 years.  Plus, Sophia isn’t always the best eye-witness.  I brushed it off and said that it was probably just a black lab or some other dog.  She was insistent that I come and take a look.  I didn’t see anything at first, then saw a big, fat black bear lumbering towards our neighbor’s open garage.  After the initial surprise wore off, I realized that  I should probably call our neighbor to alert them of the huge bear now hanging out in their garage.  By the time I grabbed the phone and tracked down their number, the bear had made its way out.  I saw the garage door close immediately following the bear’s departure so was confident that they had seen their unwelcome guest.  The bear was now sauntering down the sidewalk, Daphne was barking, Sophia was near tears and I was trying to get my camera bag from the closet.  I did pause to reassure Sophia that it was okay and that the bear was probably just out for a walk.  I was losing my opportunity to have proof to show Mike that we really did have a bear walk in front of our house.  I had to switch lenses from my 50mm to my zoom lens, but forgot to change my camera settings during the chaos.  The photos aren’t my best work, but Sophia and I had proof of our new neighbor.  Here are the pictures I took before the bear made its way to the other side of the house next door to ours.

New Neighbor
Out For A Walk
You Lookin' At Me?
Look Who's At The Door