Friday, July 25, 2014

We Love Lucy

We live on a street that ends with two cul-de-sacs at the lake so it is quiet without much traffic at all.  For the past two weeks a black bear has been seen wandering the neighborhood.  My husband saw him early one morning while walking Lucy.  The bear was at the end of the cul-de-sac and paid no attention to them.  Lucy was so interested in sniffing the grass that she didn't even see the bear.

Wednesday morning Lucy and my husband were on the screened porch with his morning coffee.  He heard a sound in the woods near the house.  Lucy stood up and stiffened, her tail extended in full alert.  She did a very low "woof" several times and my husband saw the black bear slowly walking past the side of the house.  The bear glanced their way then continued meandering through the woods.

That afternoon I was visiting our next door neighbor.  She told me she had been in the kitchen making coffee that morning and saw a huge black blur on her front porch.  She grabbed her glasses and took a closer look.  It was the bear, standing on his hind legs and swinging her hummingbird feeder back and forth, letting the nectar run into his mouth.

Bears are relatively common around here but it is a bit unusual for one to linger for so long in one area.  He seems to be a rather young bear, perhaps evicted by his mother and trying to make it on his own.  While no one here leaves food (or even bird feeders) outside at night there are wild berries and other treats growing naturally.  We are not afraid of this bear but we do pay close attention in the early morning and late evening trips outside with Lucy.  We surely don't want to surprise him at the end of the driveway.

We have had some respite from the rains, thank goodness.  While we continue to have showers most evenings, the sun is bright and beautiful most of the day.  Lucy loves to lie in sunbeams.

She looks as if she is deep in thought.  Don't be fooled.
Lucy is the first dog we have had who snoozes with her head up.
She's just getting ready to close her eyes.

Here we are facing the last weekend in July.  Time is a'flyin for sure.  Too often we get so caught up in summer activities we forget to take it easy and enjoy nature.  Nineteenth century archeologist John Lubbock reminds us:

"Rest is not idleness;
And to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time."

So take a breath and relax.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and the beauty all around you.


robin andrea said...

We had signs of bear at our house in Grass Valley, but we never did get to see him/her. The hummingbird feeder was smashed to the ground more than once. I hope your bear moves on after the berries are gone.

Glad you are getting sunshine and Lucy has her sunbeams.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Bears are beautiful creatures….from a good distance!
Enjoy your weekend.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, Hope your bear-friend will MOVE on soon... They have been spotted in our area --but not often and not many. However, the Smokies have even had to close some trails this year due to too many bears around...

Beautiful and mild July for us --but NOT enough rain here. It has missed us most all month. Oh Well.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sam said...

Oh yikes! I'd be nervous!

Enjoy your weekend!

Monty and Sam

Carolina Linthead said...

Very exciting to have a bear in the neighborhood, that's for sure! We've had a bear sighting in several Cincinnati suburbs this summer. We occasionally see a raccoon or skunk in our neighborhood, along with the ubiquitous squirrels, sparrows, cowbirds, and starlings. Every now and then I see a rabbit. But never have I seen a bear drinking from a hummingbird feeder! That must have been quite the sight! Lovely Lucy...basking in the on gold <3

Arkansas Patti said...

Both exciting and scary to have a resident bear. I hear they are having slim pickings and more are invading neighborhoods.
Hopefully we can live together peacefully.

Vicki Lane said...

Though we know we have bears in the area, we have yet to see one up close and personal. I'm kind of two minds about this -- would love to see one but don't want to have to worry about the dogs and the birdfeeders...

The Bug said...

Love that quote! I think I'll take it to heart tomorrow :)

Cheryl said...

Beautiful Lucy and the sunbeam. I had a dog called Tansy many years ago, she also loved sunbeams.

I cannot imagine having a bear nearby, how absolutely amazing.
I hope he finds a new home and one a little further away from the houses :)

Tara Crowley said...

Just make sure that lying in the grass isn't interrupted by a hungry bear....otherwise, I heartily agree that this kind of 'leisure' activity is a great resorative and much needed in our lives.

Glenda C. Beall said...

Here in my neighborhood a bear is seen once in a while, but none have caused any problems lately. In the past I've lost a heavy iron holder of bird feeders to a bear and once my garbage can was taken partway up the mountain.
Raccoons have caused me more trouble than bears. They dug up my flower beds looking for slugs under the mulch. But mostly we live in harmony with our woods critters.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. The bear is still hanging around, sighted again yesterday.

Glenda - Yes, raccoons are more problematic. There are more of them and they are really clever and persistent.

Barb said...

We have bears roaming here in the mountains. I don't put any birdseed or nectar out. If they've gotten "treats" in areas of human habitation, they'll stay and become problematic. I want to say I'm so sorry about Ellie's passing. I just realized that Lucy is now alone. It's hard to lose such a good friend.