Wednesday, May 21, 2008

We Love Nature But ...

... I'm not sure we want one of these little fellas in my back yard every night.

These two photos (above and below) were taken of a mature adult black bear (200 pounds?) standing on my patio at about 7:30 yesterday evening. He had just hauled down a bird feeder from a nearby poplar tree and devoured the suet cake inside. A tender morsel that cost me 92¢ plus tax at Walmart.
He's seen here, wondering why Paula and I were interrupting his meal (for the record, I was about thirty feet away).
We were able to convince him, after a considerable amount of coaxing, to head back into the Jefferson National Forest, which is just behind our house.

But he'll be back. We are now a food source. I hope not literally ...

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Few, The Proud ...

Young Chase getting instruction on what I think is an M240 7.62 mm machine gun over at Camp Lejeune last weekend from one of America's finest:

The kind of lesson one retains for a lifetime.