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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning! (Signs of Bear)

This is my recent morning routine:

Look out the window to check for signs of overnight bear activity, go outside (carefully) to check for more signs, pick up game camera and check photos.

From the window:  First sign of bear – apple tree debris on the ground

bear debris
Indications bears spent some time in the apple tree

Outside:  Watch my step!  Seriously, those bears need to eat slower to get some nutrition out of those apples.  They are just wasting them!  At least the slugs can also benefit.  GROSS!

Bear Scat - Apple Season
Bear Scat – Apple Season

This apple tree has a long history of providing sustenance to these bears but I’d better get some for my applesauce before they eat them all.

Bear claw marks on the tree
Bear claw marks on the tree

Checking the game camera:  Mom and 2 cubs went up and down the tree around 2am, 4am and 6am

Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree
Just the beginning of a long feast

The game camera has an indicator light when the motion sensor is activated.  That must get their attention because they are so often looking at the camera when it takes the photo.

Raccoon in apple tree
Raccoon in apple tree

The raccoon was a surprise.  We haven’t seen any of these and I didn’t know they liked apples.  But this one snuck in a raid between the bears.

Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub

This photo isn’t that great but I thought the size of the cub’s paw on the tree was a good comparison to their mom’s paw in the next one.

Black Bear Sow
Black Bear Sow

Mama bear climbed the apple tree too and she didn’t break any limbs.

Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree
Black bear cub sitting in the apple tree

We got the ladder out and collected all we could the next day.  Then we put the game camera back out.

The following morning the game camera was laying face-down across the yard from where I’d placed it.  I had just propped it up against a toolbox which raised it a couple feet off the ground.

They must be getting mad about having their raids photographed?  We’re still laughing about them beating up the camera.

Now the game-cam is secured, I taped over the motion sensor indicator light and we’re waiting for their return.  All we’ve seen is elk and deer.

That’s an elk you bufflehead!

Although I can see out both sides of my house from my computer desk, the windows are not really in my peripheral vision.

Tidewater Elk Herd
Tidewater Elk Herd

Don pointed out a few elk across the river so I, of course, grabbed the camera and quietly walked out onto the deck; hoping I wouldn’t startle them into leaving.

3 Elk Spikes
3 Elk Spikes

The rancher just put up the fence last summer.  This is the first time we’ve seen the elk in that field since last winter.  I can see 3 bulls in this shot.

The river is fairly high this time of year.  We saw the herd on our side of the river just a week ago.  I wonder if they swim across or use the bridges?

2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk
2 Spikes Spar Over Tagged Cow Elk

Sorry this one isn’t in focus but it’s the only one I got with the tagged cow in it.  I haven’t seen her since early last summer.

Healthy Elk Cows
Healthy Elk Cows

The bulls weren’t bugling but the cows were calling.  The young bulls paid attention to the calls.  It was fun to listen to them and watch their behavior.

If you lost a net off your dock I can tell you where it is!

Don!  Look!  Need a net?

Treasure Across River
Treasure Across the Alsea River

You can cast across the river and pull it back!

Bufflehead Male
Bufflehead Male

There was a lot of activity in the water today too.  There were 3 or 4 Buffleheads and a Hooded Merganser closer to our side of the river .

Bufflehead Female
Bufflehead Female

That’s a female Bufflehead on the left.  The male, on the right, is diving.

Hooded Merganser Male
Hooded Merganser Male

I got a better shot of the merganser today.  I was wrong about the tail.  Looks like they swim with it down after all.

I love watching and listening to wildlife!

Leading up to Christmas – Day 7

<– Day 6                                              Day 8 –>

Helaman 14:12

“And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning;

and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.”

God’s prophet’s primary purpose is to bring us to Christ.  The better we know Jesus Christ, the more we can pattern our life after His and, in some small way, understand His love for us that we might believe Him.  Prophets from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and from the Book of Mormon have told of the coming of Christ and what that will mean to all people on the earth.  As I study all those scriptures I can piece together a more full image of who Jesus Christ is and why He subjected himself to the flesh.

A few more Book of Mormon references from King Benjamin, Abinadi and Jesus Christ himself give us insight into who He is: Mosiah 3:8, 15:2-4, 3 Nephi 9:15, Ether 4:17

Leading up to Christmas – Day 2

<– Day 1                                                                       Day 3 –>

Helaman 14:3

“And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven,

insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.”

I think it is interesting that Samuel, the Lamanite, didn’t just prophesy when the Lord would come (previous verse).

In this verse, he also tells of the signs to look for leading up to His arrival.  Why is that?

I think the Lord wants us to be prepared.  He doesn’t want us to be caught unaware or ignorant of His ways and teachings.  Those people had been told by previous prophets that the Lord will come.  But, five years before the pivotal event, there were still a lot of people who were not prepared.  If they (we) aren’t “prepared” to meet Him, will they (we) recognize Him?  Will they (we) be able to fully feel His love and be able to understand His teachings?  Surely He will teach us when we meet Him.  What do I need to do to prepare myself for His presence?

I think that the sign of “great lights” is very significant also.  For Christ is the “light of the world”.

What an appropriate sign of His coming!  There can be “no darkness” where Jesus Christ is.

Leading up to Christmas – Day 1

Leading up to Christmas – Day 2 –>

As I go about my, sometimes mundane, life I am struck by the routine of it all.  I read scriptures or other history books and wonder how many pages it would take to summarize my life?  I guess the significance of the events would be different depending on who is reading it.  But, still, there wouldn’t be many earth-shattering events in it; certainly nothing heroic.

I was thinking that slowing down the studying of history helps me to more fully absorb what is going on at that time.  So, I’m going to post one scripture a day of the days leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ as it was experienced by the inhabitants of the American continents at that time; as contained in the Book of Mormon.  Then I will go about my day.   I’ll title it the same as this post, just changing the day, so those uninterested in my religious overtones can ignore them.

Helaman 14: 1-2

“And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite … said unto them:

Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.”

Samuel the Lamanite Prophesies of Christ’s Birth

Sounds like good news to me!  Why were some people not so thrilled?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Thanksgiving always makes me grateful that I have never gone hungry.  I know that many have not been as fortunate.

Our church asks us to fast for 2 meals, once a month, and donate the cost of those meals to feed the hungry.

I am grateful to know that 100% of those funds directly feed the hungry; first locally then world-wide when there is any remaining.

Preserved Applesauce
Preserved Applesauce

This year we had so many apples that we were even able to preserve some for the future.

I have been greatly blessed by a loving God!  He is the source of every good thing in my life.