Tag Archives: Animals

Dear Deer

This little deer stopped by our place for a snack.

Does this one taste good?

She looked a little skinny and bedraggled and her face seemed a bit injured. I wondered if she had escaped our huge, nearby fire.

Maybe I’ll try this one.

She didn’t seem upset or perturbed, though.

No, I like the first one better.

There has been an uptick in the number of deer and other animals (apparently, bears as well) we are seeing in the city, probably because of the fires. They are finding refuge wherever they can, but it’s terrible to realise there are many animals who haven’t escaped or are badly injured.

I’ve been thinking about them a lot.

The Deer and the Apricot Tree

I came across this deer chowing down on apricots. There were three trees in the field, all of which have very ripe and seemingly abandoned fruit. He didn’t seem much bothered by me as I stopped to admire the scene.

There were many apricots on the ground but this guy was picking them right from the trees.

I’m glad he found the trees and is having some good meals – he was there again the next day – it would be a shame for the fruit to go to waste.

Happy Monday; happy week. 🙂

The Road Home

On June 24, M and I left the Northwest Territories to head to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Here are a few photos from our drive west through the mountains. They aren’t terrific because I took them from a moving vehicle through the dirtiest windshield ever!

Mountain view.
Getting closer.
Young mountain sheep in Jasper National Park.
Here, they have the right of way.

We are home now, starting to relax into holiday mode after an extremely busy covid-related 15 months. It’s really hot (low 40s C) but I’m happy with that. The covid cases are continuing to drop, and I hope that we have seen the last wave.

Wildlife Awards Photo

This absolutely striking wildlife photo won the award for best animal portrait and is by Nick Dale of the UK. https://www.nickdalephotography.com/about

Nick Dale/World Nature Wildlife Awards 2020

A Bengal tigress with a catchlight in her eye lies up to her neck in the dark shadows of a water hole.

The interplay of light is stunning.

The full article can be seen here: https://mymodernmet.com/2020-world-nature-photography-awards/

Bison and Muskox

There are many woodland bison everywhere here in the north. In the spring and summer, they love to loiter on the roads, and drivers have to be very cautious of them, especially at night. Sometimes, a congregation of them will make the traffic wait. There’s no way you want to try to herd or nudge a bison, as they will charge if annoyed.

Try explaining that to your insurance. “I was just stopped on the road, minding my own business, when a bison came out of nowhere and ran full-tilt at my car …” Yup, okay.

So it makes sense to include one of these iconically northern animals …

… along with a snow sculpture of a muskox. Also notoriously bad-tempered, you do not want to upset them.

Photo by Florian Schulz

The snow sculpture looks much more docile, though, especially as it’s missing its horns. Very tempting for children, I think!

Despite that, the artist did quite a good job, don’t you think?

Happy Monday, happy week. 🦬