Continuing the bear den saga that I began last Wednesday, the bear den was quiet throughout the late summer and fall. No bears visited in October, contrary to my expectations. Then, in November (much later than expected), bears started checking out the den for their winter snooze.
Then, to my utter surprise, a bear checked out the den in December. I expected that all the bears were snug in dens by then. This bear was an odd-looking one that has a mane-like fur pattern.
the bear "with a mane" who walked Black Bear Trail on 7/6/10. He decided against hibernating in the den.
A month ago, the den was empty with a bed of leaves and other forest duff nicely built inside it.
Today, I was in the city for the afternoon. I was amazed that no one hurrying past me on the sidewalk seemed to notice the stupendous sunset. It brightened up my evening.