I had a restful summertime breakfast with K and R snoozing at my feet, birds singing, and warm sun on my back. Yes, it's historic - I had breakfast on the deck - a favorite summertime tradition!
Then, K and I headed out for a mountain bike ride. We both had lots of fun but her energy lagged a bit.
Maybe a wing of the Vet Hospital should be named after us?
Yesterday, I started to tell the story of a bear family breakup that is underway. I've captured images at several wildlife cameras that have given me a decent idea of what is going on.
This was the first image - a very small bear who I've never seen before approaching a bear whammy tree - a tree that bears mark by rubbing their backs on it. This marking gets most emphatic during mating season, which is now. To see how grown-up bears mark this tree, check out this post if you missed it.
First the bobcat..
The next day, Socks was still more than a mile east of where his/her mother had passed the camera the previous night. Socks seemed to be circling in a very small area and repeatedly passing one camera.
In the morning...
In the afternoon...
Then, the following morning, Socks was still in the same very small radius. I wonder if this is where Socks last saw his/her mother.
Socks posed for the camera...
It's odd that I never caught this sow and her cubs on a camera last summer. They must have been in a different, perhaps safer, area when the cubs were very young.
I've compiled all the photos into a "flipbook" video that you can watch here or at Youtube.
I wonder if we'll see Socks again in the near future. I love my wildlife cameras - I'd have no idea that this drama was underway without them.