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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday to all of you. We are having a restful one, relaxing on the deck watching our recording of the penultimate stage of the Tour de France. Our ShyBear has learned how to live the good life in the summertime, snoozing in the sunshine on the deck.
Of course, a big part of why a young dog like her can snooze away the day is that she got a good romp in the mountains this morning.
The flowers are still glorious here. Since I know that we have a long winter with none of these bright and happy colors, I can't help but share the joy of Mother Nature.

But the animals are already preparing for winter. Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels breed as soon as they wake up in May or so. Then, they start eating non-stop to prepare for their long winter's sleep. They usually hole up underground to hibernate starting in September. Imagine sleeping for 8-9 months of the year!

The bears are doing the same thing as the ground squirrels - eating, eating, and eating. I have some more fun footage of cubs and mothers that I'll share soon. Yesterday, I almost met a bear family up close and personal when I went to check a trail camera. True to their nature, they fled and had disappeared by the time I pulled out a camera.

In this photo, you can see how skinny the mother bear is. She has been nursing her cub for a long time without substantial food available. Now that the berries are ripening, she'll go wild, piling on the pounds as fast as possible.
Serious R wishes that he were allowed to eat as much as this bear!
Happy Saturday!

14 comments:

  1. I'm with R. Hahahha that squirrel looks like he/she has mumps. Hope no one tells him a joke he might joke on his stash.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  2. I like berrys too- just like R- and the bears do!
    I have a feeling Shyla enjoyed her romp in those mountains of her very own!!
    love
    tweedles

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  3. The cheeks on that squirrel!! Great :-)

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  4. I hope Mama bear gets her fill of goodies. What a pretty squirrel, I thought it was a chipmunk at first. Sasha would agree with K about eating.

    Anne and Sasha

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  5. The squirrel looks qute. Mother bear will for sure gaining weight when the cubs can eat for themselves.
    Tyra was also skinny while she had the pups. Now she is eating well.
    We have warm summer wheather and today it will be very warm. Down to the lake for sure today

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  6. We wish we could eat as much as mother bear too, R!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  7. I think it is a Lab's mission in life to eat as much as a bear!

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  8. Oh! And Susan Garrett's 2x2 weave pole method rocks! Jimmy was weaving 12 poles in less than 2 weeks!

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  9. Sometimes I think eating all you want, then sleeping for a long time might be OK. LOL

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  10. I would love to know how old R is now. I don't recall if I ever knew but his today pix is gorgeous as ever. Such a handsome dog!

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  11. Such beautiful and sweet pictures...love the bears :)

    Hey! guess what I just realized? We don't have a single chipmunk or ground squirrel...isn't that weird? I miss our little friends!

    Please give the duo a hug for me!
    xoxo

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  12. That squirrel picture is fabulous! I hope you are submitting it somewhere!

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  13. what a little piggy that squirrel is!

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  14. Love all the photos, of course! Shyla looks so sweet snoozing on the deck. That Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is an industrious little critter, and such a cutie!

    I'm starting to see a few wildflowers here again, now that we've gotten some monsoon rain. I never get tired of seeing them.

    Hope your bears pack on some winter fat. I haven't seen any here in awhile, so I don't know what condition they're in.

    It's always wonderful to see R. It looks like he is doing well.

    Susan and Wrigs

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