What Worm?

Every morning I go out and do an inspection of the garden and orchard. I check for slugs and any other chewing creatures on the leaves of the dwarf fruit trees and bushes. I hand pick and squish any that I find as we choose not to use insecticides.

Yesterday I noticed some leaf damage on one of the gooseberry bushes and at first glance missed this inchworm, standing very still, pretending to be a branch. I must admit I had some admiration for it’s style and so I moved it onto a salmon berry bush deeper in the woods. But next time…!


Homing Frog

We have a large skylight over our bed and sometimes because of the position of the full moon I place a tarp partially over it to block out the light.  One morning two weeks ago I woke up in the morning and saw what I thought to be a shadow of a frog under the tarp, sitting on the skylight. After staring at it a while I convinced myself it was a leaf or something but then it moved.

I thought that living under a tarp on a roof skylight wasn’t a very good place for a frog to hang out so I climbed onto the roof, caught the frog and carried it to our pond about 500 feet away in the woods. 

Yesterday morning I woke up and there, in the same spot, was the frog. While I can’t definitely say that it is the same frog it certainly looks like it and it would be unusual for another frog to find the exact spot. So, I’m going to tell myself it is the same frog and I have left it there. It is kind of comforting having a frog watch over us at night!


Rain Drenched Bear

This wet young bear came wandering through the yard yesterday morning. I’m pretty sure he is from last year’s batch and was checking out the berry bushes his mother showed him last season. The mother now has a new batch of triplets so she won’t allow this one to come close.  I have seen the mother and cubs in the distance in the bush but they have proven to be camera shy so far. That will probably change as the berries ripen. Great to have them around again!