Friday, October 16, 2009

Wild Violet Salad! Yum! Yum!

Wild violet salad - yum! yum!

This white-tail deer is enjoying a meal of the wild violets that I allow to grow under this oak tree. We have lived here for 10 years now and this is the first year that the flower leaves have become a dinning treat for the deer or any other critter. I had heard of deer nibbling on hosta leaves and as you see there is one in the middle of the violets, but it has not been touched, at least not at the time of this scouting camera capture!

You've got to love these little HCO Infrared Digital Scouting Cameras! I expected it would have to be a doe and/or fawn doing the nibbling but now I know for sure.

Along side our gravel driveway are some wild rose bushes growing. Each morning we find fresh tracks, evidence of a doe and fawn sampling the rose hips and even snacking on a rose branch - ouch! Watch out for those thorns.

I do know that on our small 10 acres the acorns are few this year and I saw no beech nuts on our trees. We have quite a few old apple trees and odd to look around and see some apples on one tree and none on the two right next to it. It appears the usual wildlife food is not in abundance this year, but I can only go on what I see on our small piece of land.

Has anyone else noticed the lack of wildlife food?

Take care and enjoy! :) Coppertop

Friday, October 09, 2009

What happens at night in the woods.........

Ever wonder what goes on at night in the woods - what creatures are stirring? Owning a scouting camera answers those questions, what a cleaver invention! I have used scouting cameras now for 3 years and just love them. Some people use them to be able to determine areas to hunt but mine are just for pleasure. I love watching the wildlife in my own backyard and these little cameras have extended that watching into the night while I am sleeping!

I've posted my most recent scouting camera photos below and hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Take time and enjoy life! :) Coppertop

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Good book to read!

This is not something I normally do and being a relative of my hubby wrote this book, I’m going to take liberty and brag some.

First let me tell you a little about the author, Ted Blanchard. He was born in Presque Isle, Maine and still resides there. While in high school he took up pen pal writing with great enjoyment. There was a time when he was writing as many as twenty-three letters monthly to his pen pal friends. Sixty years later and he still corresponds with one in England and one in Australia. Ted has written several short stories, this being his first novel.

The book is named “Laura” and is about a young man in the army awaiting his discharge. Anxious to return to his home state of Maine, he falls in love with an army officer’s wife. He does return to the hard work and life he loves in Northern Maine. Shortly after meets a beautiful woman and his life is somewhat normal until—an old army buddy comes visiting.

The description of Maine’s wilderness can only be written by someone who has a deep love and knowledge of the area. “Laura” is a 206 page soft bound book published by Monkey Publishing in Caribou, Maine and can be found for sale on their web site.

If you enjoy a good story and Maine life, you certainly should enjoy this novel. It is well suited to all ages, being male or female.