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Name: Char
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Dec 22, 2018 5:08 AM CST

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Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Char
Dec 22, 2018 5:37 AM CST

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Charlemagne said:No camera and no phone gives one the opportunity to fully immerse oneself in the moment and use the camera of your mind with all of your senses to capture what no camera can.

Feel the breeze, smell the pine scent, hear the warning cry of the nearby flicker. There is the warmth of the sunlight, the crackle of the dried grass, maybe even the eye to eye contact and a subtle message of passing as nature's creatures contemplating each other's existence.

All to often I have been futzing with depth of field or shutter speed or focus and realized that I missed the experience in order to grab a small photo in its place.

Caught without camera, savor where and who you are. What brought you there at that second.

I have, in my memories the smell of a coal fired steam engine, the sound of Ella Fitzgerald's voice live, the taste of fresh sourdough straight from the oven, the brief sighting of a.large sea turtle passing close enough to my wife while we were snorkeling that she started to cry.

None of this with a camera or phone. Live and enjoy the miracle of just being.

Charley


Beautifully said Charley. I tip my hat to you.

There have been recent sightings reported of mountain lions, catamounts, in VT. Although I've never seen one I do believe I saw tracks several years ago. Bears are common, took a picture of one in our driveway last spring. Never seen a wolf, but hear packs of coyotes howling and yipping frequently. In the past 2 weeks there have been bobcats reported in our area. Last week two people were attacked by a bobcat 15 miles away. It was found, shot and tested positive for rabies. Earlier this week a bobcat sighting was reported here in town about a mile away. Like your mountain lion Diana I would guess the down deer on the interstate are an easy source of food for them.
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Legalily
Dec 22, 2018 8:11 AM CST
I agree Beautiful Charley Lovey dubby
We had a bobcat in our yard several years ago. I looked out the window and had to look twice to make sure nodding
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Name: Diana
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DraDiana
Dec 22, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Wow, Char. That bobcat episode is frightening. I'm hoping the 2 people either got their rabies series right away, or had avoided actually being bitten in the attack? Always assume any critter acting strangely fearless is rabid until proven otherwise. 11 years ago in my area, a fellow died from rabies from a bat bite that he failed to report until he himself had early symptoms of rabies. Once a human develops symptoms, nothing works to save them from rabies...

On a happier note, 18 years ago here, a family of 4 took turns hand feeding their drooling sick calf. They had the agricultural extension test it right away to see what was wrong, and although the calf died before the test came back, the family had time to take the shot series and are alive and well now. They called it "dumb rabies" because the calf never showed aggression - just quit eating and drooled a lot.

There were a few claims of lone wolf sightings around here about 10 years ago, but I'm thinking an escaped pet or just one wild one passing through in search of a pack.
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quietyard
Dec 22, 2018 8:32 AM CST
Earlier this year I was out front visiting with neighbors when a bobcat walked across our front yard right under our front window. It was only 10 ft. or so from us. It was totally relaxed, not bothered by us at all. Blinking
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Name: Charley
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Charlemagne
Dec 22, 2018 8:57 AM CST
Hi Winter!

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florange
Dec 22, 2018 11:49 AM CST
We visited our Italian friend who moved to California last year. He's back here in FL for a month and he was at his restaurant, which is still in operation with his partners. He asked if we wanted lasagna for Christmas. We'll pick it up on Christmas Eve and I'll do Italian marinated vegetable to accompany it. Also I'll make sourdough. Sounds easy for me!

Merry Christmas all!
Name: Will Currie
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UncleWill
Dec 22, 2018 12:14 PM CST
Bobcats are fairly common here but won't be for long if the hunters don't stop shooting every one they see. Crying Coyotes were unheard of here 30 years ago, now there seems to be one behind every bush. A Bear, usually a young boar, will wander up the Cape Fear into the Fayetteville area once or twice a year but I'm in a different drainage basin so they are truly unheard of locally. Gone are the large rattlesnakes, and most of the larger non venomous snake species as well. When I was a kid encounters with big snakes were fairly commonplace and almost always ended up with a dead snake as the result, probably why there aren't many left. I rue how many snakes I thoughtlessly slaughtered before I learned what marvelous creatures they are.

Hilarious picture Charley Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Diana
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DraDiana
Dec 22, 2018 12:15 PM CST
What a treat Arlene!
I'm stuffing a chicken.
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DraDiana
Dec 22, 2018 12:23 PM CST
Will, we still have a few huge rattlesnakes here. The last one I saw was killed a few days later. Foolish creature thought that sunning itself on the road was a good thing. I would have hit it with both the right and left tires when I saw it, but it coiled into a ball in the middle of the dirt road so fast I missed it entirely. (I wasn't trying to hit it, but it was so big there was only 1 foot to the road's edge from its head and from its tail.) It did the same with the guy who then got out and shot it. Sort of reminds me of the blade twirler in that Indiana Jones movie.
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Dec 22, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Lots of Coyotes here, Will . Have had a few rattlesnakes in the yard as well. We do not kill them.
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Name: Diana
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DraDiana
Dec 22, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Linda, don't go out on a warm night without a good light. When I lived in AZ I nearly stepped in the middle of one that was on my doorstep. It slithered off without trying to strike, so we didn't kill it.
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quietyard
Dec 22, 2018 3:59 PM CST
That is a good suggestion, Diana, that I sometimes follow. Whistling That was a close call you had, too close! Crying


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Dec 22, 2018 4:01 PM CST
Where did you live in AZ, Diana? That was a close call! We have had them in our pool in Scottsdale.
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Name: Diana
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Dec 22, 2018 5:23 PM CST
We were in Rio Rico - 2 different times! It is a neat place to live, but the proximity to the border gives it some uncertainty at times. We like to go hiking, but were warned that it would be better to be armed, which we never were...
Name: Will Currie
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UncleWill
Dec 22, 2018 6:05 PM CST
Scary snake stories! I remember being on all fours picking wild grapes when I heard that distinctive rattle. It was loud and very very close, but I couldn't see the source for all the leaf litter. Needless to say I froze because I had no idea where it was other than almost directly beneath me. Sad I sat there, one arm extended like a bird dog for what seemed like forever. Rolling on the floor laughing Eventually the rattle stopped and I ever so gently backed out from under the vine. Never saw the snake it was so well camouflaged. That was a nervous moment let me tell you! Hilarious!
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quietyard
Dec 22, 2018 6:10 PM CST
Oh my, Will, would not want to hear that sound! You did the right thing!
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Name: Char
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Char
Dec 22, 2018 6:23 PM CST

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DraDiana said:Wow, Char. That bobcat episode is frightening. I'm hoping the 2 people either got their rabies series right away, or had avoided actually being bitten in the attack?


No, they were both bitten. Here's a link to a local news report
https://vtdigger.org/2018/12/1...

Hearing a rattlesnake must be a very scary thing. Blinking We don't have them here, thankfully, except for the rare and endangered (in Vt) timber rattler.
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DraDiana
Dec 22, 2018 8:20 PM CST
Thanks for the link, Char. I see the 2 ladies began treatment immediately - I'm sure they did fine. I recall seeing a fox once in broad daylight acting like it didn't know I was there, even though it appeared to be looking right at me. I back-tracked quickly and picked a different trail to hike that day...
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Dec 22, 2018 9:55 PM CST
The kids got here around 5 and the grandkids play ball almost non-stop with the dog. Holly loves kids. She tosses the ball to them and they toss it and she catches it. Just like with is. They all finally went to bed a couple minutes ago. It's going to be a crazy week Hurray!
We have Christmas with my kids tomorrow so I'll be cooking a lot starting first thing in the morning.
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