The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A View From My Window...

 
Most of these photos are taken from inside the house so
the quality is not as sharp and bright,
but it gives me a chance to
share the wildlife right outside my window.
One of my best captures ever, heart pounding to look outside
my kitchen window and see this Mountain Lion.
Gorgeous creature as it made it's way across the deep, deep snow.
You can't imagine how big they are,
males can weigh as much as 220 pounds and the females
can weigh as much as 140 pounds.

 
A pair of young Mule Deer...

 
Hunkered down during a blizzard a week or so ago.

 
Amazing how they have the instincts already on how to survive.

 
A clearer photo because this Mule Deer climbed the deck
and was staring at me through the front door window.

 
Mule Deer after yet another snow storm came through...
bitter temperatures.

 
I watched as they ran up the hill
as if they were frightened by a predator.

 
Yes little one it's snow and it does this every year.

 
Looking from my kitchen window...
hard to see but there are Elk laying under the trees
and at the top of the hill.


My backyard covered in several feet of snow.
 
I am reminded of this poem as I watch
 these creatures face such bitter conditions looking for food and comfort...
 
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from
 a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
 
D.H. Lawrence
 


16 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures!!! I love the mountain lion... They say we have them here but pics I have seen are bobcats. Have a great new year.

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  2. That could be a little eerie. Hope you don't have your own critters out there. Your views are always spactacular.

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  3. Beautiful wildlife photos, Nancy.
    I have a mountain lion who visits here, and stays in the big sequoia at the bottom of my driveway. I never venture out on foot after dark. Just remember that they can pounce 20 feet, and deer are their #1 food source.

    Be safe!!

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  4. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=stelprdb5228155

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  5. Nancy - I love your pictures. What I want to know is do you leave the house when the snow is like this. When we get snow it may only stay for a day or two, and our roads are clear. I'm from Missouri and all I see is deer and turkeys. We do have a Bald Eagle on my property this summer and has lived in this area for several year. There are two of them. You take care. Nancy P.

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    1. Nancy, your comment isn't coming to my email address, so...Thank you. These were several storms back to back with sub-zero temps and blizzard conditions for days so I didn't venture out much and our local emergency responders were asking people to stay home. I had to be plowed out twice to get out because of the deep snow and drifts and hoping I can get out in the next few days after this current storm passes. I hunker down like the wildlife and wait it out.

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  6. Nancy, I haven't adequate words for the beauty of your photographs, your words, and D.H. Lawrence poem. Stunning!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Wow! What incredible photos. You are so blessed to live in such a wonderful area. I enjoy your blog so much. Thank you!

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  8. Beautiful photos as always! I think I would rather the Mule Deer peering through my door than the mountain lion - but what a fabulous creature and you have captured it perfectly! Coming a place which never sees snow I love to see your photos of snow and wildlife (the only wildlife I see out my front door/window are local children on their skateboards) I don't comment often, but love reading your blog!

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  9. It is like the mountain lion is looking at you taking the photograph. Perhaps he was! What a magnificent fellow/fella s/he is.

    And that's a sweet photo of the mule deer peering through your window. Don't you just wonder what he was thinking? I wish I could read his mind.

    Thanks for sharing the great photos, Nancy. I always enjoy them. Stay warm!

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  10. I would give anything to see what you see. Their is so much peace in looking out your windows. And wonders too! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Wow. Wonderful blogpost. So impressive. Have such a respect for (these) animals. The beauty of it all.

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  12. who needs tv? love to see your pictures, how blessed you are

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  13. How beautiful. I've never seen a Mountain Lion in person. My Nana saw one in her back yard in the 70's, but I never saw it. Most people here call them Cougars, probably because our mountains are so much smaller than yours! Once again, thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Such a contrast to your wonderfully colorful Sue Spargo bird blocks. I love both!

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  14. Spectacular Nancy. What a thrill to see that mountain lion. I think that sweet deer wants to come in out of the cold & snuggle under a quilt. Thank you for sharing your amazing & beautiful back yard.

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  15. Hi,
    I've just discovered you through another blog and love your blog. The wildlife is so beautiful and I appreciate you sharing. I'm an animal and nature lover...and also another quilter. I like your green birds in the previous post.

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