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Grandfather Mountain from Blue Ridge Parkway, 2021

Monday, August 15, 2022

In the neighborhood

 

Last Sunday's greeting that the bear-proof bin had let our Ursus americanus friend have a snack (at least.) Since I'm standing by my car to take this photo, and that's my apartment door in the distance, it's a bit unnerving to think that I walk through the path of a bear just a few hours after he/she has been pushing his/her weight around. I do not go outside after dark to my car these days...so if I'm coming home after dark, I wonder if I should carry bear spray!

Another bit of nature that crossed my path, on the back side of the church Sunday morning!

The hanging planters

And that wild coleus as well as the tall basil!

I have no idea why this succulent has the red edges. I killed most of my succulents this year.

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Today's Quote:

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” Sam Levinson

24 comments:

  1. Your plants are looking lovely. I wish I had some basil growing. I love the hanging plant. I hope the bear spooks away easily. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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    1. Thanks, me too, hope any bears I encounter are not interested in me at all! Have a happy Monday!

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  2. Sue bought a bear bell when we were in the Rockies, but it may just mean to the bear that lunch is here. 😀

    It now serves as a Christmas bell that she wears in December.

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    1. My granddaughter who is in college said she studied all the bears...and if you see one, she said, "don't run, but slowly walk away while making noise like clapping your hands." I do hope I don't have to do that!

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  3. It is a little scary to think of bears that close. A bear bell sounds like a good idea.

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    1. I agree, wearing a bear bell is a great idea!

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    1. We saw a young one last weekend down in the mountains around Lake Lure...where we were staying was out in the woods. But he just walked on by the house and back into woods.

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  5. My encounters with bears have consisted of them scampering off when they knew I was there.

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    1. Well, that explains a lot about you that I didn't know. I'll now think of you as a bear frightener!

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    2. That's meant as a joke of course!

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  6. A number of the blogs I've read this afternoon have mentioned bears. They seem to be a problem of late. Hope you don't see one too close.

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  7. Yikes, I'm glad we don't have bears at all here!

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    1. I never thought of that! How nice your woods must seem then!

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  8. We have lots of bears. Most of them are afraid of humans. You just have to be loud and proud! We have very few bear attacks, most in remote areas. I tend to sing or be noisy in our forest, and they run. This one surprised me as I watched for Owl chicks!

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  9. If you aren’t comfortable with bear spray, at least get an air horn like they use at sports events. I once got one in Walmart sporting goods department.

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  10. Love the quote! I think that I would carry. bear spray if I had to walk to your apartment in the dark. I live in a place where bears come infrequently, and they scare the beejeezus out of me! - Tara from 86000 Seconds

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    1. The spray would be ok I guess, because the horn would sure rouse a bunch of my senior neighbors as well as scare a bear. Bell sounds interesting though!

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  11. Bear are voracious eaters and can smell food five miles away. We can not have bird feeders or put pet food outside or keep garbage cans outside as they will come down from our hills to eat. Once they find food they keep returning. Pretty soon they enter "hyperphagia" and will need to eat 22,000 calories a day to prepare for hibernation.

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    1. The whole town has lots of tourists that are used to living in cities where no wild animals are around, so this is especially bad during the summer months.

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  12. Makes me a little bit happy I'm not in bear country. I do love that succulent with the red edges.

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I do love seeing all your comments.Thanks. And I will make some notes after them, in case you, or the next person, reads them!