Monday, July 12, 2010

Morning routines

The loveliness of a cool summer morning seems extraordinary after last week’s heat wave. Sitting out on the deck, a mug of coffee in one hand and a newspaper in the other are pleasures I had to forego for a while. Now that those are reestablished, all seems right in my little corner of the forest. That’s assuming, of course, that I don’t read the newspaper too closely. Allow me a day or two of enjoying my little routine before I fall back into the abyss of reality.
The improved weather and cooler temperatures mean I am suddenly seeing more animals around the cabin again. Early Sunday morning as I was heading off the mountain, I saw this large and lovely red fox sitting alertly next to a moist ditch—I would be overstating the case if I called it a stream. The fox was likely looking for mice or other delectables in the tall grass.

When another car went by on the nearby road, she loped off and I managed to get one not-too-blurry photo. It was only when I looked closely at the photo that I saw the fox had almost no hair on her tail. It might be from mange or it might be from fleas. She certainly looked otherwise healthy and was acting fine, so I hope it’s nothing serious.

The fox aren a near-constant presence after dark around the cabin. I hear them barking several times a week. Last night I heard the first bark a little after 10 p.m. and then again an hour or so before dawn. Their calls always set my dogs to barking, which naturally wakes me from a sound sleep. The dogs require that I go to the door and assure that we are not being attacked before they stop barking. They immediately fall back to sleep. Me? Well, sometimes. Between the fox and the raccoons, it’s rare for me to be able to sleep through the entire night. That’s at least partly why I need coffee on the deck before I can properly start a day.


Cicero Sings said...

Not too much wildlife around our house except for deer ... but I'm sure there are lurkers out there ... fox and coyote but I never hear them. We don't have any raccoons where we live nor have we seen or smelled any skunk.

Carolyn H said...

Cicero: my foxes are always barking at each other. The raccons are nearly bear-sized. i haven't smelled or seen skunk here on the mountain in agens. That's just as well, as far as I'm concerned!

Carolyn H.

jeannette said...

At last! Happy for you that you don't need to post snow pics anymore to cool off:)
In turn, the weather seems to be slowly warming up here, and I can finally put up my tank tops and eat salads -I guess it's just where we are used to!

cathy said...

What a lucky shot! Glad you got it. Funny you should mention skunks, i have one that walk through the yard pretty much every night. luckly I don't smell him or her

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: I've seen exactly one skunk since I moved to the cabin and that was years ago. I can even go several years or longer without smelling one.


Carolyn H.

Carolyn H said...

Jeannette: the cool weather didn't last long but at least it's only normal summer weather now. And that's no more difficult to deal with than it ever is.

Carolyn h.