Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Fog is here to stay for a while
Heavy rain and fog makes the ever-shortening days feel even shorter. This morning the chickens weren’t even out of the coop when I went to feed them and let them out. They made a few noises when I talked to them, but that still didn’t encourage them to come out.
I have not yet been plagued by marauding fall raccoons, but a local opossum has discovered the chicken feeder and waddles around occasionally. I tend to see opossums and raccoons most in spring and late fall. Sightings are rarer in midsummer around my cabin.
Opossums don’t hibernate and winter is, understandably, difficult for them to survive. That’s why I see them more often then and often in daylight, too. They come out when the day warms up to look for food. Around my cabin the chickens scatter their feed all over the place or sometimes leave untouched the produce scraps I give them. Both raccoons and opossums will take advantage of that. It’s far too early in the season for either species to find food gathering difficult. Likely the opossum I had was just wandering through the area, perhaps hoping to keep the location of my cabin in its memory banks until winter makes for slim foraging.
I am starting to see some color change in the trees around the cabin. The overall effect is still all green, but individual trees and branches show color. Once this rain and Hurricane Joaquin clear the area and clear out the fog, I’ll try and get a few photos. For now, it looks as though rain and fog will be covering the forest at least though Monday. In other words, the fog photos aren't going to go away too soon!