Not Much, Just Mowing

Not much happening today, just did some mowing. Hmm, mowing, it seems like I mow just about every day during summer. I guess that’s what I get for clearing away so much tall grasses and such. The only other thing besides work, was after dinner I sat out back with the dogs for a while. That was nice, nice and sunny and temp in the low 70s.

Here’s a photo from the other day while lost, so I guess it wasn’t a waste being lost, this was a really nice spot.

East Branch Huron River

Big Falls – East Branch Huron River

Went out today to Big Falls along the East Branch Huron River. I’ve been here many times, but each time is a little different. One time there was even a tree lying the middle of the left fall. Somewhere between 20 – 25 years ago I found this waterfall completely by accident out two-tracking, then quite a few years later I went hunting for it without success. A few more years passed and bingo, found it again. Now that I live UP here, I frequent these falls at least once a year, if not more. After taking photos down in the usual spot, I decided to hike up river a ways. Wow, it’s beautiful just above the falls, but very difficult to get down to the rivers edge, which I didn’t, or couldn’t, do today. The bank down is steeper and maybe longer than the normal photo area. I did make it to the bank a little further up river, but it’s not as nice, not as rugged. Ah well, maybe next time.

After spending some time at the falls, I headed back to Black Creek Rd. and turned south knowing that eventually I would come out on Ravine River Rd. Well, that didn’t work out so well…I got lost. I made a turn that made a loop around and back to Black Creek Rd. Well in taking that loop, it bypassed the turn on Black Creek Rd. that needed to be taken, and that’s where I got lost, either finding a dead end or trails that looked mighty muddy and I wasn’t into getting covered in mud again, not this time. So, I ended up back-tracking and that’s when I saw the turn I missed by taking the detour loop.

Made it back to town, got a Jeep wash and went to Shopko for some curtains and a couple hanging plants, then home.

Big Falls – Right Side/Fall

Big Falls – Left Side/Fall

Big Falls

Right side of Big Falls with sun streaks from about half-way up the cliff that must be climbed down, then back up.

East Branch Huron River Just Below Big Falls

Trout Lily

Spring Beauties

The Orioles Have Arrived

Just as I was thinking the Baltimore Orioles should be here any day, boom, there was one at one of the seed feeders. At that point, I wasn’t sure, as I didn’t have my glasses on and it was there only for a moment. Then in a few minutes, the Oriole landed on the Oriole feeder to have some orange and grape jelly. This one looks like it might be a juvenile male. I haven’t seen a female yet, nor an adult male, just this one. They never stay here long, only a few days, but they are always a treat to see.

Other news…
I was just looking out the kitchen window, which looks out toward the back of the property, and saw Mr. Wolfie wandering along the tree line. I then went over to the picture window to see if he would pass over by the pines where I have a trail cam, and sure enough, there he went. Funny thing, as I was watching him, one of the snowshoe rabbits that live here came running away from where the wolf was.
Mr. Wolfie I believe is a Coywolf. Coywolf is an informal term for a canid hybrid descended from coyotes and gray wolves. Hybridization between the two species is facilitated by the fact that they diverged relatively recently.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Coywolf – Measuring the size is quite easy here, as I know the spot very well. He’s a good 27-32 inches tall and easily 4.5-5 feet long. He’s a big boy, at least I think he’s male, don’t know for sure.

Worried

That’s all I can say about it, just worried. I know everything will be okay, but still worried.

Update –  Relieved! All went well. Tears. Love.

Update 2 – Funny, I can’t seem to stop crying. It’s a mixture of of relief, love, and so much more.