3.12.2012

The Sun Came Out to Play

perhaps you remember my autumn day 
at this very location: click here to view


blue skies
aquamarine waters
circles of land cloaked in winters fading snow


textures reveal 
light and shadow
line between 
terra and blue yonder a visual delight


do you know who made these tracks?
I would love to hear your thoughts

maybe river otter?

and 

I went to the bear tree, do you remember? 
this next photo is one from that post: here


well
last autumn
mama and one of the two cubs returned

mama climbed the tree and little one gave up the climb half way up
cub did that twice and is reported to have stayed on the earth
for two days while mama was in the den way up at the top

then....
the cub made it up
tucked in for the season....

a wind storm came 
howling mighty
the rotten Cottonwood Tree fell to the earth
oh my
no one found the bears on the earth
so we envision they wandered off

this is what i found:

the tree fallen
looked so much smaller than it did from afar
with bears in its limbs

I looked at claw marks from them climbing the tree


the marks were plenty up and down the tree

~
I sat in the den
and felt what it might have been like
to live in a tree

this was their den
a home for three....

~
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45 comments:

Rick Forrestal said...

These are fantastic photos of very special places.
I love them all. But that first pic must be a sacred place. Thanks for sharing with us.

deanna7trees said...

great pics. great post.

Gaelyn said...

The sun and you both played, and I'd say the (maybe) river otter too.

How amazing to be in the den.

Remei said...

It seems a fairy tale, nature explodes in our souls thank you ...
You live in a wonderful place!
I love your environment!
I was delighted to get your art on Facebook, thanks so much love.
A friend hug!

Cloudia said...

LOVE the dancing snow fairies!


Aloha from Waikiki
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Charlotte said...

A lovely post Tammie. A real refreshment for a tired spirit. Thankyou.

veredit said...

Good morning Tammie,

many thanks for this great post with this beautiful pics and this very good and touching story. I agree absolutely with Charlotte, it's a real refreshment for heard and soul to visit you and your wonderful world.

wish you a blessed week.

hugs from
isabella

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

About time for the sun to come out.
Costas

Jim Deans said...

Wonderful Tammie,
Your birthday cake now looks like a christmas cake.
I think your tracks may well be otters.

ladyfi said...

An enchanted series of shots!

karen said...

I am so happy I came here today and saw your gorgeous images. Thank you for the link to the book making too....

Barry said...

TL - what a beautiful story of nature and to think that you could be part of it and document it and share it - magic. Thanks. B

Mirthe Duindam said...

The first is so beautiful to see. Such a special place. Great series. I'm sorry about the bear tree. The tree with the bear is amazingly beautiful!
Warm greetings, Mirthe

Meg said...

Fantastic photos!

Love from Poland:)

Cynthia Schelzig said...

You live in a dream world...hard to believe a place like this even exists in real life. I looooovveee your snaps!!! Even reading about this makes time stand still.......

Geraldine said...

what gorgeous photos Tammie. can you send some sun up here when you've had enough LOL. another grey day here...sigh!!!

troutbirder said...

Oh my what a terrific post. I would never have though black bears would be denning way way up in a hollow tree. On the ground for sure ... but way up no way. :)

Hilda R.B said...

These are fantastic photos. Love your series here. You have a beautiful nature around you. Lovely blue sky, the colors are so great then. And then you have taken pictures of bears, too. Exciting experience then.
Have a lovely week to you.
Greetings from Hilda

Valerianna said...

Beautiful. Have you ever gone out to that circle-island?
A circle of sacred space.

Someone else will use the den now, I imagine. I know fishers love holes in trees for dens. Do you have fishers? Maybe wolverines like that, too. I know they've been coming back down a bit more south...

Viola said...

What a fantastic post and pictures!! =) Oh I'm so sorry they lost their sweet home, I was sad when reading that.. :( I wonder.. where did they go??
Of course I remember the picture of the peninsula dressed in autum colors.. :)
But the earlier post of the bears I missed! But now I've seen it, very beautiful and fascinating pictures! =)

The traces I don't know.. it must be an animal loving the water.. so maybe a river otter?

My thoughts go to the sweet bear family!

Lovely week to you! :)

Ed Pilolla said...

what a beautiful package. those claw marks are gorgeous. i don't think i have ever seen anything quite like it. an artist can do something with that wood and you have:)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

So touchingly beautiful. I, too, am wondering what tracks those might be. I often wonder that when I see animal tracks in the snow...it's fun to guess. Sorry that the bears lost their home - but what a spiritual experience it must have been for you to gaze upon their marks on the trees and sit where they had once made their home.

Jeri Landers said...

I never realized that a den could be "UP" in a tree! Down on the ground ,yes, but this is fascinating. I suppose someone else will move into the apartment, now that it is lying horizontal. Maybe a rabbit family or chipmunks.
Could the footprints be ducks or geese? It is hard to tell from so far away!
Thank you for the card and the sentiments. That was a nice! If I can ever be of help in your book endeavors just ask. I am good at giving out information, if nothing else. It is never too late to follow your dream, I didn't publish my first book till I was 50.

Kelly said...

Hi Tammie, I remember the bears so very well!! How sad that their special home fell. I hope they are okay wherever they are. I will show my boys again!

Lasse said...

Love your post. Fantastic photos !

cieldequimper said...

This is such a joy to behold!

Trish said...

Wow...just so amazing. I would love to visit this place and behold such beauty.
Much love

Cobalt Violet said...

I didn't know they made there home up high like that! LOVE that you sat in then ... amazing. I wonder where they are now. Wonderful post!

layers said...

what a wonderful post with beautiful pictures depicting the cycle of life and so grounded in nature.

sandy said...

So beautiful, I wish I was there, with my camera.

I have seen tracks like that, but don't know what they are.

sandy said...

So beautiful, I wish I was there, with my camera.

I have seen tracks like that, but don't know what they are.

Tati Galiano said...

Dear Tammie, doyou know how much I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your photos?. A lot!!!.
It was beautiful to walk with you for your beautiful places, how wonderful!. It is also very beautiful to see how you feel the land where you live. Thank you!
A big hug

montucky said...

Marvelous series of photos!

earthenmagic said...

....the beauty of a winter's tale ~ fresh upon the wings of spring ~ enjoyable post ~ exotic delight! ~ blessed be!...
...xXx...

get zapped said...

Fabulous imagery! I've seen my share of black bears, but never one in a tree. Thanks for sharing the wilds of your neck of the woods.

Carol said...

Dear Tammie, Oh, I so enjoyed being with you there in that tree den! What a gorgeous world you share with the bears and the otters. Stunning photography! A joy! Thank you!!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

What a beautiful series of nature images, Tammie. You've got a great eye!

Project Tara said...

Mmmm. That first photo has such a special feeling about it. I look at the edge of the water, the line of trees in the snow, and a little chill passes through me.
I LOVE that you sat in the den. Love it.

Walk in the Woods said...

What a wonderful post ~ thank you so much for sharing the beauty of your world with us all.

And yes, yes I do remember the "bear tree!" ♡

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Thanks for taking me on your trip....love it. Happy times to you my friend. Hugs Dagmar

The Glebe Blog said...

Hi Tammie, your birthday cake now looks like an iced Christmas cake.
P.S I ditched Google +, it wasn't for me.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful. I love the before and after.

Kirigalpoththa said...

These are super photos, Love'em all

Terence said...

You brought be to the tree Tammie, Thank you

joshidaniel.com said...

the first image looks very different and so cool as usual!