A few nights ago, we had gone into McMinnville to have dinner with friends and to hand off a copy of Nils's new book (See post below for description). By the time we came home on our little narrow dirt road into the forest, it was quite dark. As we rounded a corner, something large and white and something large and black were suddenly in front of us.
As often happens when we are confronted with something unexpected, it took a few seconds to realize what we were seeing. But there it was, a huge stripped-of-meat rib cage (cow? elk?) being dragged across the road by a black bear who was barely visible in the surrounding blackness.
It was a rather surreal sight and certainly an unlikely sight, and how I wished I could have had a picture of it that actually captured it in the darkness. I think you would have loved seeing it.
We haven't seen bear around for quite some time, although this spring when I was picking daffodils by the large pond, the tall grass was very trampled down...trampled by something heavy and broad, not something delicate like deer who usually frequent that area. Now I suspect the bear inhabits the area because there is water and lots of room to roam unbothered through the forests. Rather like feeling an earthquake, there is something exciting and wonderful mixed in with any fear that might arise, knowing that the bear is nearby.
No, fall isn't quite as "here" as the picture above suggests. Last year was the most colorful fall ever, according to Nils, who has lived here 32 years...and this is just one of many of the magical photos he took last year.