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A highlight yesterday was seeing the 4 otters cross my yard. I've thought of that all day. The usual second-guessing: where was my camera; what if I was in BR and 12' away; what if I was outside? Standing in the kitchen I look out and wonder what path they took. Did they have instructions? Slip thru the old fence and go up hill till you reach the trailer. Turn left and go past the trailer and firepit and then turn right on the trail. Cross the fence up top and the big pond is down the other side. Stay in line! No messin' around.

So I've been looking out the windows often today. I'm ready. A camera in the BR; one by my desk. iPhone in pocket. A lot of waiting.... for that 6 second chance. For nothing probably, I could miss it easy walking to the other room. And it occurs to me now, I need more cameras, those motion-activated outdoor cameras. Heck, maybe video.

Alright - there's a bucket for today. Maybe I'll post a picture of something pretty in the comments. Better yet, you post one so I can see other places in our natural world. Wildflowers are always admired.

From July 21:

I sure wish I had a video of what I witnessed right now. Sitting here at my desk looking out into the side yard, a cloudy morning, damp, and 4 dark bodies loped across the yard, turned at my trail and headed up into the woods.  The line was by me and gone in seconds. Too agile and sleek to be beavers, I'm guessing otters headed from the wetlands on my side of the hill to the bigger pond on the "otter" side. Sure looked like they knew where they were going! I'm mightily impressed and will likely spend hours gazing out, wanting another sighting!
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