‘Bearly’ There

Bears at riotthillQuick visit to riotthill from our young bear neighbours…

Yesterday afternoon, between thunder storms, a black shadow appeared in the underbrush on the rise, broke through and became a bear, with a second bear close behind.

As unexpected as their visit was, I at least had the presence of mind to grab my Blackberry and tap-snap a photo, but oh, the little she-bears (not yet fully grown, I think 2-3 years old) were almost too fast. These two young bears were caught in action as they checked out the front yard at riotthill, moseyed along our driveway and disappeared once more into the forest across the road.

the result…

A bit of a blur, (‘bearly there’ if you’ll pardon my play) but perhaps if you squint, you can see the bears’ exuberance and lumbering speed as they hurry out of the frame.

— And no, in spite of their playfulness, I didn’t follow them for more pics; at this age, bears are usually still with their mother; she might have been supervising from the bush, out of sight :)

Homage to the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice

Machu Picchu

for June 21, 2014

A pilgrimage story and pictures…

Lakeland Musings: Our Moorland Solstice, Part 1 – A Reluctant Sun

Early morning glimpses of a rising sun, breaking through cloud and mist. In old Celtic seasons, Saturday last would have marked the beginning of the ‘Little Sun’, as the days shrink back but ever forward to the Winter Solstice.


The Summer Solstice is time to pause, to give thanks, to relish our beautiful world and its wonders… perhaps that is the best lesson we can take from sites such as those in the photos shown at Lakeland Musings, and world-wonder places such as Stonehenge or Machu Picchu.


Machu Picchu: photo by Martin St-Amant

Stonehenge: photo by Gareth Wiscombe