Buck in the backyard

This young fellow was munching on a Rhododendron bush when Lexi saw him and went crazy. He just stared at her for a while and then pranced off. Odocoileus virginianus

Woody Woodpecker

We had another 4-5 inches of snow last night on top of the 6+ inches we had on Sunday. The heavy snow is bringing out the birds looking for a snack. This guy was doing some hammering in the back yard. Woody the Woodpecker

Snow Day!

About six inches for fresh snow fell last night and continues today. Lexi loves chasing snowballs, sticking her nose in the snow and chasing Janie on the sled.

October Rainbows

October seems to be the month that the combination of sun angle and weather patterns create the ideal conditions for rainbows at Balsam. When the sun came out after heavy rains this morning, we saw this looking from our deck toward Water Rock Knob. OLYMPUS DIGITAL...

Visitor in the night

Janie saw a bear on East Reach yesterday in the woods near our house. Lexi barked her disapproval for several hours after they returned home safely and then he/she must have decided to investigate what was making the awful noise this morning.

Bob the snake

Bob is a 6 foot black snake and has been hanging around for several years. Twice I have found his shed skin on my workbench in the garage where presumably he ventured in search of mice. Due to Bob, we have seen very few mice. Last July he tried to come into the...