Cold Wind From The North West

There was a

Cold rushing

Wind from

The North West

Then stillness



Grows ice

Alas for

New growth

Alas for

Spring animals

Awake too soon

Roots bide

In silence

Seeds and tubers

Orient themselves

Without  discussion

When the thaw

Soon arrives

Foliage and flowers

Will drape

Themselves in

Black extremity

A widow’s lace

Across my garden

Bear — January 7, 2015

The temperature is dropping ten degrees Fahrenheit, per hour. Care for your animals, and friends, and relatives, and the helpless, and yourselves, as much as you are able. Please.




Stay Alert

Rattlers are awake
They don’t like to be stepped on
Stay alert walking
Bear … 03.24.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint
Still groggy and sluggish they might not have time to get out of the way or even warn you before you try to put a clumsy foot on them …

.C. horridus among the leaves

. This is the fellow Dear Son IV saw yesterday, March 23,  the first one this year. The snake politely waited while Roy came and collected us, and stayed nice and still while we got a good look. He perhaps thought that if he stayed completely still he wouldn’t be seen in the protected spot in which he was sheltering. However the tension required to hold his rigid posture for so long could be released in either a strike, longer than his body length, or motion in any direction that is startlingly quick. Should the snake in its snakey mind decide that  the best course of action to effect an escape towards what he perceives to be  safety  includes disabling  dangers to himself, that is what he will try to do. As fast as possible.  Hazards are dangerous predators like people, dogs or other harassing obnoxious  intrusions.   Snakes will try to avoid us, but as he doesn’t have too many defenses to choose from, he may have to bite.  Water moccasins or cotton mouths, are not so shy and do not try to warn us away.  But even they prefer to not be bothered by us.  They have their own concerns which, being snakes, they would rather weren’t people.
When walking, make lots of noise, apologize out loud for intruding, so that the snakes and other animals can hear you. Disturb the foliage as little as possible. Step over and around brush and fallen dead wood with extreme caution. And think, if you were that little, wouldn’t you try to avoid getting stepped on by rude big klutzes like most of us are? Who likes for strangers to be tromping around in their homes?
Bear … 03.24.2014
Canebreak or timber rattlers–
Diamond back rattlers
Pygmy rattlers
Cotton mouths or water moccasins
Coral snakes