Earlier I posted photos of my wife's family farm
in Saskatchewan and also photos of the cabin we
have been building on 80 acres we purchased to use
during our retirement. One thing we had planned to do
was set up trail cameras to observe the wildlife.
Brian my wife's younger brother, (who with her older
brother Ralph did most of the work on the cabin often
under unpleasant conditions, building a tin roof during a heat
wave while sick comes to mind, Thanks Guys), set up some trail
cameras this year and was kind enough to share the fruits of his
labour. I am not sure which part of the farm the cameras were
stationed on but all the land on the farm including ours is
fairly similar, Aspen Parkland, a northern extension of the
Great Plains prairie ecosystem which forms a large part
of western Canada and the United States. I really recommend
Candace Savage's Prairie: A Natural History for an
introduction to the topic.
My wife and I met while working in archaeology. One of
the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding
aspects of this was you spent a lot of the summer outside in tents
often in isolated rural areas. The exposure to nature, through
the weather, the plants and the animals reinforced our desire
to be able to spend time outside the city gardening, watching
the seasons, getting to know the birds, the insects and reptiles (me)
watching the stars ( Helen and me ) and generally enjoying the
wildlife. The farm is perfect for this because the types of wildlife
actually appear to be increasing the usual deer, beaver, coyotes,
porcupine,skunks and occasional elk now share their habitat with
wolves and moose which had not been seen for years. It appears that
mountain lions have also moved into the area in the last few years.
While retirement is some years away we had been consulting with
a financial planner and she mentioned that many people had trouble
with boredom. We looked at her and said we did not think that will
be a problem. And I don't think it will, be but if it is we can always
take a few minutes and talk to the neighbours.
"How long did those
three deer stand pondering, the dark, bowing to taste
the least brown grasses, the cold-burnt rosehips"
" Now do U understand what heaven is
it is the surround of the living"
The Changing Light at Sandover
Thanks Again Brian