Fall is here…


Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on October 6, 2012

Fall is here, but it feels like winter.  We went from 100° weather down to the 40’s in nothing flat.  Just Thursday is was 102° in Sonora. I wish we would get a little warning. At least when I lived in Michigan we would have sometimes as much as a month of 60° weather. It sort of gets you used to it. As it is now, I’m freezing. I actually turned on the heat.  Sad…


We had 8 deer in our yard last night — all at once — 3 bucks, 3 does and a couple of fawns. They had lost their spots already – you could just make out where they had been. They were so cute. We’ve got kind of a refuge up here for the deer. The houses are spread out but too close together for a hunter to hunt, so the deer tend to hang out. We are just on the outskirts of town (easy to do in a town this small). Sometimes the deer will walk by a dozen at a time.

One of them was an 11-point buck. Shawn is waiting for it to grow another point, so he can post a picture to our website, 12 Point Design. They really are magnificent creatures. I can tell the 3 bucks are related, they have a little mask that runs down their noses. If you look closely at the two larger bucks antlers they appears to be glued on. There must have been some fierce fighting going on.

The fawns have lost their spots, just in time. We had a doe and a fawn camped out in the yard one afternoon. They were within eyesight, maybe 50 yards or so. They were just laying there in the brush. I had seen them earlier in the day, so I knew the fawn was there, but all I could make out was the doe. I got out the binoculars and low and behold, there was the fawn, it blended in so well with it’s surroundings that I just couldn’t see it.  It had been laying down next to it’s mother. It’s amazing how well nature works. Everything has a time and a purpose.

The aspens are changing colors and fall colors will be making drastic changes over the next few weeks. Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the cool crisp air.

Top Ten Locations for the Best Fall Camping – Yosemite is at the top of the list, of course.

Leaf-peepers get ready for another ‘Awesome Autumn’ – Plumas County claims to have fall colors to see. Join them on Facebook.

If you decide to come to the mountains, bring a coat and your shorts. You never know what you’re going to get. It can go from the high 90’s to the low 40’s every day. The pass is still open, but it could close at any time.


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Squirrel Complains, Loudly


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Opinion, Outdoors on April 27, 2011

I just stepped outside for a few moments and was immediately assaulted by some very loud barking noises. I quietly closed the door and walked softly out on the deck a bit further. The sun was shining brightly, in my eyes of course, so I shielded them, until I could just make out the squirrel sitting up high on a pine tree branch, barking for all he was worth.

Squirrels actually have a wide range of noises and aside from the chorus of birds heard in the wee hours of morning, the squirrel is by far the loudest animal to visit. They romp around all day, getting into anything and everything. We finally broke down and attached hook latches to the roof of the bird feeder because the squirrels wouldn’t stay out of it. They would just remove the roof and help themselves.

He was making one heck of a racket about something. It was as if he was telling me how much he hated having Sandy, the cat, in his space, as the cat gently rubbed up against my legs. It was then the squirrel made it quite plain what he was upset about and I’m still not quite sure how he managed that.  We had a little chat, I let the cat back into the house and the squirrel went along his merry way, happy that she wasn’t on his deck.

Three deer dropped by this morning to give their regards. I tossed out a handful of carrots for them, which they greedily munched down without hesitation. They nibbled on some bird seed that had been scattered on the ground, then meandered on to where ever deer go when they aren’t here. It’s always nice to have them stop by for a visit.

One of the young does who stopped by, idled long enough to notice the hummingbird as it swooped in to sip a little nectar. Did I just imagine the deer admiring the hummingbird’s grace and beauty? Animals are so amazing; would that I had all day long to sit and ponder their being.

I can’t tell you just how refreshing it feels to get outside and soak up the sun and visit with the animals. They listen as I chatter on about the weather and I’m always careful to thank them for their visit. It’s always nice to have a little company drop by.

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