Weekly Photo Challenge: Old-Fashioned, 3

All good old-fashioned fairy tales begin: Once Upon a Time —

So — here we go. Once upon a time there was a little girl named Goldilocks who went for a walk in the forest and saw a wee little house….

Well, we all know what happens after Goldilocks visits the house and eats all the porridge and sits in the chairs and sleeps in the beds:  the inhabitants come home!

In this case the house belongs to Goldilocks (she has white hair, but never mind that), and the three bears are OUTSIDE the house, but they’re still close up and personal. I have to apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but I wasn’t going any closer to them, thank you very much. Not the traditional family; this is a single mom and her two cubs, the second of which is behind the first, hidden by the shrubbery. You can take my word for it, though, there are actually THREE BEARS in our backyard in the Berkshires.

P.S. I thought with our move to Northampton we were returning to a more civilized realm, but I was wrong. We’ve already had more bears, more frequently and more persistently, than ever.  I just haven’t managed to get any photos of them yet. It’s an awesome experience, actually, and my hands tend to shake a little with nerves —– In Brooklyn, where I was born, there was never any wild life bigger than the occasional dog or cat or squirrel —

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16 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Old-Fashioned, 3

  1. Pauline says:

    That’s a BIG bear! Did you live in a neighborhood where folks left their bird feeders out all summer? And you have bears in Northampton? Maybe it’s the same one that prowls daughter Cassie’s neighborhood. She’s seen it twice and it appeared in the backyard during the night I was just there! I’ve had a fox and a coyote in my back yard but here’s it’s almost expected. Last year a bear took up residence in a cave in the deeper woods along Bear’s Den Road (appropriate, huh?) and was seen in the area several times. I have a close encounter bear story – perhaps I shall post it…

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It was a VERY big bear, and one that visited us in the first month of moving to the Berkshires — from Long Island. They don’t do bears on Long Island, they don’t even THINK about bears on Long Island.
      And yes, it’s undoubtedly the same bear(s) prowling Cassie’s neighborhood, because we live only ten minutes or so away from her, and a bear’s range is miles and miles. This isn’t just one bear (although the young male does most of the solo prowling); there’s a whole family, mama and three cubs, and they wander also.
      I remember your close encounter bear story (pretty vivid story!) and yes indeed, post it on Writing Down the Words.
      P.S. You’re absolutely right, people insist on leaving out their bird feeders for the selfish pleasure of watching the birds close up. I sympathize with their desire; the birds are wonderful to watch; but it also means bears close up for the rest of us.

  2. Therese Bertsch says:

    Wow, you know you are in the country when bears are your neighbors!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Therese, that may have been true in the Berkshires, but Northampton is hardly the country. It’s a bustling small town area. That’s what makes it bizarre and out-of-context!

  3. I often wonder when I walk in the woods if I might spot a bear some day. Can’t image that – can’t imagine them in my backyard either! Scary-exciting!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      That’s exactly right.
      scary + exciting = AWESOME
      in the true sense —

    • suitablefish says:

      I agree – scary + exciting! We have grizzly bears roaming near my home. This spring there was so much snow when the sows and their cubs came out of the dens the sows had a hard time finding food, so they stayed at lower elevation. Bear spray!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Your grizzly bears and our Northeast black bears are (to thoroughly mix metaphors) a different kettle of fish!
        Not that ours are exactly pussycats, but they seem to be more laidback and mellow (if that’s fair to say about a bear)!

  4. Yikes! I cannot imagine looking in my back yard and seeing an actual bear! Miss Stella sure looks like a bear, I see her often hanging out in my back yard…but she is not a bear. Just a big 5 month old pup. Great photo and ‘take’ on old fashioned!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      A Newfoundland (even a puppy) might resemble a bear — but not the personality.
      Bears don’t have much, and certainly not cute — whereas Newfs are sweethearts.
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

  5. Stef says:

    Wow – I’d be nervous if I saw those in my backyard, too! Good photo – but wise to take it from safely indoors. 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You better believe it!
      But over here in our new place — much more settled area, less rural — a bear was about 10 feet away (having snuck up on us) and we “nonchalantly” strolled away back to the house.
      Here the bear family is so bold that they once greeted the secretary at the Meeting House right on the verandah, all four of them!

  6. shellriver says:

    I have to admit I am jealous of your bear encounter! I moved to the woods over five years ago thinking I’d see bear and have yet to see even one by our house! I did encounter one on a walk in the woods years ago. It was one of my most amazing experiences! Sure I was nervous, but it was really incredible! Love the photo!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      We had bears where we lived before we moved this spring. And lo and behold! we have more bears here —
      I had hoped for fewer, although you’re quite right, it is an incredible experience. But scary!
      Tell me, Mary, what did you do???????????
      I’ve often wondered for myself what I would do — but the most recent encounter we were just at a neighbor’s a few yards away, so we went quietly into the house!

      • shellriver says:

        We just stood and watched it walk by. It turned down a path and continued down the hill! It was a big one! A really fabulous experience! They are such beautiful animals!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        I admire your equanimity, Mary!
        It really is an awesome experience in the fullest definition of that word: both fascinating and frightening, a privileged encounter that perhaps I could live without —–

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