Ever since we moved to this house we have been discussing the how-to's and why-for's and saving toward adding the new porch. Finally after suffering through many extremely hot afternoons and feeling the heat coming through the closed blinds causing our thermostat to constantly kick on the air conditioning, we decided enough was enough. In the name of being energy conscious and saving precious money on our electric bills, we contacted our handy-man builder friend and put him to work building the porch roof. That is all that it is for now...but we do hope to eventually screen in the porch and make it more "user friendly" during the buggy season here in tropical Florida...which is most of the year.
I will post a series of pictures here of not one, not two, not three, but a total of five different bears who made their appearance in one evening in our front yard. Please be assured that all of these pictures were taken from within the safety of our house. We were not out on the open porch, but I first noticed the bears coming into the front yard as I sat inside the dining room behind the glass doors, with the blinds now open instead of closed to keep out the heat and sun...and two nights in a row we were treated to this parade of bears. The first night we only saw two bears, the large mother and one cub. But the next night it was one bear right after the other. They have been apparently using our yard as a crossing zone for many years, according to what I have since learned, but we have never seen them before because they always came after dark...or so we thought. However, now that we have been able to keep the blinds open in the late afternoon and evening, we are discovering new things that we might have been missing all along!
I hope you will enjoy the new view from my "open window-porch" along with me...
|They sniffed their way through the yard, no doubt smelling|
the first young bear who had passed through not more
than 10 minutes earlier. They also sauntered through
our yard from front to back, but made a detour mid way and
entered the woods in a different opening than the first bear.
I feel like our new covered front porch has already more than paid for itself, in that it has provided us with some wonderful new "friends"...not exactly the kind of friends we were anticipating meeting from our front porch, but some of God's wonderful creation, none the less! Yes, we know all the concerns and precautions to take regarding our safety when it comes to living in close proximity to these magnificent creatures. We no longer leave our bird feeder out where any bear can reach it, cute or not. Little bears grow up into big bears, and we don't want to encourage them to seek food at our house. We still feed our birds from our fence-enclosed courtyard in the back yard, and make sure that it is always removed before dark. The birds were a bit confused at first, but they found it just fine and are enjoying their new feeding location.