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Winter woods at night.
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screaminghollow    Posted 12-27-2004 at 09:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Christmas night, about 10:30 pm., I had to venture out to the barn to check on a baby goat. I doled out a little extra grain and hay to the animals, and even though it was pretty cold, I took a detour on my way back to the house and walked down the logging path that runs the length of the property. The moon was bright and full, and there was already frost on the ground. For awhile I sat on a downed log about a quarter mile from the house and just listened and watched. I caught a glimpse of 4 or 5 flying squirrels in a small oak tree. On the way back to the house, I noticed a ghostly white creature slowly crossing the path. When I got closer, I saw that it was an opossum and it was playing dead when I got next to it. I had one small piece of carrot left in my barn coat pocket. I don't know if the possum ate it, but the carrot piece was gone the next morning.

KellyGa    Posted 12-28-2004 at 08:54:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, you are soooo sweet! I was there...walking with you, you tell a good story. :)

walt    Posted 12-27-2004 at 20:16:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did some nite sledding, gave my daughter(2 1/2yrs young) a small flashlight and told her she is the headlight..

DD    Posted 12-27-2004 at 20:05:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
All the lil snippets in this thread surely paints a pretty picture in my minds eye. Makes me think of Peaceful : )

Donna from Mo    Posted 12-27-2004 at 15:12:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Isn't it great to live in the country?

MikeT    Posted 12-27-2004 at 14:49:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here's my get-away place in eastern OKLA.

DD    Posted 12-27-2004 at 20:03:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh My! How Beautiful that is : )

Donna from Mo    Posted 12-27-2004 at 15:12:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh yeah!!!!! that's amazing.

Paula    Posted 12-27-2004 at 13:49:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One thing that caught me by surprise living out in the woods is how bright the moon is. I don't know if it's because there's very little light pollution (so you DON'T notice the moon in town) or what, but I was taken aback by how BRIGHT night time could be. Phases of the moon I guess? I enjoy seeing stars as well - so much so that I don't have drapes on my patio doors (in the bedroom or library) or on the french doors in the living room or on any of the windows for that matter. I truly dig being up close and personal with the woods at night.


Mike Ga    Posted 12-27-2004 at 13:16:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Opposum around here are nothing but a big nuisance as they destroy my feed for my animals. What they don't eat. I have more than my share of them and ship a few out when I catch them. Lately they have smartened up to my cages and wont go in them for some reason. They also eat all my eggs.

KellyGa    Posted 12-28-2004 at 08:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband says a possums natural state of being is smushed in the road, lol. You can see them in their natural habitat everywhere around here...lolol.

Haven't had any problems with them eating my eggs, my chickens nests are in the chicken house and it gets locked up at night with the chickens, so that may help. I am sure we have them around.

Wisereader    Posted 12-27-2004 at 12:53:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know you, Screaminghollow, but I can tell that we have at least some in common. Thanks for painting that picture for me. You have inspired me to g snowshoeing tonight.

Randy    Posted 12-27-2004 at 09:39:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was in my twenties I used to go across country every winter on a motorcycle. When coming back from California it had snowed in the desert between Phoenix and Tuscon about a half inch. Full moon and about the most beautiful ride I ever had, could see quite a distance into the desert.
I used to sleep in the rest areas. In the morning a lady asked if I wanted coffee. Said she and her husband were praying for me last night as they followed me as it was so cold. No brain, no pain I guess.

JFB    Posted 12-27-2004 at 13:14:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goes to show God takes care of the young and ignorant! (No disrespect, we all been there, and I know He's yanked me by the seat of my britches and scooted me in a different direction, several times over!) You look back and wouldn't take a million dollars for the trip, but dang glad you don't have to make all the miles over again! JFB (who usta be JB cept there's another JB now.)

MikeT    Posted 12-27-2004 at 11:05:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saw a scene once when bow hunting that i'll never forget. Was setting in my tree freezing my buns off. When it got light enough to see, there was a very heavy frost over everything. The landscape was entirely silver. Just before the sun peeked up over the hill, a herd of deer slowly strolled across the horizon between me and the glow in the east. Big buck followed by several does and fawns in single file. I would have traded my bow for a camera if I could've. I could have sold that pic to the Xmas card companies for a jillion smackers. They were way out of bow range and i never saw them again. In a few minutes I was back to freezing my buns off again.

Mike Ga    Posted 12-27-2004 at 13:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet that was a perty site. The cold and the beauty of them is the reason I quit hunting. Got tired of sitting in a tree like a fool freezng to death to kill a poor defenceless animal that is so beauiful to watch. I only shoot them with my camera now. I have nothing against hunting its just not for me. They have to be thined or they would be out of control.

KellyGa    Posted 12-28-2004 at 08:59:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. I married a man that knows nothing of hunting, and I love him for it. Now fishing....thats another matter, fishing...never get enough of it.

MikeT    Posted 12-27-2004 at 14:40:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I quit hunting cause I wounded one with a bow and didn't find him till 2 weeks later. I figured if I was not good enough to get a killing hit I shouldn't be out there.

DD    Posted 12-27-2004 at 19:53:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
MikeT, don't be so hard on yourself, it's not like you did that on purpose. There are some real POS folks out there who'd do that on purpose with no intention whatsoever of using that meat to feed their family. Those are the ones who should never have the right to go hunting ever again in my opinion : )

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