January Visitors

Hello my friends, so far I’m having a nice winter. Nothing too crazy, not too cold, not too wet, just peaceful. I am content.

I spend a fair amount of time watching the wildlife and just nature in general. It is often my source of peace and inspiration. I may spend half an hour sitting on the floor watching the bunnies out the glass doors leading to the deck or the moose stretch their necks in an effort to reach some branches. Or, maybe just watch the clouds. Often I don’t have my phone or camera around. I simply ‘be’. I am a firm believer in resting in the moment. I don’t need to keep looking for the “next best thing” because my best is right now, right here, in this moment.

This mother moose and her six month old calf (nearly as big as her!) stopped by to eat the lower branches off the birch trees… and failing that, moved on to the willow stand the bunnies are living in.
She found herself a little sunbeam, which isn’t rising above the tree line yet, so it’s whatever gets through the branches.
Something had them spooked for half an hour. Lots of warning paw thumps and standing up.

I hope you’re having a nice January so far. Love & living light to you.


tara caribou | ©2023 all photos by me

28 Comments on “January Visitors

  1. Thank you, Tara, for the perfect pictures of nature!
    There is a saying: “Don’t wait for a perfect moment but take a moment and make it perfect.”

    Joanna

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  2. Where you live, looks lovely with the bunnies and moose. I love the snow blanketing everything too. I don’t know if I’ll be able to live in such a place though. These days I find 16 degrees (the temperature where I am) cold lol. It’s beautiful to observe nature though, with or without a camera.

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    • These particular rabbits are not natural to Alaska… though the Arctic hare IS… I haven’t been able to photograph the one that lives here yet, but I hope to! These rabbits are generations past some domesticated rabbits, now wild. Maybe that’s “feral”?? They look to be eastern cottontail and Flemish giant. I know some of the parents of past generations were definitely Flemish giants mixes. Unfortunately a lot of people get bunnies as pets and then realize they can’t really handle having them and they release them into the wild. The wild arctic hare will interbreed with them as well.

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  3. Lovely shots, Tara (as ever), and yes, I agree, to ‘be’ in the moment is pure perfection. Perhaps the world would be a better place if this was something everyone could do.

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  4. Tranquil and cathartic, Tara. What more can one ask for? Putting the mobile phone away for a bit now and again is a great idea. I recently realised I am using mine as a substitute for a life. Forever fiddling with it. Seemingly what I need is some moose and black bunnies. Have a great weekend.

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    • Thank you, Guy. Yes, indeed, nature is a cure-all! You have those amazing little deer near you. And I’m sure tons of birds.

      By the way, I haven’t started the series I bought of yours yet, but I’m hoping to get to it soon. Of course, I’ll definitely post reviews when that happens.

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    • Yesterday I was at the in-laws house and the snow is fairly deep, melted down to about three feet deep, there was a mama moose and her 9-mo-old “baby” moose laying down right next to his house, trying to stay out of the 30mph winds… right by the front door. They got up and reluctantly walked away when we arrived… then “baby” was walking around moo-ing quietly, sounded like he was saying “maaa-ma! maaa-maa!” SO cute. I just love the wildlife. The Kenai Peninsula has the highest concentration of moose per square mile in the world (due to almost every moose has twins and very little natural predators here). What a blessing.

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