04-13-2015, 03:31 PM
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Sunday was a beautiful day here in SE NH. Sunny, clear and eventually hitting 65F. My daughter and I decided to take a walk in the woods.
We walk through our woods and hook up with a snowmobile trail.

This is just off of our backyard.
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The dogs find this downed tree very interesting.
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This is me in the woods.
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We keep our eyes peeled for interesting things. Amy saw our first snake of the season. A garter snake sunning its self.
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Then we found a most interesting natural artifact. I have been looking for one of these for 15 years and this is the first time we found one.
It is an owl pellet - the regurgitated contents of an owl's stomach. They cannot digest the bones and fur of the mice and voles they eat.
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The white piece in the center is the partial skull, longer white bones are visible and all the grey stuff is fur. It was really cool to see this part of the cycle of life. We have a barred owl on our property and this was in a spot we know he hangs out so we were looking for it.



Once on the snowmobile trail we follow it for a mile to a clearing and overlook. This is Foxy looking around.
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We are not as isolated as this pic makes it seem. The trees and valleys hide any buildings.
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It was a good day to be outside and even better to be spending it with my kid.

Phil

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 04-13-2015, 03:40 PM
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Great pics Phil!  Thanks for sharing! 

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 04-13-2015, 04:09 PM
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Just wonderful. Nothing better than spending time with loved ones in the great outdoors.

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 04-13-2015, 04:22 PM
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Phil, those are great photos.  I must say though, that while you may have found it cool seeing that cycle of life, I bet the vole wasn't any too pleased about it.  Cool

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 04-15-2015, 07:16 PM
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Great pics, Phil! It sure is a difference from a few months ago with all of that snow!  Biggrin
Are there any bears around in that area?

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 04-17-2015, 09:19 AM
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These posts are the best. For a minute, I feel like I'm not sitting behind a desk.

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 04-17-2015, 10:18 AM
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Beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!

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 04-17-2015, 05:04 PM
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(04-15-2015, 07:16 PM)celestino Wrote: Great pics, Phil! It sure is a difference from a few months ago with all of that snow!  Biggrin
Are there any bears around in that area?

Celestino,
No bears. But we do have coyotes. We had hiking staffs and other protection in case we had trouble.  Chances of that are rare but better safe...

Phil

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 04-17-2015, 05:05 PM
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All,
Thanks for the comments. It is nice to get out with family and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Phil

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 04-17-2015, 05:53 PM
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(04-17-2015, 05:04 PM)PhilNH5 Wrote: Celestino,
No bears. But we do have coyotes. We had hiking staffs and other protection in case we had trouble.  Chances of that are rare but better safe...

Phil

That is a bit surprising. Great to hear you enjoyed the hike.  Smile

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