The End of Summer

365 Days 092713 by pnixon

Photo by P. Nixon

Sunday’s winds blew the last remnants of summer out of New Mexico.  My patio garden is a sad collection of drooping tomato plants, blackened basil, and a few tenacious pink petunias.

I checked the wildlife camera yesterday and for the first time in three weeks I didn’t find a picture of the bear. Instead, I found shots of a skunk, a rabbit, a chipmunk, and a bushy tail that must belong to a coyote.

The bear never got into the trash or bothered any of the pets in the neighborhood, as far as I know, just passed through every few days. Karen Eagleson of The Wildlife Center in Española  gave this advice in a recent Santa Fe New Mexican editorial: Let the bears alone. They will go home soon enough.


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