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I Shot Bambi — Yesterday.

by Anura Guruge


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WHAT?

YOU thought I shot Bambi with ANYTHING OTHER than my camera?

Oh, dear! You still don’t know me — if you did.

Don’t hunt, never have & unlikely to start. I am averse to killing things — other than insects that bite me & snakes that scare me.

Yes, as a kid, with an air rifle (for which I had to work extremely hard to get), I did shoot a few crows. No mammals. These days I won’t even kill an ailing goldfish (to the amusement of many).

Nope, I like my animals. Squeamish about killing things. Kind of related to why I could not be a doctor. Cannot bear to see OTHERS, including animals, in pain & sufferings. I can cope with plenty of MY pain, suffering, blood & gore. Just others.

Anywho …

This was on my walk yesterday. Actually saw too. One of his siblings. This one saw me, TURNED BACK & came to stare at me. He stared at me for a good 50 seconds — per the timestamps on my camera.


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I Saw A Fox During My Walk Last Night, 10:55pm.

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He had been following me at a distance.

The powerful LED headlight I wear caught its eyes just about when I was leaving our driveway.

They were VIVID green. The eyes of deer are yellow. This was close to the ground. I thought it was a cat. I saw it cross the road. Looked like a cat.

It then followed I! SMILE.

Saw its eyes again. It was much closer. Got him in my headlight.

Took this picture using the Google Pixel 4’s amazing ‘Night Sight‘.

Been quite the Summer: bears, bobcat, deer & now a fox.


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Deer In MY Headlights — Saturday, June 27, 2020.

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Saturday night on my nightly 11pm, 1-mile NIGHT walk. Second time I have seen him/her this week. This time I managed to snap this. Yes, I wear LED headlights. No streetlights & really no lights from the houses. They are all in bed! Yes, on our road, but in an undeveloped wetlands.

That was Saturday. Last night, i.e., Sunday, I was walking, again at 11pm, in the rain. A deer darted across. And BOY! Was it quick. Just a flash. WOW.

What a Summer I am having. Bears, Bobcat & all this deer. What next? I am thrilled. Hoping to see the Bobcat again.


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Turkey Tracks On Fresh Snow — New Hampshire.

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We have a lot of turkeys around here — the feathered variety and the not-so. These tracks, obviously, from a feathered one. This morning. We had a light coating of snow, perfect for tracks. This was right on our drive. Had both turkey and deer tracks. I knew about the deer. We have had deer in the yard the last few mornings. That is neat. Just wanted to share with those that might not get to see fresk turkey tracks in virgin snow.


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Flowers Of Acadia National Park — July, 2016 (Part I).

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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

These were in the main taken on the periphery
of the Park, e.g., Somes Sound, Bar Harbor
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During the Summer months and well into September Acadia National Park and the whole area around it is festooned with tantalizing flowers — off all shapes, sizes and colors — many wild but also quite a bit diligently (but lovingly) planted and nurtured to add to the ambience of this magical area. Though we live South of Acadia we in New Hampshire do not have 1/20th of the flowers that abound the Acadia area. It is so noticeable. I love to take pictures of the flora. Interestingly enough there isn’t that much fauna that you in this area — though we were lucky enough, once again, to see a solitary deer fairly close to the “Kebo Valley Golf Club” which is where we invariably see them.


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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Quite The Place, A Ton Of Fun, August 2015.


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Yes, Monday was “York’s Wild Kingdom” and Thursday, August 20, 2015, was “Polar Caves“, Rumney, New Hampshire. These were the two ‘special’ day trips that Teischan got, in addition to going to the beach and Great Waters concerts, while Devanee is at Camp. ‘Polar Caves”, by far, was where she most wanted to go. She had gone there on a school field trip, a few months ago, and since then has been agitating to go back. Now we know why. It is fun. Neither of us, though we have driven past it many  a time, had been. So it was all new to us.

It was good. We were impressed. These are by no means the ‘Luray Caves‘. There are no stalactites and stalagmites (and remember it is the ‘tites’ — like tight — that always come down). One of the caves, the 2nd I think, had some ice. But these caves are more of an obstacle course than cathedral type ones with large open spaces. Yes, they were a bit tight — and I am not that big. But it was fun. Nice elevation too at the top — Raven’s Nest. Lots of tranquil places to walk and explore. Not crowded. Everybody very congenial and chilled out! No lines so to speak. Nobody trying to rush you, everybody being ultra-polite. Lots of kids. Fun place.

Panning for minerals is a big hit and Teischan had already had that planned. It was well worth the $13. As with York there was a deer petting zoo and they had pheasants, some of the same, as York. So a bit déjà vu. Teischan was very happy, and so were we. We were there for over 5.5 hours. Another nice day — not as hot as Monday.

Definitely recommend it. Prices are good too. I think entrance for the 3 of us, and I bought the tickets, online, with a 10% discount, the day before, was $39. Good value. They, unlike York, take credit cards everywhere. I guess that is because we were in New Hampshire as opposed to Maine.

Yes, fun, fun, fun. Glad we went. Teischan is taking all the credit, and she is right.




“York’s Wild Kingdom”, Maine — Largest Zoo Hereabouts — August 2015.

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There was about 3 or 4 years in a row, starting c. 2007, when we used to go to “York’s Wild Kingdom” on an annual basis, usually on my birthday and at least once treating a bunch of local kids from Alton (NH) to a day at the zoo. Then other things like Whale Watches and Acadia entered the picture. Though she has been multiple times, and we have iconic pictures to prove it, Teischan couldn’t remember ever going to “York Zoo”. When Devanee is at Camp Teischan gets to go on two trips of her choosing to compensate. I rattled off a list of possibilities and one she picked was the zoo in Maine. So on Monday, August 17, 2015 we left early and got there sharp at 10 am just as they opened the gates.

It was a hot day and we knew that in advance. We were, however, surprised that it wasn’t packed. It was moderately busy but you could tell that it wasn’t crowded. That was good. Other than the ferris wheel with its cumbersome loading routine there was hardly any lines for anything. It was good in that respect. The heat, and I think it got up to 90°F at some point, also meant that the ‘Duck Pond’ — with its famous paddle boats — had a pungent “eau de duck poop” smell, but that was to be expected.

Exactly 3 months earlier I had taken Teischan to the Philadelphia Zoo. York’s Wild Kingdom is NOT Philadelphia Zoo.

The York Zoo is quaint and cute with its petting deer and the amusement park, but it is also old, dated and in someways very infuriating. Yes, it is very Maine and Downeast. None of the food places take credit cards. That is crazy. It has to be to avoid taxes! Places that don’t take credit cards when they should drive me nuts.

As a zoo it is a funny ol’ mixture. It has lions and two tigers and a fair smattering of other animals. The old elephant that used to be there a few years ago is gone. The enclosures are from the 1950s. Definitely not a modern zoo. That bothers me. BUT IT IS GOOD FOR KIDS. They love the petting zoo parts — goats, deer, sheep …

The rides are old and limited. The Ferris Wheel is an antique and they have to balance the weight of the riders which can be quite amusing in Maine. Teischan and I got called up ahead because they needed some ‘non-heavy’ riders. Funny.

It was OK. The heat didn’t help. But Teischan had fun. I tried the baseball batting cage — a first for me. It was interesting. I connected about 50% of the time. Took a load of pictures. I will try and share as we go along.



The Possible Terrain Of The Supposed Mountain Lion In Or Around SW Alton – Barnstead.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The comment ‘yesterday’ from a reader in Barnstead, NH of a possible Mountain Lion sighting could not have come at a better time.

There has been an extraordinary amount of daily interest in my original July post. I am amazed at the number of people doing Google searches of ‘Mountain Lions NH‘ and even ‘Mountain Lions Alton‘ on a DAILY basis. There can’t be that much smoke without some kind of fire.

Funnily enough, as I said in my response to the Comment, we had stopped by the Blueberry Farm on Prospect Mountain Road Monday to find out if they had any interest in the Miller Farm peaches. They didn’t. But while we were there I inquired about the ‘lion’. They reckon it is still there.

This week, on my 6 days a week run, I had also been looking for any spoor given that they had (yet again) graded the road … and on Tuesday there was some moisture. I didn’t see any tracks — other than those left by Maya.

I had also one night, out of idle curiosity, checked Google Maps for the terrain around Prospect Mountain. It is pretty wooded with a paucity of houses. We also know that there is plenty of turkey and deer. So it is probably a good habitat — assuming that there is indeed one lurking around.

So today, using Google Maps I did the following 3 ‘maps’ to give you an idea of what we are talking about in terms of terrain and distances. The distance from Prospect Mountain to Barnstead is not a problem. A mountain lion could have covered that in less than 2 hours of ambling.


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