Odd sightings in Paradise... Last night, as Debbie and I were settling down to go to sleep, our phone rang. It was our neighbor Alan, sounding very excited, telling me that a moose was headed straight for our front yard!
He wasn't kidding. When I poked my head out our front door, there was indeed a moose standing right next to my pickup truck. I managed to get a couple photos of it (below) with my iPhone. Alan showed up shortly thereafter, carrying his Nikon with a telephoto lens attached; he told me he got some good photos (and maybe he'll share). Click to embiggen:
Shortly after I took these photos, Alan approached trailing a gaggle of excited kids. They clambered all over the back of my pickup, looking for a safe place to watch the moose. The moose wasn't excited about all this attention, and wandered off into the irrigation canal, about 200' from where I took these photos. Alan and the kids left, and then a milk delivery man drove in – and was quite startled to find a moose standing in front of his truck! He and I walked around behind the moose to encourage it to head to the west, away from the highway. That worked very well – the moose ran completely around our house, and into my neighbor Tim's alfalfa field. Eventually it ran into Tim's yard and toward his garden (which I hope survived intact), then back out of his yard and into the irrigation canal. Last I saw, it was in that canal, hiding from the nasty cars and people, and with a 5 strand barbed wire fence between it and the highway. I haven't heard anything about what happened after that.
You just never know what you're going to see in Paradise :)
Now here's something that's nowhere near as exciting, but I liked it anyway. It's what happened two days after I watered a piece of ground that had some sweet peas growing on it: