|NOBODY IN HERE BUT US RACOONS|
|HIGH BUSH CRANBERRIES|
Thursday, 7:30 AM. 66 degrees, wind W, light to moderate.The sky is mostly clear, but the barometer predicts rain; though certainly not this lovely morning.
The high bush cranberries, Viburnum trilobum, are ripening now in yards, roadsides and woods edges. The berries are a valuable winter wildlife food and at least formerly were much used for jams and jellies. Not a cranberry at all, the plant is in the honeysuckle family.
About 11:00 PM last night we heard a loud clang, the unmistakable sound of the bear trap door slamming shut. I grabbed my camera and ran out to the trap. Neighbor Sam was already our there with his flashlight. No bear, just a very young and scarred raccoon. The trap door was raised and the youngster chased out, more bait put down and the trap set again, but there was no more action last night.
On politics: I see the Administration is investigating the S&P, after the credit rating downgrade. It's shameful, thuggish, Chicago style politics. "If they bring a knife, we'll bring a gun." Sort of puts "Give me liberty or give me death" into perspective. I think it's time for a few more downgrades.