"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Where the Wild Things Are

This was Discover Wild NH Day, sponsored by the Fish & Game Department. I do believe half the people in the state were there, with their kids. The Chap took me.

The weather was spectacular--sunny and in the 70's. Everyone was so excited to be outdoors!

I wasn't the only celebrity in attendance.

I got up close and personal with a live falcon.

At the Falconers' display booth, I saw many, many more of these majestic birds, and their handlers.

This dog wears a badge because he's a department Search and Rescue dog.

We visited the Discovery Room to see the moose.

The Trappers Association had set up a wonderful outdoor woodland display of native furbearers.

A fisher and a black bear.

A red and a grey fox. I love that the taxidermist put smiles on their faces!

An ermine in a tree.

Also featured were an opossum, a beaver, a coyote, a bobcat, a raccoon, an otter, a pine marten. I took pictures of those, also.

As we wandered the grounds, we ran into some of my fellow legislators and committee members. I saw several of the people from the department and various wildlife or conservation or hunting or trapping groups who have testified before my committee.

We drove to the other side of town for lunch. I have now consumed the certified Best Roast Beef Sandwich in the State (2006) and the Best Onion Rings (2005).

Returning to our own habitat, we encountered other forms of wildlife.

After an energetic walk round the lake, I planted the pansies ("Persian Mixture") I'd bought on our way home. We settled on the screened porch for a beer (him) and cider (me), read the papers and the mail and listened to a trilling goldfinch and a chuckling robin attempt to converse. We don't know whether they understood one another, but it was wonderful music!

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