Monday, August 20, 2012

A Day Trip and Barely a Bear

The other day I visited our local Arboretum.  I love going there, because I can get wonderful gardening ideas.

How fun would it be to have a moss roof on your garden shed?

We were there early in the morning and the dew was still on this spider web, sparkling like diamonds.

The setting is just beautiful, as you can see from the picture above.  The mountains are peaking out behind one of their smaller greenhouses.

The main reason I went to the Arboretum this time was to view their amazing Bonsai exhibit.

Now for the "Barely A Bear" part of this post.  A few of you have asked if I have seen any more bears.  Yes, I have.  In fact this cute teeny, about the size of a beagle, baby bear decided he wanted to drink the water in the bird bath in our side yard.

Now this birdbath is a standard size, about 2 feet wide, so you can see how tiny he really was.

I took this pictures from our front deck in a hurry.  Mr. Comforts watched my back, as we were thinking that the mommy bear would be near by.  She never showed herself and the baby bear hopped down after a few minutes and walked back into the woods.

On another note, for those of you who requested it, I now have a Linky Follower on my From Harvest To Table blog, so you can follow me there too.  I posted a new recipe today that was delicious!


  1. He is the cutest little fellow...thinks he's a bird...that could prove challenging.

    Those bonsai gardens are about delighting the child in one...I'd have little houses tucked in the glen in no time. Very pretty setting for an arboretum.

    Off to follow elsewhere...

  2. Hmmm...too much interconnectedness...guess that Linky followers are the option for WordPress. That's okay, I'll find you.

  3. I've seen the exit for the Arboretum but haven't been. Looks like a fun place.

    Baby bear is cute, but probably dangerous...

  4. Hi Penny,
    Oh yes! I could love moss growing on my garden shed. How cool would that be :)
    And now for that baby bear, how cute is he. I wouldn't want to get eyes view of Momma Bear either.
    The Bonsai's are beautiful how amazing they are!
    Have a sweet day,sending big hugs your way, Elizabeth
    Come over and see what Henri is up to..

  5. Oh my gosh, I get so excited just seeing a coyote! I can't imagine how fun it would be to see a baby bear. :)

  6. Great place to visit and you have the most critters.

  7. Ah, he is cute, but I agree that he needs to be viewed from afar.

  8. What gorgeous pictures of the tiny cub, though ypu were quite right to be cautious...
    Rose H

  9. Oh Penny! That little bear is just killing me. It would have been all I could do to not rush over to it.

  10. That little bear is too cute for words! I'll bet his mother was just out of sight.

    Love the moss roof! That would be neat to grow as long as it wasn't too much maintenance.

  11. Hi, Penny,

    The little bear is so sweet. But good to keep reminding yourself that Mama Bear is probably near by.

    Regarding a moss roof for your shed: just move to Western Washington and you won't have to cultivate moss on your roof, it'll just naturally happen. In fact, you can have some of the moss from our garage roof as a starter!

    Hugs, Carol

  12. Gosh, how I love that moss roof! It could be perfect for the shed that we hope to build in the next couple of years.The bonsai are really beautiful. Could the baby bear be an orphan? I am surprised that Mummy bear would let him or her wander so far into alien territory.

  13. HI Penny! OH, that's a little cutie pie bear. I'm just amazed how brave they are. I guess this little one was just thirsty. I hope you have nice strong doors and windows on your house! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. That moss roof is awesome! I wonder why it doesn't just dry up? Usually you see moss in shady areas.
    The bear in the birdbath, oh my gosh, what a cutie! I can't believe he didn't tip the birdbath right over!

  15. I wonder if that little bear's mother sent him off for a bath and he knew just where to go. Cute photo, but good to be wary.

    The photo of the dewdrops and spider web is stunning!

  16. The baby bear is adorable, glad you had your camera and glad DH was on the lookout for you while you were taking the photos. Cute but dangerous too.


  17. What a beautiful Arboretum with the mountains framing it. The bonsai trees are just amazing. That little bear is so cute. I have always wanted to see a bear in "real life" but never have!! I doubt I'll ever see one in a birdbath! So cute. Amazing that you got those pictures!

  18. I bet that was a fun exhibit! It's nice to get outside and look at what other professional gardeners have done. Guess that baby bear thought your bird bath was a water bowl instead. Ha!

  19. My first thought when I saw the bear in your bird bath was where is the mother? I'm glad someone watched your back. :o)

  20. Awwww, the baby bear is sooooo cute but how scary is that to have a family of bears right in your backyard? Wow, I don't think I would be able to go outdoors anymore. Beautiful Arboretum by the way.

  21. Just look at that wonderful rooftop with it's very own splendid garden. How lovely!
    the little black bear is as cute as can be...but, not get too close.
    Have a happy day,

  22. Penny, this is the cutest photo. I've never seen such a tiny bear. ;-)

  23. Adorable...but such a dangerous situation. I don't think I really understood that you lived so close or rather that they lived so close to you.
    It sounds like you are very aware of the danger. I also know that they can come right into your home if they want to because it happened to my daughter in law who lives in Colorado. She locked herself in her bedroom with everything she could possibly push up against the door. By the time the police arrived it had gone down stair and had literally ripped the door of the
    refrigerator off getting into it. I am very uncomfortable around bears..very!
    Cute though...oh so cute.

  24. Oops..I meant to comment on those tiny tree's. I used to want one but I am afraid I would kill the poor thing. There is an art to caring for them I know.

  25. Hi Penny, the photo of the dew is amazing. The cub is a bonus. How adorable.

    I am going to your new blog some time today. Since I too love to cook, I am sure I will love this new addition to your awesome posts.

    My friend is back in CA and I feel like a free woman. We did have a wonderful time reliving old memories and making new ones.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  26. I love bonsai trees but would be afraid to try to take care of one, even though I have a fairly good 'green thumb"!

    The baby bear is too cute! I would be worried about the Momma being nearby, however. It seems like the animal population is thriving all over -- a good sign despite the heat and drought of this summer.

    Going over to see you new blog!

  27. I can't imagine having a baby bear drink out of my birdbath! What a cool thing to see! Glad mama bear kept her distance.

  28. What a sweet photo of that cub in your bird bath... I wonder how he got up there without tipping it over!

    And it is very synchronistic that we both found such a glimpse of those water diamonds shimmering in a spider web. I just took a similar pic the other day... and here you have one too. I just love how you caught that beauty on camera.

  29. Oh, how cute! Glad mama wasn't too close....