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is as close as the bear has walked to my office window, early one morning:
A rare day visit by big papa bear, he usually
comes at night. Magnificent.
THE BEAR BATH
The juvenile (over 200 pound) bear actually
sat in this white Tupperware water dish one day in July, he was so
hot. We took pity, and found a boy's plastic car bed, sealed the
screw holes, and filled it with water. It only took two days for Mr.
Bear to decide to take a bath, a ritual he performs at least once a day:
Today he was a good boy and cleaned his claws
during his bath (smile):
They go from the cracked deer corn pile, to
the cat food, and back again
What big PAWS you have:
Carrying off a half a bagel we put out for the
Occasionally stopping to scratch an itch:
Heading over to the cat food for dessert:
On the far right you can see one of the cats
eating from the large dish, this is a daily occurrence. A few times
the bear has playfully chased the cat, who is not alarmed but plays along:
Just for fun, he stretched high on the tree,
reached around and knocked off the tree face, then sat and played with it
(no damage done):
We finally figured out why the fence rail was
broken, it wasn't deer jumping the fence at all!
rare visit by two juvenile bears, not necessarily siblings. One
stayed at the corn, one at the cat food, then warily changed places:
shy deer visited the yard during the day:
one of many van loads full of flowers:
The tiger canna lilies are awesome that Glenn
planted for the first time this year:
Note the fly on the left side that has lit on
hibiscus "trees" we planted have bloomed phenomenally this year,
even we can't believe how large and how many blooms have come out:
An interesting beetle on this hibiscus:
bushes bloomed in July (single & doubles), my memory of the name of
these bushes escapes me (a type of myrtle?) not azaleas:
and the Crepe Myrtle bushes:
red "Mary Jane look-alike" plant blooms beautiful red flowers:
Hibiscus coccineus (Red Rose-Mallow) - Tall
open perennial with maple-like (or Marijuana-like !) leaves and bright red
3-5 inch flowers. Stamens extend from flowers. A striking ornamental
Hibiscus that grows naturally in very wet sites in the southern U.S. but
is widely cultivated in any good garden soil with a sunny location. It is
root hardy, especially with mulch, well north of it's Deep South native
found a few strands of Spanish moss in the woods 4 years ago, transplanted
it to this tree in our front yard, here are the results:
weed whipping in the gentle rain, around the dinosaurs:
Texas Rose (hibiscus family), the blooms are the size of dinner plates!
Below you will note Glenn enjoying the fruits
of his labors, from the comfort of the swing
We peek outside each morning, wondering what
new blooms have arrived.
yellow flower clusters & berries bloom in our "island" in
the side yard. Note the visiting ant in the 2nd photo:
an incredible array of day lilies, thanks to Glenn's hard work of planting
our "fall mums" blooming in July:
bouquets of flowers in the flowerbed:
Fooled you! These ones are glass:
Wildflowers blooming in the side yard that
Glenn planted earlier:
Few roses, but here were two beauties:
a Japonica bloom from the bush beside the front porch, just one bloom
fills the air with a delicious heady perfume:
photo of a mimosa bloom from friends Bob & Laura's tree when we were
there for supper:
so we had a weird mushroom this day:
two of our herd of cats, descendants of Hairball who is with us no
longer. The gray cat we call Gray Ghost is the alpha cat of the
group. They are still semi-wild but enjoy regular meals thanks to
Close up, then panning away so you can see how
invisible the cat is where she is hiding:
not forget the family of raccoons raised under our storage building, they,
the cats and the possums eat comfortably within sight of the bears.
favorite Sherman's Fox squirrel, accompanied by red cardinals and blue
jays makes for a pleasant view from my office window:
June birthday, a morning surprise visit from our neighbors Craig &
Lisa and family, they trooped over in their bathrobes to make us feel
right at home. Cake by Craig. As good as it gets.
We won't say how old he is, but he got his
first train, thanks to good friends in Virginia. A kid at
heart. Nothing wrong with that.
Another gift of tree faces to make the woods a
& family visit each June. Here's Frank with daughter Danielle
checking out the lily garden:
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? And
gator? Not this toddler, she thrives in our weird home.
(remember, they're just rugs but they DO still look alive).
Danielle's first real visit to the beach
Enjoying the feel of the waves
Danielle with mom, and her two brothers Josh
with our neighbors more-like-our-kids Craig & Lisa at the Brazilian
restaurant experience at the Rioz in Myrtle Beach
amaryllis blooms off our back porch surprised us, we have never seen them
bloom here before. We actually had four blooms on one stalk within a
Glenn has gone to the industrial strength/size
of home-made cat feeder to take care of our "stray" critters
when we are gone (cats, possums, raccoons, rabbits). Of course, now
the bears think this is a major food source too, so he has had to
reinforce it even more since this photo was taken:
and a blue jay enjoying the bird seed and water tub:
Enter our ever-humorous Sherman's Fox squirrel
("Sherman" for short)
As our smiling Tree Faces look on:
Our "stray" cats sunning themselves
before their daily milk treat:
And a lone turkey has visited our yard the
past few mornings:
A drive through Conway in March, just to see
the early flowering of the azalea bushes, before most of them froze from
an overnight cold snap:
it is January 4 and we already have daffodils blooming!
|Always a surprise, this
bush near our porch blossoms in December just when color is most
appreciated, even in South Carolina:
New additions to our Christmas outdoor display are two lighted polar
bears (one a gift from "adopted son" Craig. Also, the
leaded crystal snowflake - thank you, Frank (Glenn's brother) and wife
Diane! - this beautiful piece gives a different look to the Santa outside:
And this year's Scary Santa award in 2006 goes to: GLENN:
Glenn's comment: There is something in the
water in Barrow (Alaska, our trip in October). It sure made my hair grow.
Heidi said at least the bears won't be a problem as they sure wouldn't
want to mess with a crazy man like me.
Heidi's comment: Okay, so it's this wig he
found at a store in Barrow, he scared the heck out of me (and the store
clerk) trying it on at the store, now he's scared all the neighbors as
A new gift to ourselves of a blonde wolf skin from Alaska to add to
the black wolf skin we already had. Displayed at their fighting best
by Glenn and Craig, then shown "guarding" our Christmas this
Going to a new level, the largest Chinaberry wood carved Mako and
Hammerhead sharks we've had yet! Gifts to ourselves:
The plush black bear footstool I bought for Glenn:
Our neighbor had a surprising new visitor to their pond, we
identified it as a cormorant!
Bear with us, we have MORE PHOTOS THAN TIME
since August. We will post them as we can!
Heidi's 52nd birthday, her son sent 10 pints of her favorite KOPP'S FROZEN
CUSTARD from Milwaukee Wisconsin, packed in dry ice. WOW, the
perfect gift. It seems to be a Northern thing, the closest Custard
Stand is in Wilmington NC.
But it was the dry ice it was packed in that
pressed Glenn's buttons. Priceless.
of the five "stray" cats that Glenn nurtures, photo taken
through our kitchen window onto the front porch. We can occasionally
touch them when they come to eat. Guess how much they enjoy the warm
sweet milk they get each night?
and 4 of them in our side woods near the cat
food dish, where they like to prowl:
snoozing on the warm blanket on our porch at night:
Our September rose
life-changing trip to Alaska from June 21 through July 8. Please see
the Latest Travels page for details, and more to come. Below is our
living room wall adorned with the fossil whale bone and ivory masks we
acquired in Alaska, for a taste of what we experienced..
and a photo which includes a display case of
some of the ivory and bone carvings we treasure too:
15th our dinner plate sized Hibiscus bloom in our yard:
Other beautiful scenes around our yard:
Our mystery flower that has come up for a 2nd
year now, YES we know it LOOKS like marijuana but it's NOT. Thanks
to Nancy here in South Carolina, it is identified as a Texas Rose, a
member of the hibiscus family. Thanks Nancy!
An amazing photo only 10 yards from Heidi's
office window, a papa black bear eating the deer's cracked corn.
Wow! Okay, I admit I took the photo from between the Venetian
blinds, yes I am chicken! A SMART chicken!
Our outdoor mama cat faced off with the bear,
as she feared her babies were threatened (they weren't). One brave
1 - Our Lilies (calla and day lilies do very well here)
An unexpected turkey crossing through our yard
those of you following our home decorating, we have now mounted this tree trunk of
solid teak on our bedroom wall
on a custom made oak book case (thanks to a master craftsman, thanks
Bob!!) with a solid wood top to support its weight
(NINE FEET long x Two feet high x 5 to 11" thick variation). It was carved in Thailand with 20 elephants, all still
part of the tree trunk. We estimate its weight at 300 pounds
accompany the elephant teak log, we purchased this two elephant head
carving (also of teak) that even has EYELASHES on it, it is stunning (not
here are updated photos of our bedroom showing the new bookcase (though at
the rate we're buying books, there will be no room for displays soon, only
books), the "elephant hide" microsuede chaise lounge and
pole wall hanging, etc. that we have added since Christmas. The room
continues to evolve into an African theme, stay tuned!
and our living
"entertainment" room with our infinitely useful new end tables
we had custom made, thanks to Bob Johnson, a great woodworker that lives
Heidi's unique & colorful Rain Forest Bathroom (frogs & lizards
& turtles theme) that delights the children who visit, especially, and
Heidi every day:
addition, we had a custom-built 12 x 24 foot storage building delivered
just for the cameo inventory that we will be adding soon:
Update 4/17/06 (shelving & bins delivered,
Glenn is installing them in the building:
FINISHED! We'll be bringing home the cameos NEXT WEEK:
is a recent article about us when we had our store in Boulder City, Nevada
from 1999-2001and sponsored the mural on the back wall of our shop with scenes of the
Hoover Dam history (in pdf file form):
the artist brightened the colors and made a few changes, the most
significant being that our landlady Bette Porter's family has now taken
credit for the mural, evidenced by this addition to the mural. Sad
We hope you had a peaceful and pleasant
Here is a road sign near our house that is
decorated for the holidays...
and this year's Christmas decorations, thanks
to Glenn's loving labors. First is the entrance to our driveway with
the Snowman and Santa sentinels, a cable of lights overhead, the fences on
both sides lined with lights like an airport runway, ending in a HUGE 7
foot wreath Glenn made:
The front & side house lights, and the
Christmas tree of lights from our pine tree "flagpole", the tree
this year is made up of 9000 lights.
And for the first time, our Dinosaurs
celebrated Christmas with us:
From our home to yours,
Glenn and Heidi Reed
For Heidi's 51'st birthday in October, we "went out on the town"
to two Las Vegas style shows in Myrtle Beach
and Glenn are the proud parents of twins - one of Heidi's gifts from
Glenn. These incredibly lifelike babies are lovingly made from resin
with hand crocheted clothing, resin egg, mohair hair, limited edition, by
Camille Allen, a talented artist in Canada. Here's her website if
you wish to view more:
deer photos from the side yard as seen from Heidi's office window in
October. As you can see, the triplet fawns are growing fast, under
Mama's good care...and of course, the corn provided by Glenn, you can see
them hock-deep in the feast!
5, the mums were beautiful. Here is Glenn enjoying the view from our
swing, along with our "stray" cat Hairball; the flag flying
and our new family of "stray" cats
living under the neighbor's porch, a mama and two babies Glenn has taken
under his wing:
and again, Heidi can't resist pictures of the
This shows two generations of customers that have continued to visit as
customers & friends of Where on Earth. Third generation grandmom
was not here for this particular visit. Kristen, Patrick and now
Ryan have joined the Where on Earth "family"!
have triplet fawns visiting our salt lick and piles of cracked corn, just
50 feet from Heidi's office window. Mama has not been seen for 2
weeks, we fear the worst:
|We have a black bear
visiting our neighbor's corn cob pile put out for the deer, he stands
about 4-1/2" feet tall. We are on the edge of the
Heritage Preserve where black bears are living. This feeding area is
about 100 feet behind our dinosaurs, and in clear view of our house.
Two of our neighbors and we have mounted 3 motion cameras to capture his
grazing. Only this morning (Sunday 9/11), Glenn saw the big boy
lumbering across our road.
put his new lawn tractor to good use, mowing both sides of our dirt road
first. Can you tell?
the new Lawn Tractor Shrine:
On July 8, this incredible eight inch hibiscus had bloomed overnight, what
a sight! Notice Glenn's arm and hand to appreciate the size.
And in the photo below of Glenn beside it...
spring flowers are bursting at the seams. Glenn has planted hundreds
of bulbs, even he doesn't remember where they would all turn up...
Daffodils in cheerful yellows...
Pink tulips ...
Another form of hyacinth, I believe:
We hope these bring the beauty of our South
Carolina Spring to you in a special way.
Enter the flower children (or Children of the
Corn?)..neighbors Craig and Lisa's children decided to pick flowers for
Daddy...SO many to choose from, they had their hands full by the time we
a common sight for us is the Red Bellied Woodpecker...
here are new flower arrangements of our own making, in silk:
Friends visiting from Virginia found
our fossil pile in our back yard a real treasure hunt. Glenn was
upset every time the boys took one of "his" teeth from the pile:
and the dinosaurs never fail to entertain our
young visitors Josh and Noah:
even sitting on his arms:
and even the rhino in our neighbor's yard
didn't mind a little giddi-yup:
from Oregon came to visit too, and ended up with a strange Pumpkin car
from National Car Rental, they took plenty of ribbing from us about it:
And a current chilly photo of Glenn and Heidi
that same evening...
And our guests also enjoyed our new Christmas
present to ourselves, a 60" Sony television:
Glenn has managed to lure a family of
turkeys (1 tom, 4 hens) to eat the cracked corn in our yard on a regular
basis, you see Heidi's view from her seat at her computer:
And of course, evidence every night
of the possum visits to eat the rest of our "stray" cat's food
on our porch:
we'll get a good picture of him, we just have
to have the camera ready!
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