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The Crabapple Feast

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One of the wet days of which we had many this summer in July, I caught the sounds of creatures wandering through the grasses around the cabin. A crunching a sure sign that at least one moose was walking outside. I got a close eye from a large mother through the front window and went around to the porch, outside but a side the adults seldom visited. There was the baby, stumbling about at the edge of the grass, yes, right in front of my crabapple tree. Yes, that is a crabapple tree, 8 years old in fact. Why is it so small? What happens to it year after year.

I should have just taken a video. One boost from the mama moose onto my lawn and the little one caught that sweet apple scent.

Once the baby noticed me, so did she. Mother moose are the most dangerous and worst with their children. So i remained still as she bolted across the lawn, waiting for the young one to get a move one and rushing into the woods across the street.

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Oh wow what a lovely sight Greenthumb well caught :-), keeping your tree a bit too well pruned though,lol :-)

10 Nov, 2012

 

Oh lovely photo's worth having a well pruned tree

10 Nov, 2012

 

Wow did that happen often?????? I wouldn`t want to get between her and the baby, lovely pics Gt, I have a pruning pair here but mine are only my dogs, lol.

10 Nov, 2012

 

poor tree....we once had a camellia that three years running lost all its buds to an escaped goat...im sure he could smell those luscious juicy flowers. hope your tree pulls through...

10 Nov, 2012

 

It must have been wonderful to see this :o)

10 Nov, 2012

 

Thank you all. :-)

Simbad, they are always grand but this poor thing doesn't need any more help. :-)

Lincslass, it happens two or three times a year. I nearly got myself stomped trying to run off an adult mid-July. That is when the tree was torn to this shrubby shape.

Sandra, they can definitely smell them. We had goats growing up, and they only ate the good parts if they got if the orchard, green buds and soft tips. I'm rather put off from the crabapples because it draws so many moose.

Hywel, it was wonderful. I've had this little family and a pair of cranes this year. Such lovely finishing memories to that old garden.

10 Nov, 2012

 

Thank you for this blog. Most interesting. Our expensive and precious plants would soon disappear if we had wildlife like this in UK !

10 Nov, 2012

 

Much more fun to have moose in your garden crunching apples than wretched sheep at the sprouts again! Lovely pics! Hope your next garden will prove as interesting. :o)

11 Nov, 2012

 

LOL...that's sooo cool. Have a pic somebody sent me on Facebook of a moose standing on somebody's front porch looking thro the glass window of the door...at a large dog which was looking very alert. wonder what would happen to that door and the dog if she decided she wanted to come in!?

11 Nov, 2012

 

brilliant GT living with such amazing nature,
have you moved now? will you take some pics of the new place :o)

12 Nov, 2012

 

Dianebulley, thank you. Veg plots here have 8ft fences. I would worry for your garden. :-)

Nariz, I grew up on a goat farm, and they would ring your trees, killing them, snatch up all your garden sprouts, I'm guessing sheep as well. The moose tend to feed on soft tips, so things will live, sometimes just far over pruned.

Lori, I love Moose pics, they are just so huge. And could stomp that wall and dog. I loved all the visited despite the losses, and I caught the same pair wandering the base of the new garden, so they will be back. :-/

Thanks San. I have moved, deep winter now. I will poke around for a pic. I've been waiting to post mostly in order so I can find them again. :-)

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