Monday, August 15, 2011

Trail Camera Games

I'll admit ... as an engineer, I like technology.  It may seem very strange given my bent toward a simpler life using native skills.  In my defense, I started out very much a part of the dominant culture.  As I've said previously, I excel in this capacity, but feel drawn down my much more satisfying MooseBoots path.  Still, technology has its place ... and I am allowed to slip back every now and then.

A year or so, I had saved enough Cabela's points to purchase a game camera.  Of course, being sensitive to the environment (and not wanting to have to deal with batteries), I also purchased the solar panel charger.  I did not install batteries at all.  Life was busy and I really did not know how to use the camera, so I set it up in the yard to play with.  Needless to say, it never made it into the woods last year ... my job was too busy ... heck I only made it into the woods to hunt three times in Maine's three month long expanded archery season.  It sat in the house all Winter, Spring, and Summer, until ....

One of the house animals decided to start using the carpet to relieve itself.  The house tends to smell bad enough when we are brooding chicks and we really didn't need the added clean up or odor.  The camera, forgotten next to my desk, sat dormant.  Then, I remember and staggered out to position it in the offending NON-URINAL area.  Let's take a peak at the first three shots from that night.

 Well, it looks like we have a curious pup.  Yes, I see that the camera date and time have not been set.

He's thinking ... is there food here?!  Or, is this thing on?

Busted!  That sure looks like a beagle to me!  Where is that rotten dog?!

After retraining the beagle, I thought it would be fun to see what we could catch in the front yard.  We have caught, in addition to my amazingly beautiful wife and girls posing for the camera, squirrels, chipmunks, mourning doves, crows, dogs (not just ours), cats (again, not just ours), and (sniffing around and eating our offered pickled egg) ...

Of course, every good camera location needs some bait.  I, having a bent toward simplicity, stuck a sharpened stick into the ground and then smeared it with peanut butter.  This is one of my favorite pictures to date.

Ah ... Wendy ... there is more peanut butter in the cabinet.

Ah ... squirrel ... that is not a pogo stick.

During the course of my life, and my recent shamanic training, I have come to understand that a positive attitude is vital for health and happiness.  I seem to be moving toward some sort of healing work and I believe that laughter is the best medicine.  I hope I have helped you to heal in some small way.  If so, my MooseBoots journey has proven, again, to be beneficial for me and you, too.  I hope to be able to help you heal, through laughter, or otherwise, in the future.  I am also looking forward to learning new healing techniques in my upcoming graduate shamanic training or through storytelling (still working on it).

Thank you for sharing this path with me.  Feel free to leave a comment.


  1. I have known for a long time that you were a shaman in a past life, and I'm thrilled that you're almost there in this one. I also agree that the secret is how you look at things-- most things will make you laugh or cry... and you get to decide. I'm glad you've stuck with laughter.

  2. Rach, thank you for your encouragement and support, as always. I, too, am glad to have chosen laughter.


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