This will likely be the last week of too warm weather which has returned. I may have an opportunity to photograph the gardens one last time, if the light is right, as soon the frost will knock them down. A shift in focus to more photography and getting ready for bow and rifle season for deer. Another spike horn buck has shown up, which puts the tally to four-one big six point, one nice five point and two spikes. The crossbow needs to be sighted in, although I am sure it is still right on. The Marlin 30-30 lever action for rifle season will need to be sighted in as well, at the actual shooting lane of the blind. Whitetail Deer rifle season is a huge thing in the UP...they even close all the schools for the opening day. My son, Eric and I have a deer hunting tradition here at Rahaullinen Farm. The evening before opening day of rifle season (11/15), we watch the Jeff Daniel's classic, "Escanaba in Da Moonlight", drink beer, and get very much in "da deer camp spirit". Unfortunately, last year brought five feet of snow a week before the opener, and ruined the season not only for Rauhallinen Farm, but the entire UP. We are both very much looking forward to a return to a normal weather season (which may mean a bit of snow, but not five feet).
“...your mind was seizing on something to try to make sense of the emotion... Can you see the power emotion has to distort our outlook? Makes you wonder, did you have a bad day, or did you make it a bad day?”
― Brandon Mull, Rise of the Evening Star