Trail Camera- White Squirrel and a Buck

I have been busy reviewing all my tail camera footage and found a white squirrel that hangs in the back of my cabin. I had posted previously another video of this cutie… you can click the underlined link to view it here.

Also, I will be adding new trail cameras within a few weeks to capture more wildlife. So stay tuned!

Warm Wishes, Debra Roinestad

White Squirrel, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

“I like squirrels. They’re so adventurous.”
—Gabby Douglas

Half a Buck is Better Than None

This teenage buck was so curious of the trail camera. He came so close… I guess he is proud of his large horns.

Close-up, Buck. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” —Norma Desmond 

Large Horns, Buck. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

P.S. Here are one of my favorite trail cameras.

Trail Camera-Coyote in the woods of South Carolina

Hello Friends,

At night as I start to fall asleep, I often hear coyotes howling at night. I find the howling sounds comforting as if they are singing a sweet lullaby. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out the trail camera captured this magnificent beauty.

Warm Regards,

Debra Roinestad

Trail Camera- Coyote, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Coyotes first began making their way into the Southeastern region of the United States in the late 1950’s and had become a common site in South Carolina by the 1990’s. They are now firmly established in every part of the state including the sea islands, Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Here are some facts about Coyotes

They hide in covered open areas, raised grounds, or in dens during the day. Dens are most commonly seen in parks and forest areas, shrubbery, preserves, golf courses, and other such regions. These are difficult to come by in urban areas.

Legend and Symbolism about the Coyote

In Native American traditions, the coyote is a teacher of adaptability. So, if one thing doesn’t work out, you can pivot. There are always other opportunities out there for you.

Read more here:

22 Fun and Amazing Facts About Coyotes

(c) Ranger Planet

Winter Snowstorm in the Woods of South Carolina

Hello Friends,
I promised some pictures of the snowstorm from last week. I lost power and internet for two days. Trees are down because of the heavy weight of the snow. Overall, the beauty and serenity of the snow made up for the chaos.
Love and Blessings,
Debra Roinestad

Snowstorm in the woods. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Snowstorm in the woods. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Footprints in the Snow. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Table Rock Mountain with Snow. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Snow and Clouds over Table Rock Mountain, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Stopping by The Woods by Robert Frost

Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera – Fawn, Deer, and Crow

Note: Hi Friends, there’s a snowstorm coming this way to upstate South Carolina. I’ll post images and videos of the event. I might lose power/internet tonight due to the severe snowstorm. I’ll be safe…lots of love. ~Debra Roinestad (The Comfy Cabin)

In the meantime, here are cute videos of deer, fawn, and crows that were on the trail camera back in June.

(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

The Sacred Scarab in the Woods

A few days ago, I came across the scarab or popularly known as the dung beetle during my afternoon walk. I truly admire how poised the scarab sits in his/her space. This was the second time I encountered this cute and astonishing beetle. I feel lucky to encounter the scarab at the beginning of the New Year.

What makes this beautiful creature so sacred?

The sacred scarab was worshipped by the Egyptians as the embodiment of the sun god (the morning sun) Khepri. It is the most famous member of the beetle found in every part of the world except in the oceans and Antarctica. According to the National Geographic Magazine, there are about 30,000 scarab species. In Japan, they were kept as pets.

They are incredibly athletic with powerful legs. Their legs pull a whopping 1,141 times its own body weight.

Although they are not aggressive towards humans but do have a sneaky habit of destroying flowers, turf grass, and food vegetation.

What does it mean if you come across a scarab? 

 The scarab is a symbol of creation, resurrection, or new life.

Here is more information about Beetle symbolism and meaning.

Trail Camera-Bobcat and prey in the South Carolina Woods

Hey Friends,  The trail camera had captured a bobcat and prey in our backyard. In South Carolina, bobcats typically inhabit areas of dense, thick brush such as bottomland forests in the coastal plain. They are found in many different habitats including swamps, mountainous regions, and forests.  Enjoy!

Bobcat and prey, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

3 Magical Moments on a Rainy Day at the Cabin

Our Cabin (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

I have a confession to make. I’m a pluviophile, a lover of rain. 

It’s my favorite time to spend in the woods because everything slows down.

Yes, it can become even super slower here. The wildlife takes cover and all you can hear are the sounds of the leaves on the trees as if a lady is dragging a very heavy and long ballgown across the floor, as she begins to dance to the rhythmic sounds of the rain.

 I sit on the red swing and drink a cup of tea or coffee. The cats are staring out the window eager to catch a squirrel taking cover. After the rain has slowed down or completely stopped, I am eager to see the magic of the woods appear before my eyes. 

Red Swing (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
—John Updike

Rainy Day at The Cabin. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

These are the 3 magical things that happen in the woods on a rainy day.

Rhythmic Rainfall 

The musical beats of the rain send calming waves throughout the day. The rain songs are on a lovely loop soundtrack. I guess that’s why many want to dance or sing in the rain…I do! 

I even own a rainstick so I can enjoy the sweet and lovely sounds whenever I feel stressed. 

Mystical Fog

A mystical dense fog starts flowing over the four mountains around me, (Coldbranch Mountain, Battered Rock Mountain, Reedy Mountain, and Table Rock Mountain).

According to folklore, Table Rock Mountain received its name from a Cherokee legend in which the flat-topped mountain served as a table from which the Great Spirit ate his meals.

When I look out into the sky and see the mountains surrounded by fog…I can definitely understand!

Table Rock Mountain. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021
Coldbranch Mountain. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021
Fog (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

Magic of Stillness

There is a magic of solitude when it’s raining (even though I have neighbors nearby) and an organic reflection of turning inwards. Sitting in the stillness helps me understand myself more. It’s a reflection of time and a reminder of the beauty that resides in all of us. 

Rainy Day People by Gordon Lightfoot

Black bear and cubs visiting the cabin

Black bear and cubs, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2021

In May 2021, I had a black bear visiting me at the cabin and showing off her baby cubs. She was done hibernating for the winter and was looking for something yummy to eat (no, not me…lol). The bear remembered me from last year when I set up some bird feeders. Let me rewind this story and explain.

Last year, I heard a loud thunk on the back of my deck. I quickly turned around and saw the black bear standing acrobatically on all fours on top of the deck. The black bear climbed all the way up and was staring enchantingly at the bird feeder swinging merrily on the deck. Then she stood upright and yanked the bird feeder and started shaking it as if it were a gumball dispenser and had won a prize. She ate half of the seeds and grabbed the bird feeder, then smiled (as if she was saying, thanks, Lady!) and placed it into her powerful jaws, and went right down the pole of the deck to finish the rest of her loot.

After a few more visits from the black bear, I began to feel like the guy from, ‘Grizzly Adams.’ I learned that the bears live far towards the back of the woods from my cabin. Bears only become aggressive if they feel threatened. Overall, bears are usually very peaceful and gentle.

Humphrey the Bear: In The Bag