The back of our woods belongs to bears that hibernate and start poking around for food and adventure during the Spring. I wanted to set up some new trail cameras to catch some of the action. I gathered up my hiking equipment and had a fun yet, grueling two-hour hike through the woods behind our cabin. The trail was once a logging road…I’m guessing back in the 1800s. Now it is overgrown with trees and mountain laurel. It winds through steep rolling hills. I wore my sturdiest boots since snake season had just arrived. The woods are mature, but you can still see signs of an old farm including rusty strands of barbed wire and the remnants of a shed.
We researched and decided on the Visionner 4.0 WiFi 830 Trail Camera, though there are many other excellent trail cameras out there. The camera has a function that captures high-quality images and videos with night vision. The images can download directly to an app on your cellphone if you are within 60 feet of the camera.
The trees in this area are covered in a blanket of moss. It was challenging to find the right tree with the correct thickness to hold the cameras steady. Trail cameras need to wrap securely around the tree trunk with velcro straps. We encountered a small brown snake and an adorable ‘spiny lizard.’
Hi Friends, Here is a family of raccoons that come and visit at night. My trail camera captured these cuties sneaking around the back of the woods. It was a rainy day in February, but the late-night munchies did not stop these from raccoons searching around for a snack. Now, given this situation…I can relate! 😆 Warm Regards, Debra
According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), raccoons are monogamous and breed primarily in late winter (January and February) after their first or second year. Following a gestation period of approximately 2 months, females give birth in April or May to a litter of two to four pups in a hollow den tree. Female raccoons wean their young at 16 weeks and continue to care for them for approximately 9 months. Raccoons inhabit most of the United States, including all of South Carolina, with population densities being higher along coastal areas than inland.
On Sunday, I enjoyed a short and soul-cleansing hike at Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve. The area has a high vibration and calmness that clears away any stress. The trail is an easy hike about a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop located near Cleveland, South Carolina on Persimmon Ridge Road. The trail is used for hiking, walking, bird watching. Dogs are allowed on the trail too. What is magical about this place is that you can get to the top of the Blue Ridge cliff and have a wonderful view looking South into Northern Carolina.
Video (c) Kurt Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Credit: Map from SC Trails Program
Eva Russell Chandler is home to several rare plant species including Grass-of-Parnassus, Indian paintbrush, and Divided-Leaf Groundsel. I found another rare species not yet identified on this trail, ‘Dimple Trout Lily’. More information on Dimple Trout Lily is in this link.
Here is more information from a fellow blogger, Mark’s Photo Travel in this link.
I would put this on my visit list for anyone here in South Carolina or just visiting!
➡️ Address: Persimmon Ridge Rd, Cleveland, SC 29635 It is locatedabout 7 miles from the entrance where Persimmon Ridge Rd connects to 276 highway. Once up drive up a hill, there is a large sign that clearly marks the preserve.
One of the many reasons I like to visit Table Rock State Park is that I can visit the funky mallard duck that swims by each day. But seriously, it’s one of the best places to go and chill during the week or weekend. The visitors center has an adorable shop and lovely sales on hoodies, blankets, hats, and home decor.
Then there’s a dock where you can admire a closer view of Table Rock Mountain. That’s where I met my funky duck friend. Watch him on youtube here. Also, you can rent paddle boats or canoes during the summer months.
This place is magical. If you are visiting South Carolina, stop by to refresh and renew.
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
“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.
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” —Norma Desmond
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.
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.
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
We have a white squirrel that lives in our backyard. A few miles from my home in Cleveland, S.C. is Brevard, N.C. which is very well known for its white squirrel population.
I love this video (from June 2021) the crows are sharing food together and being social with both squirrels. Kind Regards, Debra Roinestad 🍃