Fascinating Bears & Other Wildlife of South Carolina Video

Bear art wildlife painting. Image In the public domain.

Hello friends,

There have been so many bears in the woods this Spring season! During my late afternoon walk, I heard loud and heavy footsteps. I quickly turned around and saw a large bear peeking through the trees across from me. The bear was frightened and so was I.
I quickly turned and retreated into the cabin. One of the many exciting adventures of living in the woods!

A few days ago, I encountered a large black rat snake on my front porch. Luckily, our trail camera captured many of these fascinating critters.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Videos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

—Frank Lloyd Wright

The three bears. Original in the public domain.

Barn Owl, Tyto alba (1596-1610) by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt. Original from the Rijks museum.

Wonderful Wildlife In Spring: Trail Cam Videos 2024

Photo by John Thomas

Hello Friends,

Black bears are awake and active this Spring as well as other adorable creatures. Our trail cam has captured footage of opossums, deer, and even raccoons.

We have had lots of rain this spring in the woods of South Carolina. I feel there is a romantic quality to seeing deer walking around in the rain.

As always, enjoy the 42 mini trail cam clips that I spliced into one video.

Happy Spring!
Debra Roinestad

(c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024
The American stag or round-horned elk – Cervus Canadensis (1872), vintage wild animal illustration.
Original in the public domain.
Cerfs from L’animal dans la décoration (1897) illustrated by Maurice Pillard Verneuil.
Original from The New York Public Library. Image in the public domain.

The Many Moods of Table Rock Mountain S.C. Photo Gallery

Pink Moon over Table Rock Mountain
Pink Moon Over Table Rock Mountain by Debra Roinestad

Table Rock has so many moods, with the mountainscape changing ever so rapidly. This beloved monolith is located on the very southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains.

Here is a gallery of photos where I have captured Table Rock throughout the year.

All Photos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Video Short: The Many Moods of Table Rock Mountain, (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

More Information About Table Rock Mountain

Hiking Table Rock by Kayak 7 Seas

Table Rock Mountain Aireal Views by South Carolina ETV

Discover South Carolina: Table Rock Mountain

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Cicada Apocalypse in the United States 2024

Cicada on a daisy
Photo by Wren Meinberg. Original in the public domain.

Since ancient times, the cicada has been seen as a symbol of resurrection. The newly hatched insects burrow into the ground and nourish themselves on tree roots for 17 years before emerging into the sunlight.

The earliest documented example of cicada folklore came from China. There is a stone carving of the bug dated 1500 BC. Even now, the cicada is celebrated as fine jewelry.

illustartion cicada on a tree
Cicada on tree (1900 – 1936) by Ohara Koson (1877-1945). Original from The Rijks museum.
cicada stone carving
Cicada stone carving.
Susan Shaw Cicada Earrings
Susan Shaw Cicada Earrings.

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We are currently about to experience the cicada apocalypse here in South Carolina. It has been 17 years and all nature lovers are getting their cameras ready to photograph this fascinating insect.

Cicada on a branch
Photo by Jason Weingardt. Original in the public domain.

The last time the cicada apocalypse happened was in 1803. This is the first time since the 19th century that two broods of cicadas will merge at the same time. They will be looking for partners. The males will be singing extremely loud to attract the females. They are as loud as 110 decibels which is almost as loud as a chainsaw.

Photo by Ashley Riedel/USFWS. Original in the public domain.

They have a short life span so they need to find an ideal mate quickly. Some cicadas have a 13-year life cycle (Brood XIX) while others have a 17-year life cycle (Brood XIII). What makes this year so special is that both broods will be meeting. The dual emergence aligns every 221 years!

Cicadas: Why Do They Make the Sound They Do?

Interesting Fact: How Do Cicadas Make Their Sounds?

Many scientists and biologists want to study this unique event. You can download a free app called, ‘Cicada Safari’ and track this fascinating event. Plus, your tracking contributions will help many biologists and scientists understand this wonderful creature.

For more information visit https://cicadasafari.org/

FOX 5, Cicada Safari App.

Gian cicuda (Cicada speciosa) illustrated by Charles Dessalines D’ Orbigny (1806-1876).
Digitally enhanced from our own 1892 edition of Dictionnaire Universel D’histoire Naturelle.

Exploring the Vibrant Wildlife of Spring in South Carolina

Turkeys & Other Wildlife on Trail Cam

The warm weather has finally arrived here in South Carolina. All the wildlife are active now. Last night, we saw a black bear on our BLINK camera looking for food. 

First Bear of the season looking for food. (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Plus, there are many wild turkeys looking for food and simply being social. I’m very excited that our trail cameras captured this! I usually see them in my late morning walks crossing from one side of the woods to the other. I compiled 40 trail cam videos of turkeys, ravens and deer for your enjoyment.

Kind Regards,
Debra Roinestad 

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Some fun facts about wild turkeys

Turkeys are quite active during spring in South Carolina. They are looking for acorns and seeds that dropped last fall under leaves and debris. Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour. Also, turkeys will roost in trees overnight to protect themselves from predators. Read more here.

Brush turkey (Talegalla Lathamii) illustrated by Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) for John Gould’s (1804-1881)
Birds of Australia (1972 Edition, 8 volumes).

A little bit of humor: Guy Raises Wild Turkeys


Unraveling the Mystery of the Celtic Bird: The Raven

Raven Celtic Bird
Raven (1835), vintage bird illustration by Wilhelm von Wright. Image in the public domain.

Everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and the same holds true for the raven.

There has been much Irish Folklore about the raven. In Celtic mythology and legend, ravens were linked to death and dying.

Raven Antique Art
The Raven by Felix Bracquemond. Original in the public domain.

Folklore of the Raven

 The Celtic war goddess, Morrígan often took the form of a raven on the battlefield and carried away carrion. She was a cunning shapeshifter in Irish mythology and would seduce many men.

 Although ravens have a historical association with death and dying or ill omens, their symbolism is very complex. Ravens have been used as symbols for healing, prophecy and insights. There have been stories of ravens as psychopomp (spirit creatures) escorting newly deceased souls to the afterlife.  Ravens are considered magical and can represent both good and evil. 

Raven Rattle
Raven Rattle. Image in the public domain.

Historically, ravens have been guardians of the famous Tower of London.

The Ravens at the Tower of London

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am paying homage to the raven.  Ravens are intelligent birds with their own personality. They can mimics sounds, play games, and solve problems.

The Raven: Smartest Bird

Raven Cartoon

Here are 40 mini trail cam videos of this mysterious and mystical bird.

Trail Cam Videos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Debra Roinestad

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Wildlife Trail Cam Videos: A Celebration Of Love

Deer Kissing
Deer kissing on trail cam, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2024

Hello Friends & Animal Lovers,

Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near! I have seen deer kissing and ravens hanging out together and enjoying each other’s company. So, after reviewing  600 trail cam videos of these cuties, I have decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little bit early. I spliced together 30 Valentine’s Day Wildlife Trail Cam Videos for your enjoyment. 

Relax and recharge with these adorable critters on trail cam. 

Debra Roinestad

Lots Of Love,
Debra Roinestad

Trail Cam Videos

Valentine’s Day Trail Cam (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024

“The Love For All Living Creatures Is The Most Noble Attribute Of Man.”
—Charles Darwin

Owl and Cupid Art
Can you keep a secret? Wise bird, tell me true? (1884) Cherub sitting on a tree branch, speaking to an owl illustration by Obpacher Bros., Original public domain image from the Library of Congress.
deer in love
two deer on trail cam
deer kissing
deer of south carolina
deer in the woods
deer in love on trail cam
All Trail Cam Photos (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2024
fairy art kissing
Forest nymphs from ‘In Fairy Land’.
A Series Of Pictures From The Elf-World published by Longmans & Co. (1870).
Original from the British Library.

Christmas Wildlife Trail Cam Videos & Photo Gallery

Hey Friends,

The Holidays have been super busy for me and I’m sure they have been the same for you as well. There has been lots of cheer, fond memories, and new goals to accomplish as I reflect during this time of the year.

Our trail cam has recorded so much wildlife in the past few months! Here are some mini-videos that I compiled into one featuring black bears, deer, and ravens enjoying the Holiday Season in their own way. Also, I added a photo gallery as a special treat.
Relax and enjoy the video and photo gallery.

Lots of Love & Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!
Debra Roinestad

Holiday Card (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Christmas Wildlife Videos

TrailCam Video (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Cabin in the woods  South Carolina
All Photos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
Christmas at the cabin
Christmas postcard of Santa Claus and his reindeer (1907) chromolithograph art by
Souvenir Post Card Company. Image in the public domain
Jas. S. Kirk & Co. Soap Makers, Chicago. “White Russian” (1870–1900), vintage soap advertisement.
Image in the public domain.

40 Forest Wildlife Trail Cam Videos of South Carolina


Autumn in the woods of South Carolina is extremely beautiful. We are experiencing 50 degree weather instead of the mid-80’s. So there is definitely a cool down that many have hoped for in our area.

Video by Kurt Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

“Nature Awakens The Soul” –Debra Roinestad (Protected by the Light: Memoir)

Severe Drought and Wildfires in the Carolinas

As of early November, the state of South Carolina is experiencing a severe drought and is in desperate need of rain. Over in North Carolina there have been several serious forest fires.

prevent wildfire


And now for the good news! The critters that are active in autumn for South Carolina are foxes, bears, deer, wild turkey, raccoons, and ravens. Here is a compilation of forty short videos that our trail cam captured. I spliced them together for your enjoyment. 😊

Debra Roinestad

40 Forest Wildlife Trail Cam Videos of South Carolina

Trail Cam Video (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Trail Camera Wildlife & Nature Gallery of South Carolina

Coldbranch Mountain South Csarolin

Hello Friends,
Here is a trail cam wildlife gallery for the fall season. South Carolina is quickly reaching peak foliage which is at the end of October. Trees are turning bright red, yellow, and orange. Sometimes nature is best seen rather than described. 

Debra Roinestad blogger

Much Love,
Debra Roinestad

buck on the woods
Image in the public domain.

“There is no WIFi in the Forest but I promise you will have a better connection.”


Table Rock Mountain
Table Rock Mountain by Debra Roinestad, (c) Debra Roinestad, 2023.
Table Rock Mountain South Carolina
Wispy Clouds Over Table Rock Mountain by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
Cabin in the woods of South Carolina
Our Cabin by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.
A Walk in the Woods by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023
deer with flowers
Image in the public domain.

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