327: A mink crossed my path today


We had a gorgeous sunset last night, full of color.  My tendency is to look up at the sky during nature’s sunset color displays, but last night it was the reflection of the colors and light on the pond that grabbed my attention.

The big picture

The reflections and shadows created by the trees at the back and sides of the pond sometimes soak up the colors of the sunset.  Last night the colors arrived early enough to be seen on the pond.

The biggest star in the evening sky

I did something different today.  It wasn’t intentional, and I didn’t notice the difference at first.  When I did notice it, I realized I have become a creature of habit when it comes to my walks around the pond.  I’ve been taking the same one or two routes, with little variation.  Today I went in the opposite direction, and that allowed me to see things from a different perspective.

The last gladiola

As I was out on my opposite walk, a rather large frog jumped in front of me, splashing into the pond.  Following the frog was a mink.  The mink and I stared at each other for a few seconds, each of us surprised by the others presence.  Then he high-tailed it back into the meadow.  I managed to get a quick shot of his tail before he was completely out of sight.

You'll have to look closely to see his tail. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)

The mink is that brownish hump behind the head of grass seed sticking out of the meadow.  I don’t know why I never think to pick up the camera when I have such encounters, but it’s probably just as well.  Without the camera, or thoughts of the camera, I can enjoy the moment and the encounter.  The mink is a beautiful little creature.  We have him to thank for our lack of muskrats (a good thing).

Ted Andrews in his book Animal Speak is silent regarding the mink so I had to search online.  I found this:

Mink shows how to walk in the spiritual and physical world with joy and playfulness along with a balance of fighting for just cause. He teaches attention to intuition and timing, keen senses, awareness and how to move in the emotional waters balanced with the mental world. Mink aids in understanding the nocturnal realm of dreams, visions and hidden knowledge. He will teach how to remain within, a quiet solitude of personal space for contemplation. Are you completing a life cycle, something that you started long ago? Mink will aid in this returning with understanding and compassion. Perhaps you are ready for a move? Mink will also guide in this direction and will last approximately 2-3 weeks. Allow Mink’s wisdom to show you the power of adaptability and balance.

~ From the website Animal Totems


Full sun

It is a beautiful day here in the Bogs.  Warm (in the 80s) with low humidity, sunny skies, and the occasional puffy white cloud.

Reflections of the day

I stayed by the pond today, moving in a counterclockwise direction.  Widdershins.  I saw a variety of dragonfly I’ve never seen before, noticed the wisteria is now growing in what looks like a heart shape, and came across some new (to me) butterflies.

I took my time, enjoying the breeze, the scent of the fresh air, the amazing sky, the warmth of the sunlight, and the new discoveries.  Summer flowers are fading now and those I associate with autumn are beginning to appear.

The blue of the pond is a color I also associate with the autumn months.  As I made my way up the sledding hill, I was hit with a strong sense of deja vu.  There is more than a month left in my outdoor commitment, yet it feels as though I’m already taking photos of things I noticed and photographed when I started this journey last September.  I’ll have to find some time to have a look back to see if that’s true.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you all so much for dropping by and joining me on my walk.  If you’d like to take one of the boats out on the pond before you leave, today is an excellent day for it.  It’s a good day to drift on the water and watch the clouds go by.  🙂


27 Comments on “327: A mink crossed my path today”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Robin, that sunset reflections is just so incredible! I loved the ‘walk’ today. When I started taking my children out on hikes (many years ago), I always had them stop along the way and look at their backtrail, reminding them that everything looks different when you’re going back the other way. You’re walk today has reminded me to ‘walk the opposite way’ and look at things differently. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Ted. 🙂

      That’s a wonderful thing to have taught your children. I’ve been doing so many loops lately that I had forgotten about looking at my backtrail, and how different it can look.

  2. Just lovely. Wish I could take you up on that boat ride…a bit of peaceful reflection would be nice.

    Funny you should mention the mink today. Hubby was taking his early-morning walk just yesterday, rounding a corner on the trail, when a rabbit came flying out of the brush, hit him squarely in the thigh area, bounced off, and ran away. What do you suppose was chasing that rabbit? One of our friendly neighborhood minks, of course!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Marie! What a coincidence. I guess the minks are out, about, and very active right now. I had never seen one before we moved here. Even then, it’s usually not more than a quick glimpse.

  3. milkayphoto says:

    Cannot deny the beauty of the first image. Fantastic composition to match!

    Wow – a mink! We don’t have any of those in my yard. The most exotic I’ve seen in our parts is a weasel. Not quite the same thing now is it? 😉

    • Robin says:

      Well, minks and weasels are in the same family, Tracy. But, as far as I know, nobody makes expensive coats out of weasel fur. 😉

      Thank you. I’m glad you like the image. It came out with a bit of a blur, but I think that worked (for a change) by softening it all up.

  4. Robin–you really snap some amazing landscapes. Even though I have a nice garden and a nice view of the bay, the telephone poles are always in the photo somewhere! To look at those dreamy reflections everyday must be heavenly!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      It’s probably not obvious, but I do avoid taking photos in certain directions around here because of the power lines and telephone poles. That’s why I aim mainly towards the back of the pond.

  5. How fun to have seen a mink. I don’t really even know that I’ve ever seen a picture of one–sad. By the way, the sunset reflected in the pond is amazing–glorious, really!

  6. bearyweather says:

    Wow, gorgeous sky and reflections today. We had a very gray day today. Walking the path in the opposite direction is a great idea, you always see things that you miss going the other way. I also like to change the times I walk … things change all day long.
    I would love a calm relaxing boat ride tonight … I have high anxiety and need to relax. Thanks for offering 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I’m glad the post gave you a little stress relief, Bearyweather. 🙂

      I should change the times I walk, too, every now and then. I usually end up outside around the same time every day unless it’s one of those rare occasions when I get up to see the sunrise.

  7. wherewander says:

    How nice it must be to have the chance to go for those walks whenever you want (I live in a large city with no landscape).
    Beautiful pictures, thanks for posting them!

  8. Marcie says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful..magical summer light. WOW!

  9. Team Oyeniyi says:

    I’ve always loved sunsets and sunrises. Beautiful shots!

  10. Tammy says:

    Gorgeous images. I can’t wait until our summer heat subsides to take walks again.

  11. Your reflected sunset shot is simply stunning… What colour… Wow… and how fortuitous that you got to see a mink too…

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What a spectacular sunset! I love how you can see the reflection of it in the pond… And the closeup of the sunflower is dazzling! I wonder what the mink’s message was for you? I’ve never encountered one before. The sounds of crickets and katydids at night herald the end of summer for me…

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Barbara. 🙂

      I’m wondering what the mink’s message is too. I saw him (or her) again today. Just a quick glimpse as it ran back into the high grasses of the meadow.

  13. eof737 says:

    The sky looks stunning; rich in orange shades… I love that third shot like the heavens are opening to share a secret or two. I wonder if that mink will reappear now that you’ve had a mini introduction… only time will tell. TY! 🙂

  14. Every shot in this post is beautiful, but the first one is absolutely breathtaking!

  15. Dana says:

    I really enjoyed joining you on today’s walk, Robin! (I know you took this walk months ago, but I really enjoyed heading in the opposite direction with you– and seeing a mink!)

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