Can you believe the size of this bear?


I ran smack into him while watering my shrubs. Luckily, he was more interested in my thistle seed than me.


The animals I find in my yard provide inspiration for many of my stories, and I think you'll see why! They are completely amazing – beautiful, friendly, curious, and at times a bit feisty, just like a book character.

Check out the SLIDESHOW below. Some of these critters will certainly make it into my next manuscript!