Fishhawk Lake-Things Come in Threes

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Things come in threes, didya ever notice that? Well, today, for me it was three wildlife sightings. City people might not have the chance to see creatures like this, even though they aren’t exotic. However, with the urban interface extending its fingers and snatching up more of Mother Nature’s holdings, it will become more prevalent for  “city folk” to engage with the kind of wildlife that we enjoy around here fairly regularly.



I was heading into “town”, a 90-minute ride into the suburbs of Portland.  I wasn’t more than a mile outside of my Fishhawk Lake community, when two adolescent deer gave me the “eye” while standing on the other side of Fishhawk Road.young buck on Fishhawk Road-Gayle Rich-Boxman


 They were settled into the landscape somewhat and not easily spotted.buck in the leaves on Fishhawk Rd-Gayle Rich-Boxman


 However, when you live in the country (like Fishhawk Lake and the surrounding areas), you get used to having a sixth sense about creatures alongside the road and I immediately saw them, even though their colors match the brownish summer grasses. They stood by and watched me as I slowly passed. I then beeped my horn, because that’s supposed to help jar them out of their trance and hopefully cause them to retreat. Nope, not this time. They just stood there, so I sent out a silent prayer that any car passing would not meet up with them.


Later on my way home, I got my second lucky view of wildlife along the roadside. There suddenly was a coyote pup with its big sideways ears protruding at a horizontal angle, and a long skinny torso with gangly legs, standing at the ready to zip across the highway I was traveling on. Thank GOD it chose to escape into the underbrush as I gave it a wide berth, slowing and drifting into the other lane. I swear I almost saw it mentally go “Oh S__t!!" and change directions! This is the first time I’ve seen one so young, puppy-like, but wildish at the same time. It was a sweet moment!


My third encounter came about 15 miles later. I saw movement in the middle the road, but the trees were casting late afternoon shadows across the road so I slowed way down, because I knew it was something, but not sure what. As I inched closer, I saw a Mama raccoon sitting upright on her haunches with two babies hovering close by. I am sure she was positioned like that to scare away whatever enemy this was that was coming at them. I came to a stop and the babies scampered  off into the grasses in the sort of  hobby- horse way that raccoons move, while she lumbered close behind. Ahhh…sometimes the things that come in threes are really quite a blessing!


Sorry to say I wasn’t quick enough to get photos, especially while driving country roads, but each moment was treasured and by sharing it with you, maybe you can get a sense of what these small moments in life can bring to each of us, if we just keep our eyes and senses open. (Not to mention how happy I was that all of them went on their way quite safely).


I did get a picture of the full moon, to round out my day with my world and all it has to offer if we take the time to view it with eyes wide open.

full moon 7.31.2012-gayle rich-boxman



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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Gayle, Just beautiful and I for one am just delighted that the deer showed up and gave you this great opportunity. The one with all the leaves around hid head is a great photo. Love it!
Jul 31, 2012 04:42 PM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Gayle, what wonderful photos of beautiful animals in their own surroundings!

Jul 31, 2012 04:48 PM #2
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
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That is a rare treat to see three different animals in one day.

Jul 31, 2012 04:49 PM #3
Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Gayle, Fishhawk Lake looks like such an incredibly serene place to go and just forget about everything else in the world.  How wonderful it must be to have such a paradise to escape to.  It looks so beautiful.

Jul 31, 2012 05:12 PM #4
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Hi Gayle...  Great outline of the day !!!     I also saw the moon last night looked just like your picture here in Texas !!!

Jul 31, 2012 08:42 PM #5
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Gayle, you know that I loved this post...sort of like being in a disney movie with you!  We have these encounters here too but the wildlife is so shy its very difficult to get the photos.  Your new photo...adorable...can't imagine anyone not wanting to work with that friendly smile.

Jul 31, 2012 10:10 PM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gayle,

First let me say I love your new photo! I agree with Mona such a friendly smile who wouldn't find working with you enjoyable! I loved the photos in your own paradise..such peace and wonder you love living on Fishhawk Lake!

Jul 31, 2012 10:37 PM #7
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Gayle, first your new pix is adorable!  And you always seem to live the good life in your the wildlife!

Jul 31, 2012 10:59 PM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Lovely photos..............and fabulous new profile photo of you Gayle...............fabulous new profile photo of you Gayle...................fabulous new profile photo of you Gayle.

Jul 31, 2012 10:59 PM #9
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

GF - what a day of wildlife - a deer, coyote pup and a raccoon! I love nature and creatures of all kinds - even frogs get me excited, lol. Fishhawk Lake is a haven for nature lovers and your photos tell the story of the beautiful town you call home!

Love the new haircut - you look so chic and gorgeous and I see you are now an Active Rain Ambassador! Congratulations - you're the perfect person for the job!  BTW - how is Kasa? Please give me a quick update as I've been so worried....

Aug 01, 2012 02:27 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your new picture and the new title under it...Congrats.  What a great day you had with wildlife.  It must be the week for it, our cat Kobe brought a snake, and we witnessed the caputre of a shovel nose shark/ray (guitar fish actually) and then its release.  it is that kind of week, Happy Wednesday.  A

Aug 01, 2012 02:55 AM #11
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Gaylefriend*snap*, what wonderful photos! People living at Fishhawk Lake live in paradise! Congrats on becoming an ambassador! You deserve to be recognized!

Aug 01, 2012 05:07 AM #12
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Gayle, Those are nice shots!  I think that it is really cool to see wildlife like this, we are still mostly rural, and it is one of the things that I greatly enjoy about it!

Aug 01, 2012 06:14 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hey, fellow Rainers!  Thanks for taking a moment to enjoy nature. I'm off to comment on your blogs.

Aug 01, 2012 08:49 AM #14
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Gayle,

Great photos today. The deer with the leaves surrounding her is just one of the nicest photos. I think the area you live in is just gorgeous.

Aug 01, 2012 03:08 PM #15
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