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The Elusive Honey Mole! January 23, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Tracks of a large honey mole* punctuate a couple of inches of new snow up at Bog Pond in Savoy:

“Honey mole,” you ask?

Why, yes…  Honey mole!  🙂

* OK, the back story:

Years back, when our daughters were Wee Beasties, my In-laws Maria and Fernando came to visit (they had retired back to Portugal.)  When Gina and her Mom came back from a day out (if I’m remembering that correctly; I bet Pagan Sphinx will remember) and I got home from work, the Grrrlz were all excited.  “Daddy, Daddy, Vovo Frenando saw a Honey Mole in our garden!” they squealed.

“A “honey mole?” I queried, not having heard of that one before, and wondering how Fernando would have known about it.

Fernando came in and explained that yes, it was a “honey mole,” and a BIG one – he held his hands about 18″ apart to indicate its size.

After getting a fuller description from Fernando, it became clear that he’d seen a woodchuck  – and that “Honey Mole” was his broken-English approximation of “animal.”

Sadly, Fernando has passed on, but every time I see tracks in the snow I think of him and smile.

Thanks, Fernando.


1. lisahgolden - January 23, 2012

That is such a sweet story!

The perspective of that photo is killer.

2. littlebangtheory - January 23, 2012

Lisa, I actually shed a tear writing it – Fernando was a brilliant man, never fully appreciated here in the U S of A. His heavy accent was misconstrued as proof of inferiority by too many of the xenophobic dim-wits he worked with. But we who took the time to discuss politics with him were well aware of his wonderful intellect.

And that’s another shot from Elliot, though the stiff breeze and low temps had me working in heavy gloves and not getting the micro-adjustments quite right…

3. Mauigirl - January 23, 2012

That’s a great story. I have to confess I thought at first the Honey Mole was a relative of the infamous Honey Badger!

4. littlebangtheory - January 24, 2012

MG, 🙂

5. susan - January 25, 2012

Great story. I’m sure Fernando smiled.

6. Laura - January 26, 2012

What a lovely lovely story. I thought the honey mole was some sort of East Coast beastie!

7. littlebangtheory - January 26, 2012

Laura, thanks. 🙂

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