This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Hydrants.
Now I know that this isn’t a photo of a fire hydrant. I took a very sideways look at the challenge this week.
My first thought about fire hydrants was of dogs using them to mark their territories. This is what rural dogs use to mark their territories. It’s 11 years since I lived somewhere with fire hydrants. Around here dogs use utility poles to mark their territories.
Except that this pole has been used by something else. The scratches are from a Black Bear either marking its territory or sharpening its claws. There’s some debate between biologists about why they claw trees. Or in this case utility poles. It was quite a large bear by how far up the pole they are.