Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
However, I have to go feed the deer and get ready to go to yoga. This was meant to be a test to see if it was only Facebook that is the problem. I haven't been able to post a photo on FB since late afternoon yesterday. Tried in the evening and have tried a couple times today. No luck. It just goes round and round and doesn't do anything.
So....I am off and you have my test! More soon. :)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
At any rate, I suggested we hike the whole section of the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, lakewalk section and see the nice ice formations. I figured that would be easier going. There hadn't been anyone on it since the last snow. So.....tho there were places we could have gotten by without them, a good share of the way did require snowshoes. For this late in March, Lake Superior's shore had a lot of snow. Above, shows the wolf tracks that we followed down most of the couple of miles of beach we hiked on.
Below, you will notice another neat piece of standing ice. It had such pretty markings on the ice besides the fact the shadow had a really dark outline with bright light showing inside of that. On my Moose Valley Photography page, someone mentioned it looked like a butterfly. I hadn't thought of that. However, everyone had a different idea of what something looks like or what they see in a given image. I found that one so interesting I walked all the way around it and took photos from all sides and angles. All of them were interesting. It just depends on what you really like. It takes too much space to print them all to show you what I mean. But, yes, it was a neat ice form.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
This morning was almost 20 degrees. However, the wind is fierce out there....combined with about 5" of fresh snow......it's a pretty blustery, wintery day. Sunday morning I had -20 below 0 again. At least on Sunday, when I took this photo, and a few others I will post.....it was sunny and warmed up fast. It made 0 in a couple hours and was around 12 degrees in the afternoon when I headed out with Toby for adventures on the shore.
At any rate, I may have a few good days of hunting ice to go yet. Thursday is the ladies' hiking day again. I think, for a change, we are going to hike on the Lake Superior shore. I mentioned a spot and none of them had ever been there..... So, I am hoping for a nice day so they can enjoy it. I sure always do, any season.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Another of my currently blooming orchids! I do love my orchids and they usually please me by blooming at least twice every year.
The other day when I was out hiking with Toby to a place to photograph ice and explore a bit, we came across a serious blood trail crossing the path we were on. Toby, was of course, fascinated by this and the smells. We had been following several large wolf tracks and there was plenty of fresh wolf scat too. They had been busy. I told him to come on and we continued on our way.
Toby hasn't gotten to see a lot of that type of thing....or shall I say smell it. Some of my other dogs did and quite often. It isn't something you run on to every day; however, sometimes, it can happen a lot in a relatively short time frame.
One gal wanted to know how I dared walk all the places I do with Toby....since, most who know me know I am usually by myself. I told her, I go prepared.....for whatever. The "whatever" being wolves a majority of the time. For all the up close and personal encounters I have had, with and without my dogs, with and without a gun, I have never had to use it. A couple of times.....I gotta tell you....it was tempting. Wolves that behave in that manner make people nervous. I have had them at 10 feet or less, more than once.....again, with and without dogs.
One big issue for me, even if I really wanted to pull that trigger.....and actually was within my rights....even tho it hadn't attacked, yet...... well, I have always had bird dogs. Hunting dogs in other words! If I had shot that wolf.....it would have meant, to the dog, fair game. They would have, from that point on, chased that smell......which I had previously trained them to a "NO" on, even going so far as to use a shock collar....to "tree it"....or something, so I could shoot it. Did I want that to happen......no thank you.
One of the hairiest, I think, was when Casey, my lab/golden mix, was 4 months old. Willie, my black lab, a hundred and ten pounds of solid muscle, was leading. It was a Columbus day holiday so I was off work and clear back in the sticks on a deer trail hunting grouse. Casey, such a cute little squirt, was learning the tricks from pro Willie! Anyway, as we were moseying down this deer trail, all of a sudden a deer come flying down the trail right at us. She barely ran around us and didn't even slow down. Here come the wolf.....right behind it. Oh crap! I grabbed Willie by the collar, pretty much sat on Casey, ....he was between my legs and I was trying to keep him contained....at any rate, and had the shotgun in my other hand. A single shot .410 shotgun. Wow! So, you picture that...me sitting on the puppy while holding the collar of a mad black lab with my left hand and the shotgun in my right hand, with the safety now off. The wolf was at 10 feet and still coming at this point. Then, Willie couldn't stand it any longer and with a mighty pull jerked free of me. He tore after that wolf, which was luckily a youngster....tho by October, decent sized...and it ran. I yelled at Willie who finally came back...like...."did I do good, or what!" Well, I guess he did. Everyone was safe and sound. It didn't mean we didn't have a few moments there.....
One other time was after Casey was full grown, with Willie, and we ran in to one in November. Both dogs got on either side of the big old lone wolf. I could have whacked that wolf with my rifle.....
Oh my word.....can I yell if I need to.....and I did. I told those dogs to get over here NOW! And, they did. Drop my teeth! (Not really....mine are my own.....but, you get the point!) I never, to this day, know what transpired there. I never heard a sound out of the wolf and the dogs came and stood by me as the wolf walked off. But, evidently someone gave off some vibes that said everyone better mind their Ps &Qs.
So.....two of the times, with dogs along, that turned out well. It happens. I am thankful for that.
We ended the conversation with maybe she should try that so she could go more often too. And, you know what....usually....I said USUALLY, it turns out ok.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Back to the photography, Sunday morning was just like a black and white photograph. I kind of like the look of those days. Everything is a black and white ........ without even trying.
Toby and I had really been on a roll, exploring and photographing....really getting out there. Then this grey took over. I think even he has been a bit disappointed. You should have seen how excited he was when I got out the camera this morning. He thought...oh boy, this is it. Then.....I just stayed inside photographing flowers! How disappointing was that.....
Red Rock Bay.
Here are a couple of photos I took on Friday. Red Rock Bay I took on the way to Thunder Bay.
The sun was out at the time and it looked to be a beautiful day. By the time I was coming home,
the sun had gone away and the clouds were out heavily. Hollow Rock will always be pretty. But,
it would have been much more so with a bit of color. The hole on the west side was completely iced
in. I had never seen that happen before. But, I don't get there that often either. Need to go there in the kayak again. That is always a fun trip. But, it's a while til kayak season on Lake Superior yet.
I will leave you with a hazy sunset from a couple of nights ago. I almost headed to the shore of Lake Superior. It maybe would have been bright enough to color the lake a bit. You never know with sunsets. They are always fun to watch.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Now, that our days are getting longer, we have to stay out a lot later to catch a sunset. So, this time of year the chasing photos can get me a bit off schedule. Of course, it means getting up earlier all the time to get someplace on time too! Then, again....next weekend....just when we are getting used to the more light in the mornings...we have to switch to daylight savings time, already! I still think that April is early enough to do that, myself!
Well, back to finishing chores. By then, maybe I will decide what Toby and I should go check out today! Adventuring dog needs his adventures....you know! :)