Sunday, April 28, 2013
The geese were flying during a good share of my morning walk....honking springs arrival, I hope. The flickers were out in large numbers. I saw only one yesterday. I have around 100 juncos covering the yard and singing. I saw a woodcock and a snipe on the morning walk. There were lots of robins. I saw the first white-throated sparrows and fox sparrows yesterday after having had a tree sparrow for a week. I had two of them now. There was a rusty blackbird mixed in with the grackles and red-winged blackbirds. I won't even mention how many starlings....can do without them!
Shadow was out and about following me around this morning too. People many times take photos of critters looking at the camera. I was wearing mine around my neck. She came up to me and put her nose right on the camera lens, checking it out. She has always been curious about the camera. She doesn't like me pointing it at her either. She knows what she likes.....or doesn't like. P.S. to those of you new to this....Shadow is my pet deer, soon to be 6 years old.
Right now, Shadow and the fawns are finding plenty of water to play in too. That most certainly inspires them to get wild and crazy. Shadow's little girl, soon to be 1 year old, came out of the water last night and was spinning hookers around the house as fast as she could go.....pretty fast. She's too funny!
"My" raccoon came back again. It was 2:30 this morning. I had the camera all set. I even set lens to where I needed to focus and had it all set. As soon as I flipped the light switch for the porch light, it got off the deck railing and off through the big bird feeder, dropped on to the flower pot, on to the deck, and padded off down the steps. Hmmmm....what's with that. Two nights ago, when I flipped on the switch, it sat and looked at me so darned cute. It was eating out of the bottom port of a bird feeder each time. The other night, I had the camera on a tripod and a long lens on it. I couldn't get it into position because of the angle and wasn't fast enough to get it off of it and a small lens on. The raccoon moseyed off before I could accomplish that. Last fall, when the two came together, I flipped on the switch and watched them for half an hour at a time. I wonder why I didn't think to take a photo then!?
This week, besides all the birds....we had the fisher back again too. I was down playing my weekly Scrabble game with my mother. My husband took a couple shots with the earlier 6 megapixel camera and the short lens on. You could see what it was, anyway. The grey fox made an appearance again a couple nights ago while it was still light enough to see. So, life is staying interesting.
With that....I'm off to go take a walk around and see what's up, by now!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Seems a lot of the photos I take lately are more just about daily walks and what I see as the seasons change. Haven't taken anything in a couple of weeks....probably....that would really be considered a wall hanger. But, we go out.....we get what we get...people get to see the change of the seasons and what is going on.....they can't all be "wall hangers." But, we could wish, I guess.
This morning, after a breakfast of alfalfa and corn, some of the bucks were out in the field walking around on top of the hard snow. With all that snow and 20 degrees this morning, as long as they walked.....out in the open, they could stay on top. They looked mighty tall and impressive "up there" on top of the snow. That doesn't happen all that often that the deer can do that. Plus, usually they have to start playing their games and running and then they cut through. Not fun.
Anyway, it's been an interesting few "wintery" days. Hopefully, now.....we will be back on to more spring like weather. I actually saw a few pussy willows trying to pop on my morning walk. We will see what the day brings.
Friday, April 19, 2013
It isn't letting up, either! So.....I don't expect to get out of the house and do anything until late this afternoon, if this keeps up. Toby won't be complaining either. Our walk, this morning, was short. It was, however, hard work. Do you know how hard it is, when you are a dog.....and have to go out and do your business.....when the snow is deeper than your body!? Toby wasn't too happy.
We had originally planned on going to Duluth and Superior for more deer feed today. The weather this week hasn't been too conducive to wanting to travel. We thought we had enough to last to spring. However, lately, a lot more deer have showed up and they are needing the food.....so, we have been a bit hard on what we had, including the alfalfa. I think we still have enough of that to get through the month. However, the corn will run out by Monday morning. So......not to mention the "wild" deer.....we have some "pets" that expect to get their treats. We can't be running out of food when we have this kind of weather out there.
The one Myrtle warbler and one Tree Sparrow were busy with the juncos in the suet this morning. I think the warbler is even finding it hard to find cluster flies this morning. I don't believe I ever saw the warblers in the suet before.....that I can remember. Cape May Warblers at the hummingbird feeders tho....other years. A bit too early for that. I don't generally put my hummingbird feeders out until Mother's day.
So......I guess everyone can sit inside and watch the snow. Many have a day off or a half day off. I did see that the county court house was closed until noon. I think a lot of services are closed today as people just can't get around. We can be thankful, whether we like it or not, that it is extra moisture for the ground so we don't have extreme fire danger this spring. I saw in Chicago where it is flooding something awful. I am very happy that isn't us. I believe there is always a positive out there.....if we want to find it. Some days.....it can just be difficult. It's easier to say.....$#*&%! .....which I did on my Facebook page about today's weather. At the time, just having come in from wading around in all that....which I forgot to mention......when I went back out to sweep off my dish so I could use the internet....the snow on the south side of the house was up to my crotch. You got it....my knee high boots I slipped on to run out there and do that filled up. Yes....about that time, my attitude about the fresh snow wasn't real positive. But, I'm trying.
I will leave you with a peaceful photo from yesterday...that I took in the afternoon during a break from the snow. These two deer were laying under that tree on a bed of old alfalfa for over 6 hours. In the early morning one, it's snowing seriously. This one....it had quit for a while. There were deer laying under all the spruces around here yesterday.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Toby tried to go check something out across one of the snow banks this morning. He got up there and once he started, every other step he went thru. He soon came crawling back to a hard surface on his belly. There is more snow in the forecast too. We maybe had a pretty mild winter. But, we are making up for lost time lately. There is a lot of snow in the woods.
Yesterday, I was out walking my brother and sister-in-law's dog. He is a big, long legged yellow lab. So, he was bounding along through most of the snow with no problem. Toby, on the other hand, was not having an easy time. He is much shorter than Kirby and twice as old. I had to take the west loop of the trail out of the walk yesterday, as I wasn't sure Toby could handle it. He even was letting me know he wasn't happy when we walked on the county road in the morning.....no school.....short a grader operator out here right now.....road not plowed......not a happy Toby in that heavy snow.
The forecast is for more snow yet. I had the snowshoes out for the first time in quite a while yesterday. I probably will be wearing them again today. I am hoping by the time I go walk Kirby, it warms up enough to soften that snow. Otherwise, both dogs will have problems today. Yesterday, in some of the shady areas....the bottom had gone out on the trails, being it was so warm.....and even Kirby went in past his belly. It has clouded up already and trying to snow.....so, time will tell.....
I have been thinking about all the people from the county who have gone to Mexico, or other warm places, on their vacations.....and are returning this week. They are returning to more "winter" than they left. That can be a bit disheartening. Before they left, the road restrictions had gone on for spring and we thought maybe it was coming; but, not yet.
She is cute....no doubt. But, it was interesting to me to get this much attention on a "deer" photo. I have taken a lot of deer photos.....because I can. Because.....they are around year around and they are fun to watch and interact with. But, it is really hard to get a photo of a deer anyone will react to. So, I guess that was interesting to me this week. Anyway, Shadow's little girl is now a star. Her little boy is awful cute too....but, he was in a lazy sleep mode at the time. So.....the girl got all the attention. I will post the close up of her too!
Here's to an end of winter.....sometime this month!
But.......I can tell you about a time when I was a teen, we had a snow day in May....and, my brother went over and fished steelhead in the nearby creek. Didn't want to hear that.....did you. But then, that was before "global warming!"
Friday, April 12, 2013
kind of day for them too.
I, on the other hand, have one plan for around noon or one.....taking Kirby, my second favorite dog, for his daily walk. When "mom" can't do it, I do the honors. Both Kirby and Toby love their outings together. So, it is good for all of us. Usually, I take the camera along. However, if it keeps snowing like this.......it isn't going out the door today. Man...is that snow coming down!
I would have liked to take the camera and gone to one of the beach spots for a wave photo, or two. They were coming all the way, into even the sort of sheltered bays, yesterday. Well ...... the wind hasn't let up. I am quite sure the waves will be big enough to be noticeable again today.
I am sure the snow coming down over Lake Superior and the big waves would be interesting today. However, we will wait and see. I just am not inclined to watn my camera out in this stuff.
I have also heard that the next week is supposed to give us more snow. At the rate we are currently going, it will be one of those years that spring fishing opener will find us with ice on the lakes and no way to get a boat on them. It won't be the first time....but, it will be the first time in a while.
In the mean time.....think spring! :)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Skinny Butt had been gone over a week. I figured my favorite boy was gone til next winter. Well, I just finished breakfast and here he came, charging in to the yard, tongue hanging out. I looked, no wolves in sight....hmmmm. Pretty soon, here were two other good sized bucks, neither of them young, walking into the yard. I guess he found a couple of buddies on his roamings of late. But then, we always have some "new" deer show up as they move back toward their summer spaces. I don't think they are going to be too pleased with getting back in the brush yet. There is still a lot of snow! He moved over to his favorite door, as usual. I brought him out some treats. He was a happy guy!
Back to signs of spring.....I saw my first chipmunk on the deck on Sunday. I also saw the first pussywillows out. I thought about picking some, but didn't. Today, as I started on my morning walk with Toby, I saw my first woodcock. It seems like, a good many years, the woodcocks arrive before there seems to be any food for them to find. This one was along the county road, trying to find some stuff along the ditch. Anyway, since some of them are arriving, spring might be coming.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
It also gives us quiet time to visit and talk world events without so much noise and interruption. But, after Scrabble, Toby and I go on our daily adventure. Since I was there....and didn't know what I should do for the day.....I thought, why not walk the whole bay like I used to when I was a kid. The river is frozen so we can walk across and keep on going. So, we did.
Anyway, off ...... down the beach we went. We got down in to the corner of the bay and around to where the commercial fisherman used to live when I was a kid. It is kind of hard to see these neat old places go into disrepair and ruin. So many memories there.
Being fishermen, and our neighbors across the bay......they sometimes brought us treats like some fresh smoked herring or some pickled fish they had made. Homemade, fresh pickled fish is so much better than what you will buy in a store. For one thing, it isn't mushy. It is soooo good!
I also remember the summer day they got in from picking nets and called us to come and see what they had caught that morning.....a sturgeon. Wow! We were so excited to get to see that before they released it back into Lake Superior.
Anyway......things don't remain the same. There is just change, and more change....constant, never ending. It is the one thing you can count on these days......change!
We continued out to the area at the end of the point where the new houses begin. They used to own that land out there too. Now....it's big houses. Different. So....Toby and I turned around and headed back toward "home." (My old home as a kid!)
Monday, April 1, 2013
I just mentioned to a friend.....I don't have any "April Fool" jokes anymore. When I was a kid.....I think my mom got me every year. Even when I remembered it was April Fools Day......even if she had to wait a while......she'd get me. Sometimes it was something that could easily be happening; like a deer in the yard. Of course, we would come running to see the deer and hear......"April Fool!"
Sometimes....I miss some of those old tricks!
That same day I was out and took the above photo....I got back to one of the ice caves that was so neat too. The snow was melting down and it was kind of wet inside.....but, now I could get all the way in to it, not just Toby. I was inside of there, taking some neat photos of the view looking out. It wasn't a big contrast thing since it was foggy......but, it still had the neat turquoise color inside and less icicles to bump my head on. They wouldn't have been as showy as the last time I was barely in the entrance looking out. But.....I was in....all the way to the now also bigger back. After I got out, I had Toby come in and he did and laid right down where I asked him.....no problem. I took about a dozen photos from inside and then from outside looking at Toby laying back in there.....and.....they were all solid black! Boy, was I perturbed. The "best" stuff of the day....not there. I still have absolutely no idea what happened or what I could have possibly done. I had shut the camera off while I got out and Toby got in .....the cave! So....what the heck!! I could go back and try it again, on the chance that it is still there. But, as windy as it was yesterday, who knows. Stuff was breaking off right and left. I saw a big ore boat coming at an angle towards shore yesterday too.....as we headed over to my brother's place for Easter Potluck. That was some fierce wind!
This morning, with 15 degrees out after several days of 40 + degrees and some rain thrown in, we had snow as hard as concrete. It was such a fun time out going wherever we wanted on top of the snow. Toby hasn't experienced this all that often. But, he sure was enjoying it today. No wallowing around in belly deep snow.....just go, explore....enjoy. We had a wonderful walk to start the day. The sun is trying and it is only partly cloudy out there.....so, maybe it won't get all that warm today. That might mean an afternoon walk to meander wherever we darn please too. I'll hope!