Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Story ~ Well.....as you know, I still hunt deer. I am not ready to give up my venison even tho I have an awful lot of deer friends. But, it gets more difficult all the time as I will be out in the woods and one of my friends walks up to me out there. I do not shoot my friends. Well ~ on Veteran's Day, I had been in from the morning hunting excursion having only seen a few doe friends. I sat down to check my email when I caught a reflection in my computer screen. Here he was ~ standing in the window looking for me. I thought ~ oh my.......It's the first week of deer season and he's back early. That isn't entirely a bad thing. However, there are way too many people hunting in this area and I was worried someone was going to shoot my buddy before season would end. Well ~ luck has been with us. He made it through the rifle and muzzle loader season. He is quite the majestic buck. He is definitely the yard boss. I sure enjoy watching the antics of him out here. And ~ even better. He mated with one of Shadow's daughters so I know his genes are passing on to someone I know and can watch this year. :) More wonderful bucks! Well ~ that we don't know. She might have girls! Shadow is now 8 1/2 years old and she has had only 1 buck fawn all these years. I can wish.
Then, when I was out putting alfalfa out this morning, another younger big, majestic buck came strolling into the yard. He is looking good too. So......with the shortage of bucks around and knowing quite a few got got in the vicinity.....it's nice to see old friends back that survived another season. Soon, he too was at the basement door wanting some "baby" corn. That is our nickname for the cracked corn Shadow and some of the special pets like. But.....that includes a couple of the big guys who really like it too ~ rather than chew that big, whole corn.
Anyway ~ I'm off to a good week with my critters. I will end with a fun one I took of Betsy down on the neat ice formations on the shore of Lake Superior yesterday. It has gotten really good ratings from friends and photographer friends alike. Now.....had it only been sunny to highlight that nice ice..........
Sunday, December 20, 2015
The dog and I have been making tracks around my trails for the past few days ~ trying to get it sort of decent to walk on. It had been punchy as it crusted on top. We had about 6" of snow that set just hard enough for a dog or fox to walk on top. Not so lucky for this human! Do you know what punching through the snow does to ones' leg muscles when you do that for a few miles!?
I will be waiting for a few more inches of "nice" snow on top of this, now, so I can start skiing. I always enjoy that. I have been trying to clear all the branches and litter off the trails as I walk around each day now so I don't have that to run over when we do get more snow.
Of course, critters in winter scenery is nice too as there often aren't so many distractions. So ~ I guess I will have plenty to keep me busy for a while. The usual winter critters are showing up these days.
In fact, yesterday ~ I had just put some treats out for my favorite deer friend. I saw that she was happy and nibbling away at her food. So, I came in and sat down and was just turning to face my computer when BANG!! One of the other deer had just shown up and was going to chase Shadow out of her spot. She ran right into the basement window and wall. Jeez! I darned near went right out of my chair. Those two have been around here for just over 8 years now ~ both being 8 1/2 years old. You wouldn't think they would have to run into the house........would you. Nothing got broken ~ so, that was a good thing. Me and my friends.......we have an interesting life up here.
Anyway ~ I have pretty much gotten ready for Christmas and I have gotten lots of work done on my web site now.......just because I can. So.......lefse to be made on the 24th and get through the Christmas holidays.......then ~ on to other "exciting" things to take us into the new year.
So......if I don't get back on before Christmas ~ Merry Christmas everyone! :)
Friday, December 11, 2015
Now, because I can, I have even added galleries to my web site. That is kind of nice if someone is looking for a particular subject. You don't have to look at all the photos to get to the subject you are interested in now. I am not done. Have to do "ice" and "sunsets" yet. If you have never looked at my web site ~ it is http://sandra-updyke.fineartamerica.com. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Today is another one of those very gray December days. It actually had dropped below 32 degrees so some spots were just a bit frozen this morning. Betsy wasn't completely covered with mud. There was still mud tho. I wish I had thought to document how many nights we have had, already this month, that didn't freeze at night. Just strange. One person on the shore told me they had just picked some kale out of their garden again. Unheard of.......in December.
Well ~ back to some gray day work until the next adventure with Betsy.........
Thursday, December 3, 2015
I should add, the first time I saw this, I had no clue what the heck it was. I posted a view of it taken from the other side. I was pretty sure a few of the people that had commercial fishermen in their families would know what it was and enlighten me. And, they did. I was amazed at how many knew what it was and in some cases, still had them. But, I bet most of them aren't blended into the scenery as well as this one is. A piece of the Hovland history, for sure.
I spent a bit of time just standing on the rocks ~ watching the waves roll in. I wondered about the times he had to go out and pick those herring or trout in some of this rough weather we get on the North Shore. He was a tough old fisherman, for sure. They had to be. I had noticed how gnarled his fingers were from years of picking nets.....way back when. I'm sure the old fishermen must have had their share of arthritis from picking all those fish in that cold water.
I never used to get quite as interested in all the old fishing history around here as I do now. I watched it and knew several of the old fishermen. I guess I just took it for granted ~ like a lot of younger people do. Now ~ when I look at some of this stuff and think about it ~ I appreciate it a lot more, I think.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I entered him in contests now and then and he made cover dog on a couple. In fact, the September 1st edition of Northern Wilds featured him looking out at everyone as they picked up the issue right after "that day." Yes, he was a fantastic dog and I miss him. Betsy, my rescue dog from northern Ontario, Canada ~ was also feeling lonesome. I had him along when I picked her up and she had him as her constant companion to learn from.
So ~ with this said........ I will be back to talking about my deer friends and fox friends and any other critters I have been watching these days. There's always something going on in my little spot in the woods.
Farewell ~ Toby. You were the best dog ever.