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Full “Beaver” Moon

Taken with Sigma 150-500mm lens at F/11, 1/160s, and ISO 100. Click for larger version.   Read more

Duncan – Heaven just got a little crazier

On Tuesday Duncan decided it was time he left us on his own terms and headed to see Ms. Bailey at Rainbow Bridge. His back legs were weak and internal problems were causing him pain, but he was classic "Duncan" even on his last day on Earth. I took him to the vet at noon and x-rays showed that his spleen was very enlarged and the vet said it could rupture if it got any bigger. At 13 1/2 years old and ... Read more

Prairie – November 10, 2013

This fall the prairie grasses are giving great color to our prairie. Little Bluestem is reddish bronze and Sideoats Grama is tan and will give color throughout the winter. There are some young Indian Grasses and Little Bluestem grasses which should be more impressive over the years. The birds are really enjoying the cover and all the seeds this time of year.                   Read more

Native Woodland Seedlings

We have a 2200 sq/ft group of trees in our back yard and have been trying to get stuff other than "junk" to grow in it. In 2012 I killed off everything that was growing in there and put down a true woodland seed mix from Prairie Moon¬†last December. I mowed it all year to keep any returning "junk" from going to seed and once the leaves dropped you could really see all the first year seedlings. Some of them have ... Read more

Carmel Vacation – Mission Ranch and Point Lobos

Wednesday was Rick and Sally's 20th wedding anniversary and in the morning we went back down to Carmel Beach and walked South this time. It was another great day just like it was all of vacation.         That evening we went to the Mission Ranch Restaurant and everyone enjoyed a great meal. Here we are just before heading out.     Thursday was Lisa and Craig's last day and we went to the Rocky Point Restaurant to have lunch with a great view. Why does vacation ... Read more

Carmel Vacation – Coastal Drive and Fisherman’s Wharf

On Tuesday the women went to downtown Carmel for some shopping and the guys took a drive south along the coast and grabbed some lunch. Craig, Rick, and I were in a convertible and toughed out the cool drive along the ocean. There were a lot of old bridges along the drive which was neat. We ate at restaurant along the coast and watched and listened to big waves hitting the rocks. That evening we went down to Fisherman's Wharf in ... Read more

Carmel Vacation – 17-Mile Drive

This is the second post of our Carmel California vacation and shows pictures of 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach. The very scenic drive takes you through the Del Monte Forest and Pacific coastline and we stopped several times to take it all in. In addition to the great views there is a lot of different wildlife along the drive and the number of sea lions on the rocks is pretty impressive. There are a lot of golf courses along the drive ... Read more

Carmel Vacation – House and Carmel Beach

This is the first post in a series of vacation pictures from Carmel California. I've been busy with work and home projects so I've been slow to post-process them. I bought a Sigma 18-250mm lens for the trip and was very happy with it as a walk-around lens. Susie's Mom and Rick invited us to vacation with them to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. We flew into San Francisco and drove from there which was a relaxing drive. Susie's sister Lisa and ... Read more

Barred Owl in Backyard

A pair of barred owls have been in the area since we moved to our acreage almost 5 years ago. We hear them a lot but it's pretty rare to see them. The past month they have been very active in the evenings and we've seen them quite a bit. This evening one kept landing in the yard like it was going after insects. I wonder if they like locusts? This was shot in very low light on a tripod at ISO ... Read more

Prairie – August 10, 2013

Last year at this time, most of the wildflowers had shut down their blooms because of the drought and heat. This year we had good rains late in the spring but the summer has been pretty dry and we have slipped back into drought status. We have had a few rains and this summer has averaged 10 degrees cooler than last, so the wildflowers are still doing pretty good. They also have had another year of establishment to grow their roots ... Read more
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