Friday, December 31
At the edge of the ice at Canyon Lake, open water and melt water, reflections of the canyon wall.The lake is Rapid Creek dammed up, with a spillway. The water passing under the thin edge of the ice sheet was singing. It had a glassy sort of musical sound that was quite intriguing to listen to.
Thursday, December 30
Winter storm warning, cold and snowy, house finches through the laundry room window at 2 pm. Inside the window, the summer's impatiens is spending the winter days waiting. Pink and Pink
Wednesday, December 29
Tuesday, December 28
Monday, December 27
Sunday, December 26
Saturday, December 25
Friday, December 24
Wednesday, December 22
Tuesday, December 21
Frost flowers for the Winter Solstice
Did you watch the Lunar Eclipse overnight? There were high, thin clouds here, and a ring around the moon, but my NiteOwl child, the Schnauzer kid, and I watched till totality arrived. It was 14F, down jackets and snowboarding clothes were the attire. We finally called it a night about 1 AM. According to what I read today, the last total lunar eclipse on the day of the Winter Solstice was in 1638!
Saturday, December 18
The turkeys came running the minute I stepped out the door. They thought I had breakfast for them, all I had was my camera. I immediately got the "cold shoulder" and they left in a huff.
Friday, December 17
Do you see a bright star in the southern sky early in the evening on these December nights? The "star" you are seeing is the King of the Planets, Jupiter. With binoculars you should be able to see Jupiter's Galilean moons as well.
Thursday, December 16
Wednesday, December 15
Christmas is a-coming,
The goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny, then a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!
God bless you, gentlemen. God bless you.
(old English carol)
Tuesday, December 14
Monday, December 13
The mockingbird and the robins will soon have the berries, but aren't they gorgeous! These are in my parents' front yard in northern New York. I always send my mother holly for her December 18th birthday, but I'll have to think of something else, she has bushels of it this year.-
Sunday, December 12
Welcome visitors, the Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). These tree-hole nesting diving ducks spend their summers in Canada and Alaska and come to South Dakota waters only in the winter months. I always knew them as "Whistlers", which is what they are commonly called in the Lake Champlain valley where I grew up. Their wings whistle loudly when in flight, hence the colloquial name given this elegant little duck.
Saturday, December 11
Wednesday, December 8
Spanish researchers have discovered that caffeine and glucose -- found in those longtime favorites, coffee and doughnuts -- actually make you smarter. In a study published in the journal Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, researchers at the University of Barcelona discovered that the caffeine-glucose combo boosts your brain in terms of attention and memory. Rock on, doughnut lovers, we thought that stuff was bad for us!
Tuesday, December 7
Sunday, December 5
Saturday, December 4
Thursday, December 2
Who do you think won the Birdfeeder Skirmish and who backed off?
Our Project Feederwatch journal at Lincoln Academy has some interesting observations already. My 9th Graders seem to be rooting for the squirrels, despite the fact that we are supposed to be counting birds.
Wednesday, December 1
Tuesday, November 30
Monday, November 29
Returning from Thanksgiving in Minnesota, found the first of the new Christmas cactus flowers had opened.
Zygocactus are actually epiphytes, not terrestrial cactus like prickly pears, but with a growing habit more like some of the orchids. These have been hybridized for the houseplant trade, originally growing in the rainforests of southeastern Brazil. Happily for us way up North, they are glad to oblige and give us some color in the cold and gray of November and December days.
Tuesday, November 23
Monday, November 22
Sunday, November 21
Yesterday when I installed the heater in the birdbath, the turkeys paid no attention. This morning, however, a drink was in order. I am used to seeing chickadees and robins perched on the edge, they fit a little more in scale.
I think if this lady hopped in we would see Archimedes' Principle at work!
My apologies for any who were offended by the anonymous comment on yesterday's post. I have removed whole post and modified the comments section so that crap doesn't appear again.
Wednesday, November 17
However, this time of year the teen-aged bucks are either confused, blind or plain don't care. This little spike buck, of the mule deer persuasion, was squiring around a group of four white-tail does and fawns. Not only in spring does a young man's fancy turn to love.
Monday, November 15
My nice new Sigma lens takes a look at a piece of Chazy limestone with its Ordovician fossils.
These critters lived their lives in warm ocean waters near southern Africa. Thanks to plate tectonics and continental drift, they came to rest in northern New York and Vermont on Lake Champlain. I picked this piece of ancient ocean bottom on our beach at camp when I was searching for beach glass and other flotsam and jetsam.
Sunday, November 14
Cornell University's Project Feederwatch 2010-2011 season started this week. I've been part of this citizen science project for several years, it is always fun to see trends and changes over time.
The local wild turkey flock is a reliable crowd, showing up daily. Sometimes they are polite and well behaved, other times they act like a rugby scrum or peek in the window from the deck railing. They always have a great deal to talk about among themselves.
Saturday, November 13
- The Red Wheelbarrow
- William Carlos Williams
- so much depends upon
- a red wheel barrow
- glazed with rain water
- beside the whitechickens.There is no earthly reason why the red thumbtack in the telephone pole made me think of one of my favorite word pictures, but it did.
Friday, November 12
Thursday, November 11
It is rather remarkable what you can find just standing on a street corner waiting for your kid, especially if you have a viewfinder to look through. Storm sewer art.
This little kidlet had to be the happiest parade goer ever. I'd guess it was her first one. I was shooting the National Guard soldiers and she turned around at the moment I took the picture, the autofocus found her cute little face and that was that.
Robert C. Booth WW I
Robert T. Booth WW II
Christopher H. Booth Korean Conflict
William H. Saxe US Army
and veterans of all conflicts and branches.
Thank you for your service to our country.
Wednesday, November 10
Tuesday, November 9
There has been a birdhouse on the south lawn for 30 years, used by chickadees, house wrens, bluebirds or violet-green swallows each summer. This fall it fell victim to a rowdy buck deer who decided to get into a fight with the pole it was mounted on. The poor old pine board house broke into pieces when it hit the ground.
This is the replacement, now inside the woven wire fence that surrounds a crabapple tree protecting it from servine vandalism.
We shall see who finds it a homey place in May.
Monday, November 8
Sunday, November 7
are having a harder time adjusting to the time change than others.
This seems to be a paired up couple, they were with a whole bunch of other mallard/mallard pairs in a small backwater area off Rapid Creek this morning.