Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Oct 08 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

Published by under Eclipse,Miscellaneous,Scenery

The recent solar eclipse is now history but here are some photos I want to share. During the period of totality it grew very dark and flash was used on the camera as you can see in the top photo, On the far distant horizon, beyond the shadow of the moon, the sky is bright. A swath of darkness was projected across the U.S. from coast to coast as the moon passed between us and the sun.

In the photo on the lower right you can see the reversed photographic images of the partial eclipse projected through pin holes of light beneath the trees.


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Sep 21 2017

My Lucky Day?

Published by under Miscellaneous

On a warm day in early spring I like to sit out on the lawn and enjoy the sun. My attention is soon drawn to the many clover leaves in the grass. It has been said that if you find a four leaf clover it will bring you good luck. On this fine day I found not only one but three. Did my luck improve? I did not feel any different, except maybe that I was lucky to find one among the multitude of three leaf clover.

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Jul 17 2017


Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This picture was taken through my kitchen window. The late afternoon sun highlights the birds against shadows in the background. The photo features a female Black-chinned hummingbird posing for the camera with a smaller female Calliope hummingbird next to her.

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May 14 2017

Birds and Windows

Published by under Birds,Bluebird,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This photo shows a Western Bluebird male flying against my front room window. I presume he is attacking his reflected image in the window. He and his mate are in the process of setting up house keeping in one of the nest boxes in the yard. It is common for birds to defend their territory from intruders.

The day before this incident occurred I came home from an outing, unlocked the door and entered the house. To my dismay I found a female Western Bluebird fluttering against this very same window attempting to find her way out. I opened an outside door and persuaded this little lady to use that as an exit. I have yet to discover how this bird found entrance into my home. She is now carrying on her normal duties of building her nest in a nest box.

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Apr 17 2017


After a feast of seeds at the feeders a sip of water is welcome.

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Apr 02 2017

Fore and Aft

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Yesterday a flock of nine wild turkeys came to my yard. This was the first turkey sighting this year. I wonder where they spent the Winter?

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Mar 19 2017

A Groundhog Myth?

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

I spied this little fellow a couple of days ago. It was my first sighting of a Yellow-bellied Marmot this Spring. It must have seen its shadow and scurried back into its barrow. The next day the weather turned wet and the weatherman predicted stormy conditions the next few (six?) days.

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Jan 27 2017

Night Scenes

Published by under Miscellaneous,Scenery,Snow

This is a view of my yard at night after the little birdies have gone to bed.

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Dec 31 2016

Crazy Icicles

Published by under Frost,Ice,Miscellaneous,Snow


It looks like these icicles tried to defy gravity. In reality they were all originally perpendicular. Then the soft snow they were attached to slowly slid down the sloping roof and bent downward causing the firmly attached icicles to appear at an angle. As the icicles continued to grow the tips again headed straight down. What a crazy sight to greet your eyes when you first open your eyes after a pleasant night’s sleep.

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Jul 04 2016


Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Scenery

Cows curious near Ola, Gem County

Occasionally when I stop along the road a group of onlookers gather nearby.

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