The weather, along with my mate’s frequent fertilizing and our profligate use of irrigation, has produced extravagant growth in our yard this year. This Nile Lily provides more food that our resident hummingbirds can eat.
Was out tending to the Koi pond yesterday, so was nearby when our local Mallard duck mom came by with her brood to visit the friendly (Trinity) waters. The kids used to look like little brown ping-pong balls. Not anymore; they are about 80% the size of mom! Not old enough yet to show sex differentiation in their plumage. Glad to see them since these visits are less frequent now that several of our fish are becoming quite large and thus imposing and dangerous in the Mallard brain. Our water lilies are crazy-robust and plentiful this year, but their leaves were tested for durability by the babies. Mom is the top-center quacker in the upper photo and is standing on the barely submerged rock in the lower photo. Life is good.
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This is for those who kayak and might be looking for a convenient way to transport one or two. This is the Thule Hullavator, a device that uses gas shocks to lift the kayak up to the top of your vehicle with one finger’s force. The lashings are first quality, like everything Thule. Here’s a before and after the lift pair of pix.
We have been nurturing this Oshio Bene Japanese maple tree since we adopted it as a teeny sapling 18 years ago. Genetic perfection, careful pruning, along with sealer on the cuts, has yielded a beauty. We planted him at the edge of the pond; you may have seen this tree in other photos of our pond, but I decided to take a look at just him. BTW, tomorrow we’re eating Traegered ribs and remembering those who shed their blood to save the USA, and wishing more realized what it takes to maintain our hopefully enduring experiment in freedom.
We spent the last week camping in the woods near the Willamette River, just in time to witness the year’s buds emerging. Oregon Grape and I don’t know what, but pretty.
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It’s that time of year for my colored fishy friends. We’ve had several days of mid-twenties nights and frisky north winds. That scours the heat out of the Koi’s home. Although the ground under the pond is about 50 to 55F, the wind wins the thermodynamic battle. Now have the first skin of ice on the pond. The water is about 39F, so the fish are somnolent and unresponsive. The waterfall, now run by my new variable speed pump, is turned down to just cycle the water and keep the plumbing from freezing, so as to not cool the water unnecessarily by a large flow down the exposed cataract.
The outdoor Christmas lights are up, the fish are down, and the liquor cabinet is nominal, so it’s time for Johnny Mathis, and then Chip from Mannheim Steamroller. 41 is finally underground and I’m done reading any news until January, if then. I do have an RV to get ready for our Spring launch!... [Read More]
Votes are filled in properly and mailed. Power washed and stained the deck during the last sunny spell. Got a new fire table put up by our deck lounges. The 5th wheel is ready for a Monday departure on our final seasonal trip, to the Astoria area, specifically our favorite site at Ft. Stevens state park. It’s after two pm, so it’s fruits of labor time with the adoring fish. Well….they do adore their meals! Raining now and I don’t need to care.
Dead Horse Point is within a Utah state park, via a minor detour off the main road that leads to the main Canyonlands NP view area located at the end of the main road. It’s a worthy detour; I consider the view from this point to be the most sensational, provocative and evocative vista ever. A camera can’t really communicate the scope. You just have to go there.
Here’s two more from Arches. Mother Nature has been busy.... [Read More]
Took a while to sort through all the photos and back them up, considering the camping continued at a brisk pace this season, but here’s a couple notable pix. Terrible lighting conditions, but oh well.
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