Saturday, October 18, 2014

Simply Majestic~

This creature was standing by the side of the road
as I drove home yesterday.

He stood, calmly, and so majestic in the afternoon sunshine.
The gentle breeze fluttering about his skirt.

Those wise eyes,
for me to finish,
so he could cross the road.....

Monday, October 13, 2014

It is Looking Like October~

After looking for the right door for years,
we found storm doors that we hope will work.

They are installed and it looks like we are not too early
getting them in!

It is time to say "Hello" to the ice,
and "Good-bye" to the flowers.

Whether we are ready or not.....

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Colors of Fall~

Beginning with the first light in the sky

our world is cast in a whole new range of colors..

except for one delightful summer holdout.

Doesn't it make you smile to see those those bright little heads 
surrounded by the snow!

Happy Autumn, where ever you may be.....

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Grass Farmer~

This was a requested post..

The Pilot Man said "You should take some pictures" and..
He really did.  He said that!

This is for you know who ;-)..

The Pilot Man has farming in his genes.
For several generations.

Part of The Plan when we hooked up was that
his jeans and mine would get back to farming...
but after 30 years that is
a whole other post.

We have a little ground in the frozen north,
and the Pilot Man uses his farmer skills on his grass.

The lawns are roughly divided into three sides.

After our freezing fall rains, followed by an unusually icy winter, 
there were a lot of brown spots this summer where
the grass has struggled to come back.

Our south facing lawn, also known as the helo-pad
stretches a little further each year.

Before we built our house, we brought out plants from town
and have added to the little flower bed on the
west-facing side of our drive.
The top patch is the newest little lawn and the lower part is often under water, 
so a little slower to grow.

 The rock walk has been seeded with Johnny Jump Up (Violas).
They will winter over here and should reseed themselves-
I love their little splash of color!

The third section is the largest part to the side of the house and shop.

Alone it is about 7 miles worth of mowing.

Nike dogs gets a little bored with the mowing,
but feels he does his part by re-contouring
the ground.

If he finishes all three sides in one day

the Pilot Man and his mower clock a little over 10 miles.

It keeps the two of them as busy as a bee :)

if not, as happy as can be.....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Loon Love~

Every year we have one or two 
adult loons come feed at the pond.

On this morning, a flock of in-betweens also came to visit.
Their little hairs on the back of their heads
resemble any toddler's wisps.

The adult loons are graceful divers
and cover a lot of territory underwater.
Once they dive, we can only guess where they will come up.

For a short time I was able to quietly 
take some pictures from the deck

before the youngsters were disturbed from the ground below.

There wasn't any time to change my camera settings

so I just kept shooting as they ran on the water

to build up speed and become airborne

to escape back to the river-side.....

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Baby It Is Hot Out There~

Have you ever wondered

how the muskox cool themselves off when it is hot?
(It has been getting up into the +70's)

Well, we discovered that they go swimming!

At least the kids do..
 while the adults wade and watch ;-)
just like humans.

As we watched we could hear them snuffling as they ate,
and we could smell them...
I was surprised how much it resembled a barn yard!

When the herd wandered out of the water,
the poor guy in the back was doing a 3-legged walk.
He couldn't put any weight on his hind leg, 
but he kept up with the rest.

Can you see the water line on their sides
where the color changes?  

Then there was a story about the woman camping out by 
the ol' swimming hole.
I n t e r esting....

For the muskox, it was a beautiful day for a tasty snack

and a restful nap.....

Friday, August 1, 2014

Life is a Beach with Friends~

What a summer it has been!

One day we had sunshine,

and the next day we didn't.

Even with the weather,
 my friend still wanted to visit and spend time "at home".
So, she hopped on a jet, and flew to Nome.

Her bag came packed with many clothing layers,
for whatever the day might bring!

Love her Xtra tuffs :-)

She is very creative and one of her stops was to look for treasures at the beach.

Who knows what she might make from the 
discoveries we made?

It was a wonderful, peaceful visit, with so much to do!

She brought her paints

 and camera too..
I think we each took over 1000 pictures ;-)

There has been a bit of unnecessary drama lately,
and it has been a challenge..

so my friend kindly reminded me,

The tides will flow, 
shifting the sand as it moves..

but, life is a beach,
and we get to ChOoSe how we roll with the waves.

Happy August to you!
I hope you are having a fAbULOUs summer.....