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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Antics of Ravens

While staying in Evergreen, Colorado, one of our favorite things to do is to take walks around the lake. During one of the morning walks around Evergreen Lake, we happened to notice a bird sitting out by the only spot that had not frozen over. Once we were able to get closer, we could see it was a goose, not a duck as we originally thought. Shortly after we came in for a closer view, so did a group of Ravens. They proceeded to try and drive the goose off his choice spot by the open water. At first, he stood up and faced them directly and then decided that a better tactic would be to sit and ignore them. I was surprised at how good he was at that. When he stood again, the ravens must have thought he meant business because they flew off and waited on the edge for the goose to leave.

This link describes the different names that a group of ravens go by. I would say an Unkindness of ravens definitely describes this particular bunch.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nature Scenes from Evergreen Colorado

Here are a few more shots from my trip to Evergreen, Colorado over Christmas vacation. I love to visit this area as there is always something to photograph even in the winter time. This trip we saw a lot of deer and elk.

We came across  a herd of mule deer just feet from the trail that runs between the golf course and my in-laws house. Not an uncommon occurence.




The bull elk with the grand set of horns walked right by me as I was photographing the herd. He was less than six feet from me according to my son. Too bad I didn't notice. As soon as he got acoss the road, he began bugling, calling the herd back into the forest. I got a couple of good shots before they disappeared into the dense tree growth. The elk herds come into my in-laws yard from time to time. This particular time, the herd was grazing on grass on the high school property across the road from my in-laws.
 


While on our walks, we also see a variety of plant life in different stages of existence. The feathery plant below is quite common. The name escapes me at the moment. This plant is a blast to photograph due to the way the sun bounces off of the spines.
 



Finally, I found these frozen pieces of grass trapped within Evergreen Lake quite fascinating.




I hope you have enjoyed my tour of one of my favorite vacation spots.





Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sundays in My City - Fabric Shopping

Hosted by Unknown Mami, Sundays in My City is a chance to show off our neck of the woods.

Here in mine, I had the pleasure of shopping for fabric. I couldn't pass up the chance to buy the lovely fabric pictured below. The problem is, I didn't really have any projects to use it for. But that's never stopped me before nor did it stop me today. After giving it some serious thought, I came up with the idea of plush dragons. And so I spent the rest of my day designing the pattern and copying it onto tracing paper. Depending upon how well the sewing goes and whether I know what I'm doing or not, I should have the first dragon completed at the end of this week. If I don't know what I'm doing, it'll probably be another two weeks, and I may need to head back to the drawing board to fix any problems. I'll post the completed project once it's done.





Friday, March 25, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Montana State University

I took this shot just after stopping by the duck pond at Montana State University. I hadn't been in awhile and wanted to get some shots of the ducks. I was also curious to see if there other birds around. The only intruder so to speak was a pigeon. Otherwise the usual Mallard ducks were out in numbers.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Prompt Me - Tweets Around the World




My blog friend Jillsy Girl needs your help. For the month of March she's running a prompt me event celebrating birds! She'd like to get 50 birds for the board by the end of March. I humbly apologize for not getting my entry up until now. She's at 31! Let's see if we can get 19 or more birds added in the next week. Check out the other entries and the official rules here. And don't forget to check out my entry below - the elusive Northern Flicker.








Saturday, March 19, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Willoughby Environmental Education Area

This week's Skywatch Friday post is a gorgeous scenic shot of the Sapphire Mountains.

While in Missoula, we found ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hands, so we went exploring like we always do. This time our meandering brought us to the Willoughby Environmental Education Area in the Bitterroot National Forest. This particular area has a quick hike through many different types of terrain. I would like to go sometime in the summer. I know that the scrub brush part of it will be covered with grasshoppers. And there may even be a few butterflies. And there's supposed to be Bitterroot flowers which I've never seen.

Even so, I could have sworn once we entered the rocky part near the creek, I saw something flit across the stones. It was gone so quickly. I wasn't sure if it was a lizard or a snake. Either way, I'm bummed that the particular creature had no patience for posing that day.

Lucky for me mountains are more stationery.

Sapphire Mountains



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Friday, March 18, 2011

You Find the Oddest Things...

but they shouldn't be in your food.

I almost remained innocent of this incident.  My husband and I were discussing whether we could bring back the leftover food we had acquired over spring break.  We didn't go very far and it's still cold enough here for food to hold in the car for a couple of hours.  I was voting to toss it out just to be safe.  I had no idea how close I was to being correct on that one. 

However, my husband's vote to bring it back won.  That's how I came to be munching on tasty leftover food, and chomping down on something hard.  I decided to see why a rock was on the ingredients list for a burrito.  What else could it be?  It was hard.  It was small enough to fit inside the ident of one of my cuspid teeth.  In fact, the mystery item came to a resting spot between the bite of the top cuspid and the bottom matching tooth.  Perfect fit actually.  I could feel the item there, but the force of the bite did not impact either tooth.  In fact, the offending bit of non-food was perfectly trapped between the two teeth making it pretty easy to remove from my mouth and keeping it from getting swallowed.  Darn lucky there.

Thankful I didn't break a tooth, I decided to inspect the offending object.  Imagine my surprise when I removed a piece of metal instead of a stone.  OK.  Now I'm super grateful I didn't swallow it.  At first glance I was wavering between a rivet and a bullet.  Once I cleaned out the food and dirt - yeah - blech, I started to lean towards rivet.  My husband was voting for the part of a bike spoke.  The little bit the spoke fits into that rests inside the rim.  We decided to take it to my husband's work to get the official 411.  That's the perk of your husband being an engineer.  He knows other engineers.  And of course, one of them could be counted on to be an expert when it comes to bits of metal.  The official call - rivet from production machinery.  Great.  Hope that got fixed.

I figure there's no reason to raise a fuss.  We ate at that particular restaurant for breakfast the next day.  Finished the whole meal with no incident.  The food was really good there.  And of course, they can't be responsible for the malfunction of production machinery.  Next time however, I may skip the doggy bag.




Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Husband, The Paper Doll



I'd like to say thank you to Hilary over at The Smitten Image for giving me this Post of the Week Award. After reading the award winning post, drop by Hilary's and check out her awesome photography.

As is tradition this time of year, my husband shaved his hair for St. Baldrick's. This year he had the help of some cohortshis co-workers. The first photo depicts the stages of hairstyles that will be achieved on the way to complete baldness. Why? Because you have to videotape the impending doom selfless act of charity of course. You can't just shave a guy bald, you have to make fashion statements along the way. And so I bring you the grand scheme of my husband and his co-workers.

Also a big thank you to Angie for cutting Chris' hair again this year. She works at Hair It Is in Bozeman, MT.

Storyboard - Drawing by Dan DeFrance

One Last Look at Those Beautiful Locks

While a Trendy Cut - 'Tis Only the Beginning

Gotta Have a Montage

Bald / Mr. Clean Look

Residuum
Yes, that's a real word. 
I overused remnant :)


PS - My husband does not like mustaches. That's why you will never see one on his face again.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Art of Ice

I found these two icicles aesthetically pleasing. Their curves and shapes are a testament to the beauty of nature. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Skywatch Friday - Eagle Eye

I took this photo of a Bald Eagle during one of my trips to Hyalite Canyon. When I pulled in, there were a couple of eagles in the trees. I haven't seen them as often this year, so I couldn't resist this photo op.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Sundays in My City - Good Exercise

Unknown Mami hosts Sundays in My City and gives us all a chance to show off where we live. Check it out, better yet, show us your city!

Can you guess how I spent my Sunday?

Before
After

Skywatch Friday - On The Way Home

This was the glorious sight that greeted us as we headed home from errands on Saturday.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Snow Like Lace

After some fresh snowfall this winter, I went out on our back deck and snapped some photos. I was mesmerized by how much the snow looked like lace. The pattern of the shadow was quite eye catching as well.

Under the original photo is an abstract I made from the lacey snow. Having suffered from Cabin Fever these past few weeks, I've taken to entertaining myself by screwing around in photoshop. I like to call this latest creation: Tsunami.