Hello and Welcome! Come on in. I’ll get a mug of strong French/Sumatra roast blend, a cuppa tea, some juice or whatever. It is sunny, but a little chilly out there. Don’t worry, it will warm up. There might even be thunderstorms this afternoon. And were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being taken in New Hampshire.
The big thing to talk about is the return of Spring. The trees have leafed out nicely. Everything is very green, except where there are flowers. I mowed the lawn. I’ve worn shorts most of last week. Spring has Sprung. If it wasn’t for the roads looking like a war zone, you would never know that we had winter.
I woke at dawn, crawled out of my nest of wolf fur and stretched. I stopped with my back arched, hands still on my hips, and stared. I must have made a noise, since the pile of pixies erupted and Sirlriend emerged.
“The stones,” I said. “They moved. Not just a little.”
The dwarf king looked at me. “You didn’t know?”
“The stones are giants. The get up at midnight and dance in the moonlight. They settle down at dawn. Every night. Last night. I’m surprised they didn’t wake you.”
Last Monday I posted a bunch of photos I took of Osprey. All of these photos were taken in an hour. I was on Cape Cod on a “stay-cation” at my cottage for four days without any work. So what did I do for the other three days, 23 hours? Well, here are some more photos ;)
I have seen very few loon on The Cape. This time I saw several on two different bodies of water. I saw as many as three together and often saw two. I didn’t hear that call they make. Last year in Maine, at dusk, I sat and listened to loons call. It is a magical sound… However, at the end of April on Cape Cod, I did hear them “talk”. They made sounds back and forth. Very cool, if not quite the chilling call. Continue reading →
Hello and Welcome! Come on in. It is kind of cool and grey out there. It’s been threatening rain all day, with a few sprinkles here and there, but so far the heavy rain has missed us. If you are wondering where I am, some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from my cottage on Cape Cod.
This has been another busy week. Although Tuesday was a more “social” day at work, a large relatively informal gathering at the region office, most of the week at work was the week from Hell. Well, not really, but it was busy and there were some not so good parts. Hopefully I’ll return Monday well rested and ready to get back into it.
I came down to the Cape right after work on Tuesday. Being at the Region Office put me over a third of the way here, so… Also, I have my home set up as a telecommuting office, so no problems. I was able to get out on the kayak after work on Wednesday and Thursday, made it to the beach with the dogs on Friday and did some walks in the woods. I usually go to Chapin Beach on Saturday mornings, but because of the threat of rain, I took my walk in the woods. I did see an immature eagle this morning, but I didn’t get any photos. Continue reading →
I woke up with the giant wolf still curled around me. I’ll admit, I never slept better in my life. I started to move around and noticed that Merla was sleeping tucked tightly under the wing of Soe-Ar, the giant eagle.
At first I didn’t see Sirlriend, but I noticed a strange blob. The amorphous glob shifted and then flew off in many directions leaving the little king in the middle. I realized that he had slept at the center of a pile of pixies.
Sirlriend stood up, stretched and yawned. He saw me and stopped mid-stretch. “What?”
“I was just thinking,” I said.
“It is. I know Merla is so much sharper than I am, so I typically leave the heavy thinking to her. Thinking of Merla, did you notice that her sword, Froast, attracted, of all animals, an eagle?”
“And my sword, Trowr, attracted the very wolf we had been talking about?”
I spent a chunk of the last week in April on Cape Cod. On one of my walks down a Bell’s Neck in Harwich I watched about a half a dozen osprey hunt/fish. I took well over 200 photos! The sky was awful – it was cloudy and about noon.
My camera also did a weird thing in its focusing and exposure. I have noticed that occasionally some settings will seem to change randomly. Long and short, the exposures were awful for anything not pointing at the water. The sun did eventually come out and a couple of osprey flew by, so I have a couple of “sunny photos”. Continue reading →