Nature

The yard, pond, seasons, animals …

Does Paradise Exist?

June 12, 2020 Nature

The question has come up …

Late Spring FPV – in the Yard

June 10, 2020 Drones, Nature

Just another flight vid. Flying the parts shown above. No music … just the annoying whirring of the props – something I don’t hear, when it is at the other end of the yard. Had a difficult time in the first 30s – as I’d changed the throttle settings – and my fingers were getting use to em. The drone details are two posts back.

A Pond Loving Morning with Charlie

June 7, 2019 Family, Nature

Winter in the Backyard

March 16, 2019 Nature

Winter fascinates. From the metallic dimpled icy plating laid over the back deck over night … to the newly minted deer paths (more like highways – some serious hoof work) in all that vast whiteness down there … Leaving a weak, waning sunset, colder, to complete the day …

Pond – Late Spring, Early Summer

June 28, 2018 Nature

Catching up, since last fall.  The Minnows made it through the winter.  They patrol the pond, and are busy breeding under the water lilies – you see ripples coming from the edges of the lily pads.  Haven’t seen a blue gill yet – hmmmm.  Of course, there are frogs, toads, etc.  And flying birds.  And snakes.  And turtles.  And fishing birds – Herons.  The odd duck or two – they never stay.  And beauty.  So much so – I hadRead More

Water as Smooth as Glass – A Pond in Early Fall

September 11, 2017 Nature

Photos of a pond. Our pond.  Taken in still water – water as smooth as glass.  In early Sept of this year.  The water lilies are still robust.  Water level is down about 18″ – was a dry summer, and we haven’t caught up yet.  And it’s drop dead gorgeous.  Reflections to boot.

Yard and Pond – Late August

August 28, 2017 Nature

Catching up – haven’t posted for a while.  Some pics from Jerie’s gardens and my pond.  In late August.  Been a balmy summer here.  A bit spoiled now.  We are.

Life Underwater – What a Minnow Sees

June 1, 2017 Nature

Wanted to see what the minnows breeding under the water lilies saw.  So, I stuck a GoPro onto the end of a long slender board (inside a waterproof case), started up the camera, turned on the video – and shoved it underwater.  Just to see if there was anything worth filming.  Had to shoot blind, as there was no feedback from the GoPro.  This is the result – somewhat edited. In the first scene, there are two minnows, swimming underRead More

By the Side Door

May 24, 2017 Family, Nature

Some of the pretty things Jerie has growing around our side door ..

Muskrats – the battle begins

May 24, 2017 Nature, Trapping

Down at the pond, this morning … I found some muskrat tells … 3 lily pads, separated at the base of the stem, from the tuber.  Meaning it was likely done by a muskrat gnawing on the tuber. They were all in the same spot – the NW corner, where I’d found a single lily pad 2 days back. So – I called the trapper – leaving a phone number this time.  And, he called back.  But … he’s outRead More