Drones, nature and a pond

Just another day … in paradise

May 9, 2017 Nature

Taken this morning.  Gorgeous sunshine.  Wondering where the frogs are.  See that the water lilies look a bit goose ravaged, but not exhibiting the wholesale lethal slaughter muskrats can carry out.  Fingers crossed.

Canadian Geese Yesterday – abused water lilies today

May 8, 2017 Nature, Trapping

Yowsa – went down to the pond this morning – and found 3 loose water lily pads floating.  Left a message for the muskrat trapper.  Then started to think a bit more – what else could do this?  And the light went on, and I started googling – yeah. We had Canadian Geese on the pond yesterday.  And today, water lily damage.  Hmmm.  And the various net gurus say – Geese love aquatic plants – including water lilies.  And especiallyRead More

Blossoms, Branches and …

May 3, 2017 Family, Nature

In bloom New growth Of interest Visitors  and …  

Return of the Water Lilies

April 30, 2017 Nature

The water lilies I’d planted in spring of 2016 have come back.  They survived the winter.  And the muskrats. Thanks mainly to our outdoor water lovin muskrat munchin deck cats. They removed (know what I mean) all of the horrible water lily munchin muskrats early last spring – and have kept them out ever since. We planted 24 new water lilies this month as well (they’ll show up in force by mid-June) – and will be restocking fish on theRead More

Charlie lovin the water

The Pond Today

February 27, 2017 Nature

Snow Dogs

February 3, 2017 Family, Nature

One cold winter’s day, down by the pond … Not far from the hammock … Two labs were making their way through the snow … When one stopped for a snack … And although Charlie eventually ran some circles round Miles, Miles still had the last word …

My Loki 130 - Showing the Low Vibration Stack

Cleanflight 1.14.2 – Clears up the Vibrations

January 2, 2017 Drones

Before I updated to Cleanflight 1.14.2, I was having vibration issues – causing my Loki 130mm quad to drift while in a hover.  In random directions.  And a drift that increased with time.  Made stable flying (angle mode is my preferred stable flight mode) untenable. So, while still on CF 1.14.1, I started doing physical modifications to the stack, while quantifying my accelerometer data via BlackBox logging. Besides adding the O-rings on both sides of the OSD and FC, IRead More

Homemade Italian Bread Tonight …

December 16, 2016 Family

Just out of the oven, and just in time for dinner.

Loki-X3 Frame – Dodo FC

December 4, 2016 Drones

A new frame – the 130mm Loki-X3, from helipad.com. I put the gear from my HB-122 into it. I find this frame better than the RMRC HellBender 122 because it doesn’t have loose motor mounting holes, it protects the camera and it has more prop clearance (sometimes the rear props touched on the HB frame). It just about fits in the palm of my hand. Configuration Storm 130 Loki-X3 frame RMRC 3s35c1100 battery pack  (83 g) RMRC BLheli 4 in 1Read More

Twilight – Boris is on the dock and the birds are chasing bugs

December 2, 2016 Nature

Boris on the dock, and another beautiful summer evening begins. Birds swooping low over the pond … hunting the bugs that come out at twilight, when the air is so still. Boris, our big black cat (he’s such a boss) is fascinated by the reflections of the birds on the water’s surface.  As they swoop back and forth over the pond.  Eating as they go. And the hunt never stops.