October 27, 2014

More odds and ends

Well, as you read this I'm up north at Hasty Brook working on a 12' x 20' storage shed.  We had hoped to have this done quite some time ago but they couldn't get the contractor to get the concrete poured.

It's finally done, so we will be building away in some chilly northern Minnesota weather.  I figure about 5 days work.

So here are some pictures from the last few weeks that I didn't get around to post.

 Young female Northern Cardinal

 Great Blue Heron

 White-throated Sparrow...first of the early migrating birds

 Dark-eyed Junco...another early bird that will stay all winter

 Winter colors of a male Am. Goldfinch

Winter colors of female Am. Goldfinch

October 20, 2014

A Rant of Sort

Occasionally I just have to rant.. Sorry, this one rambles on a bit also.)

I have no excuse for not posting in the last couple of weeks.  Nothing much going on here except the leaves are turning brown, about half or more are on the ground, and the nights are getting cooler.

I just have not had a whole lot of energy lately (which is nothing new this summer).  I just think I'm tired of all the crap that's going on in the world, I'm tired of the government giving "We The People" half-truth's at best and treating us as second class citizens. and pitting groups of people against each other by race baiting, vilifying, half truths and political spin on everything just to make their group or party look good. I read something the other day in which the ex-director of the FBI said that we shouldn't believe anything said by the people in Washington.  I know I don't and I'm pretty sure the rest of this country feels the same way.

The only solution that might stand a chance to correct this problem is term limits.   The only way anything will change in this country is to get both Republican ans Democrat "lifer" politicians (those who think of themselves as the Washington Elite) out of office. 

Are we as a nation ever going to wake up to what is going on around us and how we are being manipulated or will we continue to keep are heads buried in the sand and hope that all the problems will just go away?  Based on what has gone on in recent years with not learning from past mistakes, the head in the sand is the way we will go, hearing only sound bites and making all our future decisions based on them without taking the time to do our own research/homework.

We are a nation of sheep or sheeple (as we are now called) and I'm tired of it to the point that this summer I have just turned off most of the outside world.  Not that that is totally possible because life has a way of getting into everything you see and do.

Or maybe I have become too familiar with End Times Prophecies and see that everything that is going on is fitting right into place.  Yes, we are in "Act One" of the final four Acts of this great play we call life and all the pieces are being moved around and put into place for the final three Acts.

All I know is there is not a thing I can do about it.  So I guess I'll just follow some good advice I'll paraphrased from the Bible....Forget about the past and look forward to the future; and Worry about nothing and pray about everything.

Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom once said, “Look without and be distressed. Look within and be depressed. Look at Jesus and be at rest.”  Good words to live by.

OK...rant is over and I still don't feel any better.

September 30, 2014

Odds and Ends

Just a few odds and ends pictures from over the last few weeks.  Trees are changing rapidly to fall colors and leaves are falling at a steady pace.  Seems a little earlier this year then in the past  All I know for sure is that I'm not ready for an early winter.

 Northern Cardinal

 Squirrel on a break

 Gray Catbird

 House Finch

 Northern Flicker

Sharing...Goldfinches and Hairy Woodpecker

September 22, 2014

All's Quiet

All in quiet up here in Minnesota.  Fall is slowly making it's appearance.  I'm starting to see some fall birds but not in any numbers.  Ducks haven't moved to the lake yet for all the ponds but that is not to far in the future.

One of the things that I always look for in my birds and critters are that are slightly outside the normal species pattern.  The other day I spotted a squirrel with an unusual hair pattern on the tail.  It consisted of three different color rings/patterns.  I don't quite know what to make of it but it gave me something to do just looking for him/her around the feeders.

Hopefully in the next week or so, I'll be heading up north to Hasty Brook on another building project.  I should only take us about 5 days or so to building a 12' x 20' garage/storage shed.  It's a pretty straight forward, simple carpentry type work.  One new thing for all of us is a metal roof.  Guess, we're never to old to learn something new.






September 15, 2014

Turkey Vulture...Yard Bird #129

I've seen lots of Turkey Vultures up here in Minnesota but yesterday was the first time to have it in the yard.

Not the greatest of pictures.  Was shooting up into a gray sky at sunset.  It took a lot of processing in Photoshop to get them to where they are at now hence the graininess.