Friday, July 21, 2017

Mountain Quail

More new babies!  The very shy Mountain Quail have been visiting here for the last couple of years.  Each year they bring their brood.  This year it was 9 new babies! 

I followed them around inside my house, peaking out windows, trying to get pictures!  Very challenging.  In the end I only got two chicks together and one parent and one chick at the water hole.

They've returned, so it's possible they are nesting nearby!  I'll keep trying for better pictures.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Babies

I love this time of Spring when new baby wildlife start appearing from the brush.
This week two song sparrow fledglings have joined the world.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Flowers

It is true that April showers bring May flowers, but I think in our case this year it was many months of showers!  Finally the sun has come out for more than a few hours and things are drying out and blooming.  Life!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

Finally!  Some greenery and buds to show for all that rain we have had. 
The wildlife is returning and so is my sanity - but still not much sun.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mountain Quail

These little cuties are new to my area, only seen in the last couple of years. 
Easily confused with the California Quail, but if you look at side by side photos, the differences are many.  These are bigger, like the size of a football, much more colorful and their topnotch is more of an apostrophe shape.  The CA Quail's topnotch curves over the top of their head.

This year I have only three or four.  Last year I had about twelve.  I imagine they are a tasty treat for cougars, bobcats and coyotes, which we didn't have last year, but have been seen this year.

I enjoy watching these sweeties roaming about the yard, driveway and bird feeding area, just about any time of day.

I'll try to get better photos, but they are quite skiddish, so I have to shoot from inside the house.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mini Art Studio

If you've been in a vintage mobile home you have seen the second "bedroom" which is really more like a closet.  Very small.  In the old days a single bed could fit in them and maybe a small dresser.  A friend of mine had one and they built in bunk-beds for their kids.

This small bedroom, that I previously used as a closet, (calling it my walk-in closet), has been transformed into a small art studio!
I have lived here over 10 years and never realized how perfect this space is for a studio.  It even has a window!

Before it could be a studio I had to remove some old shelves, caulk the cracks and seams and repair some wall board.  Then I painted it a lovely bright white, installed new shelves and additional lights.

The next two photos are some of the tools and supplies I use.

This very small room turned out to be perfect for the metalsmithing work I do.  I work standing up and can reach all of the shelves and work tops easily. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter 2017

We've had a lot of snow this winter - for us, anyway.  The above photo is the front yard the first time it snowed.  We had about a foot the next time, and several days of just an inch or two.

The second photo is Highway 101 - the main road north and south along the Hood Canal, this is in front of the Lilliwaup post office.  Even the plows couldn't keep up that day!

I know so many people who had trees down due to heavy snow, unfortunately this year, I was one of them.  The damage was minimal!

I had just arrived home and heard a thump - turned around to see the neighbor's willow had just fallen over, on my new fence!

Fortunately they were home and we were able to cut away the branches to take the weight off the fence, then cut away the trunk.

I was greatly relieved to see very little damage done!  A few boards will need to be replaced and one beam is leaning slightly, but I think it can be propped up from this side.  Several piles of branches in the end, which they promptly hauled off.

The bamboo all survived, save for some minor embarrassment of being tossed about by the whole experience.

Winter is not over, and more snow could fall, I just hope nothing else does.  :)