Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Then today I was trimming up a cholla and saw this leaf hopper stuck on a needle. It was still alive! At least the legs were still moving a bit. I don't think it was terribly happy to be alive being stuck by its head and all. But again, you have to wonder how it got there? And how long had it been there??
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Don't be surprised if one or all of these end up as drawings. On my monitor these all have very dark backgrounds. If that isn't the case in reality then they aren't as 'artsy' as I fancy them to be, but I can fix that in photo-shop or on the paper!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It's called a Peanut Cactus as the stems are about the size of a peanut shell or maybe your average-sized thumb.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This is the one that got away earlier in the day. We were watching a kid and his dad using bread to catch this carp. They hooked it and played it, but it ended up getting away before they could get it out of the water. They would have released it anyhow, but it would have been pretty cool to get a picture with this catch! Anyhow, that's the reason we were back at the park again tonite...
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Already starting to line up by the time they get to the bridge. Ended up with an exciting finish as - I think it was Western Tree - passed some physician clinic within 50 feet of the finish line.
Some type of cholla
Here's one of those native bees. They literally dive into these flowers and swim around like Scrooge McDuck in his coin vault! You can really see the pollen in there.
Here she's getting down to the serious business of collecting pollen.
Just look at that yellow belly! I'm assuming there are pockets there similar to the leg pockets where they load up pollen to bring back to the hive.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Jake's take on the ducklings. Pretty decent shot for not using the zoom!
My take on the ducklings, with zoom, of course!
Many people come to the Hole to see the sunset. We did catch the sunset, but it wasn't as nice as this older photo. Sometimes it is fantastic, and sometimes just a normal sunset. We got normal.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Well, it took some time, but I finally got new windows to replace the boys' rooms single-pane windows. That makes 6 of 9 windows replaced and 5 of 6 are Pellas. This is Jake's room and our room already has a Pella window. What's the big deal with Pella? Well it just so happens that Pella comes highly recommended from Karen's brother Lynn Bleeker who just happens to work for Pella in Iowa. That might not have been enough to convince us, but when Lynn & Marlene visited a couple years ago, Lynn helped replace the first three windows (which all were standard sizes and avaiable at Lowes). I still didn't believe they would make much difference so I took a thermometer to Jake's room and set it by the window and then took it to our new window and checked. Same side of the house - only a few feet apart - and the temperature difference was 6 degrees. And this was before the big heat. Pretty convincing!