Monday, July 27, 2009

Housing Shortage - What is he thinking?

We recently replaced a fence post and installed a new gate to the garden. We decided to leave the post tall and added an old birdhouse we found on the property. The thought was that one of the smaller species of birds we have here would use it next spring. This young vulture, handsome fellow that he is, looks as though he is checking out local real estate for a place to settle down.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Word Play

There is amazing power in simple words of description. They can capture your imagination or tell you a story, suggest a flight of fancy or stop you in your tracks. I work with lampwork glass in all of my designs. I am first drawn to colors and patterns, but it is often the descriptions that grab me. Today's kudos go to JavaBeads.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What is True

What is true
Is that when you get down
To why you are doing something
Not for the money
Or the ego satistisfaction
Not for the expectations
Or the promises
But for the shear love
Of what you are doing
There exist no droughts
No dried up wells
June 19, 1975

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Did She Make It?

This little one could give Wiley Coyote a run for his money. I watched in fascination as she tried to figure out this new road block. The disc (an old pot lid) spins so it looked like she was driving a car on ice: right, right, right, oops, left, left, left, stop. I was laughing so hard I could hardly keep the camera steady. You'll need to stay tuned to see if she outfoxed me again. Now get on outside and enjoy the day.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Home Entertainment - Unplugged

Happy 4th Of July
There are a couple of peanut feeders in the front yard for the nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers. Soon after they were placed we discovered that the families of red and grey squirrels were quite intrigued and wily enough to figure things out. We keep trying to outsmart them with new set ups, but they continue to prove us fools. Squirrels 6 - Humans 0. We'll try again another day.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Richardson's Grove

A walk along the Eel River is often full of surprises. This particular morning, near Richardson's Grove, dawned warm and sunny, trails refreshed by an evening rain. Footsteps went unheard on the forest floor. The only sounds were the river and the call of a lone hawk.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bucket List - Tututun Lodge - Gold Beach, Oregon

One of those very special places that will become part of the fabric of your life. We have returned annually for over a decade to celebrate our wedding anniversary on December 21st. It is a truly serene and romantic spot on the banks of the Rogue River. If you go in summer taking a mail boat up the river to Agnes is a must. It is a 104 mile round trip through some of the most beautiful back country you've ever seen. Oh, and prepare to get wet, it's the best part of the adventure on a hot summer day!