My dog Max died a couple of months ago, of old age at 11 years old. Seems like only yesterday when I was blogging about getting him as a puppy…. Scroll down this old post for a picture of Max:
Our other dog, Xena, is about ten years old now, gray and old herself. We don’t expect her to live a lot longer, sad to say. She follows Marie around from room to room, but she can’t walk well enough to go on walks, and seems to be hard of hearing.
And we need functional dogs here on the ranch, for our security. So Marie, who has always wanted one, got herself a Doberman puppy last Friday. He’s a bit over six weeks old, tentatively named “Duke”.
Walking has some benefits other than just lowered blood pressure and a feeling of inner peace. Walking gives one the opportunity to see things that would otherwise have been missed.
Today was an ordinary day of nondescript summer weather here — sunny and warm with some haze, but unremarkable in every way. I procrastinated on taking my daily walk until the sun was going down and I couldn’t put it off any more. (No street lights here, and it isn’t a good idea to go wandering around in the dark woods at night.)
After the sun went below the horizon came the biggest sun spike I have ever seen. I guess that’s what you would call it. It appeared to me to be an upside down reflection of the sun off a layer of clouds.
These elk were in our yard, at the end of our driveway, about 80 yards from the house.
I had been disappointed with similar shots taken of elk in basically the same scenario, because the zoom lens that came with my Pentax K10 (a fully automatic 18-55 lens) just didn’t zoom in enough to get any detail at that distance. Continue reading →
Being in coastal Oregon, in the middle of nowhere, we get to see a lot of hummingbirds. We were doing some necessarily “fuzzy” (or maybe it was “feathery”) math the other day based on how much one hummingbird can eat in a day, and how much sugar-water nectar we are feeding them.
(I took the photo of the two female Rufous Humminbgirds pictured above a few minutes ago during a quiet period.)