Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Big Sioux River

It took me awhile this time, but I'm finally back. I could tell you a bunch of stories about all the great adventures I've been on while I was away from here, but I really haven't had time to do much at all. No big adventures, no pictures, and no blogging fun.

My furnace had to be fixed before winter came around, so I had to prepare for that fun. While I was doing that my water heater quit working. Luckily, after some repairs, they're both working as well as they can be for now.

During all of this while I was driving down the highway a deer ran into the side of my truck. I'm happy to say the deer seemed to be okay enough to keep on running. My truck ended up with a big old dent in the door and a broken door handle. I had to take it into the shop anyway to get several things fixed, some major, so I had them fix the door as well. It all took over a week before I got it back.

On a good note, I finally am able to get some time to go back out to do some adventuring. My first little trip was down the road from me a few miles to visit The Big Sioux River. I walked my dog right up to the edge of the river and she walked right in and began to splash around. She seems to love the water.

Can you tell these pictures are a different shape than my usual stuff? That's because I took them with my new phone. My old one might have done an adequate job, but I decided to get a Lumia Icon. I chose it because it has the second best camera of any phone and I like Windows Phone. The pictures are great so far.

I'll still use my good camera when I'm out on more important adventures, but now I can have a good camera wherever I go. The camera on this phone is actually better than the camera I used for the first couple of years of writing this blog. And the phone has an excellent geocaching app on it.

I'm getting ready to visit a place with a lot of Halloween decorations. I was there last year already, but if they have something different I'll post some pictures here. That should mean I'll be back quite a bit sooner than last time. I really want to get them up by Halloween. We'll see what I can do. I'll talk to you later.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Great Blue Heron

I keep wanting to write my posts more often, but it never seems to work out that way. I always look up and find out way too much time has passed. In between all of the busy and boring stuff I do I get to go out and see things like this Great Blue Heron.

I don't seem to have the time I'd like for anything I'd like to do, so every time I see things like this bird I really appreciate it. I have to say though that I do see these things kind of often. I see flocks of egrets in the cornfields near my house almost every day. But they're too far away to get any decent pictures. Oh well.

I kept trying to get the best picture of this heron but it kept walking away and turning its back to me. Even so, I think these are pretty good. I don't think I've ever gotten any better pictures of this kind of bird. It seems like I should have since I've seen so many now.

I wish I could be out there taking pictures like these every day. Now that the warmer weather is wining down it's going to become even more difficult. I'll have to do what I usually do and find cold weather stuff to do pretty soon. Fall always gives me that dread of the coming cold weather, but then I like it when it gets here.

I guess I've been doing more fun things than I think I do. I just got a new smart phone, the Lumia Icon. It's another Windows Phone with one of the best cameras out there for a phone. The camera is why I got it. Now I can take excellent pictures even when I don't have my good camera with me.

I'm also doing a bit of Geocaching again. There's plenty of opportunities for that all over the place around here. The great thing about it is that it gives me plenty of chances to get more nature pictures and go on my little adventures. I think that's enough for now. I'll talk to you later.