Saturday, January 31, 2015
I always liked this scene from the end of the street after a snowfall. All of the trees lined up there just look right to me for some reason. I think that's why I've taken this picture so many times before.
Even though my truck is in the shop right at the moment, I've been on a few good nature adventures. I've got lots of stuff to show you from those. The little bird feeder got very active all of a sudden today. I even accidently posted something from that, but I deleted it shortly after.
But this snow scene is enough for today. I'll talk to you later.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The back door is like a television set to Isabella, and she's one of the worst couch potatoes I've ever seen. She's completely obsessed. She watches cats walk along that far wall back there that she can never reach on her chain while she's out. They know she can't reach them, so they flaunt themselves as they walk across there.
When a bird flew over to the bird feeder out there she wasn't in her normal position at the door, so she ran over to get a closer look. I wanted to get a few pictures of the bird, but her motion at the door made it fly away. Better luck next time.
Now I know that birds are going to come, so I can get something better when this one begins to run out. Once the birds began to come they peck at it at least once a day. I don't get many, but at least they do come. That makes me happy enough to get something better next time.
I don't even really have a place to hang this feeder, but that's something else I'll change in the future. I'll rig up something so the next one is hanging so the birds will feel more comfortable. I also want it to be centered in the window so I can see it well from my chair. That'll be good.
I'll talk to you later.
Monday, January 26, 2015
The first day when I put the feeder out there I watched it like a hawk. I knew no birds would show up that day, but I just couldn't help myself. After the second and third days rolled by with nothing, I began to get a little impatient, even though I knew it was still too soon.
Then it finally happened! I was so excited. I watched this bird creeping up to the feeder for awhile before I finally ran to get my camera. I purposely kept the camera out of this room so I wouldn't get my hopes up too early. But then this bird was here.
I'm still guessing that almost nobody looked at the picture. For one, I don't have many Twitter followers. And for another thing, I still think that Twitter is just a place where us normal people can follow more famous people. It works better for them. I haven't been proved wrong yet. I'd like to be.
It's so easy for me to get these pictures. I can stay right in my chair and take the pictures from there. It's the lap of luxury. Of course I won't just do this all the time now. I have many trips planned to go out to several nature type places.
but this is a good thing to have on those days I can't go anywhere or when I get back home. It reawakened the idea in me that there is so much nature right around my house. A few years ago I was doing lots of stuff just right around here. I need to kind of get back to that. I'll talk to you next time.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
First we start out on this very civilized wide trail at the front of the nature park. It's not paved, but it's well graveled and manicured. It's the kind that gives greenhorns a nice warm feeling inside. The thing I like about it is that it stretches on for quite a ways. We don't know what's coming next.
You can see at the far end of the trail that there are a few more trees there, and something interesting is happening. Right at the end the trail there's a dip that clearly takes us downhill. That means a new bit of the adventure!
At other times there may be several kinds of ducks and other water birds on this lake. It will take a few more trips like this to see them. You can't get that lucky every time. Just reaching our goal and seeing the lake is good enough for me though. I love this place.
And that's our little tour. It kind of gives you a much less fun view of my experiences. There's really nothing like being there, as many of you know. This was just a short hike. The longer ones are even more fun and interesting. There's just so much more to see on those. Maybe one day we'll go on one of those long hikes. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, January 19, 2015
As I always do, I took lots of pictures. I got it down to these three I have for you today. But these aren't necessarily the best. I usually pick the best of the bunch, but I really couldn't decide this time, so this is what I have left over.
That square piece on the fence above is a warning sign to keep away from the fence because the buffalo are dangerous. I would have rested the camera on the fence to take the pictures, but I didn't want to take a chance that it might be electrified. Touching an electric fence would have given me something funny to write about though. Bzzzzzzzzzzt!
I've been trying to give Twitter another little chance so I added the widget for that and I've been active on Twitter for the past few days. I'm trying to use it to give quick updates to things I'm doing related to this blog. Honestly I think Twitter is really only useful for famous people that everyone pays a lot of attention to. I'm going to use it heavily for awhile to see if I can prove myself wrong.
I was going to go on a bigger trip where I couldn't take the dog, but I've decided to postpone it just to make sure she's okay. I know she is, but I can go another day. It was going to be a good nature trip but there are a few indoor places as well. No dogs allowed.
I also finally bought a bird feeder for in back of the house. It's a very simple cheap one because I still don't know if the birds will come. They never did before with the stuff out front. I only have it sitting on the rail of the porch because there is nowhere to hang it yet. If it's successful I'll build something better next summer.
I think that's it for now. I'll be back with another post just as soon as I can get some more pictures. I'll talk to you later.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I took these pictures of all the statues outside the Lewis And Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City. This is a very nice place to visit. You won't find many more nature type statues in one place. All of these statues are of animals except the one of Lewis and Clark, along with Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman.
Look on the right side in the far background to the right of the big tree. There are people standing there. I should have taken a better picture of them but I didn't want to invade their privacy too much. People don't like that.
What's odd about these particular people is that they were all wearing dark robes with big hoods on them. They were either a coven of witches or a group of devil worshipers. I decided not to go over and ask.
The Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center has a building behind all of these statues where you can explore the history of the land around here, especially related to the Lewis & Clark expedition. Lewis & Clark are very important figures around here. So many places are named after them or others in their group.
Here's a link to the website in case you want to take a look:
The Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center
I think that's enough for me in this post. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Seeing this bird back there inspired me to try getting another bird feeder. Many of my blogger friends have been telling me to do it, but I haven't because it hasn't worked for me at all in the past. But my feeders have always been in the front of the house. Maybe it's time to try one near the back porch now.
My back door has a full length window on it. I open it every day so my dog can look outside. She watches out that back door like a couch potato watches television. My dad used to do the same thing for his dogs too, so I knew it would be a good idea. The only thing is I have to wash the nose prints off the window.
When I first saw this bird there were two of them. I sat and just watched them because my camera and my phone were both in the other room. After the other bird flew away I kept watching this one. It didn't seem to want to leave so I finally decided to take a chance and go get my camera. The bird was still there when I came back.
I crouched down at the window and began taking picture after picture, expecting the bird to fly away. It didn't seem to want to go anywhere. I got more pictures of this little Junco than anything else I've ever done. The only problem is that these were the best. I finally got tired and went and sat back down. The bird lasted another good minute before it finally flew away.
The app has vast information on just about any bird in North America. It even has comments from people who have recently seen a particular bird. I haven't really had time to look at most of the information about these Dark-Eyed Juncos. Maybe when I read a little bit I'll finally start remembering the name of this bird when I see one.
I used to see so many different types of birds. I haven't in a couple of years now. Maybe if I can finally set up a successful feeder that can change back for the positive. But I don't want to get my hopes up too much. I think I'll try though. I'll pick up some stuff on my next trip to town. So one of these times you'll find out if it worked or not. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, January 9, 2015
It's also very cold here right now, so I'm not going on any significant adventures. I'll have to wait until it warms up just a little bit. The other day on a trip into town the temperature in the truck said it was -3 degrees Fahrenheit. That's -19 Celsius.
I did my best with these pictures, but I don't think you can really see how much snow we have. I took them at the end of the street in front of my house. I've done several pictures from here in the past. The problem is that the road was plowed, and I took these pictures with my phone. The phone takes excellent pictures, but it makes everything seem kind of small.
I keep thinking I need to post a little more often again. I've got several good things lined up, but I've slowed down a bit because I don't know when I'll be back outside because of the deep freeze. I've still been able to get some good stuff from around here. I'm glad I can run back inside when I get too cold.
I'm not sure what I'll have coming up next. I have a couple of good things I did right before it got cold and snowed. I also have some stuff from just today. After all my complaining of seeing no animals, I've actually been seeing just a few lately. We'll see what I feel like writing about next. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, January 2, 2015
I have come to realize that geese are city animals. I don't see them because I live in the country now. I do have to add that I sometimes see them flying overhead, but they never stop anywhere near me. There's just not enough civilization for them here.
I'm not completely sure what they like about civilization more than the country. Maybe it's the mowed grass and neat little ponds that they like. I find them in areas like that very often. Maybe it's that they like to scavenge the garbage that people leave behind. That's not why I call them pests, but it's part of the reason.
But those yards have never been mine, so my experience is a little bit different. I still see it though. The geese I loved so much were in a nice little nature park where the flock wasn't quite so huge. These geese stayed near the lake and away from people's property. They also stayed mostly away from people.
I watched one mother goose lay her eggs. And then I watched her and the father protecting them every day. Then I saw the parents and babies swimming around the lake. Those geese seemed to know me when I came near. I'll always remember those geese above all others.
I didn't try to interact with these geese. I never do. My belief is to always leave the animals alone. I have interacted a little with a few deer in the past. I've experimented to see how close I could get to them. I've even had some curious deer walk right up to me. But then I ended it by shooing them away. I don't want them to be comfortable around just anybody.Wild animals should stay wild.
Geese aren't the nicest animals when you get close. They'll hiss at you and threaten you. They may not look like it, but they could potentially kill a dog. They're wild animals. I still like them. I just keep my distance. They're sometimes some of the goofiest birds I've ever seen. Some of my favorite animals. I'll talk to you later.