Monday Melt

Apr. 3rd, 2013 02:18 pm
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For the past few years, I've done a little photography project that I call Monday Melt: every Monday in April, I go around the property and take pictures, so that I can compare them to past years and see how our spring is coming along.

(And yes, I know it's not Monday, but I took these pictures on Monday; I'm just now getting around to dl'ing them from the camera!)

As you can see, we have a ways to go yet.

A couple more pictures and comparisons to past years under the cut )
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(Actually these were taken on Dec. 30. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. *g*)

The view from my yard at noon, showing how much sunlight we get:

I can see the sun … it’s right over there! *sob*

Crossposted to Wordpress, Livejournal and Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you like.
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Starting next week, I think I'm going up to 2 Kismet updates a week: Mondays and Thursdays (just like the original Hunter's Moon schedule!). Right now I've got a few pages done in advance, and I'm having a lot of fun working on it -- I want to keep the story moving forward!

Also, if I'm giving you two pages a week rather than one, I feel less guilty about using lazy artist tricks, such as copy-pasting backgrounds or doing whole conversations in one gigantic panel. ;p

I'll drop back down to the page-a-week schedule if this turns out to be hard to keep up, but I'm enthused and ready to get this horse running again. Let's do eeeeet!

As an extra bonus, this is what my driveway looks like right now:

(Dog optional.)

Come on, spring, you can do it ...
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*blows dust off journal* Um ... hi! It's been a very busy summer and fall. But I'm home at last, getting settled back in, and hoping not to leave again for a while.

I bring some pictures of Denali in the fall!

11 kinda-big pictures under cut )

So, um ... hi again! How are all of you?
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This is what my backyard looks like at the moment:

Yeah, it's snowing. This is a damn sorry excuse for a May day, is all I have to say about it ...


Sep. 1st, 2009 09:47 pm
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I looked out the window this evening and there was a great horned owl perched in a tree above the creek. So naturally I had to molest it with my camera. This is only the second time I've seen one here, though I often hear them.

A couple of owl pictures )
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There's a little bull with stubby, velvet-covered antlers that's been hanging around the last week or two. I got some decent shots of him browsing around outside the back door last night.

Photos under cut )
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... ow. Arms hurt. Feeling very wimpy now.

We built a chickenhouse on Sunday, and today I drove into town and picked up two chickens (a rooster and a hen) from a co-worker of mine who had offered them to us. (He had to get rid of the rooster because of housing covenants where he lives.) Hopefully they'll be joined by another chicken or two before the summer is out ... assuming we manage not to kill these two.

Chickens! )
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The footbridge across our creek melted out of the ice today. Naturally I had to grab my camera and document this momentous occasion.

Ever since the creek started melting, a few weeks ago, it's been impossible to cross. (Well, not really impossible, but with rapidly moving water over ice of indeterminate depth, probably unwise.) I was delighted to get a chance to get reacquainted with the temporarily-inaccessible part of our property.

Pictures and commentary )
layla: (Linton bad day)
Scientists discover the world's oldest tree in Sweden. I had to giggle at that because it looks so much like the poor scrawny little trees that we have around here. I mean that with all possible affection, but, well ...

Exhibit A )

Plus another picture, since I haven't really been posting pictures lately. Is editing the rough draft of a story any less painful with colorful markers?

Uh, not really, but it's more fun )

On Friday I dropped by old college buddy Jamie Smith's signing for his latest books at Gulliver's (local indie book store). It was nice to see Jamie again -- I've been so out of touch with, well, everybody, and I've been feeling it lately for some reason.
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We had quite a little blizzard on Sunday. I hiked down the driveway with the dogs to get the mail, taking pictures along the way.

7 pictures under the cut )


Jul. 27th, 2007 11:54 pm
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So we're upstairs a few minutes ago -- me on the computer, Orion playing video games on the projector wall -- and I looked over the railing down to the picture window looking out at the backyard, and OMG MOOSE! A mama and a little calf, right outside the window, just fifteen or twenty feet from me.

By the time I finished flailing at Orion and we got our cameras and ourselves downstairs, the moose had moseyed a little ways farther on, but we still got to watch them grazing for a while and took some not-so-sharp pictures in the midnight semidarkness. (Yes, these pictures were taken at midnight, with natural lighting ... a month after the summer solstice. We are far north, we are.)

A few not-very-sharp pictures )
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Finally with the pictures! These are from my trip back home at the beginning of June.

Quite a few pictures under the cut )
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There's a firefighter helicopter (we assume) dipping water from the pond in the gravel pit with a bucket. It's done a few trips now; it takes about 3-5 minutes to do a round trip, which means that wherever it's taking the water is rather alarmingly close. It's possible that they're just practicing for an actual emergency, though.

Pictures under the cut )

It's a surprisingly tiny bucket, although I guess you can only carry so much weight with a smallish flying machine. You can actually SEE the difference in the way the helicopter maneuvers when it's empty and when it's full.


Feb. 26th, 2007 12:03 pm
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Moose galore lately. It's becoming routine in the morning to let the dogs out and watch them erupt in a frenzy of barking as they discover the latest yardmoose. Of course, this is not really a safe situation for either the dogs OR us; moose are bigger than Thoroughbred horses, after all. And it probably takes a special kind of stupid to sneak around trying to take pictures of them after the dogs have gotten them riled up.

Unwise picture under the cut )

Not that they seem to care; these particular moose are entirely unperturbable. I've seen the idiot dogs stand within 15 feet, barking, and they just go on about their moosely business.

The primary ones hanging around have been a cow and twin calves from last year's crop. It's tough to determine moose size when they're laying down, so I'm not sure if the one above is from that group or a different one. I did see what I'm pretty sure was one of the calves by itself yesterday -- either Ma and Bro were around somewhere, or else they'd died, although it's only been about a week since I saw the whole group together and I don't think there have been any large predators hanging around.
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We went for a walk up the creek with the dogs today, and the overflow is amazing. It's doing this incredible thing where it's lower in the middle and then goes up the sides. Way up the sides. Orion thinks that the creekbed is completely frozen and this is forcing the water to percolate through the ground and seep out the side of the hills, because it's forming these frozen cascades coming out of the sides of the valley.

... which of course I didn't have my camera for.

But when we got back, I went and got my camera and walked down onto the nearby stretch of creek to get some shots of the local overflow, because it's still pretty cool and kind of looks like flowstone or melted wax -- it's been so cold that the water freezes almost immediately when it wells up, so you can clearly see how the layers have built up.

A picture is worth a thousand words, though. And there are several of them under this cut. )


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