Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring: Goose Stands Guard

Even though we were all the way across the lake from this goose, it made sure we knew it saw us and would protect its nest. I suspect the next time we walk along this path we'll see the goose with its mate and a bunch of goslings.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring: Eagles Hatching

Lots of these online lately, but still not enough! Check some out:







Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring: Glacier Cave on Mt. Hood

My friend Colleen told me Monday about the most fantastic experience ever: exploring one of the glacier caves on Mt. Hood. Here's s photo of her in the cave:

She had spent the whole previous day, an 18-hour day, getting to, exploring, and getting out of, this cave.

Oregon Public Broadcasting had a big story about the caves recently, and I, like everyone else in the area, I'm sure, thought it would be the most fantastic experience ever, to explore one of those caves.

But Colleen actually got to go there, with a professional photographer who took this photo and many more.

She said it was as awesome as this photo makes it look, and more. She also said it was scary some of the time. It was particularly scary, she said, when they weren't sure they could make it out Sunday night and started making plans for an emergency sleep-over in the cave.

Here's the OPB story about the caves. Read it! Even if you just enjoy the photos and glance at the text, I think you'll be enthralled and maybe wish that you, too, could be in on this adventure.

Here's a video made by some climbers who visited the Sandy Glacier Cave about 1-1/2 years ago:



Monday, March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring: Eagle in Tree

Sorry, I don't have a photo of this one. Maybe one of the photos Jason took with his cell phone turned out. (Like that "Crow in Tree" photo of mine, spur-of-the-moment, whip-out-the-cell-phone photo, where you realize how amazing these cell phone cameras are but wish you had your "real" camera with you, anyway.)

UPDATE: Yes, Jason sent me the photo, and, as he says in his comment, it's low resolution, but it still shows this gorgeous creature as it was about to swoop down for its little-fish dinner:

So, we were walking last night at the lake and saw a family (mom, dad, an elementary-school-age girl and a pre-school-age girl, and a toddler boy) just packing up their gear after going fishing. As we were saying "Hi" to each other, an eagle swooped overhead. It was a juvenile bald eagle (judging by its size, the fact that no golden eagles live around here, and the fact that its head was just starting to fill in with the white feathers that will mark it as an adult in a year or two from now).

It perched (balanced precariously, kind of funny as it stumbled through the branches until it found one firm and steady enough to hold its weight) in the tree above us and looked at us.

Turns out the family had thrown back a fish that was too small to keep, and that eagle-eyed eagle had seen it in the water close to the shore.

So I held their bag of picnic supplies and held the hand of the little boy while the mom took some photos of the eagle and the dad cleared away their fishing gear, and then we all moved down the trail a ways so the eagle would feel safe enough to swoop down and catch its free dinner, which it did in a magnificent and awe-inspiring way.

It missed us by a few feet as it caught the fish in its talons and then glided over to the island on the other side.

Made my day! Made me glad we'd gone for that walk even when I felt all tired and achy and whiny and didn't really want to when we started...you know, that kind of experience.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Bible Story

Thanks to Maurice for this one:

A father was reading Bible stories to his young son.

He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt."

His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi Day

And at exactly 9:26:53, we will pass the first 10 digits in that magical number: 3.141592653.

           [Insert photo of pie, and/or photo of the Greek letter pi.]

And the next day is the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

            [Insert picture of Julius Caesar, and/or picture of dagger.]

The day after that is the 75th day of the year.

            [Insert picture of an ice cream soft cone.]

And the day after that is St. Patrick's Day.

            [Insert picture of shamrock, and/or map of Ireland, and/or leprechaun, and/or, and/or, and/or.]

Whoopee.

Also, the 16th is Dairy Queen Free Cone Day. That's the one I'll be celebrating. Yay!

            [Insert photo of me eating an ice cream cone, and/or not.]

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zoolander

For those (ahem!) who aren't familiar with this movie, here's the trailer:


And here's the walk-off scene.


March Moon

As we set out for an evening walk last Thursday:

One of the great things about living here: that weird atmospheric effect