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  • "Please, please don't leave me. I promise to be a good doggie from now on!"
    You can just see it in the eyes

  • edited March 4

    @JackL said:
    "Please, please don't leave me. I promise to be a good doggie from now on!"
    You can just see it in the eyes

    Actually on this paddle there is lots of long stretches of beach for her to run on while I paddle. Gives her a good break. We were out over 4 hours


  • Look behind the bike. This is how she behaves on the trails

  • @Chuck von Yamashita said:
    Look behind the bike. This is how she behaves on the trails

    Maybe she's blind? Maybe you're just good with PhotoShop? :wink: Or maybe she's just really, really smart and knows better than to mess with the moose.

    I noticed the Canada Geese are beginning to arrive back from their annual southern vacations. Spring is on it's way... sometime.

  • edited March 4

    There is hope. the resident Sandhill Cranes arrived last week. I heard them earlier and then saw them in a near by field Saturday morning.

    Cold for the next 2 -3 days and then looks like March - 40s day 20 - 30s night. Should see buckets & blue lines soon.

  • Checked the weather for Resurrection Bay. Daytime temps of 38-39F. That's downright balmy. I'd be driving around with my car windows down. Here, tomorrow's high will be 8F, west wind around 15. Subzero right now.

    Maybe I should move to Alaska, where it's warmer. :|

  • @Sparky961 said:

    Or maybe she's just really, really smart and knows better than to mess with the moose

  • Paris is a smart pup. She's aware of the law of gross tonnage.

  • I want to see a camera from Paris' perspective. I'll bet Chuck is holding a big fat salmon for all those pictures where she's posing nicely for the picture . If the photo was higher resolution, you'd see the drool.

    Anyone else want to see things from a ParisCAM? She could have her own YouTube channel (if she doesn't already)

  • @rival51 said:
    There is hope. the resident Sandhill Cranes arrived last week. I heard them earlier and then saw them in a near by field Saturday morning.

    Cold for the next 2 -3 days and then looks like March - 40s day 20 - 30s night. Should see buckets & blue lines soon.

    Where are you? I saw flock of Sandhill Cranes flying and trilling overhead this morning. I’m in the Four Corners part of CO. The big crane festival in Monte Vista happens next weekend.

  • Chuck , please do define “warm.”

  • Paris is the boss.
    Would love to see some Sandhill Cranes but central NC doesn't appeal to them. Did see thirteen Tree Swallows yesterday taking possession of a bunch of gourd-shaped bird houses. Beautiful birds fer sher.

  • Peach Orchards are blooming here, and freezing weather this week. I was down in Ocala national forest this weekend. Woke to the nosy chatter of Sandhill Cranes each morning. One actually was in the yard with wild turkeys and whitetail deer while we grilled chicken. It would chase the turkeys from where they were feeding to see if there was something it might eat. There is a year round population of Sandhills in Florida.

  • Well, noticed this morning that the branches of my 9 ft tall burning "bush" are beginning to green up. Looks like it is going to have to get its first haircut before March is out. In upstate NY this early that is about the only hopeful sign I am going to get. The dried stuff I put in the pots out front for Christmas is still frozen in.. So it'll be at least mid-march before the festive sights of the holidays are gone.

  • edited March 5

    @castoff said:

    "Boy, am I ever thirsty after that long flight!"

  • @pikabike I'm in mid-Michigan - just south of Lansing. We don't get big crowds in the spring - just those who nest here. In the fall though there are several staging areas nearby where we can see them by the hundreds.

  • @pikabike said:
    Chuck , please do define “warm.”

    30s

  • edited March 9

    @castoff said:
    Peach Orchards are blooming here, and freezing weather this week. I was down in Ocala national forest this weekend. Woke to the nosy chatter of Sandhill Cranes each morning. One actually was in the yard with wild turkeys and whitetail deer while we grilled chicken. It would chase the turkeys from where they were feeding to see if there was something it might eat. There is a year round population of Sandhills in Florida.

    "What in Sand Hill?"
    Sam said with displacement,
    at sign one's craning neck,
    driving through liquor's replacement,

    while the satellite dishes,
    flips bird and lid in dumpster dive.
    "Ain't it all so damn peachy,
    when bloomin' winter springs its jive!"

  • Or how about

    Sandy is dandy
    But liquor is quicker.

    (Apologies to Ogden Nash.)

  • @castoff said:>……... There is a year round population of Sandhills in Florida.

    >
    Maybe but I don't see them much except the winter months when the migrators are in town. In Rockledge FL they inhabited the RV park I was living in. They kind of thought they lived there and we were to go around them. Kinda like they knew they were protected.

  • I drove over to Atlanta to pick up a boat today. The fields are green and the sun warm. Very pastoral once you leave the megalopolis.

  • I was in the Bosque del Apache in central New Mexico in early December 25 years ago when the massive winter migratory bird flocks were gathered there on their way south. Tens of thousands of snow geese and sandhills were gathered in the grassy flats and mown fields along the river valley. When the geese rose up as one, it looked like huge white blankets being tossed in the air. The noise from the strutting mobs of cranes was like the clattering of hundreds of bamboo wind-chimes. Somewhere I have a photo of a huge flock of the cranes standing in a field -- a sweep of brown on brown but in the very center a blinding white streak: a solitary whooping crane yearling that had been fostered with the flock as part of the endangered species restoration project.

  • I also have those somewhere photos. I'm glad my memory still works. Those special times have become feelings .

  • @pikabike said:
    Or how about

    Sandy is dandy
    But liquor is quicker.

    (Apologies to Ogden Nash.)

    n Just-
    spring when the world is mud-
    luscious the
    apologies non-
    needed g
    Nashing teeth
    of Winter
    's cummings
    and goings ;)

  • edited March 9

    Good one, CWDH!

    So much depends
    upon

    a red-browed
    crane

    Dazed on Main
    beside

    the white liquor
    store.

  • edited March 9

    and good, too
    to like
    coloratura through mute
    pikabike

    Besides, I spent many dazed besides the white liquor store depending on the blindness of strangers in funding my pink elephant spotting. No red-browned cranes, though. Maybe I'll go petal some peach schnapps, now.

    Spring is but an hour away,
    though rolled at night she gives false play.
    Who solstice on winter's depraving,
    in light nervous tics we're daylight saving?

  • I also have those somewhere photos. I'm glad my memory still works.

  • I guess this is more usually a late winter/early spring thing? The article suggests it happens every year on Lake Erie. https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Dozens-rescued-after-being-trapped-on-Lake-Erie-13676094.php#photo-17047974.

  • Daylight saving time arrived... but so did more snow.. The snowbanks are quite high and I miss the radio antenna that allowed you to put a pink styrofoam ball on it to announce your presence at corners.
    Rite of winter.. here snowmachine deaths continue to mount as for most of the state its been the fourth snowiest winter since records were started.
    We will find the Christmas lights in April but they will be frozen till May.
    We do have migratory sandhill cranes that love farmers fields on ridgetops. Not here yet.
    Almost all homes still have Chritstmas decorations up.. With three to ten feet of snow or sort of snow ( its frozen solid and as slippery as get out) the Dead Wreath Society is doing well.

  • I just rediscovered a bent-over, sad little cholla that had been planted last summer. finally uncovered where enough sun and warmth melted the snow. My cheer upon seeing it was immediately shadowed by the thought, “Uh, oh, now where is the OTHER one that was planted at the same time?” Jackrabbits will chomp cacti, and deer might get desperate. I hope the other one is under the still-white hillock nearby.

  • No early spring here; just a never ending winter. With DST came six inches of snow and winds gusting to 45+. Power went out this morning (just as I was preheating my oven to bake bread) and like kayamedic, crazy high snowbanks because temps have been so cold. Maybe it will melt by May, but doubt if Lake Superior will.

  • @Rookie said:
    No early spring here; just a never ending winter. With DST came six inches of snow and winds gusting to 45+. Power went out this morning (just as I was preheating my oven to bake bread) and like kayamedic, crazy high snowbanks because temps have been so cold. Maybe it will melt by May, but doubt if Lake Superior will.

    Us too . Its still snowing.

  • edited March 11

    @kayamedic said:

    @Rookie said:
    No early spring here; just a never ending winter. With DST came six inches of snow and winds gusting to 45+. Power went out this morning (just as I was preheating my oven to bake bread) and like kayamedic, crazy high snowbanks because temps have been so cold. Maybe it will melt by May, but doubt if Lake Superior will.

    Us too . Its still snowing.

    Am guessing your temps have been 15-20 degrees below normal like ours.

    Time to make some snow paint and brighten up the monochromatic landscape.

    Edited to add it's snowing again. I was so hoping for the simple pleasure of seeing no new snow on the driveway tomorrow morning. Bah humbug.

  • Nuther day--- nuther few inches of snow. Picture from a couple of weeks ago. Might even be more now as we are getting a couple inches almost everyday.

    All the white is very fresh and clean, but beneath the fresh white lies layers of ______________. We have 3 dogs, I leave it to you to fill in the blank.
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  • edited March 11

    Well, darnit, winter barged back in. It left only a skiff of snow last night this time instead of a boatload. We keep getting persistent waves of wet storms.

    This weather is making me downright edgy. I might as well go sit-on-top a bed of snails or maybe slap my scull.

    Canoe fathom why?

  • While down heah, we have 3 days off from rain. But, it will be back for the weekend.

  • Paris perched upon the berg,
    roared her electrostatic air,
    "Sound the charge, let the hounds debarge,
    I'm an icebreaker on a tear!"

  • Lake Erie apparently opened up this weekend. A few dozen fisherman had to be rescued from the flow.

  • @pikabike said:
    Well, darnit, winter barged back in. It left only a skiff of snow last night this time instead of a boatload. We keep getting persistent waves of wet storms.

    This weather is making me downright edgy. I might as well go sit-on-top a bed of snails or maybe slap my scull.

    Canoe fathom why?

    If the forecast is right, a tsunami of snow is headed your way Wednesday. And if the track is correct, it will miss the Great Lakes (fingers crossed).

  • Been pouring rain all day, after a windy night. The temps drop sharply tomorrow, ARGH. Or should that be “Ark”?

    Of course that is what happens. I washed hubby’s two vehicles at the car wash (he is out of town enjoying some much nicer weather!

  • edited March 13

    Last Saturday on the Ortega River, NE Florida. Summer is coming. Those leaves are all a week or two old.

  • @Overstreet said:

    Last Saturday on the Ortega River, NE Florida. Summer is coming. Those leaves are all a week or two old.

    Beautiful!

  • @Overstreet said:

    Last Saturday on the Ortega River, NE Florida. Summer is coming. Those leaves are all a week or two old.

    Freshly hatched leaves have an amazing intensity. Not harsh, just very rightfully showing us they are out in force.

    Gonna be rather wet here for awhile. Precipitation on and off with high 30s and mid 40s for a few days will really get the spring melt underway, and there is a lot of snow to melt. Everything is off the basement floor, floor has been vacuumed and squeegies are ready

  • Love the first blush of leaves in spring for their softness and color. Also the scent of emerging wild leeks and of course, hillsides covered with flowering trillium. Everything smells so wonderful and fresh! Maybe in eight weeks...

    @Yooper16 No basement here; just a garage entry and garage, plus half the back porch filled with water when I got home. Lived here quite a few years and this is a first. It's not just the snowbanks melting, but the snow on the roof as well. Yikes!
    Spent 2.5 hours using a WaterBug pump to clear it, then another hour of pumping later on. It will be flooded again in the morning and just hope I can get home in time to pump out again tomorrow before the temps drop and it freezes.

  • I appreciate your persistence and I'm really glad I don't live there.

  • @string said:
    I appreciate your persistence and I'm really glad I don't live there.

    I keep telling myself it builds character.

  • Would a leaf blower blow some of the water away?

  • Behind the moats of Michigan
    patient for spring resides woman
    whom mans bilge pumps ironically
    awaiting thaw of neighboring sea

  • Let's not forget new leaves are accompanied by pollen. And pollen affects some of us badly.

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