Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Almost Fall

Seems to be a good year for asters. They are flourishing along our wood line.

This 2-ft diameter basswood snapped about 20 feet up a couple of weeks ago. In the foreground is the half of the double-tree we had cut down a few years ago. The part sticking up in the background is what just fell. The tree put out a full canopy this year, complete with fruit (nuts), but the interior of the tree was completely punky (seemingly right up to the bark). Hard to believe the vascular system was still that active. That's a tough organism. If it isn't too shady, there could be lots of seedlings down the hill (where the top of the tree landed) resulting from its final impressive reproductive effort. To the left, there are multiple root sprouts coming out of the base of the tree as well. I cut them back substantially last fall, when they were 4-6 feet high. Plants are pretty darn amazing. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Noah and Minnie

These two love to wrestle and chase each other around the house. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Les Nouveaux Chats

Seems like we're going to go with the shelter-given names, although one rarely calls a cat by their "formal" name. And so, without further ado . . . introducing . . .


AKA: Lili ("Lee-Lee"), Lady, Lady Liesl, Lady Lili, Lady Kitty, Pretty Kitty


AKA: Minnie, Minnie Mouse, Minnie Muus, Mini Minnie, Baby Kitty, Crazy Kitty


AKA: Noah Bean, Bud, Buddy, Noah Jonathan Quail Higgins, Battle Cat, Big Guy

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Morning Twofie

I took this with my flip phone.  It came out so well I had to share it. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Driveway turkeys

These males have been hanging around outside the window this morning (under the bird feeder). They finally went down to the driveway and across the street. There's a separate, larger group of females that comes through occasionally, too.