Friday, April 27, 2012


Last Sunday was a blustery (blew about 25 -30 knots all day) but warm day, the kind of day you want to curl up with the newspaper and a hot cup of coffee and watch the waves crash over your sea wall, killing all vegetation in its path. My faithful Dakota got right into the mood, found a sunny spot of grass and soaked up the sunshine. After coffee was gone and newspaper read, I thought a little exercise would benefit both of us, but she wanted no part of a game of fetch. Sometimes that dog has real attitude problems, but ain't she cute!

Uh oh, here she comes with that darn stick. I must have looked too comfortable.

Seriously? Does this look like the face of a dog who wants to play fetch?

Hey, good throw. You've got a pretty good arm there.

Now, GO FETCH and leave me alone.


I've resolved my blogger problems with the help of my personal IT guy--my son. Turns out the fault was not with Blogger but with me and my vast lack of knowledge of computerize. So I guess I have to take back everything I've said over the past little while about Blogger. Whew, Karin, good think I didn't find that guy to sleep with!

Saturday, April 21, 2012


The two great horned owlettes are growing fast and will soon fledge from the nest. I took these photos yesterday. If you look closely, the one on the left is actually sitting backwards with its head turned around. It seems to always perch this way. I wonder if there is something wrong with this little one? I haven't been able to catch Mom or Dad at the nest.They are there very early in the morning, and then seem to disappear. I wonder where they go all day.

They sit so close to one another. Always touching, never separate.

Their ear tufts are forming and becoming more prominent.

The steely-eyed stare.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


A few new faces this morning.

Either a Rusty Blackbird or a Brewers Blackbird. I'm still going through my field guides, though I think its a Brewers.

My lovely Mourning Doves.
"Do they realize how many seeds they drop out of the feeders?"

"Okay, you in the back, your OTHER left!"

"Can you believe what she's wearing?"

"No accounting for taste. I'm hungry." So spake the Redwing Blackbird.

"You going to be here tomorrow?"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Mourning Dove


House Finch -- I think I dropped something.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


"There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch and gather under her shadow..."
~Bible quote

After days of watching this nest, I finally saw the Great Horned Owls. I didn't have a very good vantage point and the photos aren't very good, but the owls are so pretty. They seemed fascinated by my picture taking and just sat their watching as I tramped around trying to get a decent shot. It was late afternoon and the sun was not cooperating. I'll have to go back in the early morning and see if I can catch another look at them.

Great Horned Owl in nest.

I thought there was only one Owl in the nest, but suddenly a second Owl popped its head up.

Watching the lady with the camera trying to find a good spot to take a picture.

Can you see the Owl? It's pretty well camouflaged.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


It was moving day for my neighbors and their convertible was called into action. I especially love the broom in the front seat. Nothing was tied down and I worried that the road would soon be littered with soundproofing panels and, horrors, the broom!

I'm happy to report, they made it safely down the driveway and out into the street. How it all turned out after that, I don't know. I wasn't a big fan of my neighbors, but I really hope they made it to their destination without mishap.