Musings

Lookee there

Warm day

Lookee there: warm enough for a sleeveless top! Got up to 82°F on the porch, combo of solar gain and wood stove….

Sandhill in orchard

Lookee there: sandhill in the orchard!

High water

Lookee there: high, high, high water! Bad for the shoreline!

I wanna crawl

Lookee there: “I wanna crawl!” “And doncha love my hat!”

ABG moments

Frog eyeing frog statue

Ya gotta know that if we go to the BotGarden, we check out the Frog Baby and look for frogs in the pool. Yes, they’re back from winter break; there’s one eyeing a statue frog!

Grooming Goddess pool

And we check out the Goddess. Still waiting for new plant-plugs. This poor fellow is working against the spring waterfall of plant detritus threatening to clog her pools. Keeps him employed!

Pond life

Totally different pond/pool, and different story. Shape and color variation is pure eye-candy. Plant eye-candy, that is.

Super chive head

Okay; floral fun. I don’t know what this is, but I call it super-chive.

Bird watching

Brings a different meaning to the phrase “bird-watching.” [Bird spotted by the Guru.]

On/near the BeltLine

Kroger fenced

We’ve had baseball’s opening day, now we’re awaiting opening day for the revised, revamped, and rebuilt-from-the-ground-up BeltLine Kroger. Must be nearing as the signage is up!

Turtle island

Down in the pool in O4W park, the fake geyser was off and the turtles had made the nozzle and it rock island their own. Good sign the pool has turtles! Means there’s sufficient turtle food, no?

Wisteria cluster

Today’s flower-foto…wisteria.

ATH and return

Mirror reflecting

We had all manner of fun today, including a w-a-a-a-y outside-the-perimeter adventure. In which we saw…

…a mirror ball reflecting.

Cats waiting

And cats waiting. [For feeding time, of course.]

Chimney smoking

And a chimney smoking. The kind to start the Kingsford* charcoal.

* The Ford part of Kingsford is from Henry…a side business of his.

Historic Fourth Ward Park in O4W

Droneview O4W park

Went to the park; the Guru flew Droney. View is to the north. Focus in on the flood-control pond in the center….

Sculpted granite

Off to the left of the pond, behind a curve of wall, is an sheltered area with sculpted granite…seats. Here’s an artistic shot of an artistic rock. But not soft…only hard seating.

Turtle green

Off on the right, behind trees, is this rock. I think the carapace’s distinctive coloring is really an algal coating. Certainly looks like there’s plenty floating in the pond-water.

And that’s today’s report on Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Full sun

Olympics sunny

What a difference a day makes! Loving the sun all day! First appearance since arriving….

Bird in treetop

Even the birds were celebrating the glorious light….

Sunset seward

Proof the light lasted to sunset….

Dragons!

Stone chinese dragon

Stone Chinese dragon.

Mexican axolotl

Real Mexican dragon (really: axolotl).

Bald eagles!

Evergreens rimed

Today the most frequent wildlife species we saw were bald eagles and magpies. Both have contrasting coloration. The eagles were all solos, except a pair circling each other (squabbling?).

Cottonwoods rimed

I have no photos of the eagles, but one was sitting on a fencepost, several were sitting in trees, and one was flying right at me upslope from below. And not far away. Stunning. I’m guessing they’re congregating in the valleys for the winter…where we drove much of the day.

Sunlight rock

We saw many rimed trees…evergreens in the first shot, and cottonwoods next. Finally, we got into some sunshine—and our world got color!

Cattle irrigationpipes

But the clouds kept getting in the way…still, the juxtaposition of Black Angus and feeding troughs/bales and irrigation pipes all on snow is a nice contrast to the shapes of the trees on the slopes above.

Sunset at elevation

The atmospheric obscurity adds to this sunset shot over the Clark Fork of the Columbia River—we have crossed the continental divide. “It’s all downhill from here,” as one sage noted in a somewhat similar situation.

Not wild(life)

Cat stretch

Sweet kitty! Even got up from the sphinx position to greet me.

Color equation?

Hotpinkcamellia

This is certainly a hot pink camellia. Despite the overcast and rain, it cuts through the murk of the day.

Yellow butterfly

The rain, or just time, brought this one down. I spotted the bright yellow among the leaves and thought: that’s too yellow for a leaf!

Not quite bolognese

Hot pink plus brilliant yellow equals…? Best I can do is this bolognese-inspired sauce (aka gravy)…in the new cook pan/pot. Perfect size! [This swirl is right after I started to stir in the milk….]