outdoors

My luck

Crape sun pickets

When I depart, it’s no longer dark, although I don’t see the sun. I begin to make my “side loops,” up and back on side streets that add steps without taking me farther from home. I find spots of sun and delightful shadows. I hear doves. I see several cats, awake and watchful.

Hunting? Certainly posing like they’re hunting.

I pass under a tree and feel a leaf land softly on my neck. I reach up to brush it away. It’s not a leaf. Ick.

Wasn’t a bird. Must have been a caterpillar. I’ve been poop-bombed by a caterpillar!!

Got high

Sky view over wing

Yeah, we made like sardines* and got high today. Great views of Rainier as we drove to the airport before sunrise. Also saw a quick view as the plane turned onto the runway. Then we leveled out over the Rockies, and I watched the sierra-layers until the cloud cover obscured visibility.

* Ancient plane compared to the last few we’ve flown state-side, with no screens in the seat-backs.

Pano eve

Pano d sunset

So much fun today. I’ll just give you the sunset. Not quite so spectacular as yesterday, but darned fine!

Boat on rocks

Painted skin CU sunset

The sunset sky was a gorgeous orange trending to pink. I promise you that I have not adjusted the light-color at all on this painting—this is exactly the hue MaNachur (apologies for repetition from yesterday) delivered for about twenty stunning minutes.

LATER. Oops, silly me. It’s not a boat on the rocks, it’s a walrus hunt across the entire piece, and this is a close-up of the sled, and part of the team of harnessed dogs preparing to pull the sled over ice chunks. Sheesh and oh boy did I not look at what was right in front of me…. Long day. Different time zone.

Still beautiful

Sprinkler drops

I was all starry-eyed when I found these lovely droplets on this feathery vegetation. The experience lost some of its luster when I realized they weren’t dew, it was sprinkler-water.

(Almost) complete blank

Rooftop reflection

Not thinking of a thing that’s particularly entertaining to record in this space. Informative, yes—but…. Soooo, here’s a pretty….

Differential exposures

Light in sky above gas station

6:41 this morning….

To my eye, it was nowhere near this dark.

Life on a wee scale

Micro mossy world

While it was still super-overcast and before the spitty rain started this morning, I wandered about outdoors. Typical landscapes looked crappy, even if the exposure was right, because the sky was so flat. I thought: I need another plan.

And so I futzed with a few mossy shots. Preferring not to get on my knees in the wet grass complicated matters. However, as an adventure in creativity, I enjoyed myself.

Water water…

Mead creek mouth in flood
Rotten gasket

This is the mouth of Mead Creek (foreground), where it flows into the Manistique River (flows right to left, background). We were pleased to note that the banks of the Manistique showed marks that indicated that the water has dropped on the order of 2.5 feet over the last few days. That’s a LOT of water that’s now in Lake Michigan!

Speaking of water, the plumbing parts are from a fix-it project the Guru kindly took on. Sounds like today is Part 1 of a 2-part undertaking (as in: back to the hardware store tomorrow). Note how degraded that gasket is—probably installed in the 60s? earlier?—not sure….

Huge changes: coming o’ green

Woods aleafing

Eleven days ago this view was…trunks, branches, and no green atop the trees.

You can’t see the hoards, clouds, and aggressive platoons of black flies. Trust me; they are waiting to vampire you, me, and every unprotected mammal around!

Just before sunset, we watched deer at the edge of the treeline—the first ones we’ve seen on the place this visit. Tracks, yes, but bodies—not until this evening….