Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Made a trip up highway 13 today headed to Mt Ashwabay's opening weekend. Mt. Ashwabay brought back great memories of Scott and Jennifer ski racing. I think I'm going to try and spend time up there this winter vistiting old friends and watching the young kids learn to ski. Tim O. is still teaching and can still race with the best of them. Miss watching 302 race.
Although the numbers were small on Sunday, Saturday was the largest opening day numbers since 1967 according to Jerry. Sunday is football day. Nice to see Tim O.
Posted by Shutterwi at 15:41
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
This shot and the shot below were "photoshopped" to enhance the features. The third shot in the series is for perspective. I wasn't sure how close I would be able to get before spooking the bird. All the shots were taken with a 75-300 lens as I was approaching the perch.
Interesting day on the bay today. I met a birder (Dave) from the Manitowish WI area. Dave had driven over to Ashland to see the Gyrfalcon that has been spotted along the shoreline. The Gryfalcon has been spotted on or near the oredock by several of Ashland's more experienced bird watchers Tim O. and Ryan B. (see their postings on Birdingonthe.Net website. After some birding talk Dave and I went our separate ways. As luck would have it I managed to find what I believe is the Gyrfalcon on the west side of the oredock. I have posted the photos hoping one of the pros will confirm the sighting. Thanks for the tip Dave enjoyed the visit. Email on the way.
Update:Via Ryan B.
The bird in your photos is NOT the Gyrfalcon, but rather its smaller
cousin...a Merlin. Merlins are small falcons that are doing really well in our area by breeding in conifers downtown and then feeding on Starlings, pigeons, house sparrows and other birds. Most of them head south for the winter but usually one or two overwinters in town. I saw one on the oredock the other day, so perhaps yours is the same bird. Merlins are much, much smaller than the Gyr would be. The Gyr is also very unlikely to perch so low in the middle of a tree like this Merlin. Gyrs rarely sit in trees and if one did, it would likely be at the top or on a big exposed branch. They'd much rather sit on structures like the oredock, power plant, power poles, or the ice. Here's the best shot I have of the Gyr so far (with four three others that follow): http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/53099285
Posted by Shutterwi at 15:11
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
This jade plant is in full bloom. It spends it's winters in this great sunlit room and it spends it's summers on the sunny oustside deck visable through the windows. Obviously it likes it's world. It's the only house plant I know that falls under the protection of the National Forest Service. Lumber scalers would measure this in board feet. It's BIG!
Posted by Shutterwi at 13:59