Sunday, July 30, 2006

Even in the rain

After 10 weeks of drought we finally have had rain. Yesterday and most of today we have had a steady rain. At times it has been quite heavy. So today we spent the day inside relaxing and watching the hummingbirds fly in and out to the feeders. Occasionally they will sit.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Gray Tree Frog

Gray Tree Frog in "normal" habitat.

Gray Tree Frog on the side of a swimming pool.

Gray Tree Frog on the side of a swimming pool.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Kids and hay.


This coyote was photographed in and open field south of Ashland at midday. It was hunting it's way east toward WI Hwy 112. Once it spotted me it made a quick retreat toward the west stopping occasionally to look back over it's shoulder at me.


These three yearling deer were grazing with their mom. This photo was taken today within the city limits.

Yearling deer with mom.

This photo was taken early this A.M. in Drummond WI.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

More aerial activity. Gypsy Moth Suppression Project.

These planes are part of a group of six aerial spraying planes flying out of Ashland's airport. For several days they will be dispersing biological controls (pheremones) to distrupt the male Gypsy Moth from locating the females and hence disrupt reproduction.

The planes in these photos are Air Tractor 401 and Air Tractor 502. For more information on the aircraft visit Air Tractor's website.

For a more complete explanation of the application process read this.

Thanks to the air and ground crews who gave my wife and I a tour of the planes and the operation center.


These photos were taken at a lakeside cottage near Stone Lake WI. There were six feeders hanging from an overhead deck. There was a constant flow in and out of twelve plus humming birds at one point we counted thirteen birds feeding at the same time.

Check the lower right corner of the 4th photo in this series.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Picking the cherry crop.

It's not a crop that will cure world hunger but we grew them and they were sweet(TART).

Birthday party at the park.

Cake and ice cream.


Sharing the fun.

A pinata full of suprises.

Friends. In this case lots of little girls and one boy.

Fifteen years from now HE would give $100.00 bucks to be in this line with this ratio. Go Tony!

Swimming for everyone.

And! One 'beach babe' enjoying the day.

Wildlife at the park.

These photos were all taken during the birthday party at the lakeshore park.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

11:00 P.M. still 90 degrees.

Very hot day for most. Some were lucky enough to have central air. Some were lucky enough to spend time at the beach. Others still had to work. This is a tough job on a cool day. But today...well the term hell comes to mind.

and some like yours truly got to take picture of the day.

Baydays 2006. Day 2. HOT! 109 degrees. Beach weather.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Hometown festival. Baydays 2006

Hot, hot day in Ashland. These photos were taken just before sunset at "The Bandshell". This is a yearly event that goes on all weekend. Food, music, sporting events, and vendors. Oh! and beer from the local brew pub. Tonight's activity featured a local band and a beautiful cool breeze.


To quote this young owner....Fun! Fun! Fun!

If we had had any additional questions about how happy this toy lawnmower made it's new owner those questions were laid to rest the next day when his Dad told him it was bedtime and to give 'hugs and kisses' he did just that, he bent over and gave his new lawnmower a big hug. Priceless!