Monday, August 22, 2011

Chirping here. Chirping there. Chirping, chirping everywhere.

For several years now we have had a male and female Northern Cardinal pair (maybe two pairs) in our neighborhood. We have watched them and listened to them nearly everyday as they spent their days in and around our yard. We have listened to them communicate back and forth from perch to perch.

Today we heard something distinctly different. Chirps. Short sharp chirp, chirp, chirp. Something was different. Following the sound lead me to a lilac bush and eventually the source. The first fledgling Northern Cardinal we have ever seen.

The fledgling was calling out to mom and dad and they were close and answering. After jumping from perch to perch within the lilac the fledgling finally made it to an upper open branch. Several more chirps back and forth one small leap, flapping new wings and a semi controlled flutter to a lower bush and out of sight.

For the rest of the day into the evening we heard chirping between at least three different locations. We look forward to seeing a new adult taking up residences in the neighborhood.

Mom perched over the lilac bush.

Dad... with lunch?..... mac and cheese?

Right... mac and cheese?

Fledgling Northern Cardinal.

Mom watching closely from nearby birch.

Dad still carrying lunch.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's official. The sign is up. Ed Griffiths Pedestrian Pass

The sign over the lakeside entrance to the Ed Griffiths Pedestrian Pass.

The view from the east / west bike trail.

The view from the sidewalk over the Ed Griffiths Pedestrian Pass. The white back of the sign.

 We like to think of this view as "Ed's View" of Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay.

Here is the trail map showing the location of Ed's Pass.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A day at the beach.

It was a warm day with a southwesterly breeze.

The warm top surface water was moving ashore.

The warm water convinced me to take a dip.

Spent a little time floating just off shore.

We had most of the beach to ourselves.

This seagull was determined to carry this fish off.

It was determined.

Really determined to land the big one.  But no luck it finally gave up and flew off.

The view to the north is typical of the Bayfield shoreline.

The view to the south reminded us we had to share the beach. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

All in a day of fun. Beach, art, music and Corny Days

Herbster Beach.

    Herbster Beach.

Herbster Beach.

Art project.

Live music.

Live music into the evening. 

Live music into the evening.

An earlier teaching moment. Mbira from Zimbabwe.

Dating myself... if you don't know... ask a baby boomer.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You move to a farm and ... POOF... the next thing you know .......

......  your getting your picture taken on a hay bale and in front of a chicken coop.

Dana (Royce),  Amber,  Ryan (Reagan), Athena and Tia 

Dana (Royce),  Amber,  Ryan (Reagan), Athena and Tia 

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Dedication of Howard Pearson Plaza.

Signage of the Ed Griffiths Pedestrian Pass.  Donna, Wayne and Aunt Cheryl.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

It's been a while. It's not any easier. Nice ride otherwise.

Prentice Park from the bridge.

It's been awhile since I rode the entire Ashland 5th Street bike route. For me it's north from home to the corridor. East to Walmart. North across US 2. West along the shore to west end beach. Water stop. South across US 2 through Prentice Park. East to Vaughn. South to home. 11.0 miles total.

The old Rock Hopper mountain bike.

It is what it is.