Just returned from a trip out to the woods where I recharged my batteries a little. It was a nice time at the cabin.
My wife and I got to spend some really nice time with our son and his girlfriend as well. They were supposed to be backpacking in the wilderness, but were nearly eaten and picked clean by mosquitoes.
It was a great trip.
I may head back up there for a week toward the end of the summer as an experiment in working from the woods. I know I have basic connectivity, but I’d like to see how it might work trying to be productive from a hypothetical little cyber-cabin.
I haven’t been here for a few days, so I thought I would drop this one off.
The field behind our house is now pretty busy with dragonflies. They can be seen skirting the tops of the grass and setting down on prominent sticks and twigs.
This one was very cooperative.
At the zoo yesterday, we went into a small aviary where there were beautiful lorikeets that visitors could feed by hand. This little girl held out her little cup of nectar, hopeful that a nearby bird would take her offering.
The girl’s father was successful.
But it hopped away from her before she could feed it.
That’s what my grandfather called them.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that they are also known as “Small White” butterflies. Their larvae do feed on cabbage and other cultivated vegetables which is probably how they got their nicknames.
This one is a male that happened to land in front of me as I was headed back into the house with the macro lens on the camera. He stayed put for only a few seconds, so I’m glad I was ready.
It’s that time of year again where the creepy crawlies from the garden begin to thrive and multiply and grow. This guy has been snacking on the plants we have on the front porch.
Slugs kind of give me the willies, but they do have their own beauty if you look at them the right way.
Looks like Mr. Nuthatch is back in town. I haven’t seen him since he and his partner were evicted by the chickadees this spring. I do hope they eventually found a nest.
Today I saw a number of interesting textures, colors and patterns.
Today in Newport, we saw a sea lion resting next to the skin of a fish it had eaten earlier. This Western Seagull dropped in and casually asked if he was planning to finish his fish… he was.
The gull was skilled though and ended up with the prize. He ate the entire thing in under 30 seconds. Watching that was like watching a competitive eater down hotdogs.
Ancient driftwood revealing its years in a unique way.
Beach-combing is a time-honored tradition in our family. Shelly and I love to walk slowly up and down the shore looking for agates, shells, bits of coral, colorful rocks or whatever else catches our eyes. Agates are special treasures for us. They are visually interesting and also common enough to be regularly discovered. We have our favorite places to look for them. Sometimes the rocks are all covered with sand and we don’t see them. Other times, the beach looks like a gravel bed offering a rich supply of the opaque beauties.