Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Finch

This day started out great. The above photo is of the very first bird that has visited my new feeder. At least the first one that I have seen. It must be a finch of some kind, I'm really confused about birds. I have three bird books and none of them have pictures that look like the birds I see in my back yard. I must live in a twilight zone.

A very nice day was today. The sun was out wall to wall, and there was very little wind. A bit chilly though, but still nice enough to go for a run. This makes two days in a row. A hilly route yesterday and a shorter flat route today.

Happy Trails,

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines a good day

This was a good day. I did get the little woman :) a card and 2 dozen roses. I think that was kind of overkill, but at least when she left for work she had gotten over the slight she thought I had given her earlier. On Monday last we changed our cable network to AT&T. They were not able to set e-mail up on her Mac. She had to rely on web mail and she was not happy. I have been out of town all week and had not had a chance to look at it. This morning I put on my geek cap on and actually figured it out! She loves me again. That made her happier than two dozen roses.

Combine my success with her e-mail and Kansas University's basketball win over rival K-State and it has been a good day.

The above photo is my attempt at an artsy picture of a rose. I think it's OK, what do you think?

Happy Trails,

Sunday, February 8, 2009

For the Birds

The big thing I did today was to purchase a finch feeder to attach to the deck. I already have a feeder, but it is too far from the house and I can't get close up photos. This one is ten feet from the kitchen window and should be a joy to watch and photograph. This brings up the subject of squirrels. They seem to defeat every deterrent I have tried. Oh well they need food too.

I went for a walk through the park and took the above photo with my small Olympus. I think it turned out OK.

Have Fun :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Record Temp

Iowa may be the Hawkeye state, but there are plenty of them here in Kansas also. My job pleasures me with driving all over the state and I have noticed a lot of different Hawk like birds. I bought a book at Borders that pictures birds that are most likely to be found in Kansas and sure enough there are a lot of birds of prey that spend at least some of the year in Kansas. The photo is of the very common Red Tailed Hawk. I took it today at the Home and Garden Show in Kansas City. Don't move too quick, it has its eye on you! My brother Bob came down from Topeka and we went there together.

I also went for a bike ride. The temps were a record 70 degrees and winds were not too bad in the 10 to 15 mph range.

Hope you had as good a day as I did :)