Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mountain Retreat

We spent last weekend with friends at their cabin above Fairview overlooking Gooseberry Reservoir. The beauty of the retreat was enhanced by the wildlife we saw - mostly birds. Here's some of the highlights from the weekend.

Sandhill cranes walk slowly away from us and over the hill into the safety of the valley - these prehistoric birds are something else to see and hear.

This unafraid little guy buzzed the truck a couple of times before stopping in the road for a photo op - then he disappeared!

Meandering stream that feeds Gooseberry reservoir.

Raptors were everywhere and sitting on the front deck of the cabin meant they would come by regularly to check us out.

Chippie checked out the remains of the barbecue left on the barbecue brush.

A new batch of nectar and a little time and the hummers came back and got pretty comfortable with us humans.

Hawks and prairie falcons checking us out.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Faces in the sky!

Thursday evening a large mass of clouds came up from the south initially prompting us to think that another rainstorm was coming. But the clouds - at least here in Tooele Valley - were for our entertainment and storytelling as they formed various faces and peered down at us humans!
What do you see in the clouds?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stormin' in the desert!

We had a wonderful tropical deluge last evening, leaving us with many beautiful sights and some interesting water flows. Here's some of the sights we had!

Clouds over the Oquirrh's before the storm.

Lightning was everywhere.

Clouds from the south that presaged the storm

Wind-driven rain.

Once again the dry streambed is wet!

The Jr. Civil Engineer and his trusty companions (shovel and dog) attempt to handle the flooding!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another Supermoon but again, no drama!

The second super moon of the year was Sunday but once again the skies were basically clear for both the rise and the set of the moon, so no good dramatic skies for me. Still, I liked a couple and then got a nice sunset shot last night; the sunset is moving to the south as the season changes.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hummer time

The hummers are feeding and fighting and feeding and fighting - the Rufous have arrived and the games are on. As you might anticipate, the females often sneak in while the males are sword-fighting - love it.
Here's a couple from yesterday.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The grass has arrived!

Never thought I would want to see grass in my yard but boy is this nice!

View from the front porch

View from the driveway

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More light on the land

And some chicken visitors! Our neighbors chickens have started to come over and eat bugs around the garden - very cute.
Clouds and light provided some wonderful opportunities yesterday, starting with sun on the Stansbury Mountains to late afternoon diffuse cloud light.

Lightning over a neighbors house - quite a bit farther away of course.