Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life in the slow lane!

Diana has this bundle of twigs and sticks and things on top of a piece of furniture in the living room that catches the sun every morning - beautiful.

Murph and I wandered out to a spring by Timpie Springs WMA and had a good run/walk around the area and through the water. Thankfully the wind was blowing well so the mosquitoes were tolerable - and that is from a former Minnesota boy!

Raptor looking for food.

Dragonflies and rushing water.

Flycatcher - he posed for us seemingly fearless.  Most smaller birds in the sagebrush are quick to fly away.

Murphy looking like he is 2 years old again - he had a great time running through the sage.

Looking up toward the spring headwater - in the summer and fall flyway time these waters are filled with the transients including white pelicans.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sunshine makes me happy!

Diana cut some of our flowers and set them in a vase by the front door - and this was the result about 6:45pm!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hummers are back

There are fewer of them but they have been quite active around the feeders lately. I wish there was a way to identify them so we'd know if they are the same or new ones coming by. My rule of thumb is that if they are very nervous around us they are new, if not nervous then old...but who really knows cause I don't talk their language.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Hump day as it is called in the working world! As slow as I am moving today it could be hump day for me also :-)

Here's a few shots from the last few days that I like.

Big sky country at Horseshoe Springs - stand here a few minutes and let it empty you.

Murphy on the alert for jackrabbits..

Morning has broken - once again over the Oquirrh mountains.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Never a dull moment on the frontier!

This morning I was working out on the back 40 when Diana called to me in an urgent voice - "there's a sheep in our garage"! I made her repeat that twice before it sunk in that there was a sheep in the garage!
Up the street are a dog and some sheep - normally only the dog wanders down to see Murphy but today, for some reason, one of the sheep wandered along with the dog. Cute little guy and he could recognize a rope right off and started running! The guys in the truck coming toward us in the last photo stopped to help and we caught him and dumped him (rather unceremoniously as these guys were cowboys) into his home field!
Another day and another adventure in frontier suburbia!



This guy has a rope - I'm outa here!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Raptor Rapture

Murphy and I enjoyed a mid-day drive around the area, stopping at Horseshoe Springs and a rabbit sagebrush area along the way for some exercise. Raptors were everywhere posing for us - except the prairie falcon and the kestrel that would not sit still long enough to get a shot, even while the truck was moving!  Oh well, next time!
The mosquitoes at the Springs drove us out quickly - less than a minute standing still and you could not see the skin on your legs anymore! Down the road we went and stopped briefly to watch these kids driving cattle along. The front dog almost looks like a pig?!
At the rabbit sagebrush area Murphy saw a jackrabbit and chased it a little ways. Usually he is so busy smelling that he never sees the rabbit. But he got a good run in before turning off to check out another enticing aroma.
A wonderful day, as any day above the dirt is. With the plethora of morphs and raptors I am not going to try to identify these for you - enjoy their fierce independence as they gaze at you!

The ravens are on every other telephone pole, very wary of stopping vehicles.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Sean and I were working on the garden shed Wednesday and took a break on the deck - only to be closely inspected by this bird of prey. A young red-tailed hawk I believe.