Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clouds and Color

We were watching the sky over the Oquirrh's and caught the neat clouds and the setting sun on the mountains, then walked inside and ran for the back deck to catch the fabulous sunset that was sending the light out!




Monday, September 29, 2014

Chasing the light

Photographers are all about light so when Mother Nature provides a light show we are quick to jump aboard! Yesterday afternoon she did a wonderful show on the Stansbury Mountains as well as in the sky. Here's what I liked about it..




Sunday, September 28, 2014

It was only a few months ago

That we bought our new house and began the transformation of the landscape. We moved in May 1 so will have been here 5 months as of 10/1. Seems like a century sometimes. In the middle of all the activity it is sometimes hard to keep perspective - that we have done this all in 5 months - actually 3 since we didn't start landscaping until July.
Here's a look at what is was then and where we are now.

Front and back then...



Front and back now



Friday, September 26, 2014

Windy Thursday

A strong (30+ mph gusts) hot dry wind dominated our day yesterday resulting in much less yard work getting done than planned. The wind just sucks the moisture and energy out of you requiring copious amounts of liquid intake!

But the birds and animals carry on regardless. In the morning we had several meadowlarks foraging in the grass and straw in the back, taking time out to sing their wonderful music occasionally. The antelope were out - this herd is just west of the 7200 west exit  on I-80W - so I stopped to say hello.
And finally, a tumbleweed made it's way across the yard - you can see the bird feeders headed towards vertical due to the wind, and the tumbleweed is blurry despite 1/200 sec shutter speed.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

Serendipity

Cloud formations are quite varied and incredible out here in frontier suburbia. The same shade that we enjoyed in SLC blocked out seeing much of the formations - or being able to take a decent photo. While we miss the shade I do not miss the power lines and trees blocking my view of the sky.

Then there is the continuing light play on the flower - one last photo as it slowly 'bites the dust'.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mountain views

This looks like our last warm week - 80+ during the days.  Cold and wet next week heading into fall and winter. Some pundits are saying snow in the valley in 3 weeks.

Diana, Murphy and I drove to the top of Middle Canyon, just a few miles from the center of Tooele but a world away. The canyon is beautiful, fairly narrow and seems to be well used. At the top we looked across Salt Lake Valley to the Wasatch Mountains with a very small piece of the Bingham Copper Mine showing on the left hand side.
Then we turned and enjoyed the view into the mountains to the west with yellow aspen, red maples and a variety of shades and colors to see.



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.