Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming along!

The landscaping is coming along quite nicely and may finish up phase one this week or next. Still to come are the 8x8 ft garden shed and the pergola, plus filling and planting in all the garden beds. You know, if I died tomorrow I would die happy - how many times in your life do you get to create something from nothing on a scale like this!
In between Murph and I traveled to Timpie Springs WMA for a couple of bird shots.






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Variety of views

Here's a variety of photos from around the house, some are the aftermath of the storm from Wednesday and some just from our front and back porches. The Lazuli Bunting is our first one out here, which may mean they are moving for winter as friends have seen them in SLC for a while.



The "boss" sits on top and chases everyone off - except those that come in two's and he chases one while the other drinks!!


Patio is coming along!




Friday, August 22, 2014

A crazy storm in Erda!

Wednesday we had the wildest storm here for about 1.5 hours. The rain was torrential and the hail tore apart our vegetable garden and many plants and trees. Our dry riverbed was flooded again, but fortunately we had put a large drain pipe in the end so it emptied quite quickly!
No one who lives out here has seen these kind of rains before - pretty awesome and wild and frightening all at the same time!
Here's some photos:

Hail on our back deck.


Flooding at our northern side and in our neighbors fruit trees


Pretty impressive cloud and rainbow


Wet streambed - fortunately we had just put in a 15 inch diameter drain pipe in the far end that morning.


Water fills the lowest spots


Diana's waterfall got a workout!


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.