Busy and Other Stuff

And once again I haven’t posted in a while… bad me.  I seem to post my photos and videos on Facebook, but neglect my blog.  Pure laziness.  We haven’t had much snow yet this year, which is quite unusual, so everything is a drab brown and not very pretty.  So I haven’t been out taking photos and such much at all.  I plan on getting out and about next week as I have three days off from work plus the weekend giving me 5 days.
Also, work has been putting me in quite a down mood.  One, they are having some company develop a new website and not evolving me, not at all, nothing.  Then two, my boss just put in his notice and I’m really worried what is going to happen now.

Anyway, here are some photos and videos I have taken over the past couple weeks in order of oldest to newest.

Evening Grosbeak – Male

Keweenaw Trust Cabin

Abbaye Point

Evening Grosbeaks

Cliff River Falls

Cliff River Falls

Northern Cardinal – Male

Northern Cardinal – Male

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

 

First Snow

Last Sunday we had our first proper snowfall.  Drove out to Big Erick’s Bridge, it was snowing pretty good while I was there. I had plans to fly the drone around, but no dice in the heavy snow, so I took a couple photos from the bridge.  I then drove out to the Slate River on Arvon Rd hoping to fly the drone there.  The snow was falling much lighter there so I did fly it for a bit. It was quite tricky flying with all the low hanging branches, took me three attempts to make it without the drone’s object detection stopping the drone.  The object detection can be turned off, but I’m not confident enough to fly without it. I don’t want to crash and wreck my drone, even if I do have insurance on it.
This past week was my first full week of work, without taking some days off, in over two months.  The full week didn’t really feel much different, as most my days off I end up working some anyway.
This weekend I not doing much at all.  Yesterday was super windy, though it did turn out quite nice with temps in the low 50s.  Today, well, it’s a snowy one.  Forecast is for up to 6 inches of snow and lots of wind.  What snow that does fall today will melt away during the week, we should be getting some nice warm days ahead with temps up into the 60s.

Huron River

Slate River

Arvon Road

Time Flies

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post…Yikes.
Well, Autumn colors are over with here, now just leafless trees. We’ve had some snow, but here at the house not much. I do have about an inch on the ground this morning, but that’s sure to melt through the day.
Anyway, I guess I just post some photos and videos I’ve taken since my last post.

Black Bear Falls

Black Bear Falls

Black Bear Falls

Autumn Color – Back of Property

Saunder Lake

Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness

Northern Cardinal

Grand Staircase Falls

Section of Grand Staircase Falls

Grand Staircase Falls

Grand Staircase Falls

Arrowhead Falls

Two-track

Autumn Colors

The Autumn colors are really kicking in. Some areas are just about at peak, while others are mostly green still.
Friday I drove up Huron Bay-Peshekee Rd knowing the colors would be popping there. I made my first stop for a couple photos and Shit! I forgot a SD card for my camera, that really sucked, and I wasn’t about to drive all the way back home to get one. I did have my drone and my cellphone, but I hate using a cellphone for proper photos, so I mostly just used the drone. I stopped at Haypress Falls to fly down into the area to see the falls, as it is, it’s quite difficult to see these falls without some major bushwhacking. I was pretty nervous  while flying. Lots of trees, rocks and I had to fly downward, so it was a little scary.
After Haypress, I continued north, flew the drone a couple more times for photos and then home. It was a full day.
Sunday I headed down Sidnaw and drove up to the Sturgeon River. I could fly the drone how I wanted due to heavy winds, but I still got some good stuff.
After Sturgeon River, I drove back south and over to Kenton and north on Forest Service Road 16, and then up to Pike Lake Road. Took some photos at Pike Lake, few the drone and headed toward home via Houghton. I was going to stop and get something to eat in Houghton, but every place I went by was packed, even the fast food joints had very long lines, so I just drove home.

Peshekee River

Peshekee River from the top of Haypress Falls

Autumn Painted Forest

Pequaming Point

Sturgeon River

Sturgeon River Area

Autumn Colored Road

Pike Lake

Pike Lake

Pike Lake

Painted Forest

Birds, Wildflowers and a Waterfall

Not really much going on lately, though I did get out on the trails this past Sunday.

I got quite lost Sunday, lost in the Herman Hills area, between Herman and Mt. Arvon. I did the ol’ right turn, left turn, repeat over and over. It’s a great way to get lost in the woods. I did run into a few dead-ends. I really enjoy being out in the woods among the trees and rivers, just wish I enjoyed it as much as I use to when I had someone to enjoy it with and when I could walk/hike more.

The wildflowers are just starting to come out, though most are still a couple days away from being in full bloom.
This is the only Spring Beauty I saw that was opened in bloom.

Spring Beauty

Dutchman’s Breeches

Marsh Marigold

Pea Can Falls

Baltimore Orioles – Male and Female

Baltimore Oriole in the rain

Baltimore Oriole

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Out Of The House

Was great to get out into the woods and rivers for a few hours today. There’s still way too much snow, as in feet, to get back to many of the falls. A group of 10 raised off-road trucks came by and stopped, lowered their tires down to about 5 lbs, then took off on to a trail with a couple feet of snow still on it.
I also went up to Big Erick’s Bridge to check out the river, but wow, there was a lot of people there, cars were parked up and down the road. They were all fishing the Huron River. I didn’t stop.
After being out for a few hours, I came home to get a little work around the yard done…No dice. With the sun out and a temp of 59°, I fell asleep out on the deck.

Lower Letherby Falls

Lower Letherby Falls

Slate River and Snow

Woke up this morning to find about 3 inches of fresh snow had fallen over night. The snow is mostly gone now with the sun shining and temps up in the upper 30s.
Once it got bright enough this morning I grabbed Eli and we headed off to the Slate River in hopes of more snow to go along with the waterfalls. Well, there wasn’t any more snow out at the river than there was at home, but it was still nice. We weren’t out there few long because the sun started to break through the clouds and that’s no good for photos of waterfalls and snow, so we headed back home, though we were still out there a couple hours.
Once we were home I heated up some left-over pizza for my birthday dinner, yes it was early but I was hungry.

Oh, and today I join the 60 years old club. Fucking hooray.

Slate River

Slate River