We have a few birds that brave the cold year around. At home, we have Black Capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, some kind of sparrow and a flock of Pine Grosbeak that comthrough. I’m still hunting for a good bird book for Alaska.

Pine Grosbeaks

Hay Flats Again

Just some photos for today.

Across the Palmer Hay Flats from the far west end. Was mostly cloudy out, but the sun was shinning on the flats.

Saw this guy peckin’ on a dead moose with a bunch of ravens, he flew up to this tree when I backed up to see him better.

Even closer


Friends Stopping By

Sitting here this morning after letting the dogs out for a run, I heard the two of them barking like mad. I ran out to see what the commotion was only to see them having, what they would think, fun with our local moose. Mom moose kept charging Eli, our Newfoundland mix, but it didn’t seem to faze him in the least. I had to order the two of them in the house, took a bit of persuasion with the offer of treats.

Mom taunting

Laters for now

Low Sun, Swamp Donkey and Eli

Not really a whole heck of a lot going on today, so I thought I’d snap a shot of the Sun at noon, just to show how low it really is on the horizon. Only 4 more days and we’ll be on the up swing for more daylight. It’s really not bad, you just have to get out during the time the sun is up.

Our neighborhood moose came through again today. And of course Eli had to bark and howl at her. This was after he came home with a very large bone, well, really a leg, to chew on. No idea where he found it.

Anyway, here are a few photos from today around the house.

This is how high the Sun is at noon, you can just see it at about tree level.

View from our back yard at noon today

Mom Moose (swamp donkey) in the woods at the side of our home

Eli found a bone to chew on …hmm

’til next time

Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, shortest day, in daylight hours, of the year.

I was thinking yesterday about the low sun, well, if you think about it, it’s almost like having a sunset all day long. Really, with the sun at the level it is at this time of year, the shadows, the highlights, and so forth, is like just before sunset.

Today the Sunrise is at 10:17am and Sunset is at 3:35pm. Tomorrow will be about 1 minute longer.

I’m heading out a bit later today with the dogs. I hope to get some more photos of the area.

A good friend back in Michigan sent me this. Thanks Norm. All I can say is, Holly Shit!
Just Watch It, Holly Shit!

’til next time