Sunday, October 26, 2014
The 13th, 7am, I grabbed my camera and was looking around the front yard. No birds as of yet, but I did notice the Moon. Just had to take a pic.
After I took a pic of the Moon I noticed 2 White Crowned Sparrows hopping around the yard eating seeds. Not the best picture I have taken of these birds, but they didn't stay still. Actually I only was able to get a picture of one of the birds. I will try again this week. They are beautiful Sparrows with a lovely song. How I wish they were in our area all year, but they are only here Fall through Spring.
I went inside, and needed to feed my birds. As I dropped the seeds into the bird feeder, I noticed a heart. Just for Jimmy..
DH and I had a free day, so we decided to drive to Elizabeth Lake. Along the drive, there is a Ranch that I have always admired. The Ranch is on west end of Leona Valley. I had DH stop so I could take a picture. The sun was dancing off of the trees that surround the home.
Sarge and Alice were happy to be taking the drive with us.
Alice is having her surgery on Tuesday, so please pray all goes well.
Almost at the lake. Sarge popped his head out the window to look around. Don't worry, we were driving slow.
We haven't been to the lake since early summer. I knew the water level would be low, but I wasn't anticipating the lake looking so dry. It is almost completely dried up. The lake always had two sections, divided by a sand bar. This is what the eastern portion of the lake looks like now.
The western portion of the lake is now a pond.
We only saw two birds swimming around. I couldn't figure out what type of birds they were, but they were pretty.
I wish my pictures were better, but we were a ways off.
Even though the lake is now a pond, I can still see the beauty. I always loved how the trees reflected off the water, and that day was no exception.
For those of you who have been following my blogs, you will remember the fire they had in this area last year. Last year everything was black. These homes were spared, even some of the trees. What would we do without the awesome Fire Dept. The lower part of the field is bouncing back. Must be nice for the home owners. They can now enjoy the beauty of the field. I must add here, the hills in back of the homes didn't burn. They were lucky, the hills west of them were scorched.
Way off in the distance we spotted a Hawk. It was huge. We knew it couldn't be a Red Tail Hawk, so we think it was a Ferruginous Hawk. They are in the area this time of year. That's our educated guess anyway.
Not far from that Hawk we spotted another bird. We think a Falcon. The bird was to small to be a Red Tail, and to big to be a American Kestrel.
Walking back to our car I kept hearing a Western Scrub Jay. I finally spotted it on top of a Juniper.
As we were driving down the road I spotted a Cat in a field. It was just sitting there looking around. I'm sure wanting to find a snack. The Cat had the prettiest light green eyes.
That was our day. The weather was great. Good for taking a hike.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Blood Moon, or Eclipse, started at 2am here in Calif. DH and I decided to stay up, rather the go to sleep and risk not waking up. We grabbed our lawn chairs and sat in the backyard. It was coolish out, and I needed a sweatshirt jacket, plus a small blanket for my legs. I was a bit frustrated with the Moon. 3 days earlier I took a pic of the Moon when Sarge and I took a walk in the desert. The picture turned out nice since the Moon was somewhat low in the sky. However, when we walked out early am to watch the Eclipse, the Moon was as high in the sky as you can get. Luckily most of the pictures turned out good, but only one picture showing the red in the Moon turned out. Disappointing, but we had fun sitting for a hour watching the Eclipse unfold. I took a few pics of the Moon before the Eclipse started. Just to give you an idea on how the moon moves around in the sky. I believe the little circle on the Moon is called a crater. Watch how it moves. 9:45 pm, the crater is at the bottom.
Before I went back into the house I took a pic of the Moon shinning through our Pine Tree.
And the grand finale. 3:15am
Hope you enjoyed. Have a good Saturday. I have house work to do...Oh boy hehe
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