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Doings on the Farm in December

I seems like it snowed a lot in Decem­ber though part of that is that it has also snowed at the begin­ning of the year.

Ear­ly in the Decem­ber we had a decent amount of snow

pretty!

snow — makes the farm pret­ty and the walk­ing treach­er­ous.

New sight­ing. I’m pret­ty sure that the bird tak­ing off (land­ing?) on the post that the cam­era is on is our local barred owl. We hear him at night and occa­sion­al­ly are dive bombed when walk­ing in the woods dur­ing the day.

ghostly

the barred owl?

No sign of the large preda­tors this month. Just a cou­ple of vis­its by a solo coy­ote.

the male?

look­ing fat and sassy?

There were very few appear­ances by the does. But Bucky was around a lot He’s fine look­ing fel­low.

what was that?

bucky makes a day time vis­it.

wary? I don't think so.

in the sep­tic field at night

Bucky is shar­ing the sep­tic field with the bun­nies. These lit­tle ones only show up on the cam­eras if some­thing else trig­gers them.

no Gizmo you may not eat the bunny.

bun­ny!

I did fig­ure out what has been trig­ger­ing the sep­tic cam­era when there are no obvi­ous ani­mals. Now that we’ve used up the wood in the first rack the cam­era can see into the work yard and it trig­gers when ever some­one is out mov­ing around the wood racks or the back of the shop. Look care­ful­ly and you can see Jim fill­ing the cart to bring fire­wood to the house.

now I know what's happening with the camera

where’s Wal­do?

There was a Christ­mas Day walk with my mom and a tiny bit of snow.

foggy

the fam­i­ly goes for a walk on Christ­mas Day.

2017 year start­ed with more snow. And the cam­era on the pas­ture road was very arty.

really, you'd think he had thing for sno-cones

snow mon­key eats snow.

okay - it's just stuff stuck to the lens of the camera

coy­ote in the snow with arty fil­ter effect

 

 

Game Cameras November

Only a few pic­tures this month.

Of note, the bear that should be asleep this time of year was up and mov­ing around the prop­er­ty at the begin­ning of the month.

heading out for a very early breakfast

Out bear is still in town.

The bob cat also vis­it­ed. We have him (her?) going up and down the dri­ve way on Oct 31st and then in the sep­tic field on Nov 19th.

cat butt! better than deer butt.

Up the Dri­ve­way

more cat, no butt

and back down the dri­ve­way

blurry but he's there

head shot a cou­ple of weeks lat­er.

The coy­otes have been back. We haven’t seen them in over a month. I thought they were hav­ing trou­ble shar­ing the range with the bob­cat.

strolling

the coy­otes are back.

coyote, no roadrunner

anoth­er view

Bucky is look­ing good — quite sleek and fat.

psst, buddy wanna buy a watch.

nice lit­tle rack you got there

As are the does.

yum

hav­ing a bit of lunch on a rainy day.

 

And once in a while the cam­eras bring us just a lit­tle too much infor­ma­tion.

hahahahaha

real­ly? close the door next time

 

Game Cameras Early Fall 2016

or… What’s Doing on the Farm

We’ve had a bit of a fail. One of the cam­eras was hors de com­bat due to a mis-for­mat­ed card. The cam­era locat­ed in the sep­tic field took no pic­tures dur­ing Sep­tem­ber and Octo­ber.
Mean­while — here’s what’s been doing on the pas­ture road and dri­ve­way at the begin­ning of fall.

Our bear has not left the area. Though by now (ear­ly Novem­ber) he’s like­ly denned up and tor­pid for the win­ter.

tromp, tromp

Back and cruis­ing up the dri­ve­way like he owns the place.

We’ve seen this bob­cat twice, about three weeks apart, near the pas­ture. I sus­pect there would be more pic­tures of him (her?) on the sep­tic cam­era if it hadn’t failed. It’s inter­est­ing that the coy­otes are nowhere to be seen since the cat has been around.

IR is magical.

Bob­cat sight­ing

still hanging around

A sec­ond sight­ing of the bob­cat 3 weeks lat­er.

Then there’s this night crea­ture.

evil stalks the woods.

Rarely sight­ed. The land­shark by night.

In ear­ly fall we’re still mow­ing the verges and road­sides. Jim often com­bines tak­ing the trash cans to the road with a quick pass along the sides of the dri­ve­way and around the pas­ture fence.

shorter grass!

Mow­ing hap­pens in the fall too.

And the cam­era con­tin­ues to cap­ture the occa­sion­al arty shot.

does that look like art?

The trac­tor doing its week­ly chores.

The big news around here for Octo­ber was Jim’s new knee. He had surgery on the 11th. For the two days that we were at the hos­pi­tal and the first cou­ple of weeks after we had a lot of help from friends and neigh­bors. And because we’re kind of creepy like that we’ve got pic­tures. 😀

happy dog has friends

Shas­ta and Jack walk­ing Giz­mo.

more friends, more help, more gratitude

Yoav head­ing home after help­ing with the farm chores.

Jim is start­ing to get back into the swing of things. One of his big accom­plish­ments was to get out and walk around the pas­ture.

progress is measured in footsteps

Jim takes his first walk after the new knee install.

Life goes on and the sea­sons turn here on the farm. Bucky has reap­peared — with a nice set of points in vel­vet.

nice rack

Bucky is back!

 

Game Cameras Late Summer 2016

In the last cou­ple of months we’ve seen more preda­tors and few­er deer than in the past.

We do have a nice lit­tle buck­ling hang­ing around.

nice spikes!

our buck­ling

And here he is with one of the does.

going for a stroll

buck­ling and doe in the evening

We also had a cou­ple of very excit­ing days when we were being vis­it­ed by a bear. We saw him wan­der across the work yard one evening around sup­per time. Here’s a pic­ture of him cruis­ing down the dri­ve­way. And we found him again a cou­ple of nights lat­er chow­ing down on the bird feed­ers. The first time in over 15 years that we’ve had prob­lems with the bird feed­ers. It’s sad that I can’t watch the sum­mer bird from my office win­dows.

rather bold of him

bear on the dri­ve­way!

We’ve seen a lot of the coy­otes. Fre­quent­ly as a pair. There has been no sign of pups, per­haps they are too young? This is the first year that we’ve seen them togeth­er.

glossy and fat

wan­der­ing around the low­er pas­ture road

Once more walk­ing up the dri­ve­way in the mid­dle of the night.

creepers

walk­ing up the dri­ve­way in the mid­dle of the night

The big news how­ev­er is that we have cap­tured on cam­era the col­lared female cougar that haunts our neigh­bor­hood.

Sad­ly it seems that she was in the neigh­bor­hood attack­ing live­stock. None of ours but folks just up the road lost an alpaca.

here kitty

tracked under the name F17

Some­times you get just plain odd or lucky shots. The dri­ve­way cam­era is some­times trig­gered by birds land­ing on the rail that you can see on the left in these pic­tures. Here’s lucky shot of a bird fly­ing away.

fly away!

one of the crows?

We also cap­ture the occa­sion­al strolling neigh­bor.

I can never remember which dog is which

man and dog

Sum­mer is almost over — we’ll prob­a­bly only mow one more time. But in the mid­dle of sum­mer it’s a con­stant bat­tle against the over­whelm­ing veg­e­ta­tion. Here Jim is mow­ing the low­er pas­ture lane
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And this one last shot of our­selves com­ing back from a con­cert in the side­car.

shiny!

that’s a lot of reflec­tive gear

More from the Game Cameras

June was a bad month for game cam­eras. One of the Brown­ings died — no idea why. And the replace­ment Bush­nells are tak­ing some time to get set up the way we want them. Still there were a cou­ple of inter­est­ing sight­ings and good pic­tures.

Things we see dur­ing the day:

two up on the huckleberry

two up on the way out

We’ve seen both the res­i­dent does —  skin­ny neck and ragged ear. There’s also a lit­tle buck­ling but he’s not show­ing up on the cam­eras yet.

skinny neck

skin­ny neck

ragged ear

ragged ear

There are two coy­otes:
We’re still learn­ing to tell them apart. One has very dis­tinct col­oration on his face. The oth­er is not so dra­mat­i­cal­ly marked.

coyote #1

first there is this in the sep­tic field — blur­ry as heck

coyote number 2

30 sec­onds lat­er on the pas­ture road (the female?)

wiley

this is the male — I think.

Things we see at night:
The deer of course.

deer in the night

deer in the night

and our only shots of the coy­ote pair togeth­er.

two fer

coy­ote pair going up the dri­ve­way

scary eyes!

coy­ote pair com­ing back down the dri­ve­way

Equal­ly flashy but not so scary.

to up on the way back from Lyle Lovett

That’s some flash gear.

trash night in the sticks

not so wildlife

after concert stroll

an evening walk in the rain

Game Cameras in the Late Winter and Early Spring

It’s been a while since I’ve post­ed any of the game cam­era pic­tures. Even when we are ignor­ing them they sit in the woods and on the dri­ve­way and qui­et­ly go about their busi­ness.

Most­ly we get shots of deer. A few of which have iden­ti­fi­able traits. There’s Torn Ear.

wonder how it got that way

Torn Ear

and one that I call Short Neck.

plays football?

Short Neck

We see lots of butts.

the big predator goes for a stroll

Night Time Walk

going off road on the way home?

And the Big Bike

back to the short bus

Back of the Defend­er

We’ve seen a coy­ote a bunch of times. For a cou­ple of days at a time about every month. Both in the woods and on the dri­ve­way. Giz­mo tracks something/someone up the low­er pas­ture road most morn­ings. I think the coy­otes are around more often than they end up on cam­era.

going for a stroll

Coy­ote Walks Down the Dri­ve­way

And sur­prise! We spot­ted a pair.

are you coming with me or not?

Two! Coy­otes

We also get occa­sion­al sight­ings of Bob the Cat. Only in the sep­tic field nev­er on the dri­ve­way. I can’t fig­ure out how he’s get­ting onto and off of the sep­tic field.

looking for something

Bob the Cat

Occa­sion­al­ly the cam­eras get arty.

arty, no?

Game Cam­era Art

We’ve pulled that cam­eras in for down­load­ing and bat­tery replace­ments. They should go back out this week­end. We’re going to move the one from the sep­tic field to down at the oth­er end of the pas­ture near the manure pile. See who’s using that low­er pas­ture road. More pic­tures next month. (maybe)

Pretty Flowers are Pretty

Not too many words for this post. We returned to La Encan­ta­da Orquideario to see what new won­ders there were in the rainy sea­son. Sad­ly there has not been near­ly as much rain as usu­al this sum­mer and the orchids are suf­fer­ing a bit. (And they are hav­ing to buy water.)

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A stream runs through the mid­dle of the plan­ta­tion.

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And a rick­ety bridge cross­es the stream. (I am not real­ly this much of a munchkin — Jim took the pic­ture from far up the slope.)

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Here are a selec­tion of love­ly flow­ers from big, about 3″ across, to tiny, less that a 14″ across.

For mak­ing it all the way to tend of this post you get a bonus:

Sunday in Oaxaca

The first day in Oax­a­ca is always a lit­tle slow — we have flight hang­over and a bit of the alti­tude wib­bles. So most­ly we hang out and run a few errands. And It being Sun­day we went to the Zoco­lo for the noon con­cert.

But first… Duran­go. Who’s grown into quite a nice boy.

Dalmation.

Duran­go — the house dog, Won­der­ing where the ball went.

Any Sun­day trip to the Zoco­lo starts with cof­fee and a bit of break­fast.

Coffee for me!

Cap­puchi­no!

Then you wan­der around for a while. Today we saw some new sculp­tures by Fer­nan­do Andri­ac­ci.

Bull.

Bull.

Anatomically Correct Bull.

Anatom­i­cal­ly Cor­rect Bull.

Dragon Fly

Drag­on Fly

The point of Sun­day in the Zoco­lo how­ev­er is the Oax­a­ca State Band con­cert. Here’s a minute of the first piece, a bit of Schu­bert. Pre­ced­ed by the church bells tolling noon.

 

On our way home I stopped to take a anoth­er pic­ture of a lit­tle cat decal. I’ve been tak­ing pic­tures of this for a num­ber of years. It gets tat­ti­er and tat­ti­er but I still love it.

black cat sticker.

Cat Stick­er on the Wall by the Local Mar­ket

New to the area is this art work on the wall on Miguel Negrete at Inde­pen­den­cia.

Mural on the Wall

About 2/3rds of the Mur­al

 

Eggs in Muffin Tins

These are a sort of quiche-like things that we make in muf­fin tins in order to have some­thing quick avail­able for break­fast. You can use any sort of cheese, meat or greens that you fan­cy or have hang­ing out at the bot­tom of the fridge.

It’s utter­ly adjustable as long as you keep the egg:milk/cream ration con­sis­tent and don’t over­do the vol­ume of the add-ins.