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and now, for something completely different…

On Sat­ur­day Jan­u­ary 19th, I helped a bud­dy get his (unique) motor­cy­cle down to Down­town HD in Ren­ton for a Vin­tage Bike show. Focus was on dirt bikes, and motor­crossers, but all sorts of inter­est­ing things came out of the wood­work. Here are a few of the pic­tures I took. Grab a tasty bev­er­age for a nice stroll down memory’s pit lane here.

ready to head for the show

 

brag stick­er on a Pen­ton-Was­sel tri­als bike

 

Ducati swingarm detail

 

Ducati Scram­bler

 

Bul­ta­co Pur­sang, in the frozen fog

 

an Aer­ma­c­chi-harley 350 Road Racer

 

exhaust detail on a Tri­umph 500cc Moto-crosser

 

a Hoda­ka Super Rat — my first bike

 

CJ-Framed Hon­da 4-stroker

 

a Pen­ton 125 Six-Days

 

a 1955 Maico tai­fun 400. just wow.

 

Hoda­ka Super Wombat

 

with wom­bat

any­one who would like larg­er ver­sions of these, or any­thing else that was there that I might have on film (so to speak), please just let me know. rub­ber side down!

<em>blackdog</em>

 

A New Space Ship!

Last year, I caught the Sport-Tour­ing bike bug again. I have owned sev­er­al over the years, and a quick ride on a friend’s ’09 BMW R1200RT real­ly remind­ed me what I was miss­ing on  my long-legged ‘Tur­bo Giraffe’ (KTM 950 Adven­ture). So I began list­ing bikes I might want and research­ing them. One by one they got crossed off the list, the Tri­umph Tro­phy SE being the last non-BMW to be crossed off; nice bike, but a bit bor­ing in the motor department.

So it was, I found myself on 8 march 2014 at South Sound BMW look­ing at  a left-over 2013 K1600GT. I’ve always want­ed to own an inline  six-cylin­der motor­cy­cle and a 12-cylin­der car. I’m now 1 for 2 in that area. 🙂

A quick test ride and a hand­shake deal was agreed to. The next day saw me take deliv­ery of said beast and then ride it 65 miles home in a mon­soon of a down­pour. Yes­ter­day, I final­ly got a chance to wash her off and take a few pics, so here we are.

K1600GT-1
front view. don’t look now but some­thing is gain­ing on you!

 

 

 

K1600GT-2
Left side. all clean and shiny. 685 miles at this point
2013 K1600GT Montego Blue
2013 K1600GT Mon­tego Blue
K1600GT-6
The view from the bridge. When the loud han­dle is twist­ed, you’d bet­ter be hang­ing on!
K1600GT-4
right side, rear. the pipes are sor­ta sil­ly look­ing, but they don’t sound bad, and a set of Akra’s cost big bucks.
K1600GT-5
right side, show­ing off the mighty inline-6, and it’s for­ward cant. Is this the new Slant-6?

 

Vista Hermosa and Etla, Oaxaca

We took a car to Vista Her­mosa and Etla yes­ter­day. Here’s a few of the images we captured:

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
gamecamjulaug-17

And this one last shot of our­selves com­ing back from a con­cert in the sidecar.

shiny!

that’s a lot of reflec­tive gear

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 — Jan and Feb

We were gone for a lot of the months of Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary but the wildlife goes on.

There is this lit­tle rab­bit. Nib­bling on a bit of brown grass.

a bit of food

Lit­tle bunny.

This bob­cat is look­ing for the rabbits.

eater of bunny food

Bob the Cat

The deer are still here though not very much in evi­dence in the last two months.

more deer

Night time browsing.

We had a lot of snow and some pow­er out­ages. Here are the neigh­bors going home after drop­ping by to make sure that the house sit­ter is doing okay.

deep snow

Thanks for the help!

The coy­otes are now three.

strutting

A third has joined the group.

Lots of snow. It’s been a pret­ty winter.

brrr

Cap­tur­ing the snow.

More from the Game Cameras — March

Not so much on the cam­eras this month.

The deer are walk­ing around in groups again. Three most­ly. I haven’t seen any sign of the buck or his antlers since Decem­ber. I was hop­ing to get the antlers for the dog to chew on.

The preda­tors have been out at night. Coy­otes both on the low­er pas­ture road and in the sep­tic field.

And Bob the Cat.

and then there’s the weath­er — what a March. Rain, Fog, Wind! Giz­mo and I walked reli­gious­ly but some days nei­ther of us was too pleased about it.

We’re going to move two of the cam­eras lat­er this week. I think we’ve seen all there is to see in the sep­tic field and on the low­er pas­ture road. (The dri­ve­way cam­era will stay — that’s a secu­ri­ty thing that occa­sion­al­ly catch­es some­thing more inter­est­ing than the UPS lady com­ing and going.)

Soon it will be time to start on the farm projects for spring/summer. Look for news!

Fooling Around with a New Camera

We’ve got a new cam­era on the farm and I’m work­ing out the kinks in my fin­gers — they still remem­ber the old cam­era… Today I took some pic­tures around the farm.

white sheep

Dot — the old­est of our sheep.

buff colored chicken

Yel­low Hen Has Scary Eyes

borwn alpaca head

Dorky Alpaca

Bouvier des Flandres head shot

The Big Dog Watch­ing Me

napping Bouvier des Flandres

The Big Dog More Relaxed