Monday, August 31, 2015

Elk still hanging around

They were here all day. This is a shot of a few of them in the field up above the barn. . They finished off the rest of our cucumbers last night and cleaned up a bunch of apples and pears.
Click on an image to see them in all their elkiness. It truly is an Elky Summer. 

The calves in this bunch were below the house at the pond with a cow or two when we came out this afternoon & clearly distressed, as the bulk of the herd was up near the woods. After a lot of squeeking from both groups,  the bulls went down & rounded them up.

Here's a couple of earlier shots
Raw, no PP.

The shot below is cropped. Still pretty sharp! I'm impressed with the new D750.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The elk are becoming somewhat annoying

Back again this morning & in the garden.  Too many to fit in the freezer. We counted at over 50 once they spread out on the hill above the barn.

                                                              I asked them to leave!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yard elk

A view from the kitchen window this morning as I started to make a pot of coffee. Not too sharp being as the window glass is ancient. Also, the camera settings were not what they should have been as I was moving a little slow. 
And I though the deer were enough to for the garden to contend with. These guys can prune a fruit tree pretty high up.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honey house

After having bee stuff stored on the porch, in the basement, in the barn, and in in several other places in the house, at last everything will have a a place to go. With the cut outs & swarms, I'm up to ten hives now this year. We harvested from only three, but got 15 gallons of honey from four supers and a deep. Next year should be even better and if nothing else a whole lot easier. I still have to wire it with outlets and hang some salvaged light fixtures, and add something better than a hose for the water line,  I'll tap into the overhead line from the house to the barn, at the pole about 15 feet to the right of the shed. Then racks for frames, a work bench & some shelves.

10' x 20'

Some of the frames were light colored, some really dark. I just let them mix. The honey is much darker than last year

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Panorama of prehistory

Foree section of the Sheeprock unit.
The red and gold layer on top of the green occurred from an eruption 28.7 million years ago from a volcano over 80 miles away. It is up to 150 feet thick in some areas. Each of the light colored ledges below are ash or tuft, from individual eruptions. These can be dated with great accuracy, as they contain the mineral sanidine. Sanidine crystals contain a radioactive isotope of potassium. (K) which is formed as the lava cools. As time passes, it decays into argon (Ar) which becomes trapped in the crystals. As the decay rate of the unstable element is known and is constant & measurable, the age of the rock can be determined. 

 There are over sixty layers of basalt lava flows in the unit, some as deep as 52 feet.

 This is a composite of several photos. Although it's reduced in resolution here, it's still best viewed by clicking on it. The formation in the first photo is found right of center in the panorama below.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Eastern Oregon trip

We tried to take the little Boler camper on the trip to the John Day area, but had to turn around in Salem as the truck kept cutting out. I should not have filled up with biodiesel mix last month. So we had to put Daisy in the boarding kennel and take the car. I think we paid more for her room than ours at the two places we stayed at.
These are best viewed full size & that still isn't big enough, but this blog is free so I can't complain.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kestrel banding for Father's day!!

When we painted and fixed up the exterior of the old farm house, we closed up the hole in the wall (no doubt a gift from a flicker), that the kestrels have been using to nest in. I put up a box on a nearby tree and they decided that it was a good enough substitute. (We figured one hive of bees in the walls was enough without adding birds).
My old friend from Bend Jim Anderson and his wife Sue dropped by unexpectedly yesterday. After visiting the bee hives, I mentioned that the Kestrels by the house had babies, he just happened to have a set of #3B bands in his truck. What are the chances of that happening?
Sue did the honors & passed them down one at a time. After Jim banded them, we carried them back up to the box.

One actually closed his eyes and took a short nap on his back.

There were five of the little cuties.