Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
On the way to work, with just a little time!, sighted Blue Jays still at work on their Nest above the back entrance of the Store...Blue Jays have been working for weeks..dont know if the housekeepers knock the Nest down, or Blue Jays are just having trouble making the Nesting Sticks stay put!.....picked up orange juice and danish...sat outside with all the tourists on the benches...during talkabout with friend, Buzzbird flyover...pic....sunny blueblue warm....at Lunch: Female Mallard snoozing right at edge of Ozone Beach....Male Mallard splash landed and walked over....closer, and closer..then they both stood up and went into the water...was sighting through the new camera viewfinder, set the camera aside....Mallards startled by Impossible Fisherman walking about....I shouldn't say impossible, without trying my own self to catch Fish from the Merced hereabout!...a project...Songsparrow, Blackbirds, Robins, Grosbeak, Chickadee, Blue Jay, and Yellow Warbler about...blurry pic of Warbler...was going to post up clip, Deer and Mergansers, but trouble with ethernet cable...end that goes in the the computer very worn...after some frustration, turned it around, and that works....ordered a replacement!...Mallards came back ashore, and paddled up into the Diversion Channel Ponds and Grasses....report of Garter Snake on the Trail, and flyby of Ravens pursuing 'Redtail'--this near El Cap....
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
no morning pics--snoozed....cloudy grey cool, clearing at lunch: at Lunch, perched on the Ozone Boulder...Robins, Juncos, Sandpipers, Songsparrows, Mallards about...and a flock of Violet Green Swallows darting and skimming the surface of the Merced...took a lot of blurry pics...one up the least blurry!....
Monday, May 24, 2010
Slept in way past noon....need a name for afternoon cheerios!...checked Ozone Beach...tourists thereabout reported seeing Bobcat by Upper Falls Trail Head...back at the Cabin, gathered all the gear...Doe in the Deer House Woods..pic....through Bobcat Meadow to the Village....picked up snack: egg salad, chips, crangrape...along the Road beside A Meadow, over Three Arch Bridge, Sugarpine Bridge...Nuthatch call at the Backpack Camp...quiet otherwise...and out to the Pony Path and the Snag Nest...One Ouzel perched on Snag in midstream...waitedwaited...ate snack...and out flew Second Ouzel from the Nest...Ouzel flew back and into the Nest I thought, and wasn't sure...and couldn't resist...took off boots and socks, and Indian walked to take a peek...Ouzel flew out chattering, and joined her Mate nearby, and they both were singing and chattering, scolding me....took a quick blurry pic of inside the Nest...pic reveals nothing..too blurry!....sigh...and quick retreated to where I sit hidden behind some Trees...and waitedwaited anxiously for Ouzels to return....was gathering things up, and sighted Ouzels on Boulder near Nest..pics up...and Ouzel flew twice into the Nest...second time to stay...so all okay!...continued along the Pony Path, and a Fen visit, and caught the Shuttle back to the Cabin, almost eight by the time I got to Last Chance for dinner...cloudy blue sometimes a little sunlight, cool...tourists on Shuttle reported it rained for ten minutes on the Mist Trail...rained tourists all day!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
After Breakfast, paddled to Ozone Beach....sighted Chipping Sparrow Pair, gathering nesting...pics....and walked out to Swinging Bridge along the Merced, looking for the Snag Log....no where to be seen....windy sunny blue, puffy clouds with darkening undersides, at lunch, dark clouds came through the Gates, and it sprinkled a bit, Half Dome dusted with snow from last night...at Lunch: sat awhile at Ozone Boulder...Female Mallard, Sandpiper, flock of Little Birds flyover (Bandtails flewover yesterday), Robins, Sandpipers, about...Song Sparrows...pics...and a tourist's dog got loose at Last Chance after closing, Bishan, and a chaseabout through the familiar warrens!....and concern for an open door escape...surrounded, and captured..."keep Bishan Pooch on a leash...Coyotes outstide!"....much the same experience with our Bishan once on vacation in the Valley!....can't identify the Grey Bird pics up...
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Slept in....just before work, tried to digi with the kodak....without a zoom feature, of course, it portholes...kinda hoped it wouldn't, but I'll take some porthole clips with it, and see if I can crop in....real reason I got it, it has a remote shutter, or will, when they're in stock, and with that, I can set it up and move back..or even put it under water--maybe Trout will come by!...anyway, a new toy in the box....sunnyhazy, at lunch, clouded over and cool...at Lunch: paddled out to Ozone Beach, and friend was there on bicycle. and a talkabout for the time, and no pics, save for a few of a Little Bird hard to identify--pics too dim and backlit....pics of Tanagers up are from yesterday...
"If anybody is frustrated with this response, I would tell them their symptoms are normal, because I'm frustrated, too," said Commandant Thad Allen. "Nobody likes to have a feeling that you can't do something about a very big problem."
As simple as it may seem, the law prevents the government from just taking over, Allen said. After the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, Congress dictated that oil companies be responsible for dealing with major accidents — including paying for all cleanup — with oversight by federal agencies.
Frustration mounts as oil seeps into Gulf wetlands
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Shuttled over to the Village...errands and mail....yet another camera came...Kodak Play Sport...it's bigger and heavier than I thought....but okay..waterproof, and does hd clips, and I should be able to digiscope with it....project for tomorrow....Shuttled back...hopped off near Ozone Beach, Camp 4 stop...quiet...asked at work if I took any pics today?...nope....a ten minute snooze before work...sunny overcast warm, at lunch, clear blue....at Lunch: perched sideways on Ozone Boulder, and had the Beach View to myself...Merced up to the Boulder's edge again...quiet....Robins, Sandpipers about....Grosbeak Pair perched awaysaway...pics....and then Sandpiper...pics....a kinda quiet easy going day....observed to a friend that maybe those are the best kind...though I almost needed the Heimlich!...ate a cookie too fast at break...tourists took little notice, and once recovered, I finished the cookie...
Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests
Buoyed up by that coffin, for almost one whole day and night, I floated on a soft and dirge-like main. The unharming sharks, they glided by as if with padlocks on their mouths; the savage sea-hawks sailed with sheathed beaks. On the second day, a sail drew near, nearer, and picked me up at last. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan. --Moby Dick, Herman Melville