Wednesday, May 30, 2018

TURTLE

Yesterday we were checking out the bird feeder area when we saw a turtle in the area laying her eggs.  We have had a turtle in previous years doing this and I guess she was back again.  She has to travel around 75 yards from the river to get to this spot.  Not sure why she likes it as it is just plain black dirt.  Don't know if the eggs hatch, we have never seen any little ones.  Here are a couple pictures.

She had finished laying her eggs and was on the way back to the river.  I didn't get the camera soon enough to get her in the act.


This is the spot where she laid the eggs and buried them.


She had made it to the rocks and had easier walking on her trip back to the river.


Sort of sad that mother turtles lay their eggs and never know if they hatched or not.

Patrick

Sunday, April 22, 2018

LOONS

We have seen Loons in the river in front of our place almost every year.  Usually there is only one or two.  This evening we looked out at the river and there was a whole flock of them.  That is the most I have ever seen together at one time.  There were 12 in the group.  I guess they are migrating through and haven't split up into pairs yet.  We got some good pictures which follow.

These four were at the head of the pack.


I managed to get 10 of the 12 in this picture.


Got all 12 in this shot.


Patrick

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DUCK TRAILS

The ducks that come to feed under our bird feeders are back.  They have been trudging up through the snow to have their fill of the stuff the birds knock off the feeders.  There are two drakes and one hen Mallard that come regularly.  The following are some pictures of their trails.

These trails have been drifted over already.


More of the "traffic" pattern coming to the feeders.


I think these are trails leading back to the river.  They walk both ways unless startled while at the feeders and then they will fly back to the river.


This is a group of Ducks, Geese and Swans sitting on the ice out in the middle of the river.


Patrick

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SPRING SNOW

It started snowing yesterday around noon and has been continuing for most of the time since.  It is still coming down now at 3:00 p.m. and suppose to last for a few more hours yet.  Guess we need the moisture for the spring flowers, but coming as rain would have been a lot nicer.  There are a lot of geese and swans in the area now using the open water in the river.  The following pictures are of the snow and the geese and swans.  Will spring ever come?

This is the view of the back yard yesterday.  The falling snow doesn't show well, but that is why the picture is not so clear.

This is the picture of the back yard an hour ago with the snow still coming down. Notice how much deeper it is on the Cherry tree on the right side of the picture.


No grilling for awhile.


Another shot of the grill.


Birds have been busy eating all day.  They have to dig through the snow some.


Those white blobs out next to the ice are swans.


Those are some geese sitting on the ice at the edge of the river.


Patrick

Saturday, March 31, 2018

WELCOME HOME

We got home this past Wednesday and there wasn't much snow, mostly just where there were drifts or piles from plowing.  But, this morning when I looked out, it was a much different view.  It is all white again.  I guess March is going out like a Lion.  Hope that maybe this will be the last storm for this winter, but probably not.  Here are a few pictures.

This is our front yard.  It was mostly bare and the driveway was clear and dry.


This is the back yard.  There was only a drift along the right side when we got home.


This is the side yard.  Won't be putting the dock in for awhile yet.


This is out bird feeding area right outside the kitchen window.  The feeders are full.


Patrick

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pool

This past Monday the neighbors across the street had a new pool installed.  This is the second one in the neighborhood in the last few weeks.  The previous one was an in ground concrete pool that took all day to pour the cement.  This second one is the type that is a fiberglass liner that is set in a hole.  Pat got some great pictures of the lift of the liner over the house.  It was only about an hour operation.  Here are the pictures.

The "tub" arrived on a trailer.


Close up view of the tub.


The crane getting set up for the lift.


Just about ready to be attached to the tub.


Attached and ready to lift.


Checking everything out.


Starting the lift to go over the house.


Just about there.


Over the house now and getting ready to lower into the hole.


Going down. Must have fit well because it was only a short time until the crane came back around and started getting ready to leave.



Patrick

Sunday, February 18, 2018

HUALAPAI BRUNCH

We had our annual brunch at the Hualapai Resort this morning.  It was a nice group and nobody went hungry.  Unfortunately, Arizona has passed a new law that prohibits the feeding of the Elk.  That was always a big part of the visit in past years to see the bunch of Elk that would be right outside the windows of the restaurant.  There weren't any this year because there wasn't any food for them.  It was still a pretty drive to the restaurant and the mountain scenery was great.  A few pictures.

This resort is in the Hualapai Park.  They have several cabins to rent as well as the restaurant.


This is the group. From the left, Pat, Lenie, Becky, Patrick, Wayne, Diane, Erin and Ilene.


This is a very nice Elk mount that was in the restaurant area.


This was a Deer mount hanging over the fireplace in the restaurant.


Mountain view from the restaurant.


Another mountain view.



Patrick

Thursday, February 8, 2018

TOPOCK BOAT TRIP

Today Jim Johnson, Ilene Haavisto, Pat and I took the Colorado river boat trip from Lake Havasu through the Topock Gorge and on to Pirates Cove for Lunch.  We took this same trip last year and it was still an enjoyable ride and a lot of nice sights. The following are the pictures for the day.

This is a picture of the canal from the boat dock out into the lake.


The end of the canal and the start of the lake is by the lighthouse in the lower center of the picture.


The mountains in the picture are called the Needles.  A later picture will show them from the other side.


They have a problem here with feral pigs and they are using helicopters to fly over the area and shot as many of them as they can to keep the size of the herd down.  This is one of the copters at work.


This is Steamship Rock.  The steamships used it to tie up over night so they didn't have to go through Topock gorge in the dark which was very dangerous.  During the flooding season, before the current dams were built, the rock would be under water and couldn't be used to tie up.


This is the jet boat from Laughlin that makes a round trip tour to Lake Havasu.   It is an all day trip.


This is the boat we were in today.  It is a jet drive boat with twin engines and jet drives.


There are the cabins at Pirates cove that can be rented.


This is the Pirates Cove restaurant where we ate lunch.


Advertising sign for Pirates Cove.


Here are the Needles mountains again from the other side.


This Coyote was our wild life sighting for the trip.


This is the Chiefs Eye in Topock Gorge.  If you were traveling down river and saw the eye of the chief, you would have safe travels.  If you couldn't see the eye there was danger for you ahead.  This was the story told by the Steam ship captains that traveled the river back in the 1800's.  


Wonder how much longer this rock will still be in place.


Another rock that may come down soon.


I just liked this rock.  It was a different color than all the rock around it and it was right on the edge of the river.


This is the praying Chief.  You can see his hands folded together in the bottom left of the picture.


Just a scenery shot.


These are the Indian Petroglyphs that are suppose to be around 3500 years old.  They are on the rocks along the river.


Another shot of the Indian art.


Another one which was right at the rivers edge.


Just about back to the dock.  London Bridge in the background.


Here is the crew, Ilene, Jim, Pat and Patrick


A shot of Pat sitting by a very nice fountain that we went past on the way back to the car.



Patrick