Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I had never noticed Sandhill cranes before I moved to Alaska nor ever heard their distinctive call. Here in town, I was lucky to see or hear them in ones and twos and that call is certainly attention getting.
So when I heard that there was a festival in Fairbanks dedicated to watching and hearing hundreds of them migrate through town, I just had to go see for myself. It was surely an impressive sight, 200-300 flying and calling continuously. Since they were most active in the evening, when it was too dark to photograph, this photo only shows a few of them, resting and eating before flying south.
Unfortunately, I didn't have decent recording equipment to be able to share their calls with you, but if you go to this link, you can hear their calls and read a little about them. www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill
Monday, August 19, 2013
It certainly is beginning to look like early Fall here. The blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries are ripe, and the mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere.
The temperatures have dropped from the 70s everyday to the high 50s-low 60s and it has been raining, drizzling, or threatening to rain everyday for going on 3 weeks now. I'm not complaining about the rain, at least not very much, because it's nothing like the torrential rains other parts of the country have been tolerating.
Our garden has changed from looking like this... to this...
Sometimes I really dislike "winning" the award for receiving Fall days at one of the very earliest times of the calendar.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
We were both really tired yesterday, which made it hard to feel like doing a typical workout. Since DH just got a new camera, we decided to take a trip to the zoo; both to practice with the camera and to see the zoo, which we hadn't visited for about 8 years.
We got lots of great photos... many of course with those unsightly bars. Still, some animals I don't care to see anywhere but in a zoo.
Animal names top to bottom:
Alaskan brown bear, young bull moose, snow leopard, trumpeter swans, Dall sheep ram, gyrfalcon, and golden Eagle.
(All birds, except the swans, in the captivity of this zoo have permanent and debilitating injuries which prohibit flight, which is why their enclosures are so small.)
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