A bit about this and that

I’ve been pretty busy here working on various projects around the house.  I’ve also a month into my new fitness regime having passed my one-month mark of walking/trotting a mile every day.  I now have it down to 15 minutes and a few seconds.  I walk fast for three minutes and trot for one minute.  I can now boost my heart rate up quite a bit without getting winded – which is a great step beyond what I used to be able to do.

We’ve had some heavy weather pass across our area for the last week.  Lots of gentle rain and one thunderstorm yesterday that had me closing down my computers.  I have a UPS, but it is somewhat unreliable AND I didn’t want to have any lightning strike get to my equipment.    The storm lasted about an hour and blinked the lights several times but I didn’t lose them.  Turned out to be just over an inch and three quarters of rain in one hour.  Just what I needed for my flowers.

Speaking of which, the front yard has been alive with various animals and here is a small gallery of shots.  If you hover the mouse over the picture I have named them.  Click on them and they will enlarge. Use your “Back” thingy to get back here.

The morning glory is just one of several vines that came up without my trying this year.  I was surprised they came up at all.  I have a stake next to them and they are now twining up the stake happily.

The woodpecker was on my back porch railing and, after it left, I saw that it was after some bugs in a hollow inside the rail.  The young bird had pecked three holes and dug out some type of beetle.  Bon Appetite.

I put the double-height feed tray under the tree in my front yard and it was an instant hit with the squirrels.  They love to climb on it.  One day – and me without my camera handy – there were 7 squirrels cavorting all over it.

The rabbits were way back in my yard so the shots are a bit fuzzy (as they are too) but they appeared to be yearlings as I hadn’t seen them before.  When I stepped out on my back porch, they went to alert status and froze.

I’ve named some of the more remarkable squirrels.  Gold Tail has a huge, brushy, golden tail.  I’m not sure how Thor got his tail like that but I bet it was by touching an electrical wire somewhere – maybe I should have named him Sore instead of Thor?



4 thoughts on “A bit about this and that

  1. Nice photo’s Bill, good to see the birds and animals appreciating all your hard work…..
    Had a rather scruffy woodpecker here earlier, no batteries in the camera so no photo….. sods law aint it!!!

  2. Well done on your fitness regime! Nice selection of wildlife you’re showing us.I especially like the woodpecker photos. I hear them here but rarely ever see them sadly. It’s good to know that you get sparrows as well.
    I’m sure that when Daffy stops by she’ll love the squirrels and rabbits!
    Take care! Cheers.

  3. Bill these are lovely! Flighty is right! I love the squirrels, Thor sure does have a mighty fine fuzzy tail! I love the rabbits too! I’ve just been watching my rabbits, one-eye (named by Flighty) and his lady friend, I had to look away though! haha
    You certainly have nature at your door Bill and thank you so much for sharing!
    (You take great pics! I think you do more than I do wich is aim and click!)

    • I love all the natural things that congregate in my yard. My neighbor sics his dogs on all the rabbits and squirrels so they stay away from him. He gets ticked off when I leave out all the corn cobs and stuff but it MY yard.

      My camera is just a 6MegaPixel, but it has a 12x physical zoom with Bausch & Lomb optics. I can do a physical zoom in on a rabbit about 75 yards away (roughly 70 meters) and fill the frame with him. Then I process the picture and I can zoom in further without much loss or pixilation.


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