"I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."--S.I. Hayakawa
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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Lament of Avian Females Everywhere

A female greater scaup voices her lament:



 I'm so pretty....





 Oh, so pretty.....






I'm so pretty and witty and wise.....    Why did HE have to photo bomb and outshine me?



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Male pine grosbeak





Female pine grosbeak






Male (foreground) and female American wigeon



Pintail



Female and male pintails




Male and female Northern shovelers




Male shoveler

Female shoveler










Male Barrow's goldeneye

Female Barrow's goldeneye






Female and male Barrow's goldeneye




Female mallard
Get the idea???


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Why, yes. There has been a slowdown...

If you follow along here, you have perhaps noticed a slowdown in The Kenya Journals as well as everything else I post here.

Here's the reason:



Just three miles from my home, this road leads to treasure.
A small part of the decked timber the Forest Service has made available for firewood.



    The other side of the decked timber/
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All you need is a free permit from the Forest Service.   And energy.   Lots of energy.




This is hemlock.   Next to birch, it's the heaviest wood available in Southcentral Alaska.






Because of its density, is has 22 million BTUs per cord.   Only birch is higher, with 23 million BTUs per cord.

My trusty 024 Stihl saw, still running strong.    I have a Stihl 250 Easy-Start, but it won't.   Start, that is.

Loading the truck the first day I went cutting.
  
My sports equipment.




The beginning of the three cords I"m allowed.   Not much, but DANG this wood is heavy.



I went back for more yesterday:



It's still a little pile, but it's nearing a half cord.   Two and a half cords to go....




You know what?    I just thought of a way to make this post SHORT so I can get back to cutting wood!   All I have to do is post this post-firewood-cutting photo:











Thursday, June 1, 2017

Meanwhile, back at Tern Lake

Red-necked grebe

Common loon on its nest

Common loon


Arctic tern

Common loons.  Too close, too much lens, too short a depth of field, and too much bouncing in a kayak.   Ah, well, I'm still learning.

Muskrat



American wigeon hen


Contortionist common loon

Trumpter swan


American wigeon

American wigeons



Pintail drake.

Arctic tern

Arctic tern

Arctic tern



Green-winged teal
Greater yellowlegs sandpiper


Greater yellowlegs sandpiper

Mallard hen


Barrow's goldeye drake preening breast feathers.   The orange thing is not a shrimp, but its foot.

Male and female Barrow's goldeneyes


Trumpeter swans

American wigeons

Common merganser hen


Mallard drake

Arctic tern