Today is overcast which is welcome. We’ve enjoyed quite a stretch of early season warmth with temperatures up into the high 60’s and sunshine for several days. I have raked the yard, bagged leaves and grass and put them by the street for pick up along with sticks and branches, spread lime to neutralize the soil and watered the lawn and trees once.
I’ve shot a bunch of photos too, and now I can go through them and post a few. Here’s some of what else is going on;
Coping – summer light
Today I awakened to the light of the dawn at 4:30am. Coping with daylight is an interesting proposition. Yes it is good to have light and at least the option of going out and enjoying the sunshine. Today we are right at having 18 hours daylight. Sunrise at 5am sharp and sunset at 11pm. I tend to stay up later on a consistent basis. Keeping a consistent and regular routine is a goal, but when it’s nice it’s nice, worth burning some energy over. So I find myself tending to take care of what I need to, and adding activity to fit my energy level then some, and after some days of that I just have to catch up on rest. I am trying to take inspiration from my little friend Bonnie the Cat. She has an amazing internal time clock. She makes good use of naps, in fact she is a power napper! Of course she has a couple things going for her I don’t. She can see in the dark for one. More important, she has a simple agenda; eat, play, cuddle, sleep, repeat. Still there’s some inspiration to be had here.
Close to Home – my little part of the forest
It’s been very busy as always changing gears to the new season. Right now is the closest thing we have to spring, although I maintain we don’t have a real spring. We go from winter to break up to summer. The last couple days have to be summer. The sun is turning everything green. You can see the difference daily and it is dramatic. So lately I have been close to home mostly.
Fortunately there are benefits to this in addition to getting chores done. There is the beauty of the forest plants right in my yard and the photo ops they provide.
Extending – out on the trail
I am beginning to venture out more on the trails now. Mostly riding my mountain bike and visiting different trails and areas just to get used to the bike again and enjoy some sights. Of course the moose are out and I have encountered two moose in two days. The first one ended when this big moose I thought had moved off came back up on the trail, turned toward me and stood its ground 30 feet away. After a few tense moments the moose decided to take off, thankfully the other way, so I pulled my camera and took a hasty shot. It is very overexposed because I had it in manual mode!
On the trail, happiness is the back end of a moose going the other way!
Besides the excitement there are plenty of things to see and do on the trails.
Carolyn is shown here on the little log bridge accross a creek
A local wetland and the Chugach Mountains
A mountain stream
A red Birch Tree
Wings of Light – heavenly sights
There are plenty of photo ops in the heavens lately.
There have been some good sunsets, and though I don’t hit them all anymore I have caught a couple.
During the last sunset I noticed Venus was out and very close to the moon. It turns out I just happened to catch a great photo op that doesn’t happen that often. I have seen other examples of folks catching this over the last month, so it seems I am playing catch up here.
The moon is a beautiful crescent and I never tire of trying to get a better shot with just the right light.
I found that I had one shot of the moon from Idaho, May 5, that I forgot to post, so here it is too. I was shooting the moon and along came this jet, and…