Archive for July, 2010

Short Range Hunting

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Viewing the beauty of God’s creation never seems to get old. And shooting them with a camera is, to me, just as exciting as any sport except that I get to shoot them over and over again. Yesterday was an exceptional day of hunting, all without leaving the comfort of our deck.

The most exciting news is that momma and papa quail appear to be getting used to us enough to allow some great shots. They like sitting on the rocks in the yard because it gives them a good vantage point but also it’s usually warmer when the sun hits it. Here’s momma with 8 (of the 10) babies huddled together. (You can click images below to enlarge)


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In addition to the Doodle family (that’s what we them), we also saw a deer pass through and the hummingbirds are in full swing now that nesting season is over.



Odd Hunting Contraption of the Day

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I hunt. Yes, I’m an avid hunter. I shoot all kinds of game from soft-furry little animals to big game. All harmlessly done with my camera. So, when I saw this picture in a sportsman catalog I couldn’t imagine why someone would want to attach a gun to their camera. What’s the point of taking pictures of your local wildlife and then blowing them away?


It just seems impractical.

Air show @ Fairchild Airforce Base – Spokane

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Bribing Jenny with a nice lunch in Spokane, she accompanied me to an awesome air show in Spokane. Unlike Chicago, we got to sit (if we so chose) not 25 feet from the front row and in many cases we could have elbowed our way up. But there was no need since the planes were flying almost overhead. It was an amazing day for photographs.




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Obsersvations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Factoid: Searching for the term “Observations of Small Town Living ” brings up this blog as the number one spot on Google! I’m humbled.

A day for the birds

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

TREE SWALLOWS: Yesterday we noticed that our birdhouse was actually being used by a pair of tree swallows. Today, I caught them on silicon.


Click the thumbnail below to see the “landing” sequence of momma bird. Note how she slows herself down by flying backwards before landing. And note the little beak over her wing peeking out of the hold.


QUAIL: We also have a family of quail who have taken up residence in the yard somewhere. About a week ago Jenny and I were walking out to see a wild rose bush I’d found and I almost stepped on the babies as they scrambled through the tall grass below my feet. Today they’re about the size of a baseball and can take flight if frightened. Here they are crossing the fire pit.



Whitewater Rafting in Montana

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

OK, year #3. It’s a tradition. Jen and I joined a bunch of folks from church to raft down the Clark Fork river in Montana. Please note that next year is just around the corner so if you’re planning on a visit, you might want to contact us (in March) to make your reservations. It’s a LOT of fun.

Somewhere below this group is a raft. Jen’s the cute one in brown baseball cap. I’m up front… probably crying.

Group shot. (click to enlarge)

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I don’t know, I just found the extra details of this police blotter kind of funny.


Now you know!

The Daily Beast – again.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

I think that the local newspaper, The Daily Bee, deserves it’s own category on my blog. Here’s the latest from the police blotter.


At what point does driving become excessive when driving under the influence?

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Shopping options are amazingly broad within 10 miles of home in the city and suburbs. You name it, and some you can’t name, all there at your fingertips. I recently got a new Swiss army knives of phones that does everything and anything it can’t do will soon be available for download as an “app” (cool phone speak for application or program). I had to laugh when I saw the following app which lets you say any category of product or service and it quickly brings up a list that are close to you. The following image provided by the manufacturer of the the programs shows the results of a search for “Chinese food”.


Here, the nearest stop light is 15 miles away. This is probably about as useless as parking tokens here in nowhere America.

Proof that Jesus had a sense of humor!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Some people think that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. I beg to differ. 
I realized something this week given to me by “the voice of God whispering in my ear, giving me a revelation that extended biblical truth” (quotes to emphasize the heresy. Although, I admit, this entire post should have quotes around it). Anyway, I came to the realization that Jesus was probably the life of the party, that he liked to joke a lot and loved pranks. No, it’s not documented in so many words, but that’s where I come in enlighten you (please send $249.95 check or money order to our address for further “revelations”).

My Experience: The other day, I slipped and cut open my leg while getting out of a boat. When the pain subsided I began walking to shore where my friend Jim and his wife, Diedre, (don’t worry, there must be a million men named Jim married to women name Diedre here in North Idaho so nobody will know who I’m talking about) were standing there watching this unfold. After looking at my leg, I realized that I needed to get to the hospital emergency room. So I said to them, “Can you give me a ride to the emergency room?” To which, Diedre folder her arms, cocked her head to one side and said, “Yeah Right!” As if I would joke about such a thing. This hurt more than just losing my leg the sharks in Lake Cocolalla… well, no, I didn’t lose my leg but if I did, it wouldn’t have compared to the pain of not being taken seriously.

Can you imagine?!! What kind of person doesn’t take such a statement seriously? I’m like so disappointed in humanity. In spite of being mortally wounded (almost), I mustered up the energy to say that, “No, I’m serious,” and then showed her the hole in my leg before regaining some credibility.

Jesus’ Experience: Jesus, having been crucified on a cross to pay for the sins of the world appears before the apostles, alive!! And one of his apostle (maybe more than one apostle but this one was documented), didn’t believe him until Jesus showed Thomas his wounds.

Does anyone see the parallel here? 
Saint Thomas (that has a nice ring to it) probably didn’t believed Jesus (and this is conjecture on my part based on personal experience) because Jesus was always joking around, playing pranks and was clearly the life of the party. There you have it, proof that God has a sense of humor or he would have struck me with lightning by now. No that’s just too obvious. He probably pushed me as I was getting out of a boat because he knew before hand that I’d write this post… I get it, he’s such a kidder. Using omnipotence and omnipresence to play jokes on people. Ya gotta love it.

Everyone’s a winner

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Our local newspaper lays claim to 18 awards a newspaper contest


Anyone reading this knows better. I’m sure the staff works really hard. The joke is the “best product possible”. The Daily wanna-Bee took home 18 awards that ran the gamut from headline writing, sports coverage, photography and finally, reporting on the “juvenile detention facility dilemma” (their words, not mine). There were only several newspapers in the competition. The Daily Beest took home 18 awards. You do the math — everyone went home with an award for something. I’d like to suggest and award for the use of the smallest type, ceativest spelling, and biggest coloring contest image (rather than providing news).

Many people here belittle the Bee as garbage. We however, faithfully subscribe to the only paper in town that won 18 awards and is published by David Keyes that is the only paper in town.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Honesty and Trust. Small town living isn’t a perfect utopia but I have observed reasons to believe that the level of integrity appears to be higher in small towns. Maybe it’s because everyone knows you. Today’s example is the public parking lot in Sandpoint. If you’re going to park for more than 2 hours, you’ll need to get a little envelope and put it into the box with $3.00. I highly doubt that anyone is checking that little box every 2 hours to make sure everyone has paid.


11-stitches for Thomas

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

While hopping out of a friend’s boat, I slipped on caught his leg on a hook used to tie the boat up. The thing that made this rather dramatic is that the hook wasn’t sharp. It was blunt and so the injury was more of a tear. The doctor sewing it up said it was the nastiest injury today. While waiting for hours in the ER I had enough time to sneak in the bathroom and get a quick picture. Sorry it’s not too clear but then again, you don’t really want to click on the image below to enlarge.

(sorry they’re blurry so you can’t get the full effect, it’s hard to take pictures under your leg while standing in a hospital bathroom, trust me):




I’m really sorry if this grosses you out. I’ll work on my tan this summer and not have that gross pasty white skin by fall… I mean the season “fall” not the next accident.

Flowering Trees

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

These probably don’t look like flowers to most people. I have overlooked them for years. But this year I realized that they were when I touched one and a small puff of yellow dust (pollen) was released into the air. For those who don’t live near a large grove of pine trees, you don’t know what it’s like when these things spread yellow dust all over everything. At least that’s the excuse we can use when company comes over.

Ponderosa Pine Flowers

Lodgepole Pine Flowers