Archive for November, 2012

Mystery from on high covers the earth

Monday, November 12th, 2012

In fall many folks think of leaves falling from trees. But what if you live in a pine forest. Here you get needles. Unbeknownst to many, pine trees lose about 1/3 of their needles each year. And some, the larch for example, drop all of their needles. And when they do this is what shows up.

It’s everywhere but it more visible on blacktop.

I’ve been told that many folks who aren’t familiar with this have assumed that their trees have all died and have cut them down for firewood.

Two rainbows in one day

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I happen to be downloading some images off my camera today and discovered something I hadn’t realized before. On Nov. 1, I took pictures of two different rainbows on the same day. This one is at 10:30 in the morning and is unique because it’s in the North-West sky.

And this one is at about 3:45 in the afternoon in the East.

ATV Accident

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

“I always worry about you riding that ATV,” my mom would say, “I know you’re careful but…bla bla bla”. Her voice would fade into my reassurance that I wear a helmet…bla bla bla. An accident is inevitable from time to time. Normally (and this is not the first time) I can get back up, dust off and move on. Not the other day. My power-slide into the turn was going well but the turn was much tighter than my speed would allow for. I pretty much drove into a ditch where myself and the ATV tumbled forward. Thankfully, once parted we never met up again or the machine would have rolled on top of me. That usually ends bad. Instead, I think a bruised (possibly cracked) a few ribs which hurts much worse than my upper leg (pictured) that met the end  of the handlebar prior to my taking flight.

If you turn your head sideways you can kind of see a galaxy…with hair. There’s snow on the ground which means I have time to fix the machine by next season. I’ve already begun ordering parts on ebay.

Above and below the clouds

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

While riding my ATV around the Upper Pack River valley on a cloudy fall day, I stopped to catch a shot of the clouds gathering in the valley below… and above. As they say, it’s prettier in real life.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Went to vote. First had to wait zero seconds to find a parking spot. Stood in line to vote for zero seconds. Then I had to wait for a booth for zero seconds. Waited zero seconds to turn in my ballot. I love living in a small town. And they say that the lifestyle here is much slower.