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May 2, 2018

Since getting a new camera a year ago, I've saved it mostly for event (musical) photos, as the telephoto lens isn't as good as my old camera.  But close in, like with birds feeding out the porch window, it's excellent.  Oregon junco:

It helps to use the photo editing features provided with Windows 10...

One can't go for a walk up on the ridge these days without an iconic view of Spirit Lake:

It does help to move a bit this way and that to block some of the new more ostentatious cabins...

May 4th
I had to go into Spokane today to pick up one of our cars that had broken an axle during a slow U-turn, and it was so nice I stopped at the downtown falls area.  The main Spokane Falls is tamed by a dam, so it looks like a wall of water going over the top in the springtime.  Above the main falls is this one that probably more resembles the original, although it has remnants of the Spokane World's Fair (and the older clock tower from the train station) in the background...


May 6
We revisited Hunt Creek Falls today.  The falls had other visitors when we arrived, so we hiked upstream from the falls, full of lovely small cataracts...

My imagination often gets the best of me, so I call this one the Dragon Surfer...


The falls is much more impressive than this looks--even at a very short exposure time the water is blurred from churning...

May 8
Here are some of our songs from last weekend's Showcase The Covered Wagon Rolls Right Along
Don't you see that train?
Kiss me quick and go away
The Trouble is...

Tumbleweeds group:
A little further in the hole


The cherries and pears are blossoming, and the apples will follow soon...


This photo could almost be from the 1950's--I'd guess the buckets and the cart I made from a bike trailer would be the main disqualifiers...


And here's a turkey vulture vultching, as Snoopy used to do...


May 11
We walked on the other side of Spirit Lake yesterday, offering this iconic view:
The snowy peak is Mt. Spokane, with its ski runs.  There are probably 100 cabins on the lake, but from this view they aren't obvious...

Here's a flower from the walk, called prairie smoke, a geum that makes fluffy seed carriers...


And here's a pygmy nuthatch from our feeder.  We've got chickadees, robins, and song sparrows nesting in our yard, and a dozen species have come to our feeder...


This photo is more artistic but less good for identification....

May 15here's a pair of goldfinches from the feeder recently


Books
The Planet Masters by Allen Wold.  An oldie but goodie SF book I'd read years ago and reread after buying from the library sales books...  A rather second amendment loving look at possible future worlds...

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