Brad's Blog
 photo by Forrest Stonedahl 2021
Click here to zoom down to today's entry (after clicking, you can bookmark this page and it should always take you to the current date).
 
April 1, 2022

The ridge is covered with grass widows, but in photos it looks better to focus on a few...

April 2
We walked to Hidden Lake last evening,


April 3
The mist was spreading on the mill pond last evening:



The buttercups and large and plentiful this year, and the overcast day prevented them shining white on their yellowness...

April 13th
We went to Spokane yesterday, where marmots are plentiful downtown, and saw several while we were looking out a window:

Ground hogs are marmots, but not vice versa (marmot is the family name).  They are the largest ground squirrels.


Today we went for a hike across from Farragut State Park, with a lovely view of the lake with the end of the state park, and the bay with Bayview visible behind it, with a fire ravaged  Cape Horn prominent.

April 18
It snowed enough to cover the trees and ground on Easter--gone by the afternoon though.


This yellow bell was poking through it...



The red necked grebes are back in pairs--their mating call sounds like someone is getting their neck twisted...

April 25





This may be a new wildflower, or I may recognize it when it's fully open...  From a bike ride on the logging roads yesterday...


I also don't know the name of these tubular bells that are about an inch long, but the tiny violet looking things along the edge are Maiden Mary Blue Eyes.



This is a spotted towhee in a locust tree, with its tail fanned a bit..



Here are the yellow fawn or glacier lilies...



And the trillium or western wake robin has checked in as well...

April 27


There are two theories when I google to ask why dew forms at the top of grass.  One is that the narrowing shape causes the tiny drops to roll up towards the point.  The other is that moisture is exuded from inside the grass.  I favor the former...

Another view of Spirit Lake from the west end...




Not sure what these finches are yet...


These turkey vultures at Farragut were a part of a dozen or so.  The one on the left is carrying a stick, so it's probably a mating thing...


Yes, I've already posted a picture of fawn lilies, but at Farragut they're bigger and the forest light made this one look special...

books read
Sondahl blog index
January
2022
February
2021
March
2022
April
2021
May
2022
June
2022
July
2022
August
2022
September
2022
October
2022
November
2022
December
2022
January
2021
February
2021
March
2021
April
2021
May
2021
June
2021
July
2021
August
2021
September
2021
October
2021
November
2021
December
2021
January
2020
February
2020
March
2020
April
2020
May
2020
June
2020
July
2020
August
2020
September
2020
October
2020
November
2020
December
2020
January
2019
February
2019
March
2019
April
2019
May
2019
June
2019
July
2019
August
2019
September
2019
November
2019
December
2019
January
2018
February
2018
March
2018
April
2018
May
2018
June
2018
July
2018
August
2018
September
2018
October
2018
November
2018
December
2018
January
2017
February
2017
March
2017
April
2017
May
2017
June
2017
July
2017
August
2017
September
2017
October
2017
November
2017
December
2017
January
2016
February
2016
March
2016
April
2016
May
2016
June
2016
July
2016
August
2016
September
2016
October
2016
November
2016
December
2016
January
2015
February
2015
March
2015
April
2015
May
2015
June
2015
July
2015
August
2015
September
2015
October
2015
November
2015
December
2015
January
2014
February
2014
March
2014
April
2014
May
2014
June
2014
July
2014
August
2014
September
2014
October
2014
November
2014
December
2014
January
2013
February
2013
March
2013
April
2013
May
2013
June
2013
July
2013
August
2013
September
2013
October
2013
November
2013
December
2013
January
2012
February
2012
March
2012
April
2012
May
2012
June
2012
July
2012
August
2012
September
2012
October
2012
November
2012
December
2012
January
2011
February
2011
March
2011
April
2011
May
2011
June
2011
July
2011
August
2011
September
2011
October
2011
November
2011
Deember
2011
January
2010
February
2010
March
2010
April
2010
May
2010
June
2010
July
2010
August
2010
September
2010
October
2010
November
2010
December
2010
January
2009
Febr.
2009
March
2009
April
2009
May
2009
June
2009
July
2009
August
2009
Sept.
2009
October
2009
November
2009
December
2009
Jan.
2008
Febr.
2008
March 2008
April
2008
May
2008
June
2008
July
2008
August
2008
September
2008
October
2008
November
2008
December
2008
Jan.
2007
Febr.
2007
March 2007April
2007
May
2007
June
2007
July
2007
August
2007
Sept.
2007
Oct.
2007
Nov.
2007
Dec.
2007
January 2006February 2006March 2006April 2006May 2006June 2006July 2006August 2006Sept. 2006Oct. 2006Nov. 2006Dec. 2006



April 2005May 2005 June 2005 July 2005August 2005September 2005October 2005November 2005December 2005