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Feb. 6
    I spent a couple days updating all of my webpages, removing my attempts to monetize my music by selling CD's (which are now pretty outdated, and never were a revenue source, although I'm still mostly happy with the music I produced). I do hope to systematically put up the music on Youtube with higher definition videos to accompany it, which I've been doing unsystematically recently.
    I've also started turning the original pottery workshop, which has been a packing room for shipping, into a glazing room, making more shelf space to allow pots to dry slowly since all the clays I've been trying lately seem to crack when drying too fast...  It should also result in more efficiently loaded kilns, with having sufficient space for glazed pots to always fire a full kiln load...
    We've had two tom turkeys visit our feeders regularly and clean out several cups of sunflower seeds in a couple minutes.  Here's a photo.  What stands out to me, seeing them close, is their homely heads (shared with turkey vulturee) and the funny tuft of feathers that hangs down in front.  Also we enjoy the elegant shadings of their general plumage...


About a week ago I bicycled on Spirit Lake and took this video.  It included a fall when the ice turned extra slick.  I did crack a rib as a result, but at the time it seemed worth it.  This was the bike ride down to the lake

Feb. 7
We went to an overhang cave with icicles making a frozen waterfall over it today.   It's a favorite place of ours in the winter...










Feb. 13

Yesterday was the Spirit Lake Winter Festival, sponsored by the SL Parks and Rec.  This year's brainchild was an outhouse race, modeled after other similar events not in our area...   There was only one entry, so it was used by 5 teams of 3, with two pushing and one riding inside on the seat...
Many years ago I conglomerated all such events into a conceptual "Stupid Festival" figuring that if you do enough stupid stuff, people will flock to see it...


 Down on the lake today, ice leads open up only to freeze again, sometimes with tinkly noises...

Along the edge of the lake frost patterns grow and shrink daily...

In some parts of the lake ice sheets converge with pressure, modeling the growth of mountain ranges.  


Feb.14
The last few days I've been taking photos with my older Nikon D5500, since my Panasonic FZ80 got some gray blotches, particularly after my slide out on the Ebike a couple weeks ago.  The Nikon is nice but not very flexible compared to "bridge" cameras.  I bought a used Nikon  P900 on Ebay for about half the price of a new one, and it arrived today.  I'm still awaiting an order of filters and lens cap, so was reluctant to take it out in the rain and snow we had today, but it cleared by evening so I went to the lake to see what there was to see:

A female goldeneye.  It has better telephoto (83X) than the panasonic, and gets clearer results even in the low light since the lens is wider...


The rain made puddles on the lake which reflect the late sky and trees on the ridge...


In some places the reflections were quite mirror like.  I rotated this 180 degrees to highlight the trees with surreal ice clouds...

Feb. 15
Male goldeneyes showed up today.  Female had moved on...



Feb. 18
It was a nice day, 45 degrees, perfect for a walk at Farragut State Park.  Here was the view across the lake:

The gravel beach is covered with water in the summer--like most lakes in the west, even this, the largest natural lake in Idaho, is regulated by a dam for hydroelectric and flood control purposes.  Unlike the drought-stricken Southwest, so far our lakes have been refilling in the spring...  Not much snow in those mountains, though...

Feb. 21
Before a hopefully final cold blast of winter, we hiked up onto the ridge, and saw some of the awesome cumulus harbingers of the storm

books read
The History of the Blues by Francis Davis.  Although I was already familiar with 2/3s of the musicians works, Davis offers an interesting perspective on their place in musical history...
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