March Snowstorm Total

Mar052015SnowFallTapeMeasureBeen shoveling all morning. Paths to the two goat houses done. This was are snowfall total down to the ice. We had at least 4-5 hours of sleet and freezing rain before it turned to snow. Looks like it will be a few days before I can get out and take many pics…….

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Before The Storm Turns To Ice And Snow

Mar042015BaldEagleReadyToTakeOffFromNestYesterday the eagles brought in a lot of grass to the nest. The grass will all be soaking wet this morning as it rained all night and still raining this morning. The rain is supposed to change to sleet and then snow starting the change around 1 this afternoon. The totals accumulation of ice and snow to be between 6 and 8 inches. All the birds are having tough conditions the last month. I bet they are as ready for a decent stretch of weather as we are.

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Western Kentucky Winter Mix

Mar012015ChickadeeIn Western Kentucky February was a real mix of winter. The forecast shows that the start of March is continuing the trend. Rain for today and tonight changing to sleet and snow tomorrow, winding up being heavy snow. Temperatures then falling out to low single digits. Here is hoping the end of the month brings a mix of spring weather. I am ready for the birds to sing and flowers and trees to bloom. We got back home yesterday afternoon to bright beautiful sunshine. This morning the overcast winter mess is back. Oh, well I take it as it comes and do the best I can to maintain a positive outlook.

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Sandhill Cranes Around Cecilia, Kentucky

Feb272015SanhillCraneFlyingWingsDownWe stopped by Cecilia, Kentucky on our way to Louisville yesterday. Our hopes of seeing Sandhill Cranes at a stopping place the cranes use in migration. The Sandhill Cranes were scattered around throughout the area. With the fields mostly snow covered the cranes were on each spot of thawed ground or area that had a bit of open water or wet spot. There were a few areas with huge groups but mostly small groups in nearly every cornfield it seemed.

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Hope Carleton Kentucky Outdoorsman

Feb262015TowboatJakeWestBeforeSunriseA good friend passed away at the age of 89 yesterday. Hope Carleton was his name. Hope was one of those people you felt blessed to have known and spent time with. A character was he who had his own distinct ways. A couple years of my life were enhanced by our chance meeting and friendship. Mornings outdoors and on the water normally spent alone were shared with Hope. Hope was an outdoor mentor that was open to gaining your appreciation and knowledge as well. There will be many mornings when I see a sunrise, a dimple of a fish rising to the surface of the water. A duck making a twisting diving turn down towards the water when a memory cell will bring back thoughts of Hope. A joke that I have heard before, a cold bacon and egg sandwich enjoyed on a boat as it drifts with the current. That passing of time when anything outdoors seems surprising I will hold it close with the desire to pass the occurrence on to Hope on our next chance meeting…………

Jul262014HopeDrivingBoatYes, I will miss and think of this dear friend many times in the future. My love of the outdoors is not matched by many but Hope was one who loved it and lived it as I do……

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Feb262015BaldEagleFlyingCloseUpWe will be gone over the weekend, not sure if I will post each day or not? Be back at it Tuesday if not sooner…..

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