Overcast Fall Day

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Not Much Happening

sep282016baldeaglelandinginnestwithstickI made a quick round in the morning. There was not much happening. Just after sunrise both eagles flew in to the nest with a stick. Placed the sticks then flew out headed for the lake, so I headed for the lake too. Did not find the eagles where I thought they might have went. Did find a snowy egret and a few chimney swifts. After a doctors check up mid morning I made the 4 hour drive to visit the grandkids. Not sure how much time I will have to photograph through the weekend. Will post if I find anything….

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The Almosties

sep272016towboatatkydamlockinfogFelt like I suffered from the almosties yesterday. Saw a lot of neat stuff. Funny how words can cling to your mind now and then. Stuff seems to be my new hang word.

A heavy foggy mist clung to the eastern shoreline of Kentucky Lake around daybreak. The towboats looked mysterious working in it.

The eagles worked on the nest for about an hour. Adding sticks and moving them around in the nest. Most of the sticks they quickly gathered by flying out and grasping and breaking off the sticks from the top of dead trees. Doing this on the fly never stopping and returning quickly to the nest, only taking a matter of a few minutes. Hope to be in position to capture that action one day.

A red shouldered hawk flew over as I waited for the eagles to take off for the river or lake. Got a quick snap shot of it as it whizzed by overhead. A young buck ran through the pines at about the same time. Got a few shots but the angle was bad. Did not feel as if any of my photos were spot on yesterday. I was helping a gal who wanted to get flying shots. Explaining camera settings required and how best to position herself and what to look for. A lot of the good captures require a lot of behavior study, of course ol’ lady luck sure helps.

Then back home to continue bush hogging. Spent about six hours again on the tractor. Another hour or so repairing and maintenance. Old equipment you have to coddle, cuss, and persevere with. Shearing bolts on the bush hog when you go over a tough bunch of sapplings. Then the power steering gets tough and you look down and see the transmission pressure has dropped to low. Off to the store to buy 5 gallons of tranny-hydraulic fluid and add it and keep going. Of course running out of fuel not long after that maintenance. Having to run so slow using a lot more fuel to cover the same acreage, I miss judged fuel use. So back out to buy more fuel. Makes for a long day but a good one. The cooler weather perfect for doing this chore. My head stuffed up as when I look back to check on the bush hog it looks like it is snowing with all the air blown seed heads floating on the breeze.

It is amazing how fast nature takes back over a field in just two years. My “Little Womans” uncle wanted these fields to cut for hay. After a couple years he quit showing up. Finally gave up on him and back to bush hogging it, to keep it from going to forest. I like the mix of woods and fields on the farm. Better for wildlife. I will head off today after a doctor visit or tomorrow morning to visit with the grandkids. May miss a day posting. Hope the weather holds when I return so I can finish up cuttin’ bushes…

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Feeling Like Fall And Feeling My Age

sep252016baldeaglepechedbynestThe cool down has begun. Had to dig out my blue jeans after months slipping in to shorts each morning. Today I will have to dig out a jacket. Did not spend much time the past two days taking photos. Busy bush hogging on the farm. The fields have gotten grown over. The going is slow, having to use low gear on the old tractor. Feeling my age as hours on the tractor wear me down. Something I did not even think about in the past.

Hours on a tractor leave plenty of time for the mind to wander. Reminding myself regularly that using heavy equipment and a wandering mind is not a good thing. Keep a portion of the mind focused on the task at hand.

I think about the land as I wreak havoc on the rabbit havens. What will come of the place when I am long gone? Will somewhere down the line this place of rabbits and thistle be yet another subdivision with mown lawns and black topped drives? I am certain that the simple joys of quail and deer hunting which once meant so much to me are a thing of the past for the place. The joy of walking from the house to hunt then returning to the warmth of home and family a dimming memory. No longer a huge vegetable garden to supplement the pantry. Geez, did not aim for this post to put off a depressing aroma. So will end the stink and try to think positively. Go to the sink and put my teeth in and start a new day.

Perhaps the cause of this down feeling post is that I watched the first presidential debate. Came away with the feeling of shame that these two are the best options our country can come up with? That is fully depressing and stinks to high heaven.

Maybe the eagles will work on the nest this morning. Perhaps that hawk that perches in the tallest tree observing me on my rounds on the tractor will take to wing while I watch. Lifting my spirits with it…

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Short Morning

sep242016baldeagleflyingDid not spend much time out yesterday. The eagle flew out early from the nesting area at the sheriff’s ranch. Went home and worked on the old tractor, replacing a radiator hose and getting the brakes to work. Short battle with wasps at their nest under the cover for the brake fluid reservoir, I won, did not get stung, yeah. Then bush hogged until I got to hot. I may miss posting tomorrow, a round trip to Nashville and back will leave me little time to photograph. Have a great Sunday…

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