(Click on the pictures to see them full-sized. Be prepared to jump back!)
This is the soft side of this hill. Just past the crest, there's a drop off of a couple hundred feet. Indian artifacts are still found there regularly. Some years back, there was a big court battle because some archiologist types felt they just HAD to dig up the burial ground found in a cavern at the ledges.
During the fall, that hill was covered with a tapestry of leaves in changing colors. All it lacked was some white-barked trees to remind me of Aspen in autumn. To the left is a shot from just before the snow flew. On the right was earlier this year. Sorry, I was so busy gawking at it during the color changes, I forgot to take any pictures of it!
This is a picture of my tiercel Saker falcon (called a sakerette.) As you can see, this is a very dark-phase bird obtained from Shirley Zorn & Steve Jensen up in Utah last Spring. I'm trying to fly this powerful bugger from the fist at game. God knows he's got the feet for it, but with as much pure aerial power as the sakers posess, getting him to hunt close is proving quite the chore. Sakers must be manned very regularly, or they begin getting kinda schizo, like they've never seen ya before in their life! Definately not a beginner's falcon...
This is SoWePa a couple months ago. Sorry about the cage wire, but I'm not about to bring an expensive camera in there for him to play with! SoWePa is such a sweet cat, I really can't believe it sometimes. While he does play rough by human standards, it's nothing compared to the force he's capable of. I've had him since he was about the size of his head, and he used to be able to run around outside with me. Now he chirps to me anytime I'm outside, wanting to come out and play, and wanting to know why the #%(@%& dogs get to come out but he doesn't!
And now we've come full-circle. This is the shot that was the background for the page that got you here.
As you can see, the homestead's still pretty rough. I'm looking forward to the Spring, so I can get some grass back in and all.
Check back here regularly. I've got a couple more rolls off to Seattle Filmworks now, including a shot or two of me, my family, the dogs, studio, and a whole bunch of other stuff nobody probably really cares much about but me.:) Click on the car to go back...