As long as the weather is not bitter cold, I have been enjoying snowshoeing in the woods. Lots of deer. They always look so nice with the backdrop of white snow!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
No plans for today... which was rare for me. It's hard for me to just sit still and not do anything. Well, it was super cloudy and dark - not a great day for taking photos. I decided to venture out anyway, and hit up a local Iowa lake that has quite a few bald eagles hanging out. Even though it was cloudy, cold, and miserably windy- these turned out pretty decent. Had it been blue skies.... perfection!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
My last agility trial is over for the year, and I have nothing planned until February, maybe even March! I always like to take a couple months off from agility so the dogs can just rest, hike, swim, play, etc. It's also a good mental break for me as well. Any soft tissue injuries can heal up, and they will not see a single piece of agility equipment for that time. They always come back fresh and wild after a break, and so do I. I have a trip planned to Costa Rica during that time, so I am very excited about that. I also went out and purchased a new camera, the Sony A77, so I would have plenty of time to play with it before the trip. Since the weather is not brutal cold here, we are enjoying lots of hiking up and down hills, through tall prairie grass, and through the woods. The dogs love it and so do I... it's a great little workout!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Never in a million years would I ever image to see a Snowy Owl in downtown Omaha. Better yet- at our convention center where I was competing with my dog in agility. And to make the story even better.... sitting on a light right there at the entrance, for hundreds of people to see. I immediately sent the news to the Nebraska Birds yahoo group... and luckily, many birders were able to the see the owl. Some others set up a scope next to the convention center at a park, and they saw the bird from there. (without paying the $8 parking fee!) It was a 1 in a million experience to be this close to a pretty chill (no pun intended) Snowy Owl. The owl was identified as a first-year female.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Today is Tazer's 5th birthday! I couldn't ask for anything more in a family member, agility partner, and hiking buddy! He makes me laugh, and he keeps me on my toes! Running agility with him is so exciting, and he tries 110%. He can be a snuggle buddy when I actually sit down, and he thinks he is a lap dog sometimes. I enjoy hiking with him...he just gallops around and he loves being silly. He has been a well-behaved boy with his new sister, Pixel. He tries to get her to play, but his size is a little intimidating for her right now. She still likes to herd him around though! I hope to get his MACH (5 more QQ!) and his ADCH (Just a few more runs!) in 2013. If we ever get around to doing ASCA trials, I'd love to get his ATCH too! Most importantly, agility aside, he is a wonderful family member. He loves the neighborhood kids and he is always ready for them to throw a ball for him. I laugh at his phobia of feathers (since I am a bird nerd!) but he has been eating them lately...so maybe he is not so scared. I'd like to say that I think he is maturing.... but kind of like me.... NAAAAAAAH. Not yet. Happy birthday Big Man, I love you!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's only fitting that I post these Great Horned Owls for my Halloween entry! Saw them last night on an evening hike. There were at least 4 calling back and forth. For the next couple of months, they will be out a lot - hooting and establishing territory. I am hoping to get some more shots. Hard part is owls like to come out at night, and one needs good light to take photos of owls! (at night, anyway!)
Monday, October 29, 2012
This evening I went for a hike, in hopes that I could spot some owls now that the leaves are almost gone. No owls spotted, but I did hear some. I also managed to take a couple shots of the rising full moon with the trees, and they made for some interesting shots. Of course, an owl sitting on a branch silhouetted with the full moon behind it would have been perfect.... but that's asking a bit much. I can dream, can't I?
Monday, October 22, 2012
Fall is in full swing.... the colors have been amazing and the temperatures have not been that bad. I am enjoying the change in seasons, and looking forward to some snow. (Yes, you heard me!) I am ready for the leaves to be off of the trees so I can go out and look for owls a little easier too!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I was hunkered down in the grass trying to get some shots of Warblers, when this Coopers Hawk landed in a tree very close to me. He sat there, fluffed up, looked for food, and then flew away. I was lucky to get some great shots, even though it was a cloudy morning. I thought it made the photo very soft, almost like a painting!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I love all the seasons for what they offer... but I really love fall. I love the crispness and the chill in the air. I love the colors and the gradual mellowness of Nature. While I know a bitter cold and snowy winter lays ahead...right now I am soaking it up as long as I can!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Nature gave me an awesome gift this morning. I saw a heron perched on a dead tree out in the lake, with the morning sun reflecting some great colors. Hopped off my bike and scooted (like a ninja, of course) down to the water's edge. I managed to get some shots, and then it looked like he was going to take off. I started firing away, hoping to catch that split-second moment where the heron extends his wings and takes off into the air. Well, he never took off. I shrugged and hoped that I had at least gotten his wings extended or something. When I went back to review on my camera..... WOW! What a treat to see the real scene unfold! He was defending his perch to a juvenile Cooper's Hawk! Sometimes Nature offers up some great little rewards if you are willing to be patient and keep your eyes open. I was just lucky enough to press a button at the right time to catch this awesome moment. Nature never disappoints.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Pixel just did back-to-back weekends of traveling to agility trials. She met tons of people and dogs. She got to travel long distances in a car, experience the chaos of an agility trial, and learn about staying in a hotel. She tugged ringside, watched dogs in the ring with minimal barking (ha), played with some puppies, and even attended a grill-out and partied with some older dogs who were great, safe playmates for her. We are back home, and one of her siblings has come to live in Omaha. Of course we got them together for some romp time, and let the photo ops begin!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Yep...it's summer. And it's a HOT one. Triple-digit temps, and no end in sight. The dogs are getting short little workouts in the heat, and then we all go inside and worship the fancy new furnace/blower/AC thingie we installed a couple months ago. SO glad I did that! I hope to get out to some local parks/hiking trails the next couple of weekends that I am actually home, and see what all is cookin'. Literally.