Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not quite a panorama...

Live and learn, although this is something I should have realized right away. My digital camera has a wide-angle lens, which does not allow me to take my usual panoramic shots of the cabin garden. So instead, I present a "north to south" (or right to left) mini-tour of this year's florid fancies. If you use your imagination and "connect the rocks" in the masonry behind the garden, you'll get the idea. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A question of balance

Not a Moody Blues review, although perhaps I should someday. Life is somewhat back in balance after a spirit-shredding couple days (28 hours Wednesday and Thursday). When granted the past Monday off, I donated my time to friends Susie and Jessi and assisted with their first of three moves. The rewards of time with them and a DQ Blizzard restored my soul; thanks to all!

The weekend did help the restorative effort, with some time at the family place near Pequot Lakes. Someday I will have the full garden panorama ready for everyone, but stitching six or seven photos together isn't easy. A couple photos are provided herein, including one appropriate for the title of this entry; enjoy!

(Grand)Ma's flowers

Tiger Lily and guest

Sunday, August 24, 2008

An added dash of Mediocrates

Not much to be said about the past few days, basically spent recovering from the crushed spirit of the previous entry. I can truthfully say that late on Thursday I walked into a co-worker's office, sat down and nearly lost it, just repeating "I can't do this anymore."

I console myself with the kindness of some very close friends and the strange wit(lessness) of Mediocrates. A few more items came to light this weekend. Herein is a disclaimer that these are not necessarily original (e.g. the last one was heard in an episode of "HOUSE MD"), but they all fit the mold. Enjoy, dear readers!

Waste not, waist yes.

Droughts are the times that dry men's shoals.

If you can't say something nice, go into politics.

Two wrongs don't make a right,
but three rights make a left.

If at first you don't succeed, OH WELL...

There's no I in TEAM,
but there's a ME if you jumble it.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

More pith(ss?)iness...

...after taking until 2:15 this morning to return where we were at 5PM yesterday. As always, this wisdom is courtesy one of my alter egos, Mediocrates:

Technology is not the answer, even when we make it so.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Reversal of fortune

And things had been going so well... Here I sit at work as a beleaguered hardware technician attempts to repair one of our servers; he's been at it since 5PM (now 11PM) to no avail. Long day (started 7AM), no end in sight. I'm really tired of the grind. "No running water and no electricity" sounds rather nice right now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Words of wisdom

A brief time-out from the helter-skelter of the day-to-day for a dash of sage advice from one of my numerous alter egos (none of whom are schizophrenic), the Greek philosopher Mediocrates. Three sayings of variable pithiness are herein provided:

Winning isn't everything, ties are OK too.

A fool and his money are still usually richer.

Behold the industrious ant: it sizzles quickly under a magnifying glass.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Spirit renewed

Despite the dreariness of this bird banding weekend (8 hours work for 18 birds total), I feel happier than I have in years. Perhaps there is new life in this old beast. Most of the credit goes to helpers Susie and Jessi, who invited this non-social person to a party Saturday night at which I had a grand old time. Grins, bad jokes, a good movie ("Amazing Grace") and enough DQ cake to regret later. But so what? For a brief moment in time I can truly say I'm a happy boy. Thanks so much for extending your family to the new "crazy uncle."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Spirit flown

A good colleague and acquaintance from Lowry Nature Center died this past Tuesday. Her ways with people and helping us to learn the natural world were a lesson and joy to all. Michele Clark, you will be missed.

The Brown Canyon challenge(s)

Brown Canyon is the "next canyon north" of Ramsey Canyon, where my now-forgotten vacation was last week. Hiking its trail can make a very pleasant if somewhat huffy-puffy loop of 7 miles with Ramsey. My challenge (and friends Tom and Sheri if either choose to partake) is to walk that loop during my 2010 visit. Granted it should not be that difficult for a flat lander. But the loop has just enough tricky elevation changes, especially "towards the end" (perhaps I should walk the other way?) that it is not to be taken lightly. With the walk being in May, though, it should be gorgeous, with lots of interesting cheeps and twitters in trees and bushes. We shall see.

The other challenge is working on whatever digital photo techniques might help me develop better photo-stitching skills than those showcased here. I give you two very poor 90-degree rotated panoramas from Brown Canyon, but hey they're the best I can do right now. Don't strain your neck trying to see them fully (do I need a health waiver here?)... Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lazy AZ memories

A couple more photos from the recent vacation. Still working on stitching together the big panorama shots; wish me luck...

Ramsey Creek


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Home (again?)...

Back from a most wonderful, refreshing week in Ramsey Canyon, deep in the heart of Arizona sky island country. While there, I believe I've found my new home:
Barchas Ranch

No running water, no electricity, in other words absolutely perfect... I just have to agree to be on-site caretaker of the place for the US Forest Service. Oh yeah, I guess they'd have to want me there, too... I'd find some way to keep blogging, perhaps by carrier pigeon.

More on my trip as I have time. Meantime, preparing for back-to-work Monday.

Friday, August 01, 2008

To Ramsey Canyon and beyond!

Survived the week, now off to my sanctuary in Arizona land, Ramsey Canyon Inn. After a short adjustment period with the demise of the Mile-Hi (run by the Nature Conservancy until 1998), the Inn's peace and hospitality have been unmatched. I don't know how much longer it will be in business, so I have to savor every moment of this upcoming week that I can. Shouldn't be a problem...

I will be offline during my time away, unless I sneak in an entry via friends Tom and Sheri. Toodles, all!