Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I was enroute to check my camera trap and was travelling down bear highway as I call it. This is the same road I saw two bears from the car a couple weeks back. I've been down this road a few more times and hadn't seen any bears. I think that's because I was a passenger in someone else's car and we were driving the speed limit. Today, I was solo, driving slow, and looking for bears. I hit paydirt. There was one on the other side of the road. So I pull over and jump out the car. It was big and had two ear tags. It probably means it's gotten in trouble two times. I just hope that three strikes doesn't mean it's out aka dead....but it probably does. Da bear was rooting around in the leaf litter and took a minute to scratch it's butt on a tree. I called over to it a couple times and it only stopped and looked over at me once. Clearly I was not a threat or food to it. I actually was quite boring to it. The only time it got scared was when a tractor trailer went by, but it only scampered a few feet. Most of my photos came out horrible. Apparently, mist, super zoom, target partially hidden by trees, the threat of being hit by a car, and shaky hands always means a blurry shot. This is the only in focus shot. I did manage to shoot two short videos. See the combined effect below.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I've spent the entire week out in the field hiking many miles. Someone I've managed to keep up the energy to keep going. I kept saying that by friday, I'll need a walker and a wheelchair. Nevermind the predawn wakeups. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel and we should be able to finish up tomorrow. I am demanding at least one bear sighting. I've been spoiled this week since the last bear I saw was a couple years ago. I'm not counting the ones that I've heard or near misses. Here's some photos that shows what sort of hills we've been climbing.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here's some typical vistas along the line near my neck of the woods. It's been nice having a commute that's a maximum of 15 minutes. But alas, the more ground covered, the commute will grow.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Field work has been plentiful and I've walked many miles already along the new powerline job. Things have been relatively uneventful. There's been a giant hornet nest that was avoided at the last minute. Sorry no photo for that! Deer have plentiful and a tragi-comic event was witnessed. A seated doe had spotted me, jumped up, and ran head first into a chain link fence. She fell on the ground, but thankfully sprung back up and ran off. If she had only originally remained seated, I would have never had known she was there.
Above is probably the last turtle of the year. This poor thing had an injury to it's shell and I was very surprised to see it considering how cold it had been that morning. Below is a type of daisy I had never seen but it sure it pretty. The flowers are like a good 2 inches across and vivid purple.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Field work in September has been mundane or cannot be captured well via photographs. Half the time I was battling my way through deeep and thick muck that required hip waders. Taking out a camera was the last thing on my mind. Thankfully I didn't fall in since every step was precarious and at a random elevation.
The boring zone should change this week when another very large powerline job will begin. For better or worse, it'll be close to home. I'm keeping my fingers crossed we won't get accosted by angry property owners or stuck in a pick up sticks mess of cut saplings. Both of which were the norm along other large powerline jobs.
The excitement at the office this week was a photo of a mountain lion attacking a buck that was supposedly taken just across the border in Pennyslavania. Mountain lions do not occur around here so it was a hot topic. I won't show the picture even though it's not that graphic. There has been some mountain lion sightings in NJ and the surrounding states. They are likely released pets or something along those lines. But once these critters do make it here, and they will, field work will have an added danger. The photo was one of those classic my sister's husband's friend's co-worker took this. Turns out the picture originated from a hunter's camera trap in Texas. Phew!
So in the meantime, here's a couple shots at one of my relatively boring sites taken this week. At first, I thought the above head was some sort of stinging insect nest. Nope. Just a freaky unnessary head in the woods. I also saw all sorts of old barn structures. This one had all sort of carving at the top. Likely kids going to town.
Monday, August 31, 2009
I've had Almond and Macademia since the end of April. I kept them in a small plastic container with an actual rock, no filter, and in the kitchen. That meant daily briefly container cleanings. Last time Cashew and Peanut lived in the basement with an elaborate set up of lights, timers, filters, foamy floating rock, and the displeasure of lugging the tank up and down the stairs for biweekly cleaning. Did I mention the lugging of water up and down the stairs.
Macademia featured here in these two pics was originally the larger and calmer turtle. Mac also had the pastel shade of orange and the big black dot on its belly. It seemed that Mac wanted to stay a turtlet forever since growth was difficult and at times nonexistent. Mac's shell started out at a little over an inch and ended up about 1.25 inches over a span of 4 months. En route to their new home, Mac mostly stayed still and quiet in its cup and just watched me. Mac was very eager to start a new life and quickly jumped into the water.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It was a scene as expected. Tons and tons of firefighters, police, and EMTs mostly just milling about. The plane had been foamed and the pilot and passenger, who were reported ok, were long gone.