Once upon a time, there was a political party in this country that stood for progressive government activism, the value of the individual, free speech, women’s rights, and racial equality, and embraced the philosophical ideals of Thomas Jefferson. It’s hard to imagine the Republicans of today calling for western lands to be given away fre of charge to settlers – although given the low grazing fees charged by the Bush administration on federal lands in the west, and the national forest giveaways, maybe not so hard. Anyway, a big “Happy Birthday” to the Republican Party, first organized in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854.
Blue skies here this morning, didn’t get as rough last night as they had predicted, it all went either north or south of me. Strong winds, some rain but only for about an hour; now it’s nice and cool this morning. Yesterday I pruned back a big rose that I then moved back into the rose bed (he got moved in January ’06 because he was a bully, maybe he’s learned his lesson), did some clean up in the back yard. Walked around the yard, admired the crocuses beginning to bloom, noticed my first hyacinth is blooming. The back yard needs a makeover this year, I’m trying to figure out where to start.
I think I’ll go watch the hawks again this afternoon, and maybe walk around the yard and ponder some more. Life is good.
A couple of times lately on my way home, I had seen what appeared to be two hawks on a nest. Sunday afternoon, I decided to spend some time hawk-watching. I didn’t want to disturb them, so I set up about 400 feet away, with binoculars to watch, and one of my small telescopes on a tripod as a 400mm f/5 telephoto lens for my Pentax SLR, witha roll of Kodak 200 ISO (no, I don’t have a DSLR yet!). Not the best setup, and the pictures aren’t of great quality, but it was what I had. Here’s the nest:
The nest is the large clump at the top. About the time I got there (around 3:00 PM), both hawks flew off, to hunt I assume. About an hour and a half later, one finally returned. You can see it on top of the nest in this picture: