Monday, July 28, 2014

Bluebird visit

Early Saturday morning a bluebird came to visit me.  Initially it perched on the window screen, then landed nearby, where I was able to capture it's portrait.

Bluebirds are alleged to bring happiness.  Seems to have worked in my case.  Later Saturday morning I was pleased to meet my goal in running the Crystal Frolics 5K at Bassett Creek Park.  Just after receiving an award I discovered an old college running friend was there with his daughter, who placed first in the women's division.  Then as we were chatting I was awarded a $25 gift certificate in a drawing.... and that was just the start of my day.

So, please Mr/Mrs. bluebird make yourself right at home!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Green Herons

A pair of green herons perched high in a tree by the pond at Bassett Creek Park yesterday morning.  They were actively flying around, finding tree perches on which to land.  I was able to spot them thanks to their distinctive call/squawk.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Doe and fawns

I spotted a white tail deer and her two fawns on an evening walk around the pond at Bassett Creek Park yesterday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mallard and ducklings

A mallard and her seven ducklings were swimming by the banks of the pond yesterday morning.  They've still got some growing up to do before fall!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Simple elegence

Plants by the pond's edge at twilight curved gracefully in the evening's setting sun.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

F-35 in the news

Interesting to see in a report in today's StarTribune, Weapons Makers: the case for defense, noting that progress on the F-35 fighter "is years behind schedule and stratospherically over budget".  One note of good news is that global spending on weapons went from a record $1.7 trillion in 2008 down to $100 billion.  

Another interesting statistic from this article - the Pentagon's budget is as big as the next 16 defense ministries COMBINED.  Wow.  We've got the world's finest military industrial complex money can buy!