Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Grace

video Lily  and I have been working on this one too.

Of course, there is the Hiker in Glacier who prays, "Dear Lord, please let this be a Christian bear." To the hiker's amazement, the bear drops down on its belly, bows its head, prays, "Dear Lord, bless this meal I am about to receive..."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recent Visitors

πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—And so my son and two male grandchildren came to visit from a warm State far away.  Personal locations & other details have been censored in the past for obvious reasons.  One example was some years ago when my then six year old grandson had been allegedly arrested in Alabama for drunk driving from his home over a thousand miles away. They wanted money to bail him out.  I assume I was somehow culpable.
We had a grand time visiting malls and museums in the Twin Cities.  The timely arrival of a small snowstorm added to the fun.  Minnesota snowfun that is....:)  Take a look.
It had been a while since son Tony made a Minnesota snowman......
Grandpa Troutbirder can't get the snowblower started so ace honor student  and future hoops star "L" volunteers to shovel the drive way clear
Of course Grandma can't let the 4th grader do all the work.
It was sometime later that morning when late sleeping sophomore "E" appeared on the scene, ice daggers in hand.  Sad to say a snowball fight ensued and it was sometime before peace was restored. The following days saw several visits to the Twin Cities. We'll save that for another post....:)
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Murder Room

Ok time for True Confessions---- My high school English teacher required 12 book reports and I conned her into giving me six for reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes.  I still occasionally delve into the thriller/mystery genre both fictional and non.  My favorite author is P.D. James.  The Murder Room is non fiction subtitled The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the Worlds' Most Perplexing Cold Cases.  Your can find out more by clicking on Mark Twain above....:)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life After People


TWO HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS AFTER PEOPLE: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, its stainless steel body corroded and rusted, finally gives way.
A few years back I happened to be watching The History Channels ten part series "Life After People ." The premise is, what does planet earth look like after people all (for some unknown reason) disappear? A day, a year, a hundred years etc. later. It ain't good folks. Mother Nature, not always so  benevolent, ( think Hurricane Katrina) takes over.

The next day, I decided to return to the Big Woods in Fillmore County, Minnesota. My purpose was to recheck some White Ash trees in hopes of verifying a potential state size record. The only problem was, Mr Woodsman (me), with the assistance of Mrs. T (the photographer), got lost. I turned up the wrong Minimum Maintenance Road, and then the wrong driveway. Well, they do tend to all look pretty much the same in the deep woods. Based upon the relatively shiny new mailbox at the entrance, the farmstead had only recently been abandoned. Mother Nature had moved in.....









"Sic transit gloria mundi" is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world". It has been interpreted as "Worldly things are fleeting." Indeed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deer Hunting With Jesus - Rereviewed

My first book review from 2009.  More relevant than ever......
Click on Mark Twain above discussing books and politics with Troutbirder.

Monday, March 6, 2017

On Wisconsin On Wisconsin.....Not!

It seems a few years back, as a rookie birder, I joined a group in the small Mississippi river town of LaCrescent, Minnesota for a Sunday afternoon outing. Introducing myself to the small group waiting in the parking lot of a local convenience store, they gave me a friendly welcome and then noting my University of Minnesota Gopher cap someone asked me how my football team had done the day before. It turned out the entire group of birders was from Lacrosse, Wisconsin across the river. Talk about a loaded question! My Gophers had ignominiously been demolished for the twelfth year in a row.... My response was simply to take off my hat to demonstrate my balding pate and point out that the last time the Gophers had been to the Rose Bowl I was a student at the U in the early sixties and we should now focus on birding and leave football behind.  With laughter they all agreed and we had a great outing that day....:)
 
And then last night in the final regular seasons game for the Gophers mens basketball team once again....

Badgers dominate second half, end Gophers' eight-game winning streak

Big second half extends Wisconsin's dominance over Gophers, ending their win streak at eight. That's it.
Enough is enough..... Troutbirders revenge!
Scott Walker ultra anti worker/union radical conservative
Mark Dayton Centrist Democrat Farmer/Labor Party Progressive
Go Gophers
 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Patriarch

Son of an Irish immigrant,  he wanted acceptance from the ruling elite WASP/s.  He never quite made it though a son became President of the United States.  Alleged but not a liquor smuggler he craftily became a multi-millionaire bear on the stock market, isolationist, appeaser, movie mogul, head of the S.E.C. in the Roosevelt administration, Ambassador to the Court of St. James, anti-Semite, misogynist, womanizer, devoted father, etc. etc.  You can read my take on all this and more by clicking on Mark Twain above. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter Visitors

Here are some of the birds that visit southeastern Minnesota in winter. We've had temps in the sixties lately with most of the snow melting.  Tonight the forecast is for a blizzard so winter bird watching isn't over yet.    Photography by my friend and birding mentor Mr. Science (Gary)  Enjoy!










Red Bellied Woodpecker

















Mourning Dove













































































































































































Bald Eagles were not known to winter here forty years ago. Now we have them nesting and staying in our neighborhood....:) The egg laying begins in late February and early March











Pheasants are no longer common here as fence lines and wetlands for habitat are gone.


































You can see Gary's blog Nature Notes at
http://fillmorenature.blogspot.com/