animals unfeathered

soakin’ up some sun

Song of the day: John Lee Hooker, Crawlin’ King Snake

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spectator on the bike trail

Song of the Day: Lyle Lovett, I’ve Been to Memphis


the children’s classic…

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Yesterday’s Phenology: A march sort of day. Sunny, and a bit warmer, but breezy, so a bit colder. That sort of day. Went for a long walk with Flynn in the afternoon, and was followed by a murder of crows, perhaps about a hundred or so, a boisterous lot. We pretended to ignore them, as they were dying for our attention. I may also have seen a hawk, also ignoring the crows as best he could. Though the last few days have been not so cold, there are still scraps of snow here and there to remind us of winter.

Song of the day: Dean Glenn Hubbard, Every Breath You Take


house cat

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Woke up to find a nice layer of ice on all the sidewalks and streets, which led to some very careful walking with tiny little steps and very gradual progress around the block with Flynn. A sunny cold and breezy day. Pretty moon in the sky in the evening, and, as is often the case on these clear cold nights, a lot of very bright stars. I think I saw Venus up there too.

Song of the day: Gustav Holst, Venus


L & M Supply in Hibbing has Everything

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Their selection of giraffes was particularly good for a small town whatzit shop.

Yesterday’s Phenology: coolish and cloudyish. Spotted one bright red tree on my drive home from work. Early adopter. 60% chance of t-storms tonight, but was 80% chance a few hours ago, so odds are we stay dry, I think. Generally, an unremarkable day, pheonology-wise. Today I will pay more attention.


the assertive dog

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Flynn is an assertive dog. Here he is saying, “I know you want to go. But I’d prefer to stay a bit.”
We discussed our differences, and then we decided that we’d stay for a bit more. He raised some good points about the importance of cooperation in the relationship, and the validity of the canine perspective.

Yesterday’s Phenology: Another perfect Minnesota day. We’ve had several in a row, which is unusual for us. 70s, a few clouds, dry, a light breeze. A nice cool evening. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer. Almost 3.5 inches above normal for the month, and about 4 inches above normal for the year. What does that mean? Two things: mushrooms and mosquitoes. Both are proliferating. I’ve seen more and bigger mushrooms this year than ever before (that I can recall.) The mosquitoes are doing well also. Difficult to get a picture of a mosquito in flight. I suppose it’s been done, but I haven’t seen it, nor really care to.


mr. toad

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The standard american toad, I think, found lurking in the dog park. His (or her) coloration is certainly protective.

Yesterday’s Penology: The final day of August. How did that happen? Difficult to do much phenology when you are in the office most of the day. I did get out briefly for lunch, mid-70s, sunny, pretty darn nice. I noticed this morning that the sun is now getting to be pretty low in the sky during my commute to work, making the easterly drive a bit more difficult. Also, here it is, not quite 8pm, and it is definitely dusk outside. Hello, September.