A Richness of Swallows

Cliff Sparrow Nest Swallows supposedly swoop over San Juan Capistrano on March 19th of every year but, here, in the Humboldt Hills, they magically show up on the first really warm day. Yesterday, they returned. As part of our homeschooling, we’ll be watching them. Ours are a type of cliff swallow with square tails. They are steel blue and pale

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Portrait of a Redheaded Man

Clay The world considers redheaded kids cute in a mischievous way–think Tom Sawyer.  They know redheaded women are sexy.  But redheaded men tend to get short shift. Recently, I was reading a post that referred to the National Geographic article about the possibility of redheads dying out and I thought how pale the world would be without redheaded men. So

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Hurried Sunrise

Hurried Sunrise There is something sacrilegious in the words ‘hurried’ and ‘sunrise’ being placed side by side. Especially on day like today where there are no real clouds only fog rising from the Eel. I quickly snapped this photo so Ernie could see the morning from the mountains but I didn’t do the day justice.

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Tom-toms

Tom-toms Up here, wild turkeys provide the percussion for the Spring and Fall orchestra of songbirds and frogs. Sometimes, one group will gobble from the south side of our house while another flock replies from the north. The call and response will beat in the background for hours. Not loud and annoying but peaceful and at ease with the world.

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