Archive for March, 2010

3-2, 4-3

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Yesterday morning, when Pat, Hana and I were hiking up by Wilkinson Lake, we saw three bald eagles sitting in a tree. We also saw two trumpeter swans, but they were way out on the lake, not up close like the eagles. Today Dick Riter came along with Hana and me on a hike. We […]

Target Field

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The Twins have built a new (outdoor) baseball stadium which is opening this spring. Today the Gophers were playing the initial game at Target Field against Louisiana Tech. Today was basically a chance for the facility to get a dry run before a two-game exhibition series between the Twins and Cardinals next month. For a […]

Sandhill Cranes

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Late this afternoon, I looked out in the front yard to see a pair of sandhill cranes walking across our yard. I quickly grabbed my camera and went outside, where I was able to get a few shots before they moved on. When they are vocal, as they were today, they make quite a racket.

Large Birds

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Since I have been back in Minnesota, Hana and I have been seeing some large birds on our hikes in North Oaks. We have seen pairs of trumpeter swans on several lakes in North Oaks – in the minor amount of open water on Pleasant Lake, and sitting on the ice at Deep Lake and […]

Readin’

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I recently finished a book that Sarah had given me for Christmas, “Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries” by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The book is a collection of essays Tyson wrote for the magazine “Natural History”, and they were an interesting read. Among the numerous notable points he made: Modern people are invariably […]

Snow?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

So far this month, we haven’t had any snow. This is an unusual development. The average snow accumulation in March is 9.5 inches. In 2008 we had 18 inches, and in 2006 we had 20.4. In the modern era (i.e., since 1884), the lowest recorded monthly total for March was one-tenth of an inch in […]

Learnin’

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Periodically I watch a series of lectures from a college class online, typically from Academic Earth. I recently finished watching the UCLA class by Courtenay Raia titled “Science, Magic, and Religion”. In this context, magic was magical mysticism like astrology, but the course focused primarily on science and religion. Professor Raia described how science, which […]

Sweatin’ While Hiking Up Hill

Friday, March 19th, 2010

It is rather flat where we live here in Minnesota, so going out for a hike is not an activity that really raises one’s heart rate. One of the things that makes going to La Jolla attractive is the topography – they have some hills that that can be serious exercise to hike up. In […]

Surf’s Up

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I was recently in La Jolla, and spent part of two days trying to photograph surfing. The first day I shot at a break called Hospitals, and my main problem may have been that by the time I got there the tide was going out, so the surf break got farther and farther away. The […]

Death Valley Excursion

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Pat and I were recently in La Jolla, and this year we decided we would take a trip up to see Death Valley. Actually the trip was somewhat broader than that, as our first diversion was a stop in Lone Pine. Lone Pine is an interesting place – it is not only the closest town […]