[ A view from the ground, looking up through tall Ponderosa pines. The sun barely peeps through a cluster of branches, and many of the needles are brightly lit. ]
I spent some time just laying on the ground, looking up through the trees, & it was … it was just gorgeous. They shimmered as the sun shone on the needles & the wind moved everything around; I tried to catch it on video, but it just didn’t come out right. It was very soothing to lay on the ground & just BE.
Course then Loiosh came over & stuck his butt in my face, because that’s how THAT goes. Continue reading small beauties: sunsparkles edition
[ A tiny green plant, maybe an inch across, made up of several stems covered with weensy ferny leaves. ]
It is spring! There is greenery! Continue reading small beauties: everything but the tree edition
[ A close view of a Ponderosa tree; the outer layers of bark are scorched black, but much of the black has broken away to show the orange-tan bark beneath. ]
The fire here was older than the fire at the last place I looked. How much older? No idea. I’m still learning this stuff. Continue reading small beauties: purely ponderosas
[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, is laying at his ease on a concrete patio. His leash, also green, is draped decoratively around him, and his eyes are mostly squinted shut. ]
Friday the weather was decent & Loiosh was a WIGGLEBUTT, so I took him along to Gallup for a wander. We didn’t run into a lot of people, alas, but he did get some pets, & I got a bunch of pictures of Gallup. Continue reading cats: mostly Gallup edition
[ A grove of tall Ponderosa pines, rising over ground covered in pine needles. The sun peeks through the trees to the upper right, and sunbeams pierce the air. ]
I don’t know how to express how good it was to be back in the woods. I don’t … have the words for it, for the restful shade of the pines, the resinous scent of the air, the tiny, near-inaudible chuckle of water. The rustle of reeds & needles, the cry of a raven circling above.
… yeah okay I guess that was some words. Continue reading small beauties: trees, water, & poky things edition
[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, is sniffing at the base of a Ponderosa pine. The bottom three feet or so of the bark is lightly charred. ]
Two days ago I FINALLY managed to do Woods Day. Y’all, I need to prioritize Woods Day more, because I needed that BAD. Spending a day outside working on Tyrava is good, mind you, but Woods Day is, apparently, more necessary.
I found us a new spot again — managed to find a bit of creek that had water in it! — & it turns out there’d been fire on the slope above. I didn’t see any signs of heavy equipment, so it must’ve burned out on its own. There was a whole glade of trees that had burned some but not much — the one in the picture above only lost a layer or two of bark, & is otherwise doing fine. This is why Ponderosa pines have that layered puzzle-piece bark! Continue reading small beauties: fire & ash edition
[ It’s a Royal Danish butter cookies tin. The kind we all found as kids, and pried open, expecting cookies, only to find sewing supplies. ]
Y’all know what’s in this, right? Continue reading it’s a MIRACLE
[ Major Tom, a big grey tabby wearing a black harness, is standing on the van’s front passenger seat, looking out the window. Loiosh, an orange tabby, is meatloafed on the seat, and Tom is almost standing on Loiosh’s head. ]
They look so eager!
Well. Tom looks eager. Loiosh looks like Tom could maybe not stand on his face. Continue reading not actually hiking
[ Major Tom, a big grey tabby, is sitting on an old door with green spraypaint applied to it in a random manner. The ground under it is covered in snow. Tom has his eyes mostly closed & is visibly Very Pleased about something. ]
Dramatical Posing! Continue reading sniff sniff SNOOOOOOOOOOOOORT
How it started:
[ Yes, it’s the same interior wall I’ve been working on for … a while now. The section closest to the camera is entirely unfinished, & the part beyond that has wall boards about halfway up. ]
How it’s going: Continue reading so much wall