This has been such a busy and fun Christmas season visiting my amazing parents in Texas.
I’ve had so much fun with them that I’ve neglected taking photos. As I was outside running a couple errands though, the sunset colors of the big Texas sky caught my attention and I just had to stop.
As long as I had my camera and ditching my duties…I kept clicking…Walmart was selling leftover Christmas trees last week for 2 cents each so we got a baker’s dozen for fish habitat. If more would have fit in the truck, we would have gotten more. My brother wanted to know if we tried to talk them down in price. 😉 These will give those bass a reason to hang around.
Mom’s puttering around in the kitchen and Dad’s at the puzzle table.
And a beautiful full moon over the lake while steaks wait for the football game to end.
I think somebody lost a boat to the Alsea River overnight. The boat was almost full of water but still fully visible around 7:30 yesterday morning. But by 8:30am it was all the way under the water.
Not much can be done to rescue it at this point. They just have to hope the rope to the anchor holds until the water goes down.
The rain raised the river about 3 feet higher than expected. Rain filled the driftboat and sunk it. You can barely see the end tip bobbing on the surface in the photo below (on the left near the willows).
The boat was still hanging on before dark settled in last night. But it is nowhere to be seen this morning. Not Fun! 😦
I wonder how fast a sunken aluminum boat will move down a river? And what could possibly stop it?
We had high wind warnings today. No damage done here and electricity stayed on. It was mostly gusty and rainy.
I am grateful for a talented husband who built a cover over our deck! I enjoyed the sound of the wind rushing across the hilltops through the trees and watching it ruffle the surface of the Alsea River.
We did only see one boat on the river today though.
This was the first time in a while that I’ve seen a Western Grebe here.
The Pied-billed Grebe is becoming my favorite duck. They are just so dang cute! We’ve had 2 hanging around for the last several days. They keep their distance from each other so sometimes I have to really watch to know whether there are 2 or just one. I haven’t heard their call but I’ve read it is pretty loud.
These Kingfishers are like a morning alarm clock only the Snooze button doesn’t work and we can’t unplug it from the wall. hahaha …and it’s not as annoying.
When a single Kingfisher is working the river it doesn’t make this much noise (watch video below). So I’m guessing that these Kingfishers are young birds being taught how to fish. Either the parents are giving lots of encouragement to their young or the children are saying “Wait up! Wait up! I’m hungry! I’m tired!” Or maybe both?
Whatever is going on, they are fun to watch. We’ve seen as many as 6 Kingfishers working this part of the Alsea River at one time. Occasionally they actually splash in the water to catch a bite to eat.