Outside the Zone

Eclipse 2017

While many traveled to the path of totality, we stayed put. Here’s the view from across the pond.

Another Organic Mouser

I was happy to see this beautiful gopher snake this afternoon. Our mouse population is having a boom,

Stop and Smell the Poppies

Getting a sneak peek of Spring around our place. The frying-pan poppies are scattered on the slope above the ponds. Lucky for me, I had help from one of Tasha and Sailor’s puppies to show them off. Let’s not forget Photobomb Phanny!

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On the Hunt

Yesterday we celebrated three years with Sailor with a nice pheasant hunt. He was joined by Bliss and Phanny. Tasha stayed home with the puppies. We’ll have to make it up to her.

Pheasant Hunting with our Golden Retrievers

Catching my Breath…What a Ride!

Wow! I’m stunned. When I catch my breath I’ll have more to say. Check out Tim’s post on the auction art competition for forestry education…

The Sierra Cascade Logging Conference is all over, but for the clean up. The Forestry Education Fund Auction was last night and it was a booming success. The final result of the entire fund-raiser was north of $100,000. Now if you’ve been following our blogs, you know that Mary (Sneaking Bliss) and I provide original art, […]

via Auction Results … HOLY CRAP! — THE FORESTER ARTIST

Off-Highway Hauler

Here’s my entry for the Head to Head/His and Hers Auction. Tim (The Forester Artist) and I will be competing at the Lumberjack Banquet & Education Auction on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. This auction fundraiser supports the Sierra-Cascade Environmental and Resource Fund. This non-profit educates the public, students, and teachers about the wise management of our forests.They provide scholarships for local students interested in careers in the industry. Many of the programs supported are aimed at educating the urban regions of California, about practices that assure the health of our forests.

They also sponsor:

  • Logging Conference Education Day
  • In-Woods Demonstration
  • FFA Forestry Competition

Hey, Tim, where’s yours?

Feather River Pine Mills butane-burning off-highway log truck. Feather Falls, CA. Truck number eleven driven by Hank Mitzel. Circa 1950.

Feather River Pine Mills butane-burning off-highway log truck. Feather Falls, CA. Truck number eleven driven by Hank Mitzel. Circa 1950.

Home Stretch

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Sierra Cascade Logging Conference WIP

Sierra Cascade Logging Conference WIP – Home stretch as Tim (The Forester Artist) and I wrap up our pieces for the head to head auction competition. 

Happy New Year!

Pheasant parmesan for dinner after a bountiful day in the field. I’d love to know your favorite way to enjoy pheasant. Click to enlarge images.

Phanny’s First Pheasant

Today marked a milestone for our Golden Retriever pup, Phanny – Saturday Night Redtail Phantom. We took her for her first pheasant hunt. Initially, she thought we were just out for a stroll, enjoying a pleasant December day. To her surprise, there was a nice rooster pheasant in the grassy cover.

A nice day for coming of age. Well done Phanny!

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Magnus Ruler of Mouse

Early the other morning, I caught these shots of our new young hunter through the window from inside the house. Magnus, our six-month-old Manx kitten, has stepped up to the job of keeping the rodent population in check. Good job Magnus!

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