Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ghost needs a new mew (house)

It's been a few years, 2006 to be exact. But Ghost came to live with me for me to caretake as a Bird TLC Education Bird. He changed my life and I try to make his a better one. Back in 2006 I built him a mew in the backyard of my place in Anchorage. It was the first time I ever attempted something like that.
 Well, I get to try it again. Since I moved, Ghost gets to also. But he needs a place to move to. His old mew is now too small for what is required of it and it needs what we call an arctic entry. It's to help prevent escapes.
 So we started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for the materials. With the materials we will use, it will be the last mew he'll ever need.
 Ghost has traveled many places throughout Alaska with Bekah (Ghost other presenter) and I to help educate people about Bird TLC and Snowy Owls.
We've done very well. Ghost has even been in a movie "The Magic of the Snowy Owl" in 2012 on PBS. He has quite the birdality and people really take to him.
 
So if you can help out, it would be appreciated. Here's a link to our campaign http://www.gofundme.com/Ghosthome

Monday, August 17, 2015

I got a new toy

I went to a photography expo put on by Stewart's Photo a few weeks ago. I wanted a replacement for my Canon 100-400 generation I that I never was totally happy with. Here, all in one place, I can talk to all of the manufacturers. Oh, did I have fun.
I walked out with the Sigma 150-600 F5-6.3 DG Sports model. Oh what a beauty. The Tamron version seemed very cheaply made. Canon disappointed me with it's rep. I'd been on some photography trips sponsored by Canon and he was very knowledgeable of all the products they supplied. But at the expo, all I really heard from him about the Canon 100-400 gen II was that it was going to be in his camera bag. Nothing about the specs of the lens, what it can or can't do. The Sigma rep told it all and I was impressed.
So for a test drive I go to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. From outside the fence I was about to play with er ahhh ahem, try out my lens. There was all kinds of planes like this Australian Royal Air Force Tanker.
 Ravn Air Beechcraft B1900 Cargo
 Alaska Air Taxi Short SC-7 Skyvan
 Then on the way home I saw this guy or gal.
 Hal the Bird TLC education bald eagle, got to spend the night with me because we had a late presentation. My friends say it looks like he's saying grace. This photo and the next was taken with my Canon EF24-105.
Macy wanted in the yard but I wouldn't let her because of Hal.
 
I also bought the Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer. That rep knew what he was selling. Also with the rebates they were offering, WOW!
 
So Macy and I are having fun in between work, house stuff, etc. Expect to see more.




Thursday, August 6, 2015

And then there's Zelda

I knew once I moved to the valley that I'd be commuting for about 45 minutes each way a few days a week. Pearl, my pickup truck I love, but she likes her gas. Also I didn't want to rack up the miles on her either. So the hunt was on for a gas conscious  economy car. I had the choice between a couple Impala's, an Imprenza, and a Jetta.
 The Jetta won out. She's used, was in better shape than the others, handled well and stopped better. You may call her Zelda. Since she's a VW, a German name was needed. Zelda is a variation of Griselda which means gray warrior maid.
Pearl need not be jealous. She's a beauty in her own right. I'll get to spend more time cleaning her up, making her shine. There will be times I'll need to take her and not Zelda. But Zelda will save me about $50 a week in gas.
 
This is the first car I've owned that's for me since the '80's. It'll take some getting use to.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Just different things.........

 My neighbor has a few old things decorating his yard.
 The way last winter was, we might need this snow plow this winter.
 Not a sign you see a lot in the lower 48.
 Thinking of going into business for yourself?
 From earlier this year down at Palmer Hay Flats. Not sure what this is. I'll get back to you.
 This Prickly Rose or Wild Rose are all over my yard.
Macy girl chillin' by the creek along Hatchers Pass.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sometimes you don't get what you go after

A few weeks ago I went on a hike along Cottonwood Creek with two of my grandsons. It wasn't a time for photography, but I saw a spot I wanted to come back to and shoot. A time when the lighting was better and less distractions.
 It's fishing season and there was a full parking lot. Lots of people, but they were all nice.
 Macy got the salmon fever when I wasn't watching at first. I told her she had to stop. Her license didn't cover fishing.
 But once we got to where we were going, she was very patient with me. I guess the calming of the creek rushing by had her mesmerized.
 I still didn't get the shot that I wanted though or I just wasn't happy with my results. I'll make it back another time and try again. Patience is what it's about.
I explained that to Macy. I think she got it.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Two grandson's for the weekend

This was the first weekend that any of the grandkids could spend the weekend. Nick & Stacey took it easy on me and just gave me the boys. It was still a working weekend, but OK, we still played a little.
 I think I got a couple of volunteers to cut the grass the rest of the summer.
 They liked my homemade waffles for breakfast.
 We took Sunday off and went for a hike out at the Palmer Hay Flats along Cottonwood Creek. It had just stopped raining so it was nice and humid. I think they still had a good time.
 There were all kinds of things along the trail to climb or jump on.
 Macy lead the way a lot. But at 74°, it was hot for her.
 The boys survived the weekend. We'll see if Macy does after her nap.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I'm a little side tracked this summer

I'm usually doing more traveling this time of year. Doing some photography and some birding. The new place has me side tracker pretty good. I'm enjoying it though.
 Borrowed a friends Bobcat. I'm able to move lots of the large rocks that seem to be every where's. I have a load of driveway gravel and fill dirt coming later this week. 
 As you can see the yards a little rough. After having the septic upgraded, there was just dirt and rock.
We're getting it a little more spruced up,
 both inside and out.
 But Macy has been handling it pretty well. I think she's pacing herself.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

We celebrate Flag Day around here

I remembered when I was in the Air Force stationed at Elmendorf AFB, there was a guy they called Sgt 35-10. 35-10 was the regulation that told you how to dress, wear or not wear your hair, and things like that. He would post a story or such in the base paper about things he'd see or what was good. I was in the Shopette (like a 7-11) in the checkout line with my then wife and Sgt 35-10 was right behind me. I never thought much of it. I had read his stories, some pretty funny. He said to me "Sargent Dorsey, you look pretty sharp. Your uniform is right on. You are a fine example of a NCO." I didn't know what to say, but I did say thank you.
 
 I was always proud to wear my uniform, even when it wasn't cool. I'd wear it to travel home on leave, or to a temporary station, I didn't care, I was proud of what I did and who I did it for.
 I probably got that from my dad. We called him Big George. He was a part of the Greatest Generation. After WWII he became a fireman. He was required to wear his dress uniform going to and from work. He looked good in it. One of my favorite memories is him in his fire department uniform just getting home from work. Back then he wore a flat top hair cut and he was missing his front tooth. He walked around the corner of the house, there was this huge smile and I ran and hugged him welcoming him home. Btw, I miss you Big George! I can't read this paragraph without getting a tear in my eye.
He'd always hang the flag out on the front porch for holidays and if he wasn't home because of work, he'd have me do it.
Well guess what Big George, I'm still doing it. Maybe a little more often than just holidays.
 I got the yard mess all piled up and today was a good day for a bon fire. It got to 79°. The tires and stuff is loaded in the truck. I'll make a dump run tomorrow. But the old pallets and rotted logs and such made a pretty fire and a hot one too.
 I'm still pretty proud, proud of that flag. What it stands for, who stood or stands with it. I'm long retired and no longer wear a uniform, but you can count on me and Ol' Glory. Our country is going through some trying times, but there is still no other place I'd want to live. I won't get up on a political soap box or anything. Btw, If you show any sign of disrespect towards Ol' Glory, I won't promise I'll value your opinion.
 
I hope you had a Happy Flag Day!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Where the hell you been Dave????

Well, I doubt anyone has really been asking that. But anyways, I bought a house. I had lived in the previous one for 27 years. It was getting crowded in downtown Anchorage, so I bought a place in Wasilla. So, that's also the reason for the blog name change. Seeing that I shoot all over, it should be Around Alaska.
 My oldest son Nick and his family were the first to visit. He helped move and has already helped make it feel like a home.
The yard is big and it's a big mess, so Macy and I had to get some help.
I use to joke when I lived in the south, "I was cutting the grass one day and found a car". Well, I found a couple of tires today. The yard is rough, but it will shine soon. 
We have lots of prickly roses on the property. I like them. They're pretty and can handle the harsh winters to come back another year.
 Macy has taken the move pretty serious. I think she likes it. She has a huge house to herself during the day, a large yard to play in and all kinds of new smells around.
She's been good at picking out stuff for the new place.
 
 
Ghost got to check out the new place this weekend. I have to build him a new mew, so he's been staying at Bird TLC in the mean time. Construction starts soon.
Bad photo of a good person that's been in my life for a couple years now. Say "Hi" to Rebecca. We met at a fundraiser for Bird TLC held by friends of mine in Fairbanks a few years ago. We'd date when I would make it back on business or for Bird TLC. She came down to visit for the weekend and ended up helping me move. Well, we made it official and changed our status on Facebook. We're in a relationship.
I now drive 45 minutes to work, so I'm looking for a commuter car to help on the gas. I'll keep my truck but commute with the car.
 
OK, so my desk is back together, my stuff for processing photos is all together, my laptop is working just fine and my camera gear is dusted off. You should be seeing more of us now.