Monday, August 28, 2006

Fall Migration

I was sitting here just being quiet and still and then I heard them. The Sandhill Cranes, as I ran out to look, I saw them, a large flock, gathering and circling over the house. They do that just before they form up in the large flying v formations and head south. There they were calling to each other and to me. It's time, they are saying, it's time. Time to fly south. I wish, oh how I wish sometimes that I too, could just head on down the flyways ahead of the coming chill of winter. It's coming... It's coming they are crying...The hawk of winter. All my life, the fall season has drawn out my wonder lust. The urge to go, to follow the wild goose.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fatso's beauty shots,

Fatso's such a big ham... I honestly think he loves having his picture taken. Don't you?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Squirrel Cutie2

This is such a pretty little squirrel. I love to watch them when they come to my feeder, and they see me there. Taking pictures of them. Sometimes they are spooked by me standing there in the window. Sometimes they just don't care, or they know that I'm harmless to them.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Boreal Hunter

Isn't this an amazing bird, he came to hunt my feeders.

Chelsea & Jess Huprich's Wedding Party

Yesterday, we attended Chelsea & Jess Huprich's wedding party up at Gus & Gari's house. They are long time friends of ours and we have known this young lady since the day she was born. I wish them many years of happiness. It was a beautiful afternoon for a wedding party.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Alaskan Grown Cabbage

Alaska has the unique long hours of sunlight and temperatures to grow amazing size cabbage. Here is a couple of shots from the next door neighbors garden. Certain veggies like this grow very well here.

Squirrel Cam Pictures

Good Morning from the Great Alaskan Red Squirrel Cam,

Just thought I would drop a couple of Red Squirrel pictures for your enjoyment. I love these little creatures so very much, and spend hours just watching them.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Breakfast Club

Just a picture of this mornings star of the breakfast club.

The Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow

Here is a group photo of the members for The Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow Committee. They had a very successful event this year and are actively planning next years event. I support them 100% and hope they continue to do what they have done so well. Congratulations

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Politics in the Oil Patch of Alaska

This is a rant, disregard if your not aware of the politics and tax issues facing Alaska. How convenient that before the vote on raising taxes against the oil companies, that BP would stop the flow of oil from Prudhoe. With their lack of foresight in taking care of corroding pipes for 14 years it would bubble to surface right at the most critical time in the vote. How convenient that this should happen when they have the highest oil prices and profits in years. Am I the only one who thinks this was a political ploy. If it smells like crude, taste like crude, feels like crude, I'm betting it's crap. Of course, everyone is now thinking about the money there is to be made fixing the problem. The Unions, big business (VECO), and oil workers of course are all straining at the bit for the short time money that will flow into their coffers and check books. Everyone of them is forgetting the long term affects that the Murkowski Plan will have on the state by giving the oil companies these huge tax breaks. Short sighted decisions will come back to haunt us. After the vote in the State Senate and House, I've come to one conclusion. We have the best politicians money can buy. They should all be sent packing at the next election. I'm for not voting for a single incumbent running for office in the next election. Mark my words, the electorate of Alaska won't do that. The good old boys rule the day. Who is going to pay, we all are at the pump, and no amount of gas coming down the purposed future gas line will help defray our extreme high cost of living we have to deal with. Just like the promise of the oil line. It's all hype, rhetoric and illusions for average Alaskans.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Downy Woodpecker

Got this shot of a little female Downy at the feeder...these little woodpeckers are such a treat to hear in the woods.

We have both the Downy, Hairy, and Northern Flickers sometimes.

My Fingers

This is for QuillDancer, who asked in the last picture if that was my finger that squirrel was reaching for. No, it's not my fingers the little nut eater wants but the nut that I'm holding in them.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I'll stretch for that

This little guy loves his snacks, and will stretch out just to reach that nut... My squirrel buddy will hang around just for a handout. It's fun to watch him come up to my back door and look in to see if I'm there so he can have something to eat.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

After The Catch

After The Catch
Originally uploaded by Doug Lloyd.
Dougs an Amazing Photographer, his eagle photographs are some of the best in the world, in my humble opinion.

Breakfast Clean Up

Well, being this is the Squirrel Chatter Blog, I thought I should put one of the stars up for comment. My little buddy is cleaning up the sticky stuff from his breakfast. Be sure to stop by at the for a visit.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Drum Practice

A picture of us at Drum Practice, taken by Debbie

Summer Flowers

Well, we are home again, here in the Interior of Alaska. The above shot was taken at Doyon at drum practice, for Walking Hawk Drum. I'll be honest, our little trip home to Oklahoma and the visit we had at my Tribal Hall in Okmulgee has lit a fire in me. Winters are growing harder and harder for me, and the thought of spending another here is weighing heavily on my mind. Alaska has it's own beauty and it's been home to me for a very long time. Nonetheless, I'm wanting to return home to Oklahoma and be on Muscogee Land. Maybe we will soon.