Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Love

The light. The colors. The temperatures. Autumn is my favorite time of year in Boise.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Owl Banding

 The Intermountain Bird Observatory at the top of Lucky Peak north of Boise is conducting research on owls. Northern Saw-whets are migrating now. The owls are caught in nets and then banded, in hopes they will be captured again to follow up on their health status and location.

 Look closely at the bird above. Its beak is deformed, or has been damaged, and a talon on each foot is also misshapen. Even so, this bird is several years old and is thriving - based on its healthy level of body fat.
 The owl below was a surprise to the banders. It's a Western Screech Owl. They normally hang out in river valleys, not in the mountains. It's also not likely this owl was migrating. They tend to stick around in all seasons.
Both the Saw-whets and the screech owl are as soft and silky as they look.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunset from the Top of Lucky Peak

Just after the sun slipped below the horizon. This view is from 6,000 feet.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Still Feels Summery

Folks still acting like it's summer in Boise. Beautiful autumn this year.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Freak Alley Street Art

Freak Alley is always quirky and always changing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Chair as a Drum Set

Boise Rock School students and instructors jamming in the parking lot. Notice the "drum set."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

We are so fortunate to have real pumpkin patches. On a visit to Arizona last year, I was reminded that a visit to a "pumpkin patch" doesn't mean tromping around farmland.