All this blogging can leave a guy (and his bird) tired! A few long days of work and then the tournaments in the evenings have made for a long few days. So I'm going to go shovel the sidewalks, take a nice long nap after church, and be lazy today. Seeya Monday.
Don't I have the cutest bird ever?
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Hawks are a bird that prove particularly elusive to me. I see them most often during the summer, sitting atop bales of hay beside the road. Then, when I stop and dig out the camera to go for a killer photo, they take off and soar about a quarter mile and land again. It's quite frustrating, to be honest.
This one, however, didn't seem to care. It's too cold out. He just stayed fluffed up on his branch and eyeballed me, but didn't care to fly. With feathers like that, though, I bet he was able to keep those bright yellow feet warm.
These are, I believe, somewhat territorial birds. This particular bird's territory is the area bordering Lincoln on the west-northwest.
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These girls came out in provocative (even for a drill team) outfits and proceeded to dance like a bunch of strippers. I think they'd have made Britney Spears blush. They were gyrating in such a way I was wondering if someone should have just put poles down there for them to dance with. Or perhaps those with courtside seats should have had some $1's handy for tips!
One could tell by the crowd reaction that the Class B crowd didn't really find this terribly appropriate. Ironic is that there were two parochial schools playing in that game!
I'm not saying there should be a screening process before the NDHSAA (or whoever arranges the halftime shows) allows someone to perform at halftime. I'm just saying that some common sense on the part of the performers is in order. I've seen some weak halftime performances, but this one was just plain nauseating.
UPDATE: The program lists this as the Katie Lien School of Dance from Mayville. Assuming there wasn't a last minute change after the programs were printed, that's who the girls were. That school should be ashamed of what they're teaching those girls. You can see a graphic example here, although I suggest you don't look.
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So there I was, walking out of the Harley shop when I saw this amazing sunset. I snapped this picture right away as I dashed for the truck, knowing that I was never going to get to a good location to catch this sky. I was right.
One thing about these amazing ND sunsets is that they last for only a fleeting moment. Within a minute or two, as I dashed towards the trolley bridge for a suitable foreground object, the brilliant reds of this sunset had faded to a subdued bluish gray. So, while I got a nice picture of the sky, I also got a not-so-flattering photo of Royce's Produce. Darn.
So, how about a recycled photo of the blockhouses at Fort Lincoln and a little bit of magic (and love)? We'll crop the sky a little tighter, remove the wires, and insert a more appealing foreground object:
I'm not in the habit of Photoshoping composites of my photos...but sometimes it's fun to play. Especially when that perfect shot eludes me. This is one big one that got away...technically. But we can always whip up a consolation prize!
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Taken last summer - this house is near I-94 close to New Salem. Someone takes good care of the land it's on; the grass is cut short in the area where this home is found. I'm guessing this was a pretty nice home for its time...it has a basement, concrete foundation, and a nice big porch. Each of these farmsteads I'll be posting has a story...I sure wish they could talk.
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