October 20, 2017

Puppy Puppy Puppy


Puppy! Cute enough for 3 puppies.
I am gonna have to get back to you with a name.  We meet her at Norm's this morning, walking with her peep that we see regularly. I will have to get back to you on her name too.  I need to get a new notebook and then use it, regularly.  My phone would work too if I thought to inquire.


Papa.  Ha! Not hardly.  I was proud of Choco for being gentle with him.  When Choco was a pup, around this size, he used to constantly tag along after a Tricolor with markings like this girl.


Safety


I love this grass. It has read and orange streaks.  Did not quite catch it, but I still like this.

October 19, 2017

Susan and Moxie


Two of my favorite people.  Susan and Moxie.  If it were not for Choco Blanca I would call Moxie the coolest dog in the world.  She is trying to get Susan to throw the stick.  It is a full time occupation once one lets it begin.

The Fall Portrait


The weather has been unbelievable.  Today was 80 degrees. We have been roaming about on Norm's all week.  Today we ventured into areas I have not been to in years.  This time of year is great because you can venture into areas that in warmer parts of the year would be tick infested.  Not now, we can wallow in old dead leaves and sit on old rotten logs and wander through the thickest foliage, no problem.  We can lay on our backs, well me anyway, in the tall grass and watch the clouds or like today the blue.
This photo was found.  I did not pose them as I usually do. I was sitting on the banks of the dry pond behind Dog Beach and I turned around and Choco Blanca were sitting in the shade watching me.  I got this pic.  So this will be the Official ChocoBlanca Fall 2017 Portrait.


I got it again.  Much heavier frost this time, and the sun was out.  My previous attempt was taken in overcast conditions.
  This was Tuesday morning I do believe.  This morning, Thursday, it was 45 by the time I got to this spot, so no frost. 
I have been taking a lot of pictures lately, which is good.  I need to get more processed and displayed. 

October 11, 2017

Moxie, the Wonder Tree Climbing Dog


The wonderful fall days continue at Norm's. Today we have a pic of the Wonder Tree Climbing Dog Moxie.
Moxie walks Norm's and many other locales with her peep Susan Stone

 


All Norm's regulars know this tree. I have probably photographed it 50 times. This is as good as any. Guess I need to bring more creativity to it. It is a REALLY big and beautiful tree. This is the tree Moxie is climbing on, on the right side there, along with many dogs and about half the kids that pass by.

October 10, 2017

Big Frost On Indigenous Peoples Day


Big Frost. It was not our first frost, but I do think it was our first big one. Of course it may also be the first one I noticed. 
I was at Norm's early, it was 32 degrees when I left my house. I was able to catch this beautiful frost display on Dogwood leaves.
This was yesterday, October 9, Indigenous Peoples Day.

October 8, 2017

One Year Old Photo


This photo is one year old.  My friend Pat took it with her iphone, so my ability to modify it, lighten my face, is limited.  But we love it.  It is called ecstasy, because of the look on Choco's face.
I post this so my new facebook friend Tam can see my family.


October 7, 2017

Blanca's Favorite Place


In the backyard.  She likes to keep the sun off her eyes.  The table is kinda like a hat for her. It was overcast when I took the picture, but the sky was bright.  Love my beautiful girl.

October 5, 2017

Eight Years Old


I took this photo last Friday, September 29, which was Chocolate and Nina Blanca's 8th Birthday.   it took until today to get it posted.  We have been walking at Norm's pretty regular, as the weather has been beautiful, even when it was cold and rainy.  You must excuse Choco, he is taking the still moment to practice his mindfulness meditation.  


Moxie and Susan were walking with us, and Sharon and Bentley.  Moxie is a great poser.  


The sky was an amazing deep blue. No polarizer on this (wouldn't work anyway, they need to be at 90 degrees)  I did push the blue up in photoshop. Some, not much.  This is how I saw it.


Choco and Bentley are pretty impressed too, I would say.  Sorry, the word producing part of me is not working, but I wanted to get these photos up.  I take so many photos that never make it out of the computer . . . .


I LOVE Norm Schoenthal Island.  Thanks Norm.  Norms helps me keep my sanity in this crazy, and getting crazier world.

September 27, 2017

Another Glorious Day, with New Friends


We met this young man at the climbing limb, along with his mother and his two wonderful pups.  This one, unfortunately I did not record names, was quite willing to climb up the tree.  Very high energy pups.  Very high energy young man.


Obviously mostly Border Collie in this beautiful pup.  Both are boys. I was lucky to get this, they did not stop to chat very often.


Not a day goes by that I do not take a dozen photos of my beautiful girl.


This is for reference.  I photographed this spot, which I call Froggie Spot, yesterday shrouded in fog.  Today it is bathed in sunlight.  I live this spot.  I should find a photo Michael E Garcia took of me and my pups walking in the distance.  I will do it.


I love Norm Schoenthal Island.  Norm's is what keeps me sane living in Billings in the red state of Montana and in the modern world.  This evergreen marks what I have calculated to be the half way point if you walk the circumference of the Island

September 25, 2017

Foggy Cool and Beautiful Fall Day


What a gorgeous morning. When we arrived at Norm's this morning the fog was just beginning to lift.  So we walked fast so we could get to the water before it was burned off. The fog was still in the canal.  Everything was was so soft.


The fog was leaving when we got to the river.  We were able to catch some on the opposite shore, as mist rising off the water.  Beautiful.  


Froggy spot was still holding fog as we went by, racing to the canal.  I did not hear any frogs in froggy spot this year.  Maybe they are gone.  I might have just missed them.


The fog lingered in the interior for a while longer.  What a wonderful day.  It looks like we will be going to Norm's all week, the forcast is for mavelous.

September 13, 2017

Rollin rollin Rolling . . . .

The days are sliding by.  Been some time since we posted.  But, we are still goin to Norm's, now especially since the bugs are gone.  Fall is the best time.  It is still warm, the bugs are gone, it is dry.  We can start to explore the nooks and cranies of Norm's Island.  There are nooks?

Walking today we met our good friend Michael E. Garcia and his constant companion Diego Garcia.  Diego has convinced Mike that there is simply too much walking going on, so Mike got this rig to let Diego ride in leisure.


Pretty Cool! hey


August 10, 2017

Back at Norm's Island


Today we walked at Norm's.  I usually don't walk this early in August but the mosquitos seem to be down earlier than normal.
I took a "fetching' photo of my friend, Shasta's sister Carmen.  This was after we finished our walk.

June 27, 2017

Movin The Bench, Again.


Chocolate is askin, "where did it go?"
We were present when the Riverfront volunteers moved the bench - Again.  On the point here we have lost an amazing amount of island.  Maybe like 30 yards or so, I have no idea.  I remember when this point went out at least half a football field ( a unit of measure I am confident in, I was in the Marching Band, one of the joys of my life ). Used to be a huge logjam here which the dogs loved, you could walk on it, and a great swimming hole behind it for playing fetch the ball in the water.  No more, the water is raging past. I will look for pictures of it.
The year of "The Oil Spill" this bench actually went into the drink, was not to be seen again until the water went down, in maybe late July or August. After they dredged it out the put it WAY back here, not far enough obviously.
Norm's Island is being chewed away pretty aggressively on the south side, the river side.  I do not remember it being so fiercely attacked the first 10 years or so I walked at Norm's, even in years where the Island flooded, not so much land area was lost.  Sigh.

June 19, 2017

British Dog Photographer of the Year

http://www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk/

Entries from all over the world.  It sets the bar pretty high, there are some good photos here.

June 18, 2017

Norm's Report


Chocolate Blanca and I put on our brave suit, actually it was only me, and ventured out to Norm's this morning.  It was sixty degrees, overcast and no wind.  Perfect mosquito weather.  We kept moving and had no problems with the little pests.  The few times we stopped, they found us.  So it was not bad mosquito wise.
The water is down quite a bit.  I was able to never get my feet wet.  The east end of the island still has water across the path, and there is one place on the cross path where one would have to wade ankle deep to go that way. We went back. We went to Dog Beach then went left and then left again into the interior where the Cheatgrass is taking over.  Then back out to the river.  So we got in about 7500 steps without getting our feet wet.
I did not take my cameras as I did not think we were going to be able to walk.
We sat for about 20 minutes on the banks of the river, the slight breeze keeping us mosquito free.  It was a pleasant time, even if we were sprinting most of the time.

June 8, 2017

Norm Schoenthal Island; Water is High


Blanca says "I will wait here while you decide what we are going to do" We walked west, away from this flooding.  It is flooded everywhere.  You can take a nice walk and get only wet up to your ankles, but if you wanna go all the way around you are gonna get your knees wet.
The bigger problem now is that since there has been ground water seeping up for at least a week, the mosquitoes have had time to hatch a brood.  The are abundant now.


These thees will probably go soon.  We have lost a good 6-10 feet in some places on the south side of the Island.


Oh well, change is inevitable.


But not all is lost.  The grasses this year have been magnificent.  I guess it is all the moisture we have been getting.  I have no idea about the names for these grasses, except the cheatgrass.  But they are great.  




Choco met some new friends.  We have been seeing them occasionally. They are all young, compared to Chocolates 8 years, so he is a little nippy with them.



Then we have, what did Tim call them? The Branch Managers? Good one. Elsa, Phillip and Moxie.


Copy is supposed to be under the pictures.  Sorry, I got confused ;-)



Cheatgrass


Norm Schoenthal Island. Cheatgrass.
Just a few years ago there was one small spot in the middle of Norm Schoenthal Island where this time of year you would find the beautiful red growth of cheatgrass. Now it is everywhere in the center of the island and in some places on the outside path. 

Yesterday I spent a good part of the afternoon picking Cheatgrass Awns off of my boy Chocolate. It is dangerous stuff. Beautiful but dangerous. In the photo it is the reddish brown stuff in the middle. I need a closeup. No no, it needs a closeup.



January 18, 2017

Relief is Just a Warm Day Away . . .


Finally, the cold relents. There were many dogs and people at Norm's today as the temperature went into the 40s by eleven a.m.
The outstanding pup today was this beautiful boy (I think) we met. Unfortunately I got no names. I was all excited because his peep was carrying a camera on a tripod. But alas I didn't even talk about that. I we could do was talk about how beautiful it was.
I walked with Bronwyn Shanti and Brisbane. I have more photos to put up. I will do it - later.

December 30, 2016

Whiteout


We started our walk this morning in a calm quiet setting. About half way around we all of a sudden found ourselves in a serious snowstorm.  Thought we might try for a portrait under the beautiful conditions. There are a bunch of dogs and people behind me so I had trouble getting Choco to pay attention to me. Not Blanca.


Moxie surveying one of my favorite fields. Over the years I have had many favorite fields at Norms, but slowly with the increased traffic they have been in one way or another diminished. I am not saying where this is. 


The famous view down the Slough, with lots of snow. Not much water flowing today. Not much water flowing for a couple of years now, not since the big flood filled it withe stones and gravel.