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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday

One of our local raccoons have been bringing her two babies around (in the middle of the day, which is odd.) We haven't been able to get a picture of the young'ns yet, but today I spotted & snapped this red bellied woodpecker chick.
I went to the Lacombe Crab Cook-Off Festival to mind an art display for the Bayou Lacombe Art Center (of which I am a member.) Although we didn't sell anything while I was there (from 10:30am 'til 2pm,) I did get a lot of positive comments on my work. I know they were genuine, as I didn't interject or introduce myself as the artist unless someone asked. (Update; After the fact I found out that one of my paintings sold at this event.)
Shortly after returning home, the rains came...


(My favorite part is at the end of the video, shortly after 1 minute.)

21 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I would have preferred you edited out the part with me in it. Gross.

Lana Gramlich said...

Hey! Are you insulting my husband???

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

This is great! The festival sounds fun. Nice picture of the woodpecker. That's a good ole southern rain if I ever saw one. I loved the video. It was like I was there and it really conveyed how saturated everything was. Cute ending, too! LOL

Donnetta Lee said...

Cool!
Donnetta

JR's Thumbprints said...

My Dear Lord! I thought I saw Bigfoot in your video! Sure did have alot of rain.

laughingwolf said...

dang! that COULD be a bit of a downpour! :P lol

nice gams, charles :O hahahahahahaha

Travis said...

That was actually very peaceful.

ivan@creativewwriting.ca said...

Gee,

You've got a real Noah's Ark rest spot there.
Is there a bird or animal you don't have?

Anndi said...

Awwwwww.. I completely get why that was your favourite part. Very sweet.

Anndi said...

And just as I visit you, the rains start here! Very peaceful and refreshing.

Steve Malley said...

Ah, summer rains in Louisiana... Lovely!

That little reminder of warmth is a lovely antidote to winter.

And I'm glad you didn't edit that big fellah out!

Christina said...

Every time you post something up about where you live, you make me long for the beauty of secluded woods. I get this moment and then it leaves me because I think of all those horror movies I've seen and the ones I've decided I really can't see, and then realize that the smallest sound would have me hiding in the basement till someone got home.

But I still have those moments when I see your pictures. I took pictures of two hawks on our street today. Emory was the one that saw them and though we had somewhere that we had to be ASAP, he turned the car around and drove back so I could see them. That's the one thing I love about California. Hawks are just amazing to me.

Marvin said...

Rain? That's a monsoon.

Awesome photo of the Lake Pontchartrain pier in the previous post.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sandpiper; The festival was more work than fun for me, as I had to mind our spot. I was going to have a look around once my "shift" was done, but it was just too darned hot. It was very nice to beat the rain home, though, & to enjoy it out on the deck with Charles. :)

Donnetta & Marvin; Thanks!

JR; I once took a picture of Charles way ahead of me on a hike in the woods & titled it "Bigfoot Spotted." *L* Although this seems like a lot of rain, it's not, really. Sometimes half of the backyard (or more,) is completely submerged (at least for a day.) Sometimes the main road into our neighborhood is completely blocked by water (when the local creek overflows.)

Laughingwolf; Don't laugh--I tell him exactly that all the time!

Travis; That's why we love our deck. When there's no rain, all you hear are the birds & critters (& perhaps the odd windchime, the few times the wind actually makes it to our nestled deck.)

Ivan; Polar bears. Not a polar bear in sight. Just how I like it.

Anndi; Thanks. Hope you enjoyed your rain, too. :)

Steve; I don't have the video know-how to edit, so I have to shoot very carefully. *L*

Christina; Personally I'm always much more afraid of cities than woods, horror movies be damned. Not to mention that there are no basements to hide in in Southern Louisiana. *L* We have a lot of hawks, too. I just never seem to have my camera ready when we see them. Eagles, too (in the winter,) owls, kites...all kinds of raptors.

Shauna Roberts said...

Another beautiful set of photos, Lana. Thanks for sharing them with us. (I'll have to come back later to view the video.)

Shauna Roberts said...

I just watched the video. That is so cool how your ridged roof sends the water over in parallel streams. Rain becomes art.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; Yes--I love the roof's effect on the rain! Very funky. :)

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

I'm baaaaack.
Neat red-bellied young photo. Never seen one myself.

Lana Gramlich said...

Zen; Welcome back! When the red-bellied woodpeckers are very young, they're hysterical to watch. The parents are teaching it how to peck & they're just SOOO clumsy! They pick it up pretty quickly, but those first few days they seem so pathetic.

Danette Haworth said...

Haha! Very cute! I also like the rain photo above.

Lana Gramlich said...

danette; Thank you!

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