Sunday, October 19, 2014

First fall mosaic

Today was a real fall classic with a cascade of gold and burnt crimson around every bend in the Whatcom Fall interurban trail, as if autumn came crashing down on Bellingham's Indian Summer overnight.

Crunching through drifts of mostly dead maple and alder is once again an off-trail diversion for both Casey and me, but in a matter of just a few days, even the shoulders of our pathways will be ankle deep in seasonal debris. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'll give you ten minutes, or whatever it takes, to stop that

Ready to turn in for the night? You bet, but not before our kid gets a head-rub. He's shameless when it comes to a late night, midday, early morning...whenever...massage. Just have your way with him.

Vic and Casey

Monday, September 22, 2014

A border collie on the border for climate action

Casey and Gene at Peace Arch Park, Blaine, WA

Hundreds of people from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border - including Casey and his Veterans For Peace dad - converged at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Washington for an international climate change rally on Saturday.
Several members of the VFP-111 chapter joined hundreds of environmentalists, First Nations, and scientists that had arrived at the park from all over the Northwest to protest coal, oil and liquefied natural gas projects happening in B.C. and Washington State that they say are fueling climate change. The VFP campaign points to the US military as the largest fossil-fuel polluter in the world.

The rally came on the eve of the People's Climate March in New York City, said to be the largest climate action rally in history. Veteran For Peace members from many other cities in the United States are joining activists from around the world, including London, Paris, Rio and Vancouver, demanding environmental justice and alternative energy on this largest climate change day of action in decades.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steller wake-up calls

Careful what you start. A cast of Steller's Jays have been raising a ruckus every day in our backyard, shortly after sunup, ever since we started setting out a handful of peanuts in the morning and early evening. And if you think REM sleep is even remotely possible once these black-capped, pushy characters start scolding us if we're late with their rations, think again. Jay squawks are unmistakable, and right on schedule.

They're still favorites of ours but it does seem they're getting a little demanding. Casey loves to wait them out though, practically daring them to leave their fence top vantage points, which they do in seconds in synchronized swoops. Just put your camera down or turn your head, and you'll barely get to snap a photo.  

These jay aerobatics are almost anticlimactic, but Casey enjoys their antics, and they don't mind his ringside seat at all.