Rocky Mountain High : All Of God's Creatures Need To Eat
One of the surest signs that Spring is getting ready to spring in the Rockies is when Pete The Squirrel starts foraging for food for his family on our front lawn as witnessed in the slide show below. Welcome back Pete it's good to see you. Chow down !!!
Rocky Mountain High : Nikki Loves Mountain Moonlight
By Paul Stanner I have two very good friends in my life by the names of " Frito "Polly and Nikki Nikon. Every morning at dawn and evening about 10:00 P.M. we like to go out for our strolls. Both Polly and Nikki get very excited during these strolls albeit in different ways. They both apparently get turned on by the cool temperatures at that time of day and by the moon in her various stages. Today I'm going to show you how the moon excited Nikki at dawn on Jan. 15 , 2014.
The photo of the lake at the beginning of this article is of West Lake in Hangzhou , Zhejiang Province , China which was taken in 2011 when I was living in China and is an example of some of Nikki's best work. I lived and worked in China for twelve years and just returned to Boise in July of this year. Should you like to see more pictures of China you can click on this link " D.D. Lumix's China Travel Blog " or this one " D.D. Lumix Undercover In China ". Make sure to check all the sub-pages. There are thousands of excellent pics and vids of China at these two sites. Have fun .
" Frito " Polly is on the left in the pics above and Nikki Nikon is on the right
Pete The Squirrel
By Paul Stanner
In our backyard in Boise we have many critters that like to come visit us. While they seem to enjoy our company I'm certain that what they really want is a meal. We have one particularly annoying visitor named Pete. Pete is a very bold and assertive squirrel. Should you happen to venture into his territory he will boldly take a run at you to shoo you away chirping angrily the whole time. He also likes to taunt our dog. Whenever he is near she smells him and goes nuts. If she manages to get too near he'll just run up the tree or telephone pole and sit there daring her to come after him. He wins every single time.
My better half was on her way to work this morning and as she went out the door she caught an unsuspecting and unprepared Pete foraging in the yard. She called to him and of course he dashed up the tree just out of her reach scolding her in squirrelese for her bad manners the whole time. She tried talking calmly to him in an effort to make friends with him. Pete was having none of it. It was time for the feminine side of this battle to try a different tactic. She came into the house and got some food for him. It's Winter and especially cold today so she thought she might be able to make friends with Pete by giving him an easy meal. Out the door she went with Pete's food in hand. Pete was sitting in his tree just out of her reach keeping a sharp and wary eye on her. She walked over to the tree and reached up to hand it to him. He wasn't having it. Up the tree just out of her reach he scurried. She left the food on the ground at the base of the tree and came back inside. We watched what happened next from our living room picture window. Check out the photo below. Pete's no dummy he grabs a good free meal whenever he can.
In case any of you are wondering what Pete is chowing down on it's Starbuck's coffee cake. My better half is very generous. She also believes in helping all of God's creatures through their tough times. How great would life be if all people were that way?
Rocky Mountain High : Christmas Cracker Style 2013 Caldwell Idaho
By Paul Stanner
Dear Kracker Friends :
Isn't it nice to know that in this era of ObamaNation there are still some places in America that aren't so afraid of P.C. considerations that they still celebrate their Christian and American heritage. The photos below are of the town of Caldwell's city sponsored Christmas exhibit in a park in downtown Caldwell. Well done City Fathers and Mothers of Caldwell. A BIG Cracker salute to you.
Rocky Mountain High : The World Center For Birds Of Prey Boise , Idaho
Photos by Paul Stanner
Description and related information courtesy of The Idaho Fish And Game Department
Being a fan of raptor birds such as hawks , falcons and owls I visited The World Center For Birds Of Prey. I would highly recommend that should you ever find yourself in Boise , Idaho that you visit this highly educational attraction. If you have kids I assure they will learn a lot and have great fun in the process.
World Center for Birds of Prey Nearest Town: Boise
Site Size: 600 acres
Access: Year-round. Admission Fee. Handicapped Access free of charge
Directions: I-84 Exit #50; S on S Cole Rd for ~6 mi; R on Flying Hawk Ln; visitor center is at the top of the hill.
Description: Overlooking southwest Idaho’s Treasure Valley, the World Center for Birds of Prey offers visitors an overview of The Peregrine Fund’s national and international programs. With projects in over 55 countries, the Center is home to conservation projects for many of the world’s rarest birds of prey. Many Peregrine Falcons were bred at this facility and realeased nation-wide. Now, after the removal of the species from the Endangered Species list, the organization continues to successfully breed and release Aplomado Falcons and California Condors in the U.S. Live raptors and educational displays are highlights of the visitor center.
Peregrine Fund (208) 362-8687
Boise Chamber of Commerce (208)344-7777
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Spring Time In The Rockies
By Paul Stanner
Spring is a long way off so I thought all of my Krackers friends might like a last look at this year's Spring.These photos were taken in Oct. and Nov. in Boise , Idaho. I hope you enjoy them. There will be lots more coming next Spring. Enjoy your Winter as best you can. Ho , ho , ho !!!
Rocky Mountain High : Photos Of Boise , Idaho Taken From The Boise Depot In Early November Of 2013
By Paul Stanner
These photos were taken from The Boise Depot Train Station which is located on a hill looking down into the city of Boise. They afford a fabulous look at Boise being framed by it's surrounding foothills.
Boise may be a relatively small city but she has tons of charm. This area is a paradise for shutterbugs.
I hope you enjoy the photos
Rocky Mountain High : Julia Davis Park Boise , Idaho Oct. 2013
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