Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rainbows and Splashy Memories

Tuesday was "one of those days"...with lots of minor irks and quirks and constant dreary rain.
Just about the time I had had it, the sun broke through and did some serious happy stuff.

This rainbow was right across the street from us!
(By "us" I mean Luke and me...I was doing my weekly one day of childcare with him.)

He just had socks on; I had my slippers on.
Oh well!
I scooped him up and my camera and raced outside for a better look.

I spent some time pointing to the WHOLE rainbow arching over our street.
He pointed and repeated bambo over and over again.

My next task was ringing our next door neighbor's door, so she and her three year old daughter could also see this.

The other end of the rainbow ended at the corner of their house, which is next to ours!

(And if you remember my dithering about buying a wide angle lens...yes, this was the moment when I did wish I had one handy to get the entire bow in in one shot.)

Wow wow wow.

After an all day rain the mountains sported a touch more snow and were seen through the crystal clear air.
I never get tired of seeing our Mt. Olympus!
Bonus post:
The Tuesday before was sunny and warm, warmer than usual for February.
*Someone* got to go swimming in our hot tub

First time since last summer.
I don't think he remembered that last swim.

His swim buddy Papa was with him both times.
(I think Papa and Luke enjoy the time in the water equally.)

A shared giggle...

Practice on being a boy...

(Every guy should know how to spit, right?
Well, maybe not, but still it is a lot of fun to learn.)

Oh how long those legs are getting.
Seeing him without winter bundle up is such a joy again!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A little bit of Idaho in my life...

Over the weekend my Colorado Springs resident friend Gail flew in.
We spent a girls getaway weekend together up in Idaho at Lava Hot Springs.
Lovely place, even in rain and with not much to do in town.
On our way back to SLC we swung over to Bear Lake.
We spotted an eagle sitting in a field of snow.
By the time I managed to make a U turn, the eagle was in flight. 

He politely perched on a fence post for me to take his picture.

The fence post...was at the end of this trail.
I didn't attempt to get closer myself; thank heaven for a good telephoto lens!

Gail watched as I at least crossed the road to get that little bit closer.

South East Idaho.
Lots of lonely places.

It looks cozy...wonder what it is like to winter in such a place?

Gail took a photo of the bird gathering on a power line.
Did the birds have a good reason for picking that particular power line for their conclave?

I missed being able to pull over to photograph a skunk pushing through the snow along another fence line.
From the skunk-y scent, there must have been more than one skunk in the area out and about around ten am on a Sunday morning.
Then there were these two birds.
The tiny magpie I could identify.

But what on earth is this thing?
A juvenile eagle?
A goshawk?

Just don't know but he too sat patiently while I took his photo.

Bear Lake straddles the Utah/Idaho border.
Bernie and I spent a weekend camping there last summer.
I wasn't sure if the lake would be iced in and was pleased to see it was its usual turquoise blue and mostly ice free so Gail to enjoy its unique color.

A quick peek around the marina...which was still iced in.

Cisco's is named after one variety of the fish the only found in Bear Lake.
The thing about a relaxing weekend spent soaking in hot spring feed pools in a small town without much to see is there isn't much to blog about.
Just wanted to say it was pleasant time and share a few photos of what we saw.