Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Park Wildlife

So far this summer we have spent nearly 5 weeks in Colorado state parks and we have 3 weeks to go. Two of the parks, Chatfield and Cherry Creek, are in the city. Nevertheless, we have seen quite a bit of wildlife. Nothing dramatic but interesting for sure.

We have seen deer in each state park. These were crossing the road right behind our trailer yesterday.

We have seen great blue herons here at Cherry Creek and at St. Vrain.

Today we saw this egret.

This little cottontail rabbit came to watch John carve the other day.

This is the 3rd bull snake John has seen, a first for me this year. I know they are harmless but I don't like snakes of any kind or size. This one is pretty, though, isn't it?

Of course, we see Canada geese all over the place  in Colorado at this time of the year.  They are on both land and in the water.  They leave a real mess.

And these turkey buzzards  are seen all across the country.

Bears and elk and maybe a mountain lion would be good to see, but we are enjoying the animals we have seen in these state parks.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Keeping Busy

Taking it easy is more than sitting with our feet up. We have both been working on our hobbies since we moved to the Denver area. When we left Arizona in April I packed one figured maple bowl I had turned but still needed to sand. I also brought 10 wooden rings I had cut on the scroll saw. I made them into a basket. I did the scroll saw work at least 2 winters ago but I had been avoiding the tedious sanding needed to complete the project. Sanding is my least favorite part of working with wood!

With lots of down time, I finally finished sanding both projects. I then assembled the basket, gluing the rings together, and painted it. I finished the bowl with a mixture of polyurethane and oil. I am really pleased with how both items came out.

For the past 3 years John has been carving a large nativity set, a few figures each year. He has completed carving 15 figures, 4 of them this year. He has also cleaned up 2 diamond willow hiking sticks. When we return to Arizona he will paint the nativity figures and give each hiking stick a minimum of 6 coats of polyurethane.

We're having fun.

Tomorrow I report for jury duty, so I won't be needing any hobbies for at least a day or two.