Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Indian ruins, Bandelier National Monument

Picture of Indian village ruins from mouth of cliff dwelling. This site has ruins in the meadow near the stream as well as cliff dwellings dug into the "soap stone". This picture was taken from inside a cliff dwelling. The picture below was taken by leaning out of the dwelling.

It was obviously snowing this day.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

face in the wood

I was in the forest cutting wood. This picture came from a cut of wood. When I saw it I stopped and walked to the house for the camera.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Maple Syrup Cooker

Another posting less about photography and more about life in Northern Indiana...

A few posts ago we showed the maple trees being tapped in our woods for sap. Pam (my wife) talked to the Amish man who is tapping the trees on Friday and got over to his place with one of the cameras (the Nikon). She took this picture of the cooker.

You can see the wood to the right... the cooker is wood fired. It sits out in the open. Pam says this is a small cooker. The Amish guy said the cooker was made locally, in Honeyville, which is a wide place in the road hereabouts.

Pam tasted the maple syrup and also tasted the hardened maple syrup from the bottom which is a candy... sugar candy she thinks is what it is called... and she said they both were delicious.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I love summer

This picture reminds me of how much I love summer. I especially love the time of year where many of the farmers are selling produce. Fresh sweet corn and cantaloupe everywhere. It doesn't get better than that.

Monday, March 15, 2010

white horse, canyon floor

In the bottom of Canyon de Chelly, they fence in the crops and the trees. The horses are left free to roam.

Friday, March 12, 2010

chickadee and lunch

If you are a little bird and you want into a sunflower seed, how do you get in?

Look between his feet for a clue.

You hold the seed with your feet and you peck away at the ouside covering with your beek.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

maple syrup time

Most of the pictures here are suppose to be pretty. This one is suppose to be interesting. Last fall a young Amish man came and asked if he could tap the trees in the woods for sap to make maple syrup. He had to mark the trees while the leaves were still on to tell which were maples. See the yellow strip on the tree near the bottom.

This spring he came back and began to harvest sap. The plastic bucket, tube etc are all the means to that end. He was here on Saturday and he had 25 gallons of sap. He said that was about enough for a half gallon of maple syrup.