8 a.m meeting with crows. "Did you see that dead squirrel over on Bardwell Street?" Yup. Meet you guys there at 10.
Out the back patio and over to Cove Island. I hide my shadow in a shadow
The old canal is dry under the bridge.
I don't like to talk in the morning.
We wish these guys would pick up after themselves. Canadians can be so uncivilized.
The towers are broadcasting. Always get a good signal here.
Chopper is always working. Has a vacation planned for April, though. Going to spend the weekend on the Holyoke side.
Old trees bow to the river. Chopper has these on his list for next week.
Old car near River Dog Man's house.
Cove island on the left. Chopper lives over there.
In a few months this area will covered with dense, dark green.
The town finally filled in the massive pot holes on our road. I was thinking of getting a Range Rover. But Edmunds said not to buy one.
South Hadley Electric Light guys taking a break before a busy day. Reading the paper. Did you you see the headline I wrote for the review of the new film, The Vow? "Movie about amnesia worth forgetting." hahaha. Have a good day, guys!
A nice place to watch for hawks. Text from a sign: Each year the Reservation is witness to an amazing event. Through the autumn months, thousands of hawks pass over the Mount Tom Range on their way south. Hawks migrate to follow available food and to escape the cold, dark winters. As winter sets in, small mammals, a food source for these birds of prey, are less active or hidden. Songbirds, another food choice, have also headed south. The shorter days cause hormonal changes in the hawks (as well as most other species). These triggers create an irresistible urge for the hawks to migrate south. However, some hawks don’t migrate but prefer to remain in one area year round.
I don't see any hawks. And where are the goats?
Nice place to sit and look out over Easthampton.
Steps leading to the tower.
The Goat Peak observation tower was built in 1928. Like me, it's pretty old, but stable. Some nice views up here.
Paramount aka Hippodrome nee Paramount
Having recently joined the Quaboag Hills Photography Club I was privy to a
photowalk they arranged at the old Paramount Theater, or Hippodrome as it
4 years ago
Off The Shelf: The Finest Hours by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
From Booklist: In a 1952 nor’easter, the distress of two ships off Cape Cod initiated a dramatic Coast Guard operation recounted here by coauthors Tougias and Sherman. Both vessels were World War II surplus, cheaply built, unwisely kept in service, and broken in two by the storm. All four halves floated, for the moment, and the authors’ narrative accordingly tracks four separate search-and-rescue efforts that form the complete story. The most prominent, in the press at the time and in official honors conferred afterward, concerned one motorized lifeboat, a puny 36 feet long and manned by four men, dispatched to do battle with the maelstrom’s towering waves. This is the seascape of The Perfect Storm, and the authors do justice to the peril in a tight account of the action. Plotting the course of CG36500, the utilitarian name of the lifeboat captained by Bernie Webber (interviewed for this book), Tougias and Sherman reach their peak of tension in the sink-or-swim moments when mariners abandoned ship and chanced their lives on their rescuers’ skill and bravery. An excellent entry in the disaster-at-sea genre. --Gilbert Taylor
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