Sights while geocaching around town

Spent yesterday geocaching around UNR and Spanish Springs, just wanted to share a few of the non-geocaching photographs I took.

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Basque Monument and downtown Reno…the day started cold, damp and breezy.  My fingers and nose were cold for the first five geocaches.

The early morning grey chill opened up to a bright sunny late morning and afternoon!  I headed out to Spanish Springs to collect more geocaches…below are a few sparrows that kept me company along the way.

There’s an old ranch out in Spanish Springs…this is the part that they haven’t turned into a housing development yet…I’m hoping they never do. Great place to walk around with your dogs, bird watch, and geocache!

 

Happy 2016!

I guess this can be called…What I’ve been doing instead of blogging for the last half of 2015.

Let’s just jump in then!

Birding ~

Geocaching ~

Fountain Pens and Art Sketchbooks ~

Taking walks/hikes/photography ~

It was really snowy during our walk on Christmas Eve morning.  I hope everyone had a great 2015 and wishing 2016 is even better for you all!

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The Preston Castle Gargoyle

I love gargoyles. Period. So I was all a’giddy when I looked up at the bell tower of the Preston Castle and saw one surviving gargoyle (i.e.: still had his head attached). One other fact. I love crows and ravens…beautiful birds with great sense of humor. 🙂 Guess who had a nest up there with the gargoyles?

Can you see him way up there on the back right?

Can you see him way up there on the back right?

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Beautiful wings.

Beautiful wings.

Close up of his scales.

Close up of his scales.

Lovelies!

Lovelies!

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Nesting up with the gargoyle with no head.

Nesting up with the gargoyle with no head.

Another Day at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nevada

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Robin


Flutterby

Flutterby


Another robin. :)

Another robin. 🙂


Japanese Kerria

Japanese Kerria


Flutterby chowing down.

Flutterby chowing down.

Apple blossoms almost spent out.

Apple blossoms almost spent out.

Feral kitty basking in the sun.

Feral kitty basking in the sun.

Don't come any closer, lady!

Don’t come any closer, lady!


Bee!

Bee!


Of course I have to add the bee's butt!

Of course I have to add the bee’s butt!

Springtime at Rancho San Rafael Park ~ Reno, Nevada ~ 22 March 2015

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Mountain Chickadee

Wee banded Mountain Chickadee


Did you know that Robins are good pointers?  LOL!

Did you know that Robins are good pointers? LOL!


Red-Winged Blackbird.

Red-Winged Blackbird.


Killdeer

Killdeer


Magnolia

Magnolia


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Birds and Flowering Trees ~ 18 March 2015 ~ Sparks Marina

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And…a squirrel nose.

And…a squirrel nose.

For Today ~ 10 March 2015 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 10 March 2015

Outside My Window… Lots of birds on the thistle sock, suet, and feeder…plus the construction staging grounds.

I am thinking… I really want a Parker Vacumatic golden pearl (the honey amber brown one) fountain pen.

I am thankful for… For the long weekend that I got to spend mostly by myself, I needed the sleep from being sick.

From the kitchen… Not sure, but it might be bbq’d chicken with a big salad.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, multi-blue blouse.

I am creating… Finishing up a quilt for someone and waiting for beads to remake a bracelet that got lost in the mail.

I am going… to lunch with two coworkers soon.

I am reading… Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I am hoping… that we get rain and snow from the small front moving through tonight.

I am hearing… My TARDIS refrigerator, fax machine, me coughing, doves and finches.

Around the house… need to wash the bed linens.

One of my favorite things… Fountain pens…my newest is a very pretty blue TWSBI VAC 700 with a medium nib, inked with a mix of Iroshizuku Asa-gao and Ajisal.

TWSBI VAC 700

TWSBI VAC 700

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Order more ink and read.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you…

Goldfinches on the thistle sock outside my work window.

Goldfinches on the thistle sock outside my work window.


White-crowned Sparrow eating the sunflowers I threw out for the doves.

White-crowned Sparrow eating the sunflowers I threw out for the doves.

Rancho San Rafael Park on an Autumn day

My sister, her boss, and myself walked around Rancho San Rafael Park at lunch time yesterday. A lot of the trees have turned already (few oaks holding out), but there were lots to see.

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Osprey at Boca, CA

We have a spot on the Little Truckee River, near the old townsite of Boca, that we like to go to.

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While looking at how much the water has gone down, due to the drought, a huge bird swoop overhead. At first all I saw was a white head and immediately thought he was a Bald Eagle. He landed on a tree, just a tad too far for my camera to get a nice clean shot (too grainy)…but here they are. He’s a beautiful Osprey who was eyeing all the trout in the Little Truckee…not very fair fishing, Mr. Osprey, but you go for it. 🙂

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca.

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca.

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

For Today ~ 2 June 2014 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 02 June 2014

Outside My Window… Not a cloud in the sky…it’s going to get hot today! Still have tonka trucks out there moving dirt from one pile to the next.

I am thinking… I’m starving. One little granola bar didn’t cut it for breakfast.

I am thankful for… The left-over bbq’d hotdogs I brought to work for lunch.

From the kitchen… I’m thinking a stir fry tonight…I have some beef and veggies to use, throw in some pan-fried noodles.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, bright primary purple cotton shirt.

I am creating… I have a few things going on at the moment.

Jeni Baker's Nordika using 1.25" Thangles.

Jeni Baker’s Nordika using 1.25″ Thangles.

Sawed up 4" and 2" pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Sawed up 4″ and 2″ pieces of a yard stick to make 3 sewing boxes.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

Some pretty fabrics I pulled from my stash.

I am going… to go heat up my lunch. After work, stop by Lowes to pick up some sand paper and some balsa wood.

I am reading… Nothing at the moment.

I am hoping… for a quick and uneventful week.

I am hearing… Battery backups beeping as the power keeps going off and on.

Around the house… Clean dishes that need to be put away.

One of my favorite things… Birdies!

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

Yellow-headed blackbird, Sparks Marina.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Work on the wee yardstick sewing boxes.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you… Lots of squirrels at the Sparks Marina where I was parked.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman's car.

baby squirrel enjoying the mudflap of some woman’s car.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Wee squirrel enjoying an almond.

Dirt bath!

Dirt bath!