Heron views

We have some blue herons who fish right outside in the shallow river water near our bank.  However, getting a good picture of them is another story.  A bit skittish they are:

I will have to practice.  We are heading out to northwest burbs of Chicago this weekend with the RV and the dogs.   I hope to get some river shots along the way….



The baby geese are hatched.  We have several families, with the goslings obviously varying in size.   And there are some domestic white geese that live up the river.  The theory is that someone bought the domestic geese for an Easter present, and when no longer wanted dumped them down here.  They now interact with the wild geese, at least to the extent of helping to raise the babies.

There is another theory that the way geese help to raise each other’s babies is one of the reasons for the resurgence of the Canadian geese.

Here are more some pictures:

And some more mallards dropped by:


The party is over

The tent is empty and the guests are leaving:

Mom is exhausted, but Nick is partied up and graduated.


Going down!

Kim, and her brother Chris and their little sister Heidi decided they just had to get a log out of the river by the dock right before the party.   That was danger right there.  Then my sister Mary decided to wander out and help them, oh, not a wise choice.  Fortunately, Chris is an Army man and in good shape.   Heidi was in the river, and as you can see it was not very deep.  I was sure she was going to trip in that mud, so I kept the camera on her.  But keep your eye on my sister in the upper left hand corner.




Getting ready to party!

My son’s high school graduation party is this weekend.  We are getting ready.  The weather is predicted to be in the 70’s and clear.

We put up our new mailbox:

I guess it is a little gaudy and tacky, but we had to look for a long time to find it.  We really wanted a riverboat, but could not find one.  We found this down at Osage Beach Missouri last fall.

Our neighbor John put his boat in.  It is a 1978 Trojan, a beautiful boat, if not the most fuel efficient.

I caught the sunset this evening:

And Sara, our big dog of unknown parentage, is ready for the party to begin and to greet the guests.  She likes to sit outside in this cool weather:

Don’t worry, we are not trying to cram everyone into the house.  We are renting a tent and tables and chairs.


Why don’t the dams prevent floods?

Interesting bit of news in our local paper this morning.  Remember at flood time, the roller and tainter gates on the dams were wide open.  Local folks wanted to know why the dams can’t prevent flooding.  The reason is that the gates and rollers do not go all the way down to the river bottom.  They are there to make a series of lakes and maintain the river level in the pool immediately upstream.  Commercial navigation, town’s water supplies, docks and recreation are dependent on that pool level. 

Check out this link:




Jet boat is in!

The jet boat and fishing boat are now in the river tied up to the dock.  Here is the jet boat, maybe we should put the dock back together…

Check out this piece of driftwood that our neighbor dragged out of the river: