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….

Goslings

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqJJ_YwSukw

 

 

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:

http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/05/19/news/ask_the_times/doc4830d93f31fec990393287.txt

 

 

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:

 

 

 

Barges, docks and nice weather

The barges are back:

The entertainment area is up in front of the cottage:

It is turned away from the river because of bad wind that day.

The dock is back out, but not connected.  The gangway has been fished out from the river and reinstalled.  We are waiting delivery of our aluminum gangway.

Come sit by the river a spell:

 

Boat lift levitates!!

Crane arrives:

Now it has to go out to the lift:

Okay, now it has to get that thing out of there.  It is stuck in the Mississippi River mud:

There was a 50 foot log stuck on the bottom.  We never would have gotten it out of there without the crane.

Now it is up and over the trees to our neighbor’s yard.  The chains that John put on there to keep it from going down the river in a flood are still there.

Keep on going:

Gotta go on down the road:

Over to John’s dock:

Well, the log went on down the river.  Maybe we can get our dock back out soon, before my son’s graduation party.

 

 

 

 

River is down, down

The river has dropped three feet here already, just a week after flood stage.  The dock went half way out today, on purpose.  We have been frantic busy.  We moved all the stuff back down to the cottage and we are here for the summer.  I can’t take a picture of the empty garage in Bettendorf because the automatic garage door opener failed and it is stuck in the closed position.  We have everything unpacked here at the cottage except the garage.  We did clean out some stuff in the process.  But we are fostering a shy purebred Welsh Cardi Corgi female, so there is even more chaos than normal.  And the big dog decided she wants to sit outside all the time and sits down and won’t move –hard to make a 100 pound dog move.  More later.