On The Road To Smith River

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Teka with the wind in her face.

We have been on the road a lot lately, but it is now time to check in with you all.  One weekend not long ago we took the Blitz and Teka to a hunt test in Smith River, California.  Go a bit North of Smith River and you’re in Oregon.  Here are a few pictures from our travels and a bit of pen and ink.

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The cormorants moved like poetry in the surf.

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Sailer yard art, you have to love it.

We stayed at a RV park with this ship in the front yard.  I thought lumberjacks had big yard art, but I have to admit the sailors win the “BIG” prize.

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A pair of cormorants in the surf were my inspiration.

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Blitz and Teka on the beach near Brookings, Oregon.

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Sitka Spruce cones.

Blitz chills after an exhausting day of events. "Don't get up Blitz, but I need to get into the refrigerator!"

Blitz chills after an exhausting day of events. “Don’t get up Blitz, but I need to get into the refrigerator!”

Blitz, golden retriever, The Backdoor Artist.

Mary and Blitz take a stroll on the beach.

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Sunset where the Smith River meets the sea.

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On the road home and Blitz dreams of ducks.

The Birds of Spring

Our weather has been reaching the 70’s during the last week.  The grass is growing and buds are beginning to swell.  Around the Mill Site there is another sign of Spring.  Pairing off and searching for nest sites, the birds are all around.

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A killdeer scouting for a gravelly nesting site.

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Goldeneye couple on the river.

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The cororants relaxing.

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A pair of mallard soon to be nesting.

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A beautiful pair of Canada geese.

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Teka stares forlornly at a beautiful pair of Canada geese.

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The empty osprey nest waits for it’s builders to return. They should be here in the next couple of weeks. Truly a sign of Spring’s impending return.