Look Up: Geese at sunset

The colors may seem unnatural but it’s the way the camera picked them up when I took these photos on Saturday at sunset.  I used Photoshop to blur out the noise (the geese were already blurry from my unsteady hands).  I did not change the colors.

Here is a fuller view of the sky with the added bonus of the reflection in the pond:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  And a lovely way to end the Look Up theme.

In other news…

M and I spent yesterday morning mixing and pouring concrete.  Fun stuff.  Heh.  Messy too.  I had plenty of it in my hair (and pretty much all over the front of me) by the time we finished.

(The mixer.)

I’m thankful that we didn’t have to do the actual mixing.  M decided to invest in a mixer since we have future concreting projects planned.  It seemed worth the investment when we considered the cost of renting one.

(Mostly empty bags.)

80 lbs. of concrete is hard to lift.  M and I worked together getting that stuff up and into the mixer.  It’s too bad they don’t make some sort of lifter to go with the mixer.

(The trench with the freshly poured concrete foundation.)

The concrete has to cure for 72 hours.  After that the real fun begins.  M will start building the wall.  I think he’s looking forward to it.

Garden notes: Still harvesting asparagus at a pretty good clip.  Shared some with friends today.

M planted tomatoes and corn yesterday.  The peppers I started from seeds are still too small to plant.  They must be very slow growers.  Had to reseed the sunflowers as the rabbits ate the tender young plants during the first round.

Peonies and daisies are blooming.

Finally got some much needed rain today.  More expected tonight, possibly tomorrow.  Hopefully we’ll get enough to raise the pond level a bit.

10 Comments on “Look Up: Geese at sunset”

  1. anhinga says:

    OMG It looks as if you are building a fort. I’m not understanding the trench for the wall????

    • Robin says:

      The trench is the foundation that will help support the wall throughout the usual expansion and contraction that goes on. At least that’s what M tells me. He took a masonry class to learn how to build walls and they started with a trench for the foundation. I’m guessing that if we were to build the wall on top of the ground, it would have the potential to fall over.

      As to why it has to be so deep, I’ll have to ask M and get back to you. He probably explained it all to me at some point but my memory isn’t what it used to be.

    • Robin says:

      I have an answer for you, Anhinga. The foundation needs to go in below the frost line to keep the wall from cracking, collapsing, and other disastrous things of that nature. There will be two layers above that. The first, sitting on the foundation, will be cinder blocks. The brick wall will be built on top of the cinder blocks.

  2. Wendy S. says:

    From the sublime to the mundane, isn’t that what life is all about? Thank you for sharing the gorgeous pictures. And here’s a poem I thought you might like about “Wild Geese” by one of my fave. poets, Mary Oliver. Hope you enjoy it.

    Wild Geese

    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

  3. Kathy says:

    Look up and see the mystery! Look up and see the colors we aren’t expecting… Look down and see the concrete that we sometimes have to help make. Congratulations, I’m sure you were a great help to M!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Mystery, the unexpected, and concrete. Quite a mixture. Now that I think about it, the concrete is quite a mixture too. And since we are novices at concreting on this scale, there was some mystery and the unexpected in our mixing of it. 🙂

  4. Husac says:

    The first images are great…such a nice place, and great captures.

  5. […] had made her way up the hill from the pond.  For a few minutes we worried that she was headed for the trench.  Since we poured the concrete on Sunday, we’ve had some rainwater settle in the trench […]

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