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Liken Lichen

photo by Jeanine Renzoni, camera Nikon Coolpix S9900

The Opposite of Succulent Wild Life

Symbiotic association.

Algae and fungi.

Food, dye, medication.

Grow so slowly.

Substrate, skull of deer.

Making, on that so iconic symbol of death;  white sun-bleached skull bones,

A new vegetative life. I like it.

Green, olive, ocher, crustose, squamulose … uncertain propagation.      —Jeanine Renzoni

photo by Jeanine Renzoni – Angles on Lichen Encrusted Deer Skull.





Saturday morning cat tricks

Every morning when I come in after my walk with the dogs, as I’m climbing the steps Smokey dashes to the bar stools and proceeds to stare at me.CattricksMar1512014 002

If he is late in his dash, or if you are in his way, he may do a cat bumper crash to get through – this is very important to him. He jumps up onto one of the stools and checks to see if you are watching.CattricksMar1512014 001

Then he proceeds to jump from one stool to the other,  expecting kitty treats for his endeavors. (FYI I just give him bits of a different kind of kitty chow as a treat, a high end ‘free sample.’ Cats have very specific nutritional needs and they really like to choose different food even if the current kibble is completely nourishing). The teal hoop is part of his repertoire.

But I’ve gotten tired of the same old trick just like he has of his regular chow, so I changed up what is getting rewarded. He complained a little and threw in a couple of leaps for free.

CattricksMar1512014 004CattricksMar1512014 005CattricksMar1512014 006Today’s trick is high five. Cats like to touch your fingertip if it’s extended (just like dogs like to touch your palm). They’ll reach with their paw or their nose.

Some cats will eat from your hand. Smokey tends to like it better if I put the treat down on the chair after he sniffs it.

We’ll work on this trick for a while, then incorporate it into the stool and hoop jumping one.

Do you have your cat do any tricks? Pre-breakfast furry entertainment, and I do mean furry, the shedding season has begun.

Sea (Ice) Caves on Lake Superior

We’ve heard it’s quite impressive, great ice and there are lots of people going to see them, so if you don’t want to have an extremely long hike in you’ve got to get there early on a weekday.

Yesterday (Thurs. Feb13th) up at 5am to get ready to leave at 6am on a road trip to see the ice in the sea caves on Lake Superior. We’re kinda stuffed into one vehicle – five of us and two dogs for just over a three-hour drive, but with the snow coming down and the roads messy it took until 10am to get there (about 4 hours).

Yah, we turned into Meyer’s Beach Road and parked in the parking lot just above the lake, more cars driving in steadily filling the lot while we ready for the hike.

It’s still snowing, lightly, overcast, about 15 degrees with forecast of going up into the 20’s. There’s a mile and a quarter hike along Lake Superior’s beach to get to the first caves.  The snow is packed with some fluff on top, it’s an easy hike.

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The caves continue for about another mile and a half. If you go into each one, take photos or otherwise explore it takes a while. We quit exploring and photographing at about noon – grouped up and had a snack/ice picnic, then started the hike back to the car.

The journey back showed a whole new view, one of lots of kids and tourists, some people in tennis shoes (what were they thinking?). The walking was crowded and none of the views were without folks. But I was done taking photos anyway.

We got back to Meyer’s Beach, tried to find a porta-pottie in the dozen or so there that included reasonable cleanliness and toilet paper … not easy. Changed out of our sweaty clothes, changed sock/boots and headed out, cars were parked along the side of the road for another mile (maybe more). We drove back to Bayfield and had a late lunch (2:30) at Maggies – delicious. I had a black and blue burger (black Angus and blue cheese).

It continued to snow on an off. We got home at 6pm, a great 12 hour day trip.