Thursday, November 19, 2009



Turned out to be an exciting day for Kelly.  One of her twin daughters gave birth late last night to a set of twins herself in Vancouver, British Columbia.  A few complications for the 4.5 pound boy & 4.3 pound girl plus Mom, but they are all doing much better to-day.  Sarah, Kelly's daughter, will have to remain in hospital a couple extra days though.  Needless to say she has been a busy little computer person to-day with emails & Skype calls to Spain, Cambridge Ontario, Spencerport New York & a few places in between.  Exciting times for sure:))



Did some updates on the laptop at the Elfrida library & uploaded another album to Picasa Web Albums this morning but I have to re-edit that album & make some changes & add some captions.  The librarian gave me the website of another couple living in McNeal who are fairly knowledgeable about this area so I hope to meet them before too long.  They had a photo of the stone cairn where Tombstone's infamous Johnny Ringo is buried & I would like to know where that is plus the McLaury boys who were killed in the shoot-out with Wyatt Erp at the OK corral had a ranch near McNeal here somewhere & I'm curious as to where that was.



Set my wayward tri-pod up this afternoon & popped my Nikon D-40 on it with the Stellarvue telescope/camera lens attached.  Was hoping to catch some returning Sand Hill Cranes but they obviously saw me setting up & immediately cleared the area.  All morning & early afternoon there had been flock after flock of Cranes going over but as soon as I was set up & swung my lens around & up into the air.............there was nothing there!!  Not a bird to be seen or heard.  Nothing!!  Isn't that always the way though.  About 3 hours later I heard a familiar weebling sound in the distance & managed one photo of 6 Cranes winging their way south just west of the ranch.



Managed a few shots of the crescent moon after supper.  Also a shot of the Border Patrol Surveillance Blimp flying high over Sierra Vista on the other side of the Mule Mountains from us.  It would be about 30 miles away as the crow flies so that 700mm lens did well in picking up that blimp.  Also a test shot in the dark of a porch light & silhouetted bell at the ranch house about 300 yards away.  Am looking forward to tracking down some local birds at the White Water Draw just down the road.  Some of you may remember the bird photos I did this past summer with this lens back home in Bayfield.  It's not an easy lens to use though because it is first & foremost a telescope & not designed for a camera so 2 separate adapters have to be used in attaching it to my camera.  I have no control over this lens except for shutter speed.  Focusing is done manually & because the lens is very heavy a tri-pod is required.   Oh well, keeps me on my toes & makes me do some manual thinking myself for a change.


To-morrow my old doggy pal Corky is coming for the day.  Haven't seen him since last March so I wonder if he'll remember me.  That will be 7 of us old scruffy dogs running around the ranch to-morrow if you include me.  And I'm sure Kelly would:))

GROANER'S CORNER:))  My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind and the job had no perks.



The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now....AL.


  1. Well, congratulations to the Grandmother for coming through the birth of twin grandkids. The one thing I love about grandkids is you can spoil them rotten and then send them home. Payback surely can be great!!

    Seriously I am glad that all is well for the mother and children.


  2. I know exactly what you mean about the cranes! Last time I went to Goldstream Park, I wanted to get a few pictures of the dozens of bald eagles hanging around during the spawning run. None! Nada! Zip! Dang, I know they're there!! Your pics of the moon and the bell are very nice!

  3. Congrats to the new Grandma and kids. Hope all stays well and they will be home soon. The pictures are super, as usual. The is some camera outfit you have.

  4. Congratulations on the new babies. Is Kelly's daughter a first time mom?
    Well I'm going to spend a little time on Picasa tonight to see some of the things it does, so I'll have a long list of questions Monday.

  5. Twins! Twins! and More Twins! Wow how exciting!!!! Congrats Grandma and Grandpa, that is so special!!! Can't wait to see the pics.

  6. I am so glad that Mama and babies are doing well. Their weights are pretty good for being as early as they were, so they should soon be getting fat and sassy. Congratulations Kelly!

    Al, just be careful where you boondock this year - we don't want border patrol coming up on you with drawn guns again! Not good for the Canadian heart. (Or is that Canada heart?)

  7. Oh congrats.....I have twin brothers. Even though I'm their big sis....I have always envied that 'special connection' they share!

  8. Congrats on the twins. The photos are great can't wait fot your posting on the Johnny Ringo grave visit. Thanks for the info on the jet traffic where you are at. I have a fondess for watching planes land and take off. I bet those A10's are a sight to see.

  9. Congrats to the new Grandma... and blessings for the wee ones. Your moon shot it just fantastic!

  10. Congratulations grandparents! Glad everything is ok with Mom & babies. Do I see a flight to Vancouver in Kelly's future?

    Great photos as usual, Al!

  11. Congratulations on the new additions to the family! We sure know how it feels to have an addition to the family, having just experienced it ourselves 9 days ago. We'll eat a Cowboy Cookie to celebrate!

    Great photo of the moon!

  12. How could I forget to congratulate Kelly and you on the birth of your new grandkids - twins! It was late last night when I posted my first comment and well.... ya know how that goes. So, my apologies, and congrats again - glad to hear that the Mom and twins are doing great!

  13. Wow new grandkids! Congratulations!
    Al, when we were at the boot hill cemetery, we noticed that they sell books about all of the famous characters of Tombstone. Perhaps some of them would shed light on the Mc Laurey boys. They had books about Cochise too!