But we have had SUN SUN SUN! It sails right over Middle Mountain now; when it cleared that I immediately had 20 more minutes of sunshine.
I’ve been struggling away with my manuscript so have spent a lot of time inside. Finally, today I finished the fifth read-through: I’ve got most of it properly organized now and will go through it one more time to tidy up details before I send it off.
So when a friend arrived last Saturday it was good to be forced out of the house for a hike. We thought we’d try to reach the Kleena Kleene Falls. I went there last August and a lot of water was roaring down then. I anticipated interesting ice formations, but the water level was too low to be spectacular. Last summer, we drove half way but the road is very bad with very few places to turn round and I didn’t want to risk taking the truck. It was a 12-km round trip in enough snow to make walking a quite tiring, but too little to bother with snowshoes. The falls is near the bottom of Finger Peak.
There were a few pieces of open water .
These extraordinary birds live wherever there is fast, flowing water. They eat insect larvae, particularly blackfly larvae, which cling to rocks in fast-moving streams. They are about the size of robins – and distantly related – and have dense, warterproof feathers. To enable them to walk on the bottom of the rivers they have very long toes. They obviously have a great anti-freeze system for those skinny legs.
They are very territorial – I have found them at Lonesome Lake, Nuk Tessli, and Ginty Creek. If there is more than one bird in an area in winter, they stake their claim by singing. They have the most amazing song – a huge variety of gorgeous notes with, if you listen carefully, various clicks and grunts in between. A truly amazing bird.
Although this is a different subject, so many of you have asked about Ruby I am including a few pictures.
She “kneads” the blankets and gets her claws stuck, that is why they are a mess. Her favourite sleeping place is on top of a high beam. She kept falling off and landing on her water bowl so I added an extra shelf. She still falls off sometimes. She has many other places to sleep – I don’t know why she likes that best.
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