Friday, February 22, 2008
The line of light at the bottom is a car passing by on Wawawai while the aperture was open on the camera. All of the exposures were long.
It is my understanding there won't be another lunar eclipse like this for two years. Maybe I'll learn to use the tripod before then.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
In keeping with the alternative power idea we are monitoring the flow rate on the seasonal stream on the south side between the house and the barn. The small tributary runs west to east. When it meets the creek the water is then carried northward. The snow is really beginning to melt and the run off is amazing at the top of the falls.
Top of the Falls................About Midway Down
We will not be doing anything with the stream this year; just monitoring the flow rate and the length of time the stream actually contains water.
Though the 5 gallon bucket fills within a matter of seconds the amount of water coming out of the pipe Roger installed is nothing compared to what is coming over the falls. It appears that the water seeps into fissures of the basalt as it progresses down toward Union Flat Creek. Comparatively little of it actually makes it to the creek via the eastward flowing stream.
The headwaters of the stream begin at the little dip in the photos above. You can see Roger standing at the top in the photos below (just for size reference). The falls is actually falling behind the snow mass you see in the photos. That's a lot of frozen water up there.
If we are able to lease the property surrounding the stream we can begin plans to install the necessary equipment to generate power from the seasonal runoff.
Not this year though. This is shaping up to be 'A New Project'.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Hurray for neighbors. Gerald Henson our neighbor about a mile to the north came to our rescue yesterday with his backhoe.
Notice the fence posts in the third photo.
And, last but not least, Roger managed to snap this photo of one of the quail families that come down to feast under the bird feeder.
Friday, February 01, 2008
We've just had the worst snow storm in the Palouse in the last 10-15 years. At least that is what we have been told. We've only been here 2 1/2 years and I can guarantee that it is the worst we've experienced so far.
We're snowed in at the moment. Roger's little tractor won't handle the load so we will be waiting until the (overworked) county road crew can get to our little street.
The snow is pretty though.
This was the sunrise the day of the storm.