Friday, December 31, 2010

My eleven principles to live by in 2011 in pictures!

Below are random paintings that have been organized to provide eleven principles to live by in 2011. 

1. Shine Brightly!

2. Don't Live Too Simply!

3. Believe

4. Don't be so judgmental!

5. Lead or Follow!

6. Don't Over Indulge!

7. Try New Things!

8. If you Fail, Keep Trying!

9. Search for the Humor in Things

10. Keep the Kid in you!

11. Follow your Passion!

If you follow these principles, then you may soar like an Osprey!

May you and yours have a blessed 2011!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Tennessee Tree Hugger!

This little Tennessee tree hugger was caught in action at 2:47am by critter cam. I'm not sure why he's hugging this tree, but I guess it's true that Raccoons are nocturnal. This is just one nights adventure, in the 10 acre woods on paradise ridge.  

Saturday, December 25, 2010


It all started with operation reindeer. The goal was to use my new infrared, motion detector, critter cam and capture a picture of Santa's reindeer. Also, I wanted to determine if critters stir on Christmas night. All was set to photo the action. 

11:50 pm - The first picture that critter cam caught was of our cat, Creamy. All looks normal on Christmas night.  (Picture number 52 and temperature of 31)

3:17 am - Then a picture was taken, but I don’t see anything that would have set off the motion detector. Hmmm, this seems odd. (Picture number 53 and temperature of 31)

7:14 am – Again our cat is caught walking past the camera. Well, it appears that I was unsuccessful with operation reindeer picture. The more I think about it, the camera should have been on the roof because this is where the reindeer should have been working. However, I have determined that the critter cam did not capture any creatures between the hours of 11:50pm and 7:14am, approximately 7-1/2 hours. So, it appears that critters do not stir on Christmas night. Feeling sad that I did not get a picture of a reindeer, I went outside to see if I could find out what had set the camera off at 3:17am.

To my surprise, I saw a round object in the snow. I wondered what it could be.

After a closer inspection, it was a red bell. Wow, could this bell have come off Santa’s sleigh when he was leaving our house?  I believe at 3:17am Santa left our home and this red bell fell off his sleigh. The bell must have fallen near the camera and it triggered the motion detector to take a picture and that is why there are no critters around to set off the camera. Wow, I can’t believe it, Santa's sleigh bell. Should I mail the bell back to the North Pole? 

Have a blessed New Year and BELIEVE!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Just what does happen in your backyard at night!

I got my new critter cam and used it last night in the backyard. It is an infrared camera with a motion detector.  It’s amazing what animals stopped by for a visit. 
A picture of our cat @ 6:34pm.
The dog next door @ 8:28pm.
And Polly the Possum @ 6:29pm. Tonight is Christmas night and I hope to get a picture of a reindeer which I call Operation Reindeer. Wish me luck and check back tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


After a long night of partying with the Zebra Boyz, Bobby Ricky passes out, but not before he shows his………………… As you can tell, even zebras have rednecks among them.
 The zoo mayor was very upset by this incident, but his only comment was:      "Whhhaaaaaaaaaaaat!" 

Monday, December 20, 2010

New elephant species discovered: CHAMELEON ELEPHANT !

NEWS FLASH- It’s hard to believe that scientist have discovered a new species of elephants. The newly discovered elephant will be called elephas chamaeleonidae or Chameleon Elephant. This elephant has the ability to almost disappear into its environment. The lead scientist on this discovery indicated that the Chameleon Elephants have been around for a long time, “we just could not see them because of their chameleon ability.” Also, it’s unlikely you will see them in a zoo because of this ability. By sheer luck a picture was taken of about a dozen, if you look closely you can make out their bodies, some are in different stages of chameleonism. This is the only proof that they exist. However, skeptics question the validity of this discovery with three words, where’s the poop? 
The lead scientist did make this comment: "I believe I have stepped in Chameleon Elephant poop! I don’t think you can see it, but you can surely smell it. So, if you ever smell a bad odor and can’t find it, then you have stepped in it too! Now that's the poop, I mean proof." 

Thursday, December 16, 2010


A female house cat on the prowl catches it’s prey and then encounters an American teenager. How will this drama end?

 On the prowl, ears alert and nose to the ground ready to pounce, the American house cat.
 Its sharp senses detect a sound under a layer of snow. Could it be the cats prey?
 Using its powerful rear legs, it pounces on its target.
 A few seconds and a minor struggle, the female house cat is victorious.
 Proudly prancing with its trophy, a terrified coal black field mouse, the cat tosses it on to the driveway.
 Now the “cat and mouse game” is on, entertainment for the cat, but terminal for the mouse.
 An American teenager, upset at what has transpired is ready for an intervention.
After a good scolding the cat runs and the mouse scurries away. All is normal again in “Drama in the driveway.” NOTE: The mouse was not harmed in this drama. It was a stunt mouse.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowmen are getting larger at an alarming rate!!!

 The U.S. Government Study suggests that you slim down your snowman and stop feeding it snow. Stop the maddness.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New for Christmas, an electronic cat warmer!

It was so cold this morning that Creamy the cat used his new cat warmer!
Creamy the cat got his Christmas present early this year. It's a new electronic cat warmer with all the functions. Pictured here is Creamy enjoying the warmth. Creamy indicated that the electronic cat warmer is easy to use, warms fast and will even warm a bowl of milk. Creamy said "I really look forward to it after my morning patrol around the neighborhood, soooo relaxing." That Creamy cat is one smart cat.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A family farm tribute!

Without the farmer there would be no thanksgiving meal. This picture is of a cool fall morning and a cardinal perched on a rusted barb wire fence, with a cedar post that was placed in the ground years ago by a farmer. 

The loss of the family farm

Rotting externally into a time unknown,
Giving way into the land unsown,
The ghosts of the family farm it once knew,
are replaced by a world that is desperately new.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

These two turkeys are on the run. They certainly don't want to end up on a Thanksgiving table. I am sure they wished Ben Franklin had his way and the turkey was our national bird. Thank goodness the majestic eagle won the award because it just wouldn't feel right to have a national bird that gobbles. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Little Bear

This summer we went to the Smokey Mountains and stayed in a condo near Gatlinburg. It's always exciting to see a bear in the woods and on this mini-vacation we were visited by a young black bear. We named this bear "Little Bear" because he was so small.
Each day Little Bear would visit the condo. It was obvious that Little Bear was looking for food around the  trash bins and I think he slept in a brier patch just the down the road.
We never did see his mother, but others staying near us said they had seen a mother bear around. I was never near the bear and used my long range lens to take pictures. In this picture I was about 30ft above the bear on the condo deck.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Your vote counted. The painting name is "RUBY AND ICE" It will be displayed at Main Street Arts Gallery, Pleasant View Tn. for the “Pleasant View’s of Cheatham Co." 

Friday, October 29, 2010

I LIKE REDHEADS, Woodpeckers that is!!


A few weeks ago Woody Woodpecker(Pileated Woodpecker) came to visit our home.  Normally, when they see me they fly in the opposite direction, but I tricked him this time and dressed up in a Woodpecker costume. It is Halloween, but I am just kidding. I was lucky to take a nice picture of this Pileated Woodpecker traveling up a tree looking for bugs. You can tell he is a male by the small red strip under his eye, which is missing on females. These birds are fairly large (16” long) and are a bit shy. They are common in the southeast and like mature woods. You will know they are around by the large oval holes in trees and the wuck, wuck calls they make. In spring you may see a pair flying together. Sometimes I have a pair that nests nearby our home. Also, checkout my humor tab above, you will laugh. Comments are always welcome too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Walk in the Woods!

Many companies advertise about how good natural products are for the mind, body and soul. If this is true, then the closer you get to nature the better. So, take a walk in the woods and listen to the sounds. It’s free.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Picture of a Murder of Crows at a Condo!

Yep, here is a picture of a murder at a condo in Gatlinburg Tn. You see, a group of crows can be called a murder of crows!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Black Vulture is at our back door?

I am not sure why this lone Black Vulture came to our back door. He did not knock, but did stay for a while. Our cats just watched in amazement and I think he must have smelled the cat's food.

Friday, October 15, 2010

A visit from a Tennessee Owl!

Yesterday, I looked out of the front window and in a tree was an owl looking back at me. It was a Barred Owl and I was lucky to get a nice photo. He was about 20" tall and had cold dark eyes. I checked the bird field guide and Barred Owl's are fairly common in Tennessee. Interestingly its call is "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all.". I think it's a southerner because I heard it call "who cooks for ya'll.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Great Blue Heron takes 2nd job!

The economy has gotten so bad a Great Blue Heron takes a job as a Stork.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Woman finds bear pooh under bed!!

It all started on one fall day when Callie, 4 years old, noticed that her 1 ½ year old sister had a poo diaper. Now Callie had watched her mother change diapers before and decided that she could also change diapers, but better. She quickly and secretly took Sarah to her room, found a new diaper and started the poo change process. As she removed the poo diaper, she apparently discovered that there were no wipes around. Now what do you think a 4 year old will do in this situation? Very simple, find the nearest object around and start wiping. After Callie completed the good deed, a new problem surfaced: What to do with the evidence? There's a very obvious solution, toss everything under the bed and no one will ever know. The next day a bad, bad, bad smell came from Callie's room. Karen my wife and their mother, made a complete search of Callie's room to determine where the smell was coming from. Finally the discovery, it appears that pooh bear was used to clean up Sarah and was tossed under the bed. Now that's how a woman found bear pooh under the bed!