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Works at IT Guy by day. Maker, photographer, and writer, elsewhen. Lately plays ukulele.
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The Brave And The Timid

The baby squirrels are beginning to explore the tree around their appropriated owl house. It's interesting to see the differences in their personalities, at least as far as which are willing to venture up the tree and which stick right by the house. They aren't exactly comfortable with me being close, but they're definitely willing to sit and watch me from the house as long as I somewhat keep my distance. I have to think they're getting close to being big enough to move out and venture forth on their own, but I'm curious whether they'll hang out with that as their home base moving forward. I've never made a study of long-term squirrel behavior, so I don't have a clue.
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Starting To Venture Out

Over the past couple of days the young squirrels have been experimenting with exploring just outside the door of their owl squirrel house. I stuck my head out the back door and managed to get this shot of two of them trying to do so at the same time, which was pretty cute, I must say. For tomorrow I'll see what I can get in the way of an owl shot from the other owl house. :)
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I guess they are trying to take over the wise owl homestead. 
Or maybe they enjoy the view as the wise owl does.
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Good Morning From The Squirrel Kids

This morning Mama Owl failed to cooperate and was either inside or off running errands while I was out in the yard with the camera this morning. (She was there earlier when I was feeding the chickens, sans camera, though.) However, these two little squirrel siblings were curious what I was doing out there, and obliged me with some cute glimpses of them in the doorway of their appropriated owl house. I'll go out again later in the day to see if Mama Owl is around for a shot, though the weather report says it may pour down rain this afternoon, so we'll see.
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The Chef At Play

Yesterday evening I went over to some friends' house, and they treated everyone to a fabulous Korean meal cooked out on the back porch. I hadn't ever seen an outdoor propane wok burner before, but it was awesome and now I want one for my back yard, too. I promise I'll avoid burning anything down!
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Another Take On The Sword And The Capitol

I also have this shot from the balcony overlooking the Texas Capitol, this time with Natalie holding the sword as the fog rolled in. This shot actually has less of the sword than most of the ones in this album, but I still like the way it turned out.

This weekend I'm hoping to get some more sword shots for your viewing pleasure. Wish me luck, and have a great weekend yourself!
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These Are Not The Owls You're Looking For.

Those of you who kept up with our owl saga last year may recall that after removing the owl house that was occupied by bees instead of owls I put up a new owl house equipped with a camera. We have been anxiously checking for owls to move in this year, so far with no luck. Last night, however, my wife happened to do our weekly check and discovered that the house has indeed become inhabited. With the night vision on last night we saw a mama squirrel nursing three rather furry babies. Today in proper light I got this shot of the babies having a mid-day nap up there. They are awfully cute, but I hope they decide to vacate the place soon so some owls can move in.
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The Sword In The Street

Here's a shot I got down on 6th Street with a young lady who quite enjoyed playing with my sword. She was quite the free spirit, and interesting, with a Pokemon strapped to her back. I have no explanation for that, but I was happy to take her picture.
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Enjoying Some Nice Weather In The Shade

I got this shot of Mama Owl hanging back a little from her usual spot in the doorway. When I see her moving around in there it always makes me wonder how her feet are situated to get her in that position. It's basically an empty wooden box, though there are grooves scored into the inside of the front board to give the babies a sort of ladder for climbing up. I suppose Mama uses those, too.
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An Interloper Enjoying The Chickens' Buffet

The other day the chickens were out roaming the back yard and I noticed a couple of white-winged doves in the run sitting on one of the roosts. My presence disturbed the doves, who tried to fly out the opposite side but were thwarted by the hardware cloth screen. I got this shot of Love Bug checking out the dove while the dove checked both of us out, and then I went around to the other side of the run to encourage the doves to make it out the door. The next day we once again saw a couple of doves in the run, and realized that they have probably figured out that when the chickens are out and the door is open there is a large supply of yummy food readily available in there. Presumably they don't eat as much as the chickens, though. :)
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I guess I stand corrected, +Brian Holt Hawthorne. I'll check that out.
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Hooray!

Some of you may have seen my post last week showing that our new owl house with the internal camera has become inhabited by a new family of squirrels. When I mounted the new house earlier this year, I put the old house in another tree, to replace the one that was infested with bees in the Fall. Today at lunch time I went out to check on the chickens and on my way back I looked at the new owl house to see if any of the squirrels were watching me (they sometimes do) and that made me think to glance across at the old owl house. I was surprised and excited to see that it looked like something was in the hole, and I calmly and quietly made my way close enough to see that it was an owl, after which I calmly and quietly made my very excited way back to the house to grab my camera. It appears we have owls again! This makes me tremendously happy. :)
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The Warrior And The Sword

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours shooting with Crystal, who was kind enough to do some poses for my sword album. I really love the way this one turned out. As always, I am so appreciative when someone is willing and excited to share their time with me on a project that I'm having so much fun with.
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Seeing The Band, Sword Style

Or is it seeing the sword, band style? This shot is from Fado Irish Pub here in Austin, as interpreted by +Jordan Schiappa. She thoughtfully posed with the sword on the edge of the stage while the band warmed up, for a little SXSW sword action.
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They say this is part of a chain, but it's the only one I've ever seen so I'll have to take their word for it. This place is great for grabbing an inexpensive bowl of healthy Asian food, and gets a lot of business from the gym across the parking lot. The Teriyaki Bowl is really delicious, and everything is cooked to order but still really fast.
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This place has the best selection of batteries and light bulbs around. When you need that particular battery for your car remote or home alarm system, these guys have it. They also take dead batteries and CF bulbs for recycling, so that's a bonus.
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Russian House has delicious Russian food and an amazingly large selection of infused vodkas to choose from. The walls behind the bar are covered in bottles with all the different varieties, and you can't help but be impressed by it all. To top it off, the entry way has a wardrobe with a selection of Russian outfits you can wear inside to really add to the atmosphere, or for pictures. It's good stuff, and worth a visit.
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If you have people visiting town and you want to show them great views around town, you really ought to take them to the Oasis, sit on one of the decks down the side of the cliff, and time it so you're there for sunset. The food isn't horrible, but it's probably more expensive than it deserves. I had a perfectly respectable margarita, though it was also on the expensive side. But really, the view is wonderful and the sunsets are spectacular.
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We needed some new light fixtures for the entry way outside out house so we went to Lights Fantastic. They have a very comprehensive selection of lights on hand, and even more available for special order. After going through all the choices we decided to special order some, and the process went very smoothly. They told us the lights would be there in a week, and they arrived just as promised. Great service and fantastic selection.
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We dropped in to try this out for breakfast the other day and quite liked it. The breakfast tacos are excellent, with a wide variety. They also have gluten free breakfast taco options, which is a bit of a rarity around here, so bonus points for that.
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County Line on the hill has the same decent barbecue and wonderful bread as the lake location, and is a lot more convenient location for south Austin residents. It gets a little crazy there at peak hours, but is a very pleasant place to sit and have a relaxing meal otherwise.
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