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Busy But Not Backbreaking

Photo files copied to Herself's PC in workable format; later to load software she needs to work with the RAW. Prepped Studio 318 for her. Cloudy today, maybe rain later and tomorrow forecast is wet. She plans on working in Studio photographing recently made jewelery for both her archive & her Etsy store. Also burned the backup DVD of her pieces from last Sunday and the field trip to Kanapaha. I've duplicated mine to external hard drives, still need to burn that DVD though.

We also re-set the second purple martin house. Put that up yesterday, over closer to the fence line marking the cattle pasture. It looked OK from the south, however looking at it from the west very obviously Purple Martin Apartment Building #2 qualified as the Leaning Tower of Ranch. Now it is significantly vertical. And Hurrah! for the purple martins are definitely establishing themselves in Purple Martin Apartment Building #1! We'd seen males checking the house out, and now we're seeing females perching on the 'stoop'.

Purple martins and their houses are some of my longest memories from Gramps home on the shores of Lake Huron. Differences, sure. Gramps built those (ours are plastic kits) and they were huge, six nesting spots long, three more on the short sides, three floors high and more nesting spots built into the gables and dormers of the roof. He mounted them on posts like telephone poles, and I can't remember if he hinged them or not to aid in cleaning between seasons. And they do need to be cleaned or the martins won't move in again next spring. That was one of my chores, sometimes, visiting on autumn or winter weekends. Cleaning out the old nests.

Watching them fly provided hours of entertainment, as the whole flock swooped and looped and circled as a unit. Forget the fact that purple martins are insectivores, eating through their weights many times in mosquitoes and flies. The colony flying and hunting as a single organism, oh my!


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Apr. 18th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Purple Martin houses are one of my favorite memories of my grandparents' house too! We have several houses in the neighborhood now and I enjoy watching them swoop and dance at twilight!
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Thumbs up on the Purple Martin house.
we had a 12 plex at our ranch home in North Orlando.

We did not place one at the farm.
Just might now, great idea for a Mothers Day gift.
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