Friday, February 05, 2010

Break time..

Even though my trusty camera is always strapped to my hip at work,I miss a lot of good shots because I'm too busy,..you know,..working.
So,until and unless I can re-negotiate my contract to allow me to drop my shovel or chainsaw at a moment's notice,I'm mostly relegated to taking pictures during break times. Nothing especially notable about the following ,..but they caught my eye during some lulls in the action..

..I got the real sense that The Partner and I were occupying this disgruntled tenant's parking space.



Fortunately,we did some extensive tree pruning at all our facilities before the 50-60 mile an hour winds struck a few weeks ago,so there was minimal damage for us to clean up in the aftermath.
Some of our neighbors weren't as lucky!


There were scores of fallen trees all over O-Town,none of which belonged to us.


They call this a Blue-Jay in this part of the world.
They're not as resplendent as the crested jays I'm accustomed to,but they can kvetch just as loud..



Sometimes we'll take lunch at The Partner's house when were working in his neck o' the woods.
This orchard,across the street from his house,was locked in ice just a few weeks ago.
Since then,it has been carpeted in brightly flowered wild mustard..I really like the contrast here!
This particular orchard has generated an ongoing argument between the partner and I..

'What kind of trees are they?',.I inquire


'They're Prune trees'..


'You mean Plum trees?'


'No..They grow Prunes'


I guess those are raisin vines growing along my back yard fence..


Still,..I gotta love the guy.
He generously kicked me down an entire case of red wine that had survived one of his gun club get togethers,made up of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Zinfandel,and Pinot Noir!
..SWEET!!



Have a terrific weekend kids!..

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19 Comments:

At 4:53 PM , Blogger jp said...

Just the other day I was wondering if pickles grew in the ground or on trees.

My glass is empty... pass the Pinot

 
At 5:19 PM , Blogger Sling said...

JP- If you get the chance,you should visit a modern 'Pickle Ranch',where pickles are fed on great amounts of Vinegar and Dill until they mature,and are herded into processing plants to be humanely slaughtered for our consumption.
..More wine?

 
At 5:41 PM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

Great score on the wine! And our blue jays have crest son their heads like a cardinal. Is this a different bird?

May favorite photo is the car staring you down.

 
At 7:20 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Secret Agent Woman- I don't know the exact name,but the birds here are a sub-species of those wonderfully crested specimens,and are rightfully called Blue-Jays.
I can tell you that they are just as vocal,and agressive as their cousins.
Oh,..and it's not a car,it's a manly truck,and those are my manly work gloves on the dash!
..That cat is scaring the shit outta me.

 
At 7:50 PM , Blogger Mom said...

My birdman tells me the bird is a Stellar's Jay.
That cat looks very angry. I would steer clear of him.

 
At 8:39 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

that cat looks a lot like dexer..same attitude..
i love jays...remember my cat rocky? he used to lay out in the yard and play dead and then the jays would swope down to peck him and he'd snag them and eat them...he was fast.

 
At 9:25 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Mom- We gave the cat a wide berth..In fact,we had to extend our break an extra 20 minutes,waiting for him to leave. ;)
And darn..Let's talk Jays..The Stellers Jay is the only crested Jay west of the Rocky Mountains,and the variety I'm most familiar with in the mountains above San Bernardino,and throughout Colorado..The Jays in O-Town are smaller,sans crest,and the blue in their feathers is dull by comparison.
The closest I have found so far,is a variety with striking black stripes on it's wings,which ours don't display..Now,I must track it down,so I can sleep..

Yellerdawg- Rocky was on the job!!
I once watched 3 Jay birds harrass a cat on a fence to the point where the cat tucked his tail,and lickity-split the hell outta there!

 
At 9:45 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

That cat has evil intent - that much is clear. - Wow free wine - now thats a gift.

 
At 11:01 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i like the 45 degree photo, i'll have to try that.

 
At 11:21 AM , Blogger Mom said...

After another look, my birdman thinks it is a scrub jay. There is a black ring around the neck that is only found in scrub jays.

 
At 11:33 AM , Blogger jan said...

The cat is obviously putting a hex on your car. Pretty scary.

 
At 12:07 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Middle Child- He just kept staring at me!..creepy.

Billy P.- Ha!..I took that from the other side of a chain link fence..I had to hold my camera up against the fence at that angle to get a clean shot.

Mom- That's it!..Thanks doll. :)

Jan- Next time,we're parking in a different spot.

 
At 12:34 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

Great pics. But what's the pink thing on the dash of the truck. If it's a cat toy you were just asking for trouble.

 
At 5:44 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

....I love that pussy..excuse me, kitty! I love black and white kitties!!

 
At 8:55 AM , Blogger laurent said...

I would say plum trees, prunes are dried plums. As for the shot of the vineyard it needs serious pruning. Looks like good wine, I know the Mondavi but not the other.

 
At 9:49 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Thinker- That pink thing is a Halloween skull cap..The Partner puts it on sometimes to make the neighborhood kids giggle at him..See why I like the guy?

Austexgrl- Who doesn't like a little furry pussy?..I'm partial to Calicos.

Laurent- I find it interesting,..these subtle differences in vernacular.
The Partner has lived across from that orchard for nearly 60 years,so it would seem that they must be Prune trees in this part of the world..Those trees will be all trimmed,and the Mustard will be disked under before Spring.
..We're fortunate here in Northern California to be able to get some very nice Napa Valley wines,at a reasonable cost.

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

LOve the cat! and great score on the wine!..does your partner have any peanut butter trees?

 
At 10:37 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

You have an amazing talent and eye, sling. As for me, I'll plant a chocolate chip cookie tree every time.

 
At 12:34 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Prune trees! LOL! :)

My parents had plum trees growing in our front yard, growing up...GREAT plums, but the yellow jackets were horrible! Do your "prune" trees have yellow jackets swarming about in the summer? :)

Also, are you on Flickr? You should become Flickr friends with Iwanski and me. :) (Although I never post anything, which drives Iwanski crazy, as he posts every day. :) )

 

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