Music Night, January 16, 2015

My friends and I made a desperate attempt to get into Fillmore West for the last weekend Janis Joplin would perform with Big Brother and the Holding Company but, to no one’s surprise, it had sold out. (We were forced to trip at the Avalon Ballroom for a performance by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, then with Mick Taylor. Not Janis but still fantastic.)

The Watering Hole; Friday January 16 2015; Waterfowl

Given the absolute gross amount of political stupidity that’s been unveiled in the last few days, I thought it was time for a break, to take a peek at something interesting for a change. Coincidentally, it was just precisely at that very moment that I received an email from old college buddy Denny Green. Seems he’s been out and about at various ponds in the Phoenix metro area and  in the process managed a bunch of cool waterfowl shots. Examples: three Hooded Mergansers and a Canvasback drake, each and all enjoying the mild temps and the refreshing desert ponds.

Duck DuckMade me think of a sort of parallel situation, one where instead of water there’s snow, ice, and cold! Brrr! Below a couple of shots from our local lake here in Colorado. First, a Mallard drake making his way through the snow, then a goose-stepping Canadian honker out on a morning ice skate:

Duck GooseFinally, a few geese walking on water (well, not quite, they’re walking on wet ice on their WAY to the water). Their reflections are cool, however, and yes, the air was cold!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk. Well, I know that this little respite from political idiocy was far too brief, but remember — if you think it’s bad NOW, just wait a until the Repubs get their primary debates underway. THEN you’ll/we’ll ENVY all those higher animals, feathered two-leggers included!

I’ll leave it there for now save to note that the Mergansers and Canvasback drake photos are courtesy of Denny Green, Tempe Arizona; the following winter shots by yours truly, frugalchariot.