Sunday, January 27, 2013

Week Five - 47 To Go

If you are familiar the Lynley series and looking for a lenghty read, you might like this book. In the end, the story lines of a dysfunctional family proves Shakespeare right - the truth will come to light.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week Four - 48 To Go

After reading this collection of Richard Blanco’s poetry you will understand why President Obama chose Mr. Blanco to deliver the Inauguration poem.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Birding - Canandaigua

Finger Lakes Community College Trail

Arrived in Canandaigua ahead of the scheduled 9 AM meeting of the Eaton Birding Society in the Finger Lakes Community College parking lot. Drove west on Lake Shore Drive to the community pier. Took some photos.
Returned to the FLCC parking lot to find 8 Eaton Birding members walking toward the trailhead. Right off the bat the group located a Pileated Woodpecker. During the course of the walk the group would also see a Downy Woodpecker and a Hairy Woodpecker. Other highlights on this somewhat quiet day were tree sparrows and a Great Black-backed Gull.

The forest floor proved to be the star of the day. 
After breakfast at the Village Diner, retraced my journey. While driving East on Lake Shore, two windsurfers caught my attention. Parked and took some photos.
While passing through Seneca Falls, drove down to Van Cleef Lake. Numerous birds -  Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, and a Great Black-backed Gull.

Detoured north on Rt. 89 and visited the Knox-Marcellus Marsh lookout. Hundreds of Tundra Swans were on the ice with several Mallards. Snow Geese were flying overhead.

All in all another good day of birding.

Week Three - 49 To Go

A wonderful final book in the Inspector Morse series. Dexter delivers a fitting elegy for his celebrated and popular character.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Northwest Salmon Chowder

To complement our take-out meal from Connie's Deli Joan prepared this soup.

1/2 cup each chopped celery, onion, and green pepper'
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons butter
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup uncooked diced peeled potatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 o 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
2 cups half-and-half cream
1-3/4 to 2 cups fully cooked salmon chunks
            or 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, flaked, bones and skin removed

In a large saucepan, saute celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until the vegetables are tender. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and dill; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are nearly tender. Stir in the corn, cream and salmon. Simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Other Salmon suggestions:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Week Two - 50 To Go

In this first of 13 novels in the Inspector Morse series, Colin Dexter sets the tone for his cultured character. Although Dexter does not deliberately led you astray, clues are well hidden in the narrative. But the conclusion is logical and fulfilling.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Snowshoeing - Montezuma Audubon Center

Made my way to the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) arriving at 12:30 PM. Today's event was a snowshoeing walk to be led by Frank Morehouse.
Frank Morehouse

After registering donned my snowshoes and queued up with the other participants, mostly adults but several families with young children. Rough attendance estimate - 50+.

After introduction near the bird feeders we stepped off into the woods. Passing the observation deck we veered right onto Warbler Walk.
Warbler Walk

The wolf tree drew the group's attention.
 Wolf Tree

About a hundred yards up the trail Frank took a left turn and led the group due West. The trail became increasing wet. Several kids had their feet plunge beneath the snow in the swamp-like conditions. Fortunately they were all wearing good boots.

Then we came to the edge of Crusoe Creek. Frank noted that because of the swampy trespass and the proliferation of poison ivy the lake was best accessed during the winter months.
Crusoe Creek

Dave Fitch, MAC volunteer, views Crusoe Creek

Heading back to the center the group weaved its way along Trumpeter Trail between Merganser Marsh & Sandpiper Shallows.
 Trumpeter Trail

Back in the center kids sipped on hot chocolate while the adult shared pleasant conversations.

On my way home I detoured down Armitage Road. Glad I did because the balds eagles that were there is the Fall were still in residence.
Bald Eagles (south side of Armitage Road)

Also, what appeared to be a coyote was searching for food on the north side of Armitage Road.

Another plus, my old friend, Red-tail Hawk, was perched on the telephone pole on Rt. 89.

 A great day for snowshoeing and birding.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Week One - 51 To Go

Another excellent Hieronymous Bosch novel. Actually the 18th in the series. Connelly’s premier character once again doggedly solves the crime, but not before having his concern for daughter takes precedence.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2013

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