The Daily Bucket– The Creek's Roaring and Billy's Watching

Hard rains just swept across NW Oregon and vicinity. The creeks climbed their banks. I watch Rock Creek, and its tributaries that flow through Bethany Lake, ten miles west of Portland Oregon.  Upstream of Bethany Lake, a half mile wide grassy meadow has transformed into a nicely braided  creek with a half dozen channels. Elephant-eye-high…

The Daily Show takes on 'Million' MAGA March

Jordan Klepper’s frequent embedded reports from MAGA-land have been a breath of fresh air over the past five years, so of course The Daily Show simply had to send him to Denial-palooza.  And he didn’t disappoint.  In this episode we discover that Trump fans can’t count to two; the only trustworthy figures in our sad vale of…

The Daily Bucket–The Newest Hummingbird

I toss in my sleep, grabbing for the water bottle. I have to push the straw deep for the last few drops of precious cool water. Even the dregs are sweet. And in that moment between a memory and a dream, I was not sure if I was a hummingbird draining the bottom of a…

The Daily Bucket–Small battlegrounds

For six years, tadpoles have morphed into tiny chorus frogs in my backyard ponds.  But once they’ve turned into frogs I seldom see them again. For the first few days into July, I  find them near their birth ponds. Their default move is to hop back into the water for a week or so. Smaller…

The Daily Bucket–The West Side Gang moves in.

For 20 years, I’ve tracked the movements of herons and egrets where I’ve worked and walked.  I’d been working at a golf course in Banks Oregon, 20 miles west of Portland.  We had a year-round heron, and every autumn, an egret visited and fished for a few days, angering the golf course’s resident heron. Then…

The Daily Bucket–Today's Shocking Discoveries.

A backyard pond turns oily. A DIY oil test confirms it’s more than iron oxide,  I found tiny broken eggs and cat-sized poop nearby (not pictured).  I suspect coon. I found knocked over plants in another pond. I put rounded rocks into abandoned birds’ nests and set them on the ground.  Something tore them up….

The Daily Bucket–Soros and my friends, the yellow jackets.

“Oyez!  The Summer Session of Frog Court is called to order,  Judge Jeramiah Bullfrog presiding,” honked the Bailiff, who was  a Canadian goose. In strode two robed judges, who were six foot tall bullfrogs, trying to walk on two legs, but instead hopping from foot to foot.  The third bullfrog was resplendently unclothed in his…

The Daily Show eviscerates Donald Trump

It is nigh on the witching hour and well past weed o’clock, but I have to share this … like a Trump shares an STD* … but with joy and jocularity, not with malice and burning.  It’s excellent. I’d provide a pithy summary with a heapin’ helpin’ of scintillating bons mots, but I don’t want to. x x…

Daily Bucket– Purple Haze

But even bold purply flowers, like this welcome offering from my hacked-down artichokes, seem washed out, as if horror author  Stephen King’s Tommyknockers are draining colors from view. I’ve offered some purple, now for the Haze. In some ways this is scarier than a Nebraska tornado cloud. No where to go.  We are safe, and…

The Daily Bucket: Saving the Redwoods #3; We Knocked off a Gas Station.

An Oregon developer of a proposed gas station next to a creek and wetlands has withdrawn his application. In short:  Victory! Withdrawn App, how sweet the sound, Saving trees … thirty feet around. They were doomed on this place, but now are saved, thanks to Grace. The nearby neighborhoods’ coveys of bird watchers and Lake…

The Daily Bucket–Low Water Flushes Tall birds.

The skies have not yield a moment of rain for months.  But I knew how to make it rain. I hung clothes outdoors on our new fancy clothesline.  It’s passive solar at its best.  Except the Rain Gods, laughing, then made it rain twice.  But not much, just enough to make the clothes moldy if…

The Daily Bucket–Frog Court Confidential

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby robins.  “Erm, please don’t cry…

ME-Sen: New Bangor Daily News Poll Has Sara Gideon (D) Beating Susan Collins (R) 43-35

Some very encouraging news today out of Maine: x Maine Senate GE:Gideon (D) 43% (+8)Collins (R-inc) 35%Savage (I) 5% Critical Insights/@bangordailynews 7/28-8/9https://t.co/jUiNe9I26Y #MEsen— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 11, 2020 Democrats are leading in Maine’s major races, according to a Bangor Daily News-Digital Research poll conducted in late July and early August. House Speaker Sara Gideon…

The Daily Bucket: Good for the Hawk, Bad for the Robin.

Trigger warning for sadness. The sun shown through the russet and tawny and cream of what seemed to be a feathered explosion in the robin’s nest.  I watched from a few feet away, with only enough time to lift a hand. Two Robin sentinels sped to the scene but the hawk’s powerful wingstrokes carried it, with…

NY Daily News front page contrasts pouty Trump with grown-up past presidents

This pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? From today’s New York Daily News cover story: One by one, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton stood tall Thursday at the Atlanta funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, honoring the life and legacy of the fearless Congressional veteran. And in Washington, current…