Change

I just read this story: Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo.

I had to stop reading a couple of times to wipe my eyes. We’ve strayed so far from the path these last 8 years, it brings tears to my eyes when our president does something as simple as uphold the Constitution.

Read the last part of Section One of the 14th Amendment, and tell me with a straight face that extraordinary rendition, secret prisons, and indefinite imprisonment are ideals we should embrace. Here, I’ll quote the entire section for you, so you can see there is even a distinction between the rights of a citizen of the U.S. and the more broad “any person.”

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The week in pictures

We’ve had several days of unending warm weather and high winds. Apparently a January thaw is normal, but being this prolonged and violent is unusual. Since the dogs need to eat and be cleaned regardless of the weather, I get to go out several times a day and get the crap beat out of me by 50-60mph winds with rain, and sometimes sleet. My rain jacket is still waterproof, after 4 years of abuse (GoLite Phantom, it’s awesome), but my rain pants are breaking down at the seams. I need to get some seam tape, so I won’t be soggy from the waist down anymore!

The morning after the moon was at its fullest, it set just as the sun was rising, making for a colorful backdrop.

Moonset

Moon Obscura

Tuesday (just as it was starting to warm up), I tried to make it into town to capture some of the frozen harbor, and maybe some eagles and otters as well. Sadly, I had to brave the Homer Post Office first, which ate up 45 minutes of precious time. I arrived on the Spit just as the sun dipped permanently behind a thick layer of clouds, and had about 5 minutes of usable light to work with. All the otters in the canal scattered as I walked up, so this is all it was able to get. Hopefully it will freeze back up before winter’s over, and I’ll try again.

Cold Harbor

Skippy has Fridays off, so we spent our time between dog duties relaxing, cooking, and reading. We also let the dogs up on the bed on weekends, so here’s a shot Skippy took of me and my reading buddy.

Friday

Ravens

I’ve been sitting on a request for pictures of birds in general, and ravens specifically, trying to get some decent pictures to post. I’ve taken a few decent shots, but the ravens and/or the weather aren’t cooperating much. The ravens tend to scatter when I get close and point the camera at them. Here’s what I got.

Raven Flight

Flight

Time Sink

I’ve been piling all of my free time into getting my photo site setup. I’m almost done with the first section, where you’ll be able to download full resolution jpegs of most of the pictures seen here. The second section will be for ordering signed prints, and the third will be my paid work. If I ever get any paid work. :-)

It’s currently 35° F, with winds gusting up to 40mph, and sleeting. Yeah, awesome. Three days ago it was -10°.

I just went out and turned all the dog houses so they’re facing away from the wind. I’m going to take a mental holiday for the next few hours and play a video game.

Another round of sled dogs

In my ongoing attempts to show you the dogs that I work with (previous post here), here are a few more.

Rosie

First up is Rosie. While she’s an Alaskan Husky, she was born with a congenital defect that causes her to wheeze uncontrollably when she exerts herself for too long, so she’s not a sled dog. She basically hangs out and runs around the yard.


Alex

Next we have Alex. She’s a funny dog, in that she looks like this (worried/unamused/mad, to anthropomorphize a little) most of the time, but she totally perks up when she’s getting fed or when it’s time to hookup to the sled.


Iceworm

This is Iceworm, brother of Whistler down below. We think he looks a little like Princess Leia, with his ear “buns.” He puts his nose right on mine, and stares at me with those wide open ice-blue eyes.


Boogles

Boogles is one of the largest dogs in the yard, and also one of the strongest. I made a mistake while trying to put his harness on a couple of weeks ago (put only my index finger through his collar ring), and he jumped off his house before I could correct it, nearly breaking my finger. It still hurts, but I don’t make the same mistake anymore.


Motley

Motley is spotted, like a leopard. He also has two-tone eyes, as you can see. He’s very sweet, and dances back and forth on his paws when he sees me coming towards him for pets.


Rocket

Rocket looks like he’s giving you the stink-eye here, but that’s just his face. He loves getting petted, but doesn’t get along with other male dogs at all. He once got so excited to be harnessed, he pooped on his house as I put the harness over his head. Usually he waits until he’s on the hookup line to go, but this was the first harnessing of the winter after all summer off, and…I’d probably have pooped myself as well?


Whistler

Whistler, brother of Iceworm above (can you see the resemblance?), has the greatest expressions of all the dogs in the yard. He also has the best bark/howl that I’ll be sure to get video of. This one is what I call the “I’m a shyyy doggie” pose.


Whistler again

This one is “Omigosh, here you come! Pets/Food/Sled Run???”