Very cool bird

Stealing fiber from my camo netting and letting me get quite close.

IMG_5432IMG_5441I don’t have a name yet, I’ll be looking. => Cedar Waxwing (thank you Rich)

A storm was rolling in

2016-07-25 22_40_12 2016-07-25 22_42_45I need to get better at low light photography, this was only captured with a smartphone and it doesn’t do the storm justice. In June we also had the most fireflies we have ever seen and I couldn’t capture their light show properly.

2nd time in less than 6 months

That we get hit with completely unforecast high winds; like last time, old timers tell me they’ve never seen something like this. We lost many trees, and among other things, the solar panels went flying. I will definitely take this new reality in consideration for future building projects.

The only photo taken during, it didn’t last very long but it was completely insane.

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The aftermath, the forest is a mess of huge trees having domino’d on one another

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Right at the edge of the field, looks like the storm has made some decisions for me.

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Fortunately, none of the panels were cracked. We were back online on battery the same evening and I brought back 2/3rd of the panels the next morning (which is plenty in the Summer). I bought ground anchors and will modify the panel holders for more strength. It’s amazing they moved, they weight a ton.