Archive for July, 2013



   Posted by: John    in Lily, Outdoors, Pictures

Just a few random pictures.


Hay Bales


Silo Sunset

Half a Moon Away...

Lazy Lily


New item in the man cave

   Posted by: John    in Computer and Network

I decided I needed to make a change to my man cave.  Football season is upon us, and I want to watch football.  Last year I monopolized the TV downstairs, which was fine, but that’s pretty selfish of me.  So, I decided to exchange the two 19″ widescreen monitors I have on my PC with a nice new 39″ HDTV.  I got one that is 1080p so the picture will be nice.  It is not much wider than the two monitors it replaces, but it considerably taller, and the picture is awesome.  Hooked it up to one of the video cards by an HDMI cable and I am good to go!  There are enough inputs to connect whatever I want to it too.

And yes, the doggie in the background picture is Lily.

Dwarfing the others


Come on football!


Another Road Trip

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

I had to go to Twin Falls to work on a client’s server last Saturday.  I took the camera, and got these shots on the way there.  I left early enough to get them.  Water and rocks mostly with a couple of other things thrown in for variety.

Water and bridge in a canyon


Small waterfall

Green water...

The Bridge


Big and little

Looking across lots of rocks

Rocky road


I took the neutral density filter with me to try out.  Here’s a picture of a waterfall without the ND filter on it.

Waterfall without filter

Here it is again, with the ND filter.  The water looks a lot different!

Waterfall with filter

That in itself is pretty cool, but I think this one turned out even better.

Flowing water


Camera Road Trip…and Dam It!!

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

I decided to take a drive with the camera today.  I had initially thought I would drive up Hwy 21 to Idaho City then across to Horseshoe Bend and back.  However, I made a detour before I got to Idaho City.  After cruising gravel/dirt roads for 3 hours I got to the road that I would have been had I gone through Idaho City.  It was very scenic along the way, forest land and a river alongside the road. 

Before ever getting to that point, however, there are a couple of dams on the river just a few miles up Hwy 21 from the freeway.  The lower one is smaller and houses a small power station. 

Power Station

Power Station and Spillway

Water leaving generator station

Water exit


Power house from the reservoir side

Reservoir side of the spillway

The larger dam also has a power station and the lake behind it is much larger.  Yup, that speck out there is a boat. 

Lucky Peak Lake


Speaking of boats, going farther up the road, after crossing a bridge, you turn right on Forest Service road NF-268 and it takes you past a very large docking area.  I went about a half mile past and found a great spot to shoot the marina. 

Marina with boats

There were a few boats on the lake, but this one was pretty cute.

Calling Captain Ahab...

Cute boat


River and Trees

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

It’s kind of funny how when you are out in the sticks driving down a gravel road alongside a river in the forest…that you would take pictures of the rivers, rocks and trees!  Being there was awesome and there were so many pretty spots.  Then, when you sit down to look at the pictures, you realize “Oh, I took a lot of pictures of the same thing!”

Goes with the territory I guess.

Anyway,  here are a few of the river, rocks and trees along the gravel road.

Looking down the river

Rocks, trees and water

A bridges goes across it

Live trees and dead trees

Rock Island

Look West

Shadow Layers

Too much water around the trees causes all kinds of problems.  These two examples are lucky trees…so far.  They are hanging on, but much more erosion and it will be all for them.

Hanging on...

Tree roots

This one lost the battle.

Game over


I took Lily with me…

   Posted by: John    in Lily, Outdoors, Pictures

My dog looked so pathetic when I went to leave this morning that I felt sorry for her and took her with me.  For the most part she did very well.  We were in and out of the car a lot but I did not let her out without being on her leash or a rope.  Good thing too, as she decided a couple of times to try and explore off the edge of the road!  One spot in particular was rather steep and I ended up pulling her back.  Yes, she wears a harness.

I had some difficulty getting her to sit still and it was impossible to get any pictures of her trying to step into the river.  But, here are a couple I managed to get.

Lily exploring

Watching the water

Doggie pose

Cussin' at me because I won't let her off her leash!


Abandoned Equipment

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

When I got to Centerville, there was this area off the road that had a whole bunch of old equipment sitting there.  Some was probably useable and not just junk, but a lot of it was.  Here they are.

May be a rock crusher?

A shovel...with other equipment!

Rotting lowboy deck

Dump trailer

Pumpin' somethin'

This vehicle just cracked me up.  Not much left of it now, obviously a chassis and what’s left of a cab.  But notice what the top is made of.

Redneck Express

All aboard!

There was an old caterillar bulldozer sitting there in yellow rusted glory.  Here’s a few of it, plus the dozer blade that was no longer attached.

Rusty yellow bulldozer

Other end

Dozer engine


Bulldozer blade



   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

At the place where the old equipment was, there were a lot of logs just sitting around.

Three log-migos


Been here for a while

Lincoln Logs



Just around the corner

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

Early this morning I took my camera and dog and just drove around the corner and up the street.  Where we live is not “in town” even though it is in city limits.  There is mostly farmland around 3 sides of us.  Anyway, a mile up the road I pulled over and took pictures of some of the farmland area.  A lot of wheat is grown around here.  It is not ripe yet, but considering the pretty dry spring and summer so far, it seems to be doing nicely.

Wheat field

Trees 'n' Wheat

Old unused silos

Wheat up close

There are a lot of irrigation canals around here.  The major ones are quite large and can almost be considered small rivers.  From those, a lot of smaller canals provide water all over the valley.  There is a lot of control over these, firstly from the amount of water allowed into them, but also how it gets diverted from one place to another.  This canal is only about 6 feet wide, but carries a considerable volume of water. 

Small canal

A typical control station allows water to flow to various smaller canals or pipes.  The water is all gravity fed at this point, having no real pressure.  The main part of the canal continues on, going to the left.  The control wheels will allow water to flow to an reservior at bottom left, or through some pipework to another canal going toward the top.

Canal valves and controls

Some farmers and crops allow for gravity watering.  I did not get a picture of this, but it works by having a canal that is higher than the area to be watered.  There are generally a number of “dams” along the way to keep the water fairly high in the canal.  The crops to be watered have a series of parallel troughs that go the length of the field.  Water gets to them by using a curved pipe from the canal to the ground.  The pipe is dipped in the canal then placed so it curves up and over the canal edge and down to the troughs.  Water is siphoned through the pipe and travels down the trough from one edge of the field to the other.  Depending on the water flow and pipe size there may be a couple hundred in use at a time.

Other places use overhead sprinking.  Because the canal water is not pressurized, a pump is required, in this case powered by a diesel engine.

Diesel water pump

The control valves mentioned earlier are just to the right of the pump.  This unit must pump a lot of water as there are a lot of sprinklers running at once.  This picture only shows a few, but the pipes go the length of the field, about 1/4 mile.  There are about 6 rows of sprinklers running at once.