Archive for January, 2010

9:19 PM

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

I sit here this morning still stunned. Last night @ 9:19 PM something we have dreamed of for 43 years happened. Pigs flew and hell froze over cause the Saints are going to the super bowl.

I think of the unlikely journey this has been, although we have had some good players we never had very good teams. Coaches never stayed long, good players were traded off or just let go. oh there were flashes. The great offense of the Archie era. the Dome patrol of the Mora era. A few winning seasons, a few playoff appearances, but no consistency onyl the thought ” wait till next year”

It is finally next year.

I also think how a rookie head coach came here to a team that didn’t even know it’s future. Brought in a cast of unlikely heroes. In last nights game we didn’t have many true super stars. The QB was passed over in free agency threw for 3 TD’s. A RB that was an un drafted free agent scored two TD’s and a big 4th down conversion. No true fullback but a traded away for a 7th round pick TE blocked and caught balls all night. An offensive line that outside of Saints fans no one has heard of only gave up one sack against the feared Jared Allen and company. A TE that his old team didn’t even allow on the sidelines for their super bowl, blocked Jared Allen to a draw. A main receiver that was a 7th round pick. 2nd receiver that no one wanted in free agency, cause he dropped balls, caught a TD. A kick returner that bounced around the league has a 61 yard kick off return.

On defense we only have 2 N0. 1 picks. A DT that was suspended and no one wanted making Favres life miserable. Two linebackers no one ever heard of that were cast offs in ’06(one recovered a fumble) a middle linebacker his team traded off had 5 tackles, 2 INT’s I forced fumble and 1 fumble recovered. The old strong safety that two teams thought was washed up had the best season of his career.

Then we come to the last unlikely hero, the kicker that was signed at the last part of last season, only had 25 kicks. was suspended for the 1st 4 games. At 23 years of age he kicked what is the greatest field goal and possibly the greatest play in saints history. The same little kid that missed a game winner against Tampa Bay, split the uprights @ 9:19 PM

WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!

Photo of the week & the Tensas River NWR

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by bayouphoto

The photo of the week is another very common bird in Louisiana( and considered a pest). The common cowbird is nothing to get excited about but this photo shows that given the right light even a lowly bird can shine.

Cow bird

Since hunting season is over I able to go on one of my favorite drives. it is to and through the Tensas River NWR. The road I drive is the African flats road through the northern Judd Brake unit. This road starts at the curve by Indian Lake , in Madison Parish. The land for the refuge originally belonged to Chicago Mills lumber company. To get the logs from the swamp to the mill, in Tallulah, required a haul of some 30 miles on a woods road or if was impassable close to 50 by highway. To shorten this haul the company decided to build a road straight through the heart of the swamp. In the late 50’s my dad, Pearl Brown, worked for a land clearing company owned by Mr. John T. O’Brien. They were given the contract to cut the road through the swamp. It was long and hazardous job. Many places the road had to be built up to reduce flooding. The dirt was obtained from beside the route in “borrow pits” pronounced locally as bar pits. they are still visible today.

In this photo you can see the high water mark. it is even with the road I am on.

Borrow pit and palmetto

This photo show a pit ringed by local palmetto, it means little palm. I guess the explorers thought it looked like a little palm tree.

I have a photo, from 1958, of me on the dozer with my dad as he was pushing on of these out. The road today is a well maintained rock road but back then it didn’t even exist.

Cardinal

I was reading some articles on photographing birds at your feeder and came upon a useful tip. I took and old limb, that had a cavity in it, bungee corded it to an old tripod and placed seeds in the cavity. Now the birds can only land one at a time and they tend to stay longer. You can see the cavity just to the right of his feet. It is only 12′ from the blind so I keep movement to a minimum.

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I am not happy

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , on January 20, 2010 by bayouphoto

I got the Acer netbook back today and I have no idea if it works. The battery is dead and they sent back the same AC adapter even though it does not work and was on the service request. They will hear from me tomorrow and will be sending me another one on their dime

Acer

Posted in Software/Hardware with tags , , , on January 20, 2010 by bayouphoto

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you know I had to send my little Acer Aspire netbook back for warranty service. I was notified today that it would be delivered back to me tomorrow. I will let you know how it works when I get a chance to test it.

Photo of the week

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by bayouphoto

I know I am a day late but just got around to it.

Red

This is a tribute to my favorite player and team. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. After that blow out victory last Saturday, they are BACK. I hope they play equally as well this coming Sunday. No matter what the Saints and Drew Brees have put together an unforgettable season. He may not have won the league MVP but to us he is one. That lovely creature modeling the shirt is Red

Unpleasant visit

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by bayouphoto

Today I have to visit my cousin, Peggy. Now, don’t get me wrong normally it would be a pleasant visit, as she and her sister Jenny are my favorite cousins.

The problem is Peggy has been fighting cancer, off and on, for a  years. This week they sent her home with pain meds to await the inevitable.

Now, I must take my two sisters down to see her. I don’t know if she will be lucid but what do you say to the Family? Just a year ago last Sept. I watched my brother-in-law gasp for breath in his last minutes of fighting lung cancer. I watched my dad suffer through chronic emphysema.

I hope the pain and suffering ends soon. I know she is ready to go home, to Heaven. It will be hardest on her husband. They were HS sweethearts and have been married since getting out of school and her two daughters. I wish and pray the best for them

Common Grackel

Posted in Nature and wildlife with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by bayouphoto

The birds are really hammering the feeders. I may have to put them on a diet!!!

Didn’t shoot much this morning but did have a Grackel come in. I loved how the light made the head shimmer.

Common Grackel