Thursday, January 10, 2013

Snow Birds


Oh my gosh, we saw a refuge sign and took a side trip on the way, the place was ladened with birds from the north, once the snow geese landed, there was barely room for a crouton in that soup bowl. We are very prone to side trips, we hit pay dirt here....



YES!!!!!! I know these are old hat for some of you but not for me, this is a first, a Sandhill Crane, well more than one....more on the refuge later but I must say it was hard to tear ourselves away. Even though we started out before the first mornings light, the days are short and there is so much to do, so we drove on to Quartzite, oh and we lost an hour crossing the CA AZ border.



This time I thought you should meet some of my friends......... this is Armando from Chihuahua Mexico. He's not only adorable but  sweet and soft spoken, his father owns the Sierra Madre agate mine and cuts the stone, I found some pretty lapis cabs in his booth this time.
*camera shy :)



This is John of Village Silversmith from Boston, I was sorry to hear this is the last time they will be showing here. They have TONS of beautiful cabs and are really a pleasure to do business with.

I am not planning to go to Tucson, it was not my idea of fun, once was enough for me but I'm wishing them much success.



*John, not camera shy when this lady who introduced herself as Queenie begged to get into the shot :)
ha haaa!!



These are my friends Tony and Noyam, they did NOT want their pictures taken, good sports, both of them, Tony is responsible for all the hells canyon stones you see everywhere but he has the most beautiful picture jaspers out there and his work is impeccable.

*Noyam wanted to show you her beautiful hells canyon pendant, notice her picture ring. They live in a refurbished art deco service station in Idaho and their business name is Service Station Gems.





There's always a million cute dogs, check out these little tap dancers. I'm finishing a few new projects and also some orders while skittering around.

Thanks for visiting, xoxo sandhill Ro 

(I've never seen a snow goose before either)

25 comments:

  1. Awesome crane picture, looks like a fun side trip!
    That pendant and ring are both very pretty, lovely stones.

    HA! Those tap dancers are cute! The tan one's collar looks very intimidating, but his little fluffy friend doesn't look too scary though :)

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    1. It was a blast DJ!

      I don't think that small doggie was using that collar, I have no idea why he was wearing it after all it didn't even match his outfit, they really were dancing because I don't think they liked wearing shoes :)

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  2. Oh, you lucky dog! Would you believe that despite my extreme bird nerdiness, I have yet to see a snow goose spectacle like this for myself, nor have I seen even one of those amazing Sandhill Cranes. *sigh* I'm so happy that you and Eric decided to take that particular side trip -- what a joy to see. Excited for more photos of the refuge!

    Looks like you get to meet-up with some really good, friendly folks. And, boy, you aren't joking... that Armando IS adorable. Oh, if I was a younger, more single lady ;-)

    xo

    Glad you're home safe.

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    1. It was something Harsi, I think I need a second trip, one that is more leisurely, I gasped about a million times, no lie!

      There's a wonderful and interesting crowd out there, awww Armondo got married since I last saw him! :)

      xoxo

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  3. I am so thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And believe me, cranes and snow geese--even the Canada geese--are never old hat for me. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! Good for you!!!!!

    And it's nice to see some of my avian friends enjoying their winter. :-)

    Thanks for introducing us to your buddies, too--looks like a wonderful day all around, Ro!!

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    1. I'm holding you responsible for having my feelers up for the refuges Caroline since you are so lucky to practically live on one.

      Yes I'm sure you've seen some of these birds in person!

      Good weather yesterday, rain and wind today for them.

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  4. Arrrmaaanndo. Haha. What a smile!

    Glad you had a fab time, Ro, with all things feathered and sparkling. I think I should get me some of those toe tappers. (The shoes, I mean, not the twinkle toe-ettes!)

    xxx

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    1. He's a cutie, that's for danged sure, super sweet too!

      How bout those dogs in shoes, silly!

      xoxo

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  5. hey sandhill Ro!
    how cute is that!
    We have some cool Cranes up in Oregon...they hang around a natural habitat out of La Pine, OR. The lake is called "Crane Prairie"
    I love the picture of the one in flight, awesome!
    I have to stop by and see your treasures from Quartzite!
    welcome back!!
    :-)


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    1. I think I've been to La Pine Or, the name is so French! he hee

      I LOVE them, I'd sure like to see their mating dance......don't you like the way I'm never satisfied :)

      Your new La Pine will be finished today, lookin good!

      xoxo

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  6. Great luck happening on such an amazing refuge!! I've never seen a sandhill crane either. They winter on the Texas coast too but I've never made the trip to look for them.
    Looking forward to seeing some of your new stones. Looks like a fun shopping trip. Love those tap dancing doggies :) xoxo

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    1. I went to one in Alturas CA last summer but it was way too late. It is closer to where you are Priscilla maybe you could go there at the right time of year and see them, it's a beautiful HUGE refuge "Modoc".

      Awww I'm always a sucker for cute dancing doggies :P

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  7. oh what a beautiful photo the first one is, what a fun trip too! it sounds like a great adventure.

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  8. Thank you! It was Lori, Happy New Year!!!

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  9. oh, ro! you finally saw a sandhill crane!

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  10. Hey, Tony and Noyam! I've bought a fair amount of Hells Canyon from them online but unfortunately, I have never met them in person. They are the sweetest people in the world. Super generous, kind folks.

    I love your jewelry and blog, by the way. Wonderful craftsmanship and design. Photography is great too. You have a new fan here.

    Best,
    Steph

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