Sunday, May 6, 2007

Update and more birds

Climbing season is coming up quick. In two or three weeks Kevin, Gabe, Cynthia, and myself will be climbing Mt. St. Helens and I will be sure to post photos of the climb as early as possible. In addition to St. Helens we are planning on climbing Mt. Raineer this summer and there has been talk of one of the twins as well. Also, as some of you may already know, Kriss and I are planning on getting married this summer. As of right now the plan is to climb to the top of Mt. Lassen in Northern California on Friday, July 13 where Kriss' sister Jessica will be conducting the ceremony. This will be an incredibly informal event and all are welcome. The climb is merely 2000' of elevation gain over approximately 2.5 miles. To those of you who are unfamiliar with climbing, what that means, in a nutshell, is that this is the easiest climb of all the cascade volcanoes. For more information, check out climbing Mt. Lassen

In the mean time, I have decided to share some more bird pics, these where taken over the past week at my home.

This female Brown-Headed Cowbird will invade the nest of other species, eat it's eggs, and replace them with her own. The young will then be raised by their foster parents. Talk about lazy parenting.

As with most species of birds, the more colorful of these Evening Grossbeaks are the males.

American Goldfinch

Can't we all just get along?

White-Crowned Sparrow

Rufous Hummingbird

House Finch


Gabe said...

I'm so stoked you guys are getting married on Lassen! I'll be there, of course. I don't think I'm going to rent a tux but I'll put on my cleanest Gortex shell and put a polish on my ice axe! I also volunteer my services as pack mule. I'll make a couple trips up there if need be. Someone's gotta carry the champagne!

addie said...

Yeah! A great plan... I don't want to make more than one trek up the mtn, but I'll gladly help in some other way. Just let me know!

Oh, and Dan - you should contact Gabe regarding his top secret zipline mission. I've already said too much...

knitbot said...

Congratulations Dan (and Kriss!)
Sounds like it should be beautiful....