October Rainbows

October seems to be the month that the combination of sun angle and weather patterns create the ideal conditions for rainbows at Balsam. When the sun came out after heavy rains this morning, we saw this looking from our deck toward Water Rock Knob. OLYMPUS DIGITAL...

Visitor in the night

Janie saw a bear on East Reach yesterday in the woods near our house. Lexi barked her disapproval for several hours after they returned home safely and then he/she must have decided to investigate what was making the awful noise this morning.

Bob the snake

Bob is a 6 foot black snake and has been hanging around for several years. Twice I have found his shed skin on my workbench in the garage where presumably he ventured in search of mice. Due to Bob, we have seen very few mice. Last July he tried to come into the...


Not many bears so far this spring but this guy visited the Ison’s recently. Note how he reacts to Steve yelling “Git” and runs away 🙂

Fly fishing on the Tuck

Last Tuesday evening I scared some fish with David Kitchens and Mike Nervie. The weather was great and around dusk the trout were rising to feed on the hatches. I manage to catch a couple and several nibbles. All in all a great time and we saw few other fisherman that...

Buzzard attack!

I was working in the observatory last week and looked and saw what looked like a large flock of buzzards circling. After a couple of minutes they all headed off to the south west. Do they migrate for the winter?