Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Black Squirrel and Hopeful Hawk

I had not seen any of the black squirrels that live in the woods between Little Patuxent Parkway and the southern end of Lake Kittamaqundi all summer. I thought maybe they had been spooked by all the recent construction activity, then I spotted this one last Sunday afternoon. And a hawk was hanging around, perhaps hoping for a squirrel dinner. Black or very dark brown, these squirrels are probably a variety or sport of the regular grey squirrel, and they seem to get along with each other when they cross paths in these woods.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

blustery lake; mergansers; a tiger passes by

My eye on Lake Kittamaqundi's wilder northern half catches it on a very windy day yesterday.

 A pair of hooded mergansers found shelter on our lake this weekend in spite of the wind. This apparently is another species that will rest here during winter migration. Earlier this season, I spotted and managed to photograph buffleheads and a lone American coot -- all quite transient and moving onwards only a day or two later in their migration. (Credit must go to a Howard County Bird Club friend for some of these identifications in spite of my camera's limited zoom.)

A tiger passed by as I tried to get a shot of my own modest Christmas tree.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gracey wishes you a Holly, Jolly Christmas

And please enjoy any holiday that you celebrate at this time of year.
Gracey's thunder

Hearing on County Noise Control Exception, Dec. 19

The following is making the rounds in Columbia Town Center. I'm told by a neighbor who is tracking this issue that a specific venue of interest is Merriweather Post Pavilion. Concert organizers there don't want to be subject to sound level restrictions. (I had mixed results with preserving links in the original message when I copied and pasted here, but the main link to the text of the bill included below seems to work.)

The agenda item Howard County Delegation Bill titled Howard County-Noise Control-Exception has been added.  

Howard County - Noise Control - Exception
Submitted by the Howard County Delegation Chairs  

FOR the purpose of prohibiting the Department of the Environment, Howard County, or a political subdivision of Howard County from adopting any sound level limit or noise control ordinances, rule, or regulation that prohibits the electronic amplification of sound between certain hours at an outdoor concert venue with a certain capacity in Howard County; and generally relating to the adoption of sound level limits and noise control ordinances, rules, regulations that prohibit the electronic amplification of sound in Howard County 

The bill's pdf is too big to link to the TC News Flash.  The web address to read the bill is
Public Notice Hearing on Local Bill Legislation   
Scroll down to HO.Co.09-13 (LR 710)  Or, you can email and I will email it to you as an attachment.

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Delegate Guy Guzzone and Senator James Robey, will hold a public hearing for citizen input on local issues being considered by the legislature during the upcoming legislative session. The hearing is scheduled as follows: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

early December lake; the Canadian Armada

I'm planning to make a series of this same view towards the north end of Lake Kittamaqundi as the seasons, the weather and developments around the lake transform it. This shot is from late in the morning on December 1. It looks like one of the last unspoiled views in Howard County, but any readers from out of the area might like to know that my vantage point for this view is on a paved exercise path in front of the Columbia Sheraton; behind me is our semi-vibrant lakefront with its restaurants, dock, paddleboats; out of view behind the trees on the left is one of the nearby townhouse condominium communities; and Route 29 lies beyond the belt of trees on the far shore to the right. (Traffic on 29 is audible from this point and even visible at this time of year.)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

test photo: sculpted

The specially pruned or sculpted plane trees next to the Gehry building on Lake Kittamaqundi, late fall this year.