Early Sunday morning, they bribed the birthday boy into going for a swim in the freezing water and freeing the prop.
Also Sunday morning, I was making my rounds, checking on how much the lake had risen - we had over 2" of rain in the past 24 hours - and the water was rising steadily. This didn't deter a horde of hopeful fishermen as they launched their craft with the prospects of the heavy rains bringing about good fishing. I was engaged in a conversation with a couple when I noticed what looked to be a dark shape slinking across the road about 200 yards away. I immediately grabbed my camera and started shooting, and I was lucky enough to capture a few shots of a fairly rare sight. It was a really large and very dark bobcat. I apologize for the lack of clarity in these shots, but my equipment and my ability to hand-hold the camera steady enough was beyond its limits.
Soon afterwards, I arrived home and saw a couple of birds twittering and playing up on our utility pole next to the motor home. Once again, I grabbed my camera and was able to get a few good shots before they flew away, The Eastern Bluebird is a regular here, but I usually can't see their colors because the bright back light makes them look a nondescript black or dark gray.