------There Is a Time for all things

FTLComm - Valparaiso - April 14, 2000
Come back from Melfort yesterday afternoon I spotted an ominous sign of spring in a field. Dodging off the highway to check it out I discovered a farmer had been preparing a field for seeding, banding the field with anhydrous amonina. The field conditions and readiness for planting in the rich soil around Valparaiso is only in need of sufficient heat to be ready to plant. The snow is gone, the fields are dry and the recent precipitation has made ideal growing conditions. But there is no question, it needs to be warmer.

This picture of the UGG shows the large number of grain block cars lined up two abreast for loading.

Below is group of swans, these guys make their home on the Tundra and had to settle for standing around this frozen puddle yesterday.

There are two kinds of swans the can over fly the prairies, Whistlers and Trumpeter. At a distance it is pretty hard to distinguish the two apart. Trumpeters are less common and a bit bigger, they have a deeper voice and have a heavier all black bill. The Whistler has a wing span of from six to seven feet and flies like the Trumpeter with its neck outstreched. The Whistler has all white wings and if you are close enough can be positively identified with the small yellow spot at the base of its beak near the eyes. The Whistlers make their summer home on the tundra while Trumpeters have being known to nest in the Cypress Hills and near Grand Prairie Alberta. Whistlers can be found in Siberia as well and Canada and Alaska.

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