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1961 Allis-Chalmers H-3 Pushing Down A Large Tree
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

After Matt leveled the hills around our pond, he was concerned about this tree that had grown at the top of a hill. He decided that it needed to come down!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 August 2008 )
 
The G.H. Adler Farm
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Saturday, 23 February 2008

The G. H. Adler Farm 1949
The G. H. Adler Farm 1949

Gordon H. Adler purchased this dairy farm in 1935. It remained in the Adler family until the late 1950's.

On the stairs of the front porch are Hattie and Ishmael Jacobs, with their 2 young sons, Ishmael Jr. and Gene.

The Jacob's family lived in the caretakers residence behind the main house from 1944 until the late 1950's, when the Adler sibblings sold the farm.

That's Irene Adler sitting in the chair on the porch.

More old pictures can be seen in the The G.H. Adler Farm Album in our gallery.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 February 2008 )
 
Muskrat invades yard.
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Monday, 24 December 2007

Muskrat
Resident Smoky Pond Muskrat

An adult musrat was found looking for food near the house. Matt followed it to it's burrow located about 15 feet from the pond.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 December 2007 )
 
1930 Ford Model AA Stake Truck - Color
Written by The AA Restoration Team   
Friday, 27 April 2007
1930 Ford AAAs many of you who have visited the gallery know, we have been in the process of restoring an early 1930 Ford AA Stake Truck since late 2004. We've made quite a bit of headway in the last few weeks and we'll soon begin the process of painting the cab of the truck.
 
This is where we're asking for your help. What color should we paint it?
 
We've settled on 2 possible colors: Rock Moss Green - a very dark bluish green, or Gray Green - a much lighter color.
 
Please visit this section of our gallery and cast your vote for the color you think looks best.
 
Thanks,
The AA restoration team
Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2007 )
 
Sandhill Cranes Visit Smoky Pond
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Sandhill Cranes
A group of Sandhill Cranes

A group of mature Sandhill Cranes found their way to Smoky Pond this year. During their visit, some of them carried  on with a loud and fanciful mating ritual. It was exciting to watch. Pictures of the birds and the dance are in our gallery.

Here are some links to websites with more information on the Sandhill Crane:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2007 )
 
Bufflehead Ducks Visit Smoky Pond
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Bufflehead Ducks and Ringneck Ducks Swimming Together.
Bufflehead Ducks and Ringneck Ducks Swimming Together.

This spring we have been visited by our semi annual visitor "The Bufflehead Duck". The scientific name for the bufflehead duck is "Bucephala Albeola". This particular duck species feeds by diving for it's food. It has been known to dive as deep as fifteen feet for food. The diet of the Bufflehead Duck is mostly mollusks, the seeds of aquatic plants, crustaceans, aquatic insects and small fish.

Bufflehead and Ringneck Ducks
Bufflehead and Ringneck Ducks

This Spring we found a mating pair of Bufflehead Ducks swimming with a pair of Ringneck Ducks. Ringneck ducks get their name from the ring around their bills and not from a ring around their neck.

Matt and the neighbor Dave have watched these ducks for about two weeks so far this year. The Bufflehead has been a lone feeder for the most part. On the day of the pictures the ducks swam together for a good part of the day. 

Here are a couple websites with more information on the Bufflehead Duck.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2007 )
 
About Smoky Pond
Written by Walter Wnuk   
Wednesday, 07 June 2006

This little pond is home to all sorts of cool animals like catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, turtles, frogs, and the occasional water fowl.

Smoky Pond is a wonderful place to kick back and enjoy a few hours away from the stressful riggers of everyday life. A worm and a pole are all you need to enjoy the challenge of reeling in any number of local fish. Not a fisher person? Take a tour around the pond in one of two people powered paddle boats (try and say that ten times fast), or if you prefer you can turn on the trolling motor, kick back, relax and steer.

If you are lucky you may even see a white tail deer or even the occasional wild turkey. Take it all in and enjoy yourself whenever you are in on or near smoky pond. Smoky Pond is a magical place that restores energy, enriches the soul and gives you a new perspective on life every time you visit.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 June 2006 )
 

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Sandhill Crane Visits Smoky Pond
A group of sandhill cranes visited Smoky Pond for a while. They entertained us with a mating ritual that was very impressive.
 
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