A view looking northeast from the springs.
Another long shot of Wingsprings in its surrounding landscape.
A snapping turtle emerged from hibernation this mid-March afternoon.
The "turtle pond" in the middle ground
For some reason found about a dozen empty turtle shells this late March.
Geese flying north. Spring must be here.
A painted or box turtle enjoying the spring.
Building a grade with the new bobcat blade.
An early April meadowlark.
View looking north from along the springs.
These horses caused me to do a lot of walking/running this afternoon.
This is how the new grade from Wingsprings to the gravel road is built.
It would have taken a long long time to do this with the bobcat.
A fascinating confrontation between a rabbit and a bull snake.
Plum blossoms with a full moon rising.
Libby and Anne visited in May.
A group of women from Sioux Falls set uptake tipis one afternoon.
View through a cockpit window toward the Butte.
Participants in the third of four workshops hosted at Wingsprings.
The first afternoon of the fourth and final workshop of this summer.
July 8 Dan and I began the process of framing up the library and garage additions.
The west walls of the library are framed and standing.
By July 12th the library walls were nearly all framed and standing.
In triple digit temperatures we framed up the garage walls.
View south toward the wicoti where sleeping bags are airing out.
The "Tipi Sisters" relaxing in the wicoti.
Notice the rabbit slumbering between the studs of the garage wall?
Jonathan, Dana, Kiki, Lucy and Emma visited from New York.
Lee and Bob visiting from Chicago--and Bob promised to return.
Interior design students and faculty from SDSU visited.
The library and garage walls are framed and awaiting trusses.
The trusses are here, but it is raining.
Cousins Glenn and Berwyn and I swung the first truss on September 24th.
The two-ply trusses were nailed together before swinging them into place.
The camera flash seemed to run up the guy rope of this final truss.
Between the trusses we ran 2x8 purlins to carry the roof sheathing.
Travis on the roof as we began sheathing.
Except for the bay next to the house, the south slope of the roof is sheathed.
Sheathing the north slope of the garage roof.
We still have to build the roof over the bay nearest the house.
House-wrapping the east gable end.
View toward the tipi poles in the wicoti.
On October 11th, Berwyn and David begin framing the connecting bay.
The crew (R-L): Berwyn, David, Zak, Dan and JJ.
Wingsprings sunrise day was October 13th this year. Notice the moon?
The connecting bay's gable end nearly framed in.
Berwyn with clouds beyond.
We finished shingling the new addition's roof on the 16th of October.
Berwyn and David cutting soffit.
Siding the east gable end wall.
Bob (he came back as promised!), Berwyn and David (R-L) at quitting time.
Berwyn and Bob working on the north garage wall.
Mid-November sunset across the hocoka.
Mateo stuccoed the south garage wall and the porch walls.
Not sure what happened to this hawk, but whatever it was was deadly.
Interior of the garage looking toward the east double-wide door.
Early December snow flurry.
New cabinets are a huge improvement in the kitchen.
Brrrr. Early foggy morning frost.
Chopped this hole to obtain a water sample from the "turtle pond."
Cousin Glenn designed and helped build this rolling scaffold.
Lunch bunch: Aunt Marva, Uncle Ross, Mom, Aunt Doris, Sandie, Aunt Opal, Sarah and Roseanna (R-L).
Dan installing his "game camera" along a deer trail by the springs.
Moon rise over the wicoti on an early January evening.
View eastward toward the headquarters from across one of the springs.
Fascinating pattern beneath the bark of a standing dead tree.
Karen and Sonya (R-L) visited from near Porcupine.
Dean practicing with his compound bow.
Late afternoon burning in wiconi's fire pit.
Little Red mowing one of the walking trails in the sanctuary.