Pine Grosbeak photo, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Pine Grosbeak, male, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Pine Grosbeak Photo.

Hey Folks,

Sorry for the delay in posts, again. I came in to Anchorage for a few days, and have been sitting, faithfully, at my computer trying to make it start. It locked up during an update, apparently, and then I couldn’t get it to start. I managed to back up most of the data on it, though it took forever. I thought the HD was fried, but it appears no problems there. I’m still working on getting all the programs back up, etc, and it’s taking way too long. I’m about sick of this computer business – I’m ready to head back to the safety of the woods. I’ll take 40-50 below zero temperatures over technology problems anyday. This stuff is too much hassle.

I did manage to take a few bird photos in the park before I came back out. They’re tricky little critters to shoot, but lots of fun. This male Pine Grosbeak was pretty cool, and I managed to get a few images. They’re named a ‘pine’ Grosbeak because they do so love the pine or coniferous forests (I spose Coniferous Grosbeak doesn’t sound so cool a name). Technically, they’re not a true Grosbeak, but a large Finch. The scientific name for the bird is Pinicola enucleator, which is pretty fancy. ‘Pinicola’ translates as ‘pine dweller’. They’re one of the few birds who winter this far north .. all the smarter ones fly south to warmer climes.

For folks such as my father, you have to click the “play” button located directly under the photo to hear the track that goes with this photo. For folks a little more hip than my dad, you get a prize if you know who the author of the track is; composer, track title, and album, please. No googling allowed.



8 thoughts on “Pine Grosbeak photo, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

  1. Carl D Post author

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks man. Backgrounds make a big difference, eh? I like this color with this bird .. and this color also looks great with the female of the Pine Grosbeak too. All I’ll say is that the background on this image is movable. 🙂

    Any guess on the recording?



  2. Mark

    No guesses on the audio there bud, though the guy does sound like he’s had a few.

    Love the pic. Nice to see some warmer tones around here. 🙂

  3. Carl D

    Hey Folks,

    We HAVE a winner. Well, kinda. Some more information would be expected, but, under the circumstances (it’s winter, cold and gray outside), we’ll accept this raggedy answer. Prince, the funkiest man in the world, from the ‘Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic’ album – the song is called ‘Pretty Man (with Maceo Parker)’. Now, rather than ask “Who is Maceo Parker”, I’ll tell you: Maceo is a sax player, and he played, prominently, with James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul’. His brother Melvin was also a member of Brown’s band, a drummer. Maceo’s awesome. He also played with the rock band, Jane’s Addiction, in 1997 on a song called, oddly enough, “My Cat’s Name is Maceo”.

    You should all check out the song, Pretty Man. It’s so cool, and funny, too; – the lyrics are, in typical Prince fashion, all about how sexy and good looking Prince is. My favorite line in the song is, “I write a check and the bank bounce”. Given today’s economy, truth in art, perhaps? 🙂



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