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weekly critter, March 9, 2018

March 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I've put 50 hours on my tractor and it's time for the first service to change the transmission oil.  All six gallons of it.  I think I'm going to let the dealer do it.  I wonder how much that's going to cost.  The transmission oil is over $20 a gallon.  But it's worth it,  I'm having a blast moving dirt and digging up things.  I might think different when it's 100 degrees and I'm mowing grass.


Make sure you go outside (and freeze) tomorrow morning around 6a and look south toward the moon.  You' see Saturn, the moon, Mars and Jupiter in a line from south east to south west.


I have two photos for you this week.  The first is a  stonecrop sedum.  I really liked the complex pattern.  The second is a flowering quince.  A beautiful flower with long thorns on the branch.  Yes, it got me.





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weekly critter, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's already the last day of febu-ugly.  Actually, the weather here the last several weeks has been beautiful temperature wise.  We've had several days in the low 80's but way to much rain.   Everything is saturated.  I hope we don't go straight into a dry summer again.  The trees are starting to turn a beautiful shade of green and flowers are starting to bloom.  Our driveway is lined with daffodils.   Before too long I'm going to have to start cutting grass at the observatory.  What fun...not.  At least I'll get some tractor therapy time.


I have two photos for you today celebrating spring.  The first is a viola with a bug on it.  The second is a tulip Linda has growing on the deck.





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weekly critter, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A friend of mine sent me this and it made me smile.  I couldn't resist passing it on:


Study of folks living longer than 90

Subjects who consumed about two glasses of alcohol, whether beer or wine, were 18 percent less likely to suffer from a premature death. In comparison, daily exercise of around 15 to 45 minutes only reduced the risk of premature death by 11 percent.

Moderate drinking, however, was not the only activity reported by The 90+ Study that had a positive impact on longevity.

The study also found that those who spent about two hours daily on a hobby lowered their risk of premature death by 21 percent. Meanwhile, subjects who drank two cups of coffee each day saw the risk fall by 10 percent.

In another surprising result, 90-year-olds who were a bit overweight, but not obese, reduced the chances of premature death by 3 percent.


    Have a couple of drinks a day of alcohol
    Drink coffee
    Exercise some
    Have a hobby.
    And a little chubby isn’t bad.  Pass that cheeseburger over here my friend.



I'm definitely living past 90 if this study is correct. 


The result from my question from the last critter about whether you like the color or black and white version was surprising.  Only one person said they liked the B&W version better than the color.  I expected just the opposite.  I guess I overdid the processing.


I have two photos of Linda's currently blooming amaryllis.   The first is named 'apple blossom'.  I don't know the name of the red one.





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weekly critter, February 9, 2018

February 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

What a week.  If it wasn't one crazy thing happening it was another.  Like a leaking kitchen sink and a possessed toilet.  Plus, with all this rain I haven't been able to get out for any tractor therapy.  I did order a new toy (implement) for my tractor.  It's the only good thing that's happened this week.  I ordered a new landscape rake with gauge wheels.  Most people who know me will be on the floor laughing now because they know of my disdain for any product or activity which includes the word 'rake'.  Anyway, the normal price was about $680 but was on sale for $635.  I decided to go for it since I had an additional discount code.  When I entered the discount code the price dropped to $502 ...What the heck... I hit the buy button like I was on a game show and Monday I should have my new toy.  Of course, if next week goes like this week it will end up in Montana.


I have two versions of the same photograph for you today.   It was taken at the John C Campbell Folk School last June during one heck of a storm.  I tried to get a lightning shot but the wind kept blowing me and the camera over.  If you go to my website and look closely at the black and white version you can see streaks of rain drops.  Let me know which version you like better because I'm planning on printing and framing one for the Folk School's charity auction.




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weekly critter, February 1, 2018

February 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We're into Febu-ugly.  Can spring be far away.  I hope not.  I went out to the observatory yesterday to move some more dirt (tractor therapy) but everything was still saturated.  I tried a little bit of earth moving but just made a mess and now the tractor needs some serious cleaning.  I hope y'all had a good view of the super-blue-blood moon.  We had low level clouds and some fog which started to disappear just as the moon dropped into the trees.  It was nice to see the event but not worth trying to photograph.  Maybe next time, which I think is in a couple of years.


I have three photographs for you today.  All three are of Linda's 'Maria Therese' orchid.  It's going to have seven or eight flowers which is amazing for such a small plant.  The first photo is of a bud that's just opening.  The second and third photos are of the same flower.  The only difference between them is the light source.  The first is a long exposure using natural light and the second is a short exposure using a lens mounted led ring flash.  The flower actually looks like the natural light photo.  When taking photos you always need to be aware of the light source.  I could have corrected this using photo editing software but didn't want to take the time.  When I viewed the photos on the camera I noticed the color change due to the flash so I decided to use natural light.  I was in a controlled area using a tripod and a remote shutter release so I didn't have to worry about a several second exposure.  I also always take RAW file format images so if they need to be color corrected I can do it.





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