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weekly critter, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We're finally getting some rain around here.  It seems like it either rains for weeks or we're in a drought.  The Charlie Elliott Astronomy Club is doing an outreach event at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Preserve on Saturday from 10a to 2p.  It called Keeping Georgia Wild and is loads of fun for the entire family.  There's food, exhibits (creepy crawlies), fishing and a myriad of other things the see and do. Generally they're around 1500 to 2000 which attend.  And did I mention that it's free.


I have three photos this week.  The first is of the column of a Little Emperor orchid.  I really like doing closeup's of flowers and love the colors in this one.   The second is of a Carolina wren on a log with a columbine (from last week) in the foreground.  The third is a closeup of the wren showing it has a grub in it's beak.





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weekly critter, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a busy week.  Tuesday I replaced a snapped cable on the garage door opener.  What a pain.  It should have been a one hour job.  About two hours into it I was thinking that we should of had a new one installed.  But since it's only 30 years old I decided to persevere and now it works smother than ever (the cable had been run under rather than over a brace).  Have I said I'm cheap?   Wednesday and Thursday I spent at the observatory landscaping which means I'll have to spend Friday and Saturday recovering.  The critter is about as ambitious as I'm going to be today.


Once again, I'm going to be teaching my 'Up Close and Personal' class at the John C Campbell Folk School the last week of June.  Everyone form beginner to expert is welcome.  The Folk School is like camp for adults with great food and lots of fun interesting people.  Check it out at    https://www.folkschool.org/


I have two photos for you today.  The first is of a tufted titmouse.  I don't like all the branches but I do like the composition.  The second photo is another one of my favorite flower, a columbine.





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weekly critter, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I can't believe it's May already and where did spring go?  The temperature is supposed to be in the upper 80's today.  Yuck.  I much prefer the 70's.  I've named our property at the Deerlick Astronomy Village after the constellation Cepheus.   Cepheus was the ancient Greek name for the constellation of the Ethiopian King who married Cassiopeia and had a baby they named Andromeda.  I thought is was appropriate since I was born in Ethiopia.  So much for today's mythology lecture. 


I have three photos taken yesterday at Cepheus looking out over the property.   I really like all the wild flowers which are blooming and I won't cut these two acres until after they've finished blooming.  Right now the most prominent flowers are yellow but they're a lot of red, blue, white and purple flowers which don't show very well in these photos.  The pond is just the other side of the small pine trees in the second photo.









weekly critter, April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I couldn't believe the rain/wind storm we had Monday night.  We've had two 100 year rain events in the 30 years we've lived here and this is the first time part of our driveway has washed away. We also have a new ditch running down the hill from the shop. Walking around the neighborhood it looks like several other people had the same problems.  Lots of driveways are now part of the yard.  I should put up a sign at our entrance that says 'tractor work available'.  Tomorrow I'm heading out to the observatory.  I'm dreading to see what the storm did to the newly landscaped areas.


I have two photos for you today.  The first is of a female giant swallowtail laying eggs.  If you look close you can see the tiny white eggs on the leaf.  The second photo is of Stash doing one of his favorite things.  Relaxing and grooming.  His other favorites activities are sleeping, eating and bouncing off the walls like a crazy animal.  I can't believe how big he's gotten.  And yes, he's still a mama's boy.




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Weekly Critter, April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Just not sure about the weather.  It was 36 degrees yesterday morning.  It's mid April and I'm supposed to be wearing shorts.  I'm heading out to the observatory on Friday to rip out the garbage lowes sold me for the walls in the warm room.  I was going to try and live with it but with the changes in humidity the garbage walls started to buckle and warp.  I'm way to OCD to put up with that.  Once new walls are put up I can paint and put down carpet.  I should have had the warm room finished six months ago.  Now I guess it'll be a cool room until next winter. 


I have two photos of a Japanese maple today.  We were on the deck puttering around when Linda said I needed to look at the maple.  The overhead sun shining directly on some of the leaves turned them a bright orange where other leaves were a deep red.  I thought it made an interesting photo.  The second photo has a bee and a wasp on the maple's flowers.





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