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weekly critter, July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I was out at the observatory on Monday doing what I usually do.  Cutting grass.  I cut it before teaching at the folk school so in less than two weeks it had grown about two feet.  Four hours in 95 degree heat and I was whooped.  To whooped to even do much observing on the first clear night in months.  I think I'm going to start going out for observing then cut the grass the next day (duh).

 

I think I'm going to be back in the cycling world by this weekend.  Linda got tired of me moaning every time I walked through the garage and looked at my bicycle.  So last week we went to a bicycle shop in Augusta and looked at recumbent trikes.  Why a recumbent trike?  Easy, it's much more difficult to fall off a tricycle than a bicycle.  After a week of trying to get over 'sticker shock' I finally ordered a Catrike Villager.  Linda wanted me to get an electric pedal assist trike in case I started having some problems while out riding but I felt I was still to macho for a pedal assist.  We'll see how it goes (she's probably right, as usual). 

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is of some pretty shoals near Leatherwood falls in North Carolina.  The second photo is a B&W conversion of an approaching storm at the John C Campbell Folk School.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, June 14, 2018

July 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I just got through reporting this weeks 70+ telemarketer phone calls to the 'do not call' complaint website.  I doubt it will do any good but it makes me feel better.  I looked up some data on the FTC website and it appears that about two million complaints (which seems very high) are filed each day.  It amazes me that these people (and I use the term loosely) think this tactic will work.  

 

I have two photos of a persimmon flower for you today.  Can you spot the bugs antenna?  It's coming out under the stamens in the second photo and pointing down on the middle right.

 

enjoy

Dan

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weekly critter, July 5, 2018

July 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hope everyone had a fun 4th.  Linda and I relaxed, ate and drank the day away then we watched fire works.  We should have more days like that.  My photography class at the folk school last week was really fun.  It was a small class so I was able to spend more time with each student and we all learned lots of 'stuff'.   I always figure I won't gain any weight eating all the good folk school food since we walk so much.  But, it never seems to work out that way.  I gained three pounds last week.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a hibiscus taken on the folk school campus right in front of the building I was staying in.  It's a beautiful campus.  The second photo was taken at Leatherwood falls near Brasstown NC.  I don't know what was attracting the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (yellow) or the Pipevine Swallowtail (blue) but they stayed for over an hour while the class photographed them.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, June 22, 2018

July 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a crazy-busy week and next week I'll be at the John C Campbell Folk School teaching my photography class.  Yesterday I went out to the observatory to cut grass since I wouldn't be able to get back to it for two weeks.  Ninety five degrees and four acres of grass.  It's no wonder I don't feel like moving today.  It's a short 'critter' this week because I still need to arrange a last minute astronomy outreach program and get packing for next week.

 

I have two photos for y'all today.  The first is another bumble bee.  I don't know why but these guys fascinate me.  The second photo is of a female finch.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

 

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weekly critter, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I can't believe I haven't taken a photograph in over a week.  I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms.   Linda and I tried to go out to lunch today.  Talk about striking out.  The first restaurant which Linda wanted to go to was Italian.  It wasn't open,  the second was a new Mexican.  They didn't have a beer license yet.  On to a Chinese restaurant we've been going to for years.  There were new owners and we had been warned not to go back.  Should have listened.  I've been MSG'ed.  Dry mouth, headache, bloated and feel like an elephant did a cha-cha on my stomach.

 

I was looking at some old photos and decided that since it's been raining for quite a while that I would post a photo of the sun in case anyone has forgotten what it looks like.  Along the same line Jupiter and Mars should be spectacular this summer.  Lest hope we can actually see them some time.

 

enjoy

Dan

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