Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Thoman Photography dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) Thu, 17 May 2018 20:35:00 GMT Thu, 17 May 2018 20:35:00 GMT http://thomanstudio.com/img/s/v-5/u199427068-o642010281-50.jpg Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog 94 120 weekly critter, May 17, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-17-2018 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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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds charlie elliott wildlife drought festival flower flowers grub orchid outreach rain wren http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-17-2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 20:35:13 GMT
weekly critter, May 11, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-11-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, May 3, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-3-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan 

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) andromeda cassiopeia cepheus deerlick astronomy village ethiopian king greek mythology observatory spring http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-3-2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 16:45:44 GMT
weekly critter, April 26, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-26-2018 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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Dan

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Weekly Critter, April 18, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-18-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bee cold flower flowers japanese maple lowes observatory shorts wall warm room wasp weather http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-18-2018 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:17:20 GMT
weekly critter, April 14, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-14-2018 How did it get to be Saturday already?  As far as plumbing goes one problem is an irritation,  two problems make you angry and by the time you have three or four problems all you can do is laugh.  Of course, a couple of gin and tonics helped my disposition.  I was going to just replace the damaged drain hose but Linda wanted all the hoses replaced since I already had the dishwasher pulled out.  I said that would cost a lot of money, that I was not interested in spending two days taking a dishwasher apart and it would be much easier to buy a new appliance.  She said OK...Sneaky girl.  Now we have a new dishwasher which is OK since I think the old one was 16 years old. 

 

We had our annual zombie party at the deerlick astronomy village the 12th through the 14th.  It's named for how the people look after three long nights of observing.  It was kind of a bust this year.  Thursday night started well but the skies turned turbulent and the once pinpoint stars looked like a light through churning water.  Friday and Saturday were cloudy.  Oh well, that's how it goes with astronomy.  Before the atmosphere got all soupy I did get to try my new eyepiece.  It's an Explore Scientific 82 degree 30mm eyepiece which provides 93x magnification.  The view was stunning.  I now have a new favorite eyepiece.

 

Friday wasn't a bust for me.  I got to play 'Tom Sawyer'.  A friend wanted to try out the tractor and by the time he left he had moved a large pile of dirt to Linda's 'bird blind' and raked a large area to make it flat.  He left with a big smile on his face.  Tractor therapy.  The first picture is of Mike on the tractor.  Yes, he was having fun.  My second photo is of a columbine, one of my favorite flowers.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy columbine dirt dishwasher eyepiece flower flowers landscape rake observatory plumbing rake tractor tractor therapy http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-14-2018 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:49:07 GMT
weekly critter, April 6, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-6-2018 We had the plumbing poltergeist visit last Saturday.  I was drinking my coffee while trying to get my laptop to work.  Microsoft had just updated windows and of course I was once again staring at the black screen of death.  Then I heard a commotion in the bathroom.  It seems the float hung up after the last flush and water was pouring out of the tank.  Luckily Linda heard the water and got the supply line turned off.  Ok, problem fixed and I was back to the computer.  Linda was in the kitchen and called “Dan, come look at this.”  Yikes what’s the problem now?  The problem was that the dishwasher was leaking all over the kitchen and dining room floor.  So I pulled the DW out and find that the drain hose had failed.  Great.  Next, I was in the powdering room washing my hands and water started squirting out from the spigot handle.  Damn.  And finally, I was in the kitchen cooking (we were having friends over for dinner).  As I started to clean up my mess the sink wouldn’t drain.  Really...I couldn’t make this stuff up.  By the way, have I said recently that I hate plumbing. 

 

As a followup we decided to install a new dishwasher since the old one was 16 years old,  were going to replace the toilet (it never really worked right),  and the leaky fixture is 30 years old so it's time for a new one.  It took me three days to get the computer working again.



I have two photos of wild flowers taken at the observatory. The first is a wild beach pea and the second is an onion flower.



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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) dishwasher flower flowers laptop microsoft observatory onion pea plumbing spigot toilet http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-6-2018 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:51:42 GMT
weekly critter, March 30, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter I finally received all the paperwork I needed to finish my taxes and they're now done and ready to file.  Since Linda is over 65 and I'm slightly under we had no state tax to pay.  Yea. 

 

I spent a couple of days at the observatory, not observing but as usual working on the drainage problems.  Hopefully, the grass along the road will grow quickly and will take care of one problem.    It's been hard to do any grading because of all the rain which turns the Georgia red clay into muck that wants to suck the tractor in up to the axle.  I haven't been stuck yet but very close.

 

I have two photos of wildflowers for you today.  Both were taken at the observatory.  Last year I had over an acre covered with wildflowers and I hope they bloom again this year.  Not just because they're beautiful but that's an acre I don't have to mow until the flowers die.  The first photo is of a small dandelion.  I know most people don't like dandelions but I do.  The second photo is of a bluet.  A tiny but pretty flower that's less than 1/4 inch across.  I know these aren't the sharpest photos but the wind was blowing like crazy.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bluet dandelion flower flowers grading grass mud observatory rain tractor http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter Fri, 30 Mar 2018 18:09:18 GMT
weekly critter, March 9, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter-march-9-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy dirt flower flowers grass moon mowing pattern quince sedum tractor http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter-march-9-2018 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:50:54 GMT
weekly critter, February 28, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-28-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bug flower flowers grass observatory rain spring tractor therapy tulip viola http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-28-2018 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:40:00 GMT
weekly critter, February 20, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-20-2018 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.

Summation

    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.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/221438/20180220/drinking-alcohol-helps-better-than-exercise-if-you-want-to-live-past-90-years-old.htm

 

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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) alcohol amaryllis apple blossom coffee exercise flower flowers hobby living past 90 smile http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-20-2018 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:35:23 GMT
weekly critter, February 9, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-9-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) black and white charity color folk school implement john c campbell folk school kitchen sink landscape rake plumbing rain rake toilet tractor http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-9-2018 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:51:54 GMT
weekly critter, February 1, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-1-2018 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.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy flash led light maria therese moon mud observatory orchid rain raw tractor tractor therapy tripod http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/2/weekly-critter-february-1-2018 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:55:34 GMT
weekly critter, January 28, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-28-2018 It's been so long since I've used my observatory for celestial viewing I think I've forgotten how.  Actually,  I took a break while moving dirt last week to look at the sun.  Nothing was happening.  I think we're heading for a solar minimum.  Plus the seeing was so bad I'm surprised I found the sun (it's harder than you think).

 

While I'm talking about astronomy we're having a rare and beautiful celestial event occurring Wednesday morning.  We'll be able to view a super, blue, blood moon.  It's super because it's orbit will bring it very close to earth so it will appear large and bright.  It's blue because this will be the second full moon this month.  It's blood because there will be a total lunar eclipse which will make the moon edges appear red...Wow.  Go outside around 6:30a Wednesday morning and look at the western horizon.  Everything should  happen around 6:45a.  No, you don't need any special eye protection.

 

I have two photos for you today and of course they're of the moon.  The first photo shows a video composite I did trying to obtain more surface detail.  The dark crater near the top-right is Plato and the lighter one (lower-left)  in which you can see the central uplift is Copernicus.  The second photo is of a beautiful full moon.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter, January 19, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-19-2018 I don't think my heat pump has shut off in weeks.  Can't wait for the next electric bill...ouch.  We just had a typical snowstorm for this area.  About 2 inches of snow half of which melts when it hits the ground and refreezes into ice.  This Sunday it's supposed to be in the upper 60's and I wonder why my sinuses are so bad.  I want my spring.  ATT struck again.  This is the third time a connector at the top of the telephone pole has "come loose."  We lost phone service on Thursday and didn't get it back until Monday.  Originally, they said it wouldn't be fixed until Wednesday.  What service.

 

I have two photos today.  Remember the photo of the cute little kitten sitting on Linda's lap?   My first photo is of the 'no longer' little kitten.  The flower pot behind him is 12 inches tall.  He was an absolute riot playing in the snow.   I was sure he was going to slide off the deck.  The second photo is of a snow crystal.  I just couldn't resist.  It's been a couple of years since we've had snow.  Someday I'll be ready for it and have an outside studio set up so I can photograph snowflakes.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) cat cold heat pump ice kitten snow spring http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-19-2018 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:28:34 GMT
weekly critter, January 12, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-12-2018 Well, I'm all excited.  I purchased a set of pallet forks for my tractor.  I'm not sure what I'll do with them but everyone said I needed them.  Actually, I thought that forks were only good for lifting things but according to the youtube videos they are the best thing since sliced bread for lifting, moving, clearing brush, digging, removing stumps and as a platform for working off the ground.  I'll probably attach a sheet of plywood to them to paint the observatory and promptly fall off.  I think I've watched every compact tractor related video ever made.  Yes, I'm becoming a youtube junkie but what's there to do on a rainy day when I can't play in my shop?

 

The second thing I'm excited about is my website has over 20,000 hits.  Woo Hoo.

 

I have two photos of a killdeer for you today.  These birds are all over the Deerlick Astronomy Village.  The first photo shows him strutting his stuff and in the second he's showing me what he thought of me after I took his picture.  I can't wait for spring when the bluebirds and purple martins show back up.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds deerlick astronomy village killdeer observatory pallet forks rain tractor youtube http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-12-2018 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:36:51 GMT
weekly critter, January 4, 2018 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/1/weekly-critter-january-4-2018 I'm retired.  Weeks aren't supposed to be this busy (or cold).   I did get some good news today.  My heart is pumping much better than six months ago and I'm out of the danger zone (barely).  Time to celebrate.

 

I hope y'all got everything you wanted for Christmas.  I got a set of pallet forks for the tractor and can't wait to try them out.

 

I have two photos for you today.  The first is called Playing With Petunias.  I haven't done anything artsy like this in a while and it was to cold to go outside and play.  That's the actual photo I took.  It was not modified in photoshop and had very little processing in lightroom.  The second photo I took several years ago and it always makes me smile.  Grandad teaching grand daughter how climb on a tree with an uncomfortable dad a few feet away 'just in case'.  The wisteria  also reminds me of spring and warm weather.  Come on spring.

 

I almost forgot to wish everyone a happy new year.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, December 28, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-28-2017 This is the last critter of the year and I haven't taken any photos in the last week.  Linda and I have just been relaxing and enjoying the holidays.   As a consequence, I decided to look through the slides from when my family was in Ethiopia and picked out two from 1951.  The first photo is a dhow (I think) taken looking out over the Gulf of Arden in Djibouti.  I've always liked boats and this one looked pretty cool.

 

The second photo was taken on the Giza Plateau in Egypt.  That's my mother, father and older sister and brother on the camels.  Back then you could walk up and touch the pyramid.

 

Have a safe New Year.

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Dan  

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weekly critter, December 24, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-24-2017 I decided to wait until today send out the critter so I could say Merry Christmas Eve.  We hope everyone has a happy holiday week and stays safe.

 

I took the first photo when I went out to feed the birds yesterday and this fellow was looking at me from the deck post.  Doesn't he know he's supposed to be hibernating?  Of course, it was 70 degrees out.  Our back yard has been covered with woodpeckers lately.  Their all pairing up for next year's festivities.  Our pileated woodpecker is back so you know I had to get a photo of him (I think it's a male).

 

happy holidays

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) anole bird birds christmas hibernate holiday pileated woodpecker safe http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-24-2017 Sun, 24 Dec 2017 21:19:05 GMT
weekly critter, December 14, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-14-2017 I hope everyone went out and looked at the geminids meteor shower last night.  It was a beautiful night.  I been having a lot fun with the tractor. You know, boys with toys.  The property at the observatory is looking a lot better.  I didn't realize how deep the ditch in the lower part of the property was.  Over four feet.  I'm glad I didn't try to mow over it.  There were several other holes around the property,  I called them ankle breakers or leg breakers depending on how deep they were.   I'm filling them as I find them.

 

I have two photos of a Christmas cactus for you today.  It bloomed orange this year rather than red.  The first photo is looking at the front of the flower and the second is looking at it from underneath.  The underneath photo was easy because of the way the cactus laid over the side of the pot.  The  difficult shot was of the front.  No, I didn't end up in traction but had to use several ice packs and an adult beverage (or two) before I felt better. Speaking of Christmas...it's eleven days away.  No, I haven't finished my shopping.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) adult beverage astronomy cactus christmas ditch geminids meteor observatory shopping shower tractor http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-14-2017 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:17:09 GMT