Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Thoman Photography dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:35:00 GMT Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:35:00 GMT http://thomanstudio.com/img/s/v-5/u199427068-o642010281-50.jpg Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog 94 120 weekly critter, 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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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.

 

enjoy

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.

 

enjoy

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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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) 1951 dhow djibouti egypt ethiopia family giza gulf of arden holiday new year pyramid relax http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-28-2017 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:52:57 GMT
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
weekly critter, December 8, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-8-2017 Just the type of weather I like.  Upper 30's and rain...not.  I'm ready to hibernate. 

 

I spent yesterday in Athens going to doctors appointments.  Three of them.  I thought that would finish me up for the year but no,  I now have two more appointments.

 

In keeping with may last critter I have two more photos from my distant past.  The first is of the grand canyon taken in 1975 and the second was taken from my Aunt Thelma's cottage looking at the West River (Chesapeake Bay) in 1976, I think.  Thelma and Bernie purchased the cottage back in the late 40's.  I remember many wonderful summer vacations there fishing and crabbing.   I don't remember much about Bernie because he passed away shortly after we returned from Ethiopia.  Thelma, on the other hand, I do.  She was one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the pleasure to know.  She passed away in the mid 90's and my mother inherited the cottage.  We finally sold the house after my mother passed away several years ago.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bernie chesapeake bay cold cottage crabbing doctors ethiopia fishing grand canyon rain thelma west river http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-8-2017 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:12:52 GMT
weekly critter, December 1, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/12/weekly-critter-december-1-2017 I hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving day.  We watched the parade followed by the dog show and some old movies before moving on to a scrumptious meal and of course, a few adult beverages, a nap and a few more adult beverages.

 

I haven't been photographing much lately and didn't think you'd want to see cell phone photos of the ditch I filled in at the observatory; although, I think they're pretty cool. .  So I dug through some old digitized slides and came up with two 'sunset over a river' photos from 1980.  The first is the Chickahominy River in Virginia and the second is the Kanawha River in West Virginia.  Don't you just love kodachrome.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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weekly critter November 16, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-critter-november-16-2017 The holiday season is upon us.  Where does the time go.

 

Make sure you go outside tonight after midnight and watch the Leonid's meteor shower.  If you go out before dawn, which is the best time for the meteors, you can also see the moon, Jupiter and Venus close to each other.  Look east.  I'll be up early because I'm doing another solar outreach at an elementary school tomorrow.  One hundred and twenty 10 year old's.  Oh boy.

 

I have two photos for you today.  Actually, I should say just one.  The first photo was taken by Linda and I turned it into a black and white.  I think it's very nice. 

 

I don't know if you've been to the Joyce Kilmer WMA but it's a beautiful forest in North Carolina named for his poem 'Trees'.  Several years ago many of the very large trees around the main visitors area and trail were badly damaged.  The forest service decide they didn't want to cut the trees down because it wouldn't look natural and they couldn't leave them.  So they decided to use dynamite to make it look like storm damage.   Very cool if you think about it.   The second photo is the end result.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) and black forest holiday joyce kilmer' dynamite jupiter meteor meteor shower moon poem tree trees venus white" wma http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-critter-november-16-2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:52:11 GMT
weekly critter, November 10, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-critter-november-10-2017 One of the kitten's favorite toys is the cardboard tube left when you finish a roll of toilet paper.   He has several strewn about the house but wants a new one after several days of playing with the old one.  I guess we haven't been keeping up with production of toilet paper tubes and when Linda went into the bathroom this morning someone had unrolled almost an entire roll of toilet paper.   When the kitten was confronted he had a smile that said "hey, I was just trying to help out."

 

I have two versions of messier 42, the Orion nebula which is a diffuse nebula in the milky way.  The first version was in a critter back in April and I've included it for comparison.  The second version is of the same data processed with some new software.  Lots of fun for a rainy Thursday.  I only have nine 30 second exposures to work with which isn't much.  So tell me what you think.  Hopefully, I'll be able to collect several hours of data this winter.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy data diffuse nebula exposures kitten messier 42 observatory orion nebula rain software toilet paper toy http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-critter-november-10-2017 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:04:43 GMT
weekly critter, November 4, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/11/weekly-critter-november-4-2017 I've been giving the tractor a workout or I should say it's been giving me one.  I should have bought one 30 years ago.  One of my friends commented "With a tractor that big you need to buy more land.  How big a garden are you going plant for Linda?"  To the first comment I answer NO (preceding adjectives deleted).  To the question about the garden I responded that I did look at a pto rototiller for the tractor and it can be mine for only $2600.00.  Ouch.  Seems like a lot of money just to feed the deer. 

 

I would like to put in a garden but 'sequences' will probably render it impractical if not impossible.  The 'sequences' would include (in part) having Linda pick a spot for the garden which will certainly not be where I would want it.  Then I need a plow to break up the red clay, a rototiller to till the soil, a landscape rake to get all the rocks and stuff out, a load or ten of good dirt, a loader to spread the dirt, till again,  a box blade to flatten everything,  a post hole digger to put up the fence, an excavator to run the power and water and finally something to spread fertilizer.  I almost forgot, a new rifle to shoot the damn deer which I then have to process starting entirely new sequences.  Sequences are fully explained in Pat McManus's book The night the bear ate goombaw.   I dare you to read any of his books and not laugh.

 

I have two photos today.  The first is of a dead tree which was in the perfect spot to be lit up by the sun with the dark forest behind it.  The second photo I just like.  Can you spot the person in the photo.

 

enjoy

Dan

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weekly critter, October 12, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/10/weekly-critter-october-12-2017 It's been a bizarre couple of weeks.  Exploding bottles, several astronomy events and the return of the dreaded sinus infection.   I don't know if any of y'all drink kombucha (I don't) but the bottles can explode.  Linda had a bottle in the fridge at the observatory and it exploded.  Literally.  I heard a muffled whump and went looking.  I finally checked the fridge and this stuff and broken glass was everywhere.  What a mess.  The seeds in that stuff stick to everything and are impossible to cleanup.  Oh, and did I say it stinks.  Last week Linda decided she was going to have some as an evening cocktail.  When she started to open the bottle it went off.  Luckily she wasn't hurt but the kitchen was a disaster.  That stuff went everywhere.  The pots and pans, light fixture, fridge, microwave, stove, oven, cabinets and ceiling were coated.  We're still cleaning it up.

 

Then my sinus infection came roaring back.  I called the doctor thinking I could get another round of antibiotics, but no.  I had to go see the NP the next day.  She poked and prodded and agreed I needed the heavy duty antibiotics and an antibiotic shot to get things going.  The nurse came in a few minutes later with a syringe and I started to roll up my sleeve.  She just smiled and told me to drop my pants and bend over the examination table.  WTH.  I haven't had a shot in my butt since I was a child.  At least she was cute.

 

I have a color and black and white versions of a gnarly root and tree at the base of a waterfall for you today.  Let me know which version you like or if you don't like either.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) antibiotics. astronomy black and white butt doctor kombucha outreach root shot tree http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/10/weekly-critter-october-12-2017 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:17:32 GMT
Weekly Critter, Se[tember 30, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/10/weekly-critter-se-tember-30-2017 I just got finished freezing my credit on all three sites.  Experian and transunion were rather straight forward but equifax was a pain in the butt.  They kept trying to force me to lock my credit rather than freeze it.  The place that should have been easiest (because of their data breach) was the most difficult.   I recommend freezing your credit rather than locking it because if it's frozen and they screw up they are responsible under state law.  If your credit is only locked they are not responsible.  Now on to freezing Linda's credit.

 

Do you believe that it's already the end of September?  Where did the month go.  At least it looks like the temperatures will only be in the 80's this week.  Thursday at the observatory the temperature hit 97.

 

I have two photos today.  The first is something growing out of a stump.  I'm not sure if it's a fungus or a mushroom.  I couldn't find it in any of my guides.  The second photo is of a rhododendron taken in June.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy credit credit freeze equifax experian flower flowers fungus mushroom observatory rhododendron transunion http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/10/weekly-critter-se-tember-30-2017 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:03:56 GMT
weekly critter, September 21, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-21-2017 We're just about back to normal around here.  There's still small stuff to clean up but that's on the back burner.  I guess we would be completely back to normal except for the kitten.  What a handful.  He's either moving at ninety per hour or sleeping.  I want some of that energy.  I think we misnamed him.  He should have been named stinky instead of stash.  That cat can even run the dog out of the room.  Hope he outgrows it.

 

Linda and I went up to Athens yesterday to walk around the State Botanical Garden and have lunch.  It was nice to get away for a while.  The garden did get hammered by Irma but I was able to find a few nice flowers to photograph.  The first photo is of a swamp hibiscus and an accompanying bug.  The second photo is of a surprise lily, one of many names.  It is also called a 'naked lady' because it flowers then the leaves grows around the bloom.  Y'all know I can't pass up photographing a naked lady.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) birds flower georgia state botanical garden hurricane irma kitten lunch naked lady stash stinky surprise lily swamp hibiscus http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-21-2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:32:45 GMT
weekly critter, September 15, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-15-2017 What a week.  We lost power, water and cell service Monday morning well before Irma really hit.  We finally had power restored late yesterday.  Living without electricity wasn't a big hassle but not having water stinks, literally.   Fortunately, we had a good supply of drinking water and could use the hot tub water for the toilet but I'm in my mid 60's and refuse to take a cold shower (as if I needed one).  If we didn't have power back by today I  was going to soap up and go jump in the lake.  This morning it was so nice to take a long hot shower.  Other damage was minimal except for all the ruined food.  In the past when we've had an extended power outage it's always been in the winter so thawing food wasn't an issue.  Since I'm getting old and like my creature comforts I may just have to buy a generator.  It's only money...right.

 

I have two photos for you today, both taken several months ago.  The first is of a bumble bee and the second is a rhododendron.

 

enjoy

Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bumble bee flower flowers generator hurricane irma old rhododendron water http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-15-2017 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:59:54 GMT
weekly critter, September 10, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-10-2017 Just sitting here waiting for the big blow to start.  Actually, my driveway is green from all the leave blown out of the trees.  I hope all of my friends, especially those in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, have moved to high ground.  This storm could be nasty.

 

Animal dynamics are something to behold.  The cat loves the dog (really), the kitten wants to be friends with the cat but is leery of the dog and the dog just wants to be left alone.  However, at feeding time everything changes.  The cat wants the kitten food, the dog wants the cat food and the kitten wants everyone's food, including ours.  What a munch mouth.

 

I have three photos this week.  The first is of the sun.  I figured this was appropriate since we won't be seeing it for a while and there is some sunspot activity.  The second is of a Windward Flare orchid.  It will probably be blown to bits tomorrow.  The last is called 'life is good'.  A glass of wine and a kitten to play with.  What more could you want.

 

Please stay safe.

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy cat dog flower flowers friends hurricane kitten life is good orchid rain solar activity sun sunspot http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/9/weekly-critter-september-10-2017 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:17:23 GMT