Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Thoman Photography dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:52:00 GMT Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:52:00 GMT http://thomanstudio.com/img/s/v-5/u199427068-o642010281-50.jpg Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog http://thomanstudio.com/blog 94 120 weekly critter 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.

 

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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.

 

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Dan

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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
weekly critter, August 31, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-31-2017 I don't think I've done anything constructive this week except go see doctors.  At least I now have antibiotics for my quarterly sinus infection. 

 

Other than that the only exciting thing that's happened around here is the addition of a new family member.  Meet Stash, which is short for mustache.  All you children of the 60's quit smirking.  I came up with Stash because he looks like he has a mustache.  Linda wanted to name him Star Stuff.  I just couldn't see me going outside to call him and yelling 'stuff'.  Stash is a rescue kitty a friend in the neighborhood was fostering and he's about three months old.  Aside of one 'accident'  he's settling in nicely.  Our other cat Lily hates him of course but she'll settle down in a few days.  One thing I really like about this kitten is he knows how to play with us and not use his claws.  There's been no blood spilled, yet.  Although, I was rather unceremoniously awakened about 3am when he chomped down on my big toe.  It's been a long time since we've had a puppy or kitten.   

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) doctor kitten kitty. mustache rescue star stuff stash http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-31-2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:39:02 GMT
weekly critter, August 24, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-24-2017 I hope everyone got to see the eclipse.  If you have solar glasses save them for the next eclipse on April 8, 2024.  Linda and I watched the eclipse from our house where we reached 98+ of totality. It was really beautiful.  We were all packed and loaded to travel to a farm in the path of totality near Greenwood SC with friends from the Deerlick Astronomy village but...no good deed goes unpunished.  Friday we did an eclipse outreach for 100+ 4th graders.  I guess Linda caught some form of  'kid cootie crud' which really zapped her energy.  We decided not to share our 'gift' with friends, so we stayed home.  I don't know if it's a cold or flu but she's still not feeling well and neither am I. 

 

So guess what I've photographed for you this week.  I like the moon swallowing up the sunspots.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy cold eclipse flu moon outreach school solar glasses sun sunspots http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-24-2017 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:55:33 GMT
weekly critter, August 18, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-18-2017 I've finally finished my last eclipse outreach this morning and hopefully have answered the last few 'fake solar glasses' questions.  I'm so angry with amazon and the media induced hysteria I could scream.  And the Georgia (and elsewhere)  school districts that are not letting their students outside to view this historical eclipse...because their scared they might be sued.  But it's OK to let them play football (yes, I enjoy football).  What morons.  We won't have another eclipse like this for 375 years.  

 

If y'all purchased/received solar glasses and are unsure if you can use them you need to put them on in the house and look at a bright light.  It should be totally black.  If you see the light destroy the glasses.  Then take them outside and look at the sun.  You should see a yellow/orange sun and have no discomfort, such as looking at the sun with sunglasses causes.  There have been a few fake solar glasses distributed by a chinese company through ebay and amazon.  You can see a bright light through them inside the house.  If you wear glasses (or contacts) put your glasses on then the solar glasses.  That is, your glasses are between your face and the solar glasses.  Do not use the solar glasses to look through binoculars or a telescope.  They are not made for that and you will be blinded.

 

OK, I'm off the soap box...again.

 

I have two photos this week.  Since were having a miserable heat wave (108 deg heat index on Wednesday when I mowed 4 acres of grass and 114 deg heat index on Thursday while trying to finish what I couldn't on Wednesday) I thought I'd show something cool.  The first photo is of the lake at Vogel State Park.  A beautiful cold mountain lake.  The second photo is of a waterfall in Tennessee.  The pool about half way down looks so inviting.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) amazon astronomy eclipse heat outreach questions schools soapbox solar glasses vogel state park http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-18-2017 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:23:00 GMT
weekly critter, August 3, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/8/weekly-critter-august-3-2017 It's been a couple of busy weeks.  It seems like every school and library within 75 miles has waited until now to request an eclipse outreach program on August 21st.   Not that we could/would have presented a program since most everyone is heading for the path of totality.  If you've not seen a total eclipse it's something rare and beautiful.  We won't have another eclipse like this (one that passes across the entire US from west to east) for several hundred years. 

 

If you're going to watch the eclipse buy some solar glasses.  Lowes carries them for a couple of dollars.  Do not use welders glass unless it's at least shade 14.  Don't use sun glasses, cd's, mylar bags or smoked glass.  If you use anything except solar glasses you will not feel the damage the sun is doing to your eyes and may end up blind.  If you are not in the path of totality you must wear the solar glasses during the entire eclipse.  If you're in the path of totality you can remove the glasses during the 2+ minutes of totality and see things like the diamond ring and bailey's beads.

 

OK. I'm off my soap box.  Enjoy the eclipse.

 

I have two photos for you today.  The first, of course, is of the sun.  There's not much going on the surface of the sun but it's still fun to look at.  We've been at a solar minimum for months now.  There were some beautiful prominences (plasma following lines of magnetic flux) which look like flares coming off the suns surface but my new camera refuses to photograph them.  I'll figure it out.  The second photo is part of Trahlyta falls, the waterfall at Vogel state park.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, July 21, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-21-2017 Linda and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary yesterday.  How time flies when you're having fun.  We started the day in the tree house, our lowest deck which seems to be sitting in the trees, sipping coffee.  Later we went out to lunch then home to relax the rest of the day.  We need to do that more often.

 

I have three photos for you this week.  The first is of a thunder storm taken just outside the door of the photo studio at the John C Campbell Folk School.  I think this would make a good black and white photo.  Maybe next week.  The second photo is of a Rattlesnake Master.  The third photo is of the placard describing the plant, just in case you thought I was making the name  up.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) anniversary deck flower flowers jccfs john c campbell folk school rattlesnake master relax thunderstorm tree house http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-21-2017 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:27:21 GMT
weekly critter, July 14, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-14-2017 ATT finally got our internet up and running again.  It 'died' Wednesday night and started working again late Thursday evening.  I don't know how widespread the outage was but I couldn't get through to the repair dept.  It's amazing how much I use the internet for communicating with others.

 

Other than no internet and fighting with direct tv things have been pretty good around here.  We got to spend time with family visiting from Utah and Wednesday my brother and his wife invited us to come over and have elk burgers.  If you've never had an elk burger you're missing out on something delicious.  In fact, if I had a ready supply of ground elk I'd never make a ground beef burger again.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a bergamot flower.  The photo was taken at the UGA Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center near Blairsville.  My second photo of an old building was taken on the John C Campbell Folk School campus.  In color it is a rather dull photo but works well in black and white.  I really like all the lines directing my eyes through the photo.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bergamot black and white photo elk flower flowers internet john c campbell folk school uga georgia mountain research & education center http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-14-2017 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:28:30 GMT
weekly critter, July 7, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-7-2017 Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th.  We sure did.  Started the day sipping coffee and watching the Peachtree road race. Later we went out to the deck and watched the tubers and skiers.  When it got to hot we came  inside and watched a stage of the tour of france and ended the day watching the Capital Fourth. 

 

Yesterday I spent the day taking the RV to Augusta for a recall. What a way to spend the day.  Today, I had just gotten out of bed and was sipping some coffee when Linda came in to tell me that our water system was leaking. Boy was that an understatement.  The sediment filter had ruptured.  I turned the water off and proceeded to try and open the filter.  Guess what?  The PVC inlet and outlet lines broke.  Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.   So, on to the main cutoff valve.  The broken line was still leaking which I attributed to water in the lines.  After a trip to Lowes and lunch the line was still leaking.  Ok, it  had to be the water heater siphoning.  Two hours later I stuck my finger on the leaking pipe and there was pressure.  It wasn't siphoning, the main cutoff valve had failed.  Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.   So, off to the street to shut off the valve there.  The leak stopped and I repaired everything else...except the main cutoff valve.   I think I'll wait until tomorrow to tackle that.  By the way...Have I mentioned how much I like plumbing.

 

I have two photos taken at the John C Campbell Folk School during my class.  The first is of a day lily and the second is a bumble bee on a St John's wort (I think).

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bumble bee day lily flower flowers fourth of july holiday john c campbell folk school peachtree road race plumbing http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/7/weekly-critter-july-7-2017 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:33:01 GMT
weekly critter, June 22, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-22-2017 I had a wonderful time  last week teaching my photography class.  I couldn't have asked for a better group of people.  We visited Vogel State Park and the gardens at the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center in Blairsville.  Both places are beautiful and made for two fun days.

 

Its done nothing but rain since I got home.  Now the grass at the observatory is going to grow and I'll have to cut it again.  At least with the dark and rainy mornings I can pull the covers up and go back to sleep.  Being retired is great.

 

I have photos of lily's for you today.  The first is a pineapple lily and the second is a calla lily.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, June 10, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-10-2017 I know I'm late again but I spent Thursday and Friday at the observatory cutting grass and with Donnie's help installing two breaker panels and outlets for the RV's.  Woo-hoo, we have power.  We're getting close to having everything finished and hopefully can stop hemorrhaging money.  There ain't much left...money that is.

 

I'll be at the JCCFS teaching next week so there won't be a critter.  Looking forward to a fun week.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a two for one.  An unidentified mushroom with a fly on it.  Notice the two spikey looking things sticking up?   The second photo is of our new Grand Design Imagine RV in its new RV shelter.  Those new chairs in front of the RV are screaming for a new patio.  And so it goes.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, June 1, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-june-1-2017 It's been kind of a busy week.  I'm not sure what I've gotten done, besides recovering from filling 400 feet of trench, but I've been busy.  I was hoping to have some mocking bird chick pictures this week but I forgot to take my camera to the observatory.  That's like forgetting my head (which I've probably done a few times). 

 

I have two photos this week of an armyworm moth.  If I've misidentified it please let me know.  It's hard to see but in the first photo his abdomen comes out and points up, relative to the rest of him.   I would have taken a side photo but it started pouring down rain.  The second photo which is a closeup of his head is actually a focus stack of five photos.  At this magnification the depth of field is less than a millimeter.  So to get an in focus image I needed to change the focus point five times and combine the images. 

 

There are still a couple of spots open in my photography class at the John C Campbell Folk School.  It's going to be a fun week.  If you're not interested in photography they offer around 50 other categories of classes ranging from blacksmithing to storytelling.    https://folkschool.org. 

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, May 25, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-may-25-2017 Linda and I about worked ourselves to death last Friday filling in by hand over four hundred feet of trench at the observatory.  We should have spread it out over several days (or hired someone) but I had a solar outreach event on Saturday and the rain was supposed to start on Sunday.  The rain did start Saturday night and still hasn't stopped.  Saturday evening a neighbor called and said the observatory roof was partly open. Luckily he had a key and closed it for us.  So Sunday we had to run back out to the observatory and check it.  No rest for the weary.  Now I only need to hook up the electricity to the RV (without frying myself) and we'll be good to go.

 

I have two more bird photos for you today.  The cute couple are cardinals and their nest is in the front yard.   As of Sunday, the mocking bird eggs in the observatory warm room still hadn't hatched.

 

You can see full resolution images from all my blogs on my website.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy birds cardinal observatory solar solar outreach trench http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/6/weekly-critter-may-25-2017 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:07:26 GMT
weekly critter, May 18, 2017 http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-18-2017 It's been another brutal week working at the observatory.  Not a cloud in the sky with temperatures in the low to mid 90's.  Monday, cutting grass.  Tuesday, cutting grass, cleaning up construction debris and having trenches dug for water and electric. Wednesday we laid the electric and water lines (over four hundred feet).  Friday, after pressure testing the water lines,  we have to fill in the trenches.  What fun.   I need a vacation.   I still don't know how I had time to do stuff like this when I worked for a living.

 

I have two downy woodpecker photos for you this week.  The first is of a male downy feeding a female downy.  He's trying to show her what a good mate he'll be.  The second is of the male strutting his stuff.  He's sitting on a very dead Dogwood tree.  Linda and I had been nursing that tree for over 25 years.  Last summers drought and excessive heat killed it.

 

enjoy

Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bird birds cutting grass dogwood downy woodpecker drought electric line heat observatory water Line http://thomanstudio.com/blog/2017/5/weekly-critter-may-18-2017 Thu, 18 May 2017 16:07:04 GMT