Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog https://thomanstudio.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Thoman Photography dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:34:00 GMT Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:34:00 GMT https://thomanstudio.com/img/s/v-5/u199427068-o642010281-50.jpg Daniel Thoman Photography: Blog https://thomanstudio.com/blog 94 120 weekly critter, August 16, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/8/weekly-critter-august-16-2018 I wonder if we're ever going have cooler weather again.  I went out for a trike ride yesterday after lunch and it was 88 degrees.  By the time I finished two hours (and 11 miles) later it was 94.  I was wiped the rest of the afternoon.  I spent the other night at the observatory and was hoping to have some photos of the perseid meteor shower. But after several hours and lots of 30 second exposures I did not capture one meteor.  In fact I only saw a few meteors not the 100 per hour they were expecting.  Oh well. 

 

An interesting thing I did see and feel (and hope never to see again) was a gigantic insect bloom.  I walked off the driveway to set up the camera and something didn't feel right.  I turned on my flashlight and saw a cloud of insects about four feet thick extending out several hundred feet (I think).  Needless to say I exited the area quickly and set up inside the observatory.  Fortunately, only a few mosquitoes got me and I did have fun watching the bats swoop down and gorge themselves.  A couple of hours later they were mostly gone.

 

I have gone to the 'great' birds this week.  My first photo is of a great blue heron fishing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  The second photo is of a great crested flycatcher checking out our back yard.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, August 9, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/8/weekly-critter-august-9-2018 I went for another 10+ mile ride yesterday afternoon in the miserable heat and humidity.  The only thing that made it bearable was about halfway into the ride a 'sweet young thing' slowed while going by me, rolled her window down and hollered 'looking good'.  Anyway, it made me smile.  I'm going to have start getting up early and go for a ride instead of in the afternoon. 

 

Don't forget the Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend.  Get a comfortable chair, something to drink, look to the northeast and relax.

 

Most of y'all who commented on my high key landscape photo a few weeks ago said you liked the conversion.  So this week I took a photo from Spruce Creek Park near Daytona and did a low key and a high key conversion.  Let me know what you think.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) 10 mile and astronomy black high key hot humid low key observatory perseid meteor shower chair ride trike white" https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/8/weekly-critter-august-9-2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:39:32 GMT
weekly critter, August 4, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/8/weekly-critter-august-4-2018 Yes, I'm late again with the critter.  I went to a 'meat and 3' for lunch on Thursday and even though they said no bell peppers were used in anything I took one bite of the green beans and knew I was in trouble.  I have a food allergy and cannot eat bell peppers.  Needless to say I had a miserable Thursday and Friday but at least I didn't end up in the hospital.  I just started feeling better this morning.

 

Speaking of this morning I did something I never thought I'd be able to do again.  I rode my trike 10 miles.  Woo-Hoo.  Now I'm heading for the couch.  Actually, Linda and I are going to a book signing this evening.  Our good friends the Wibell's daughter Katie (Katharine) has published two books.  We first met Katie and her sister Sara years ago when their parents brought them over for a wood turning lesson.  Now she's an award winning author.  How time flies.  Here's a link to her second book in the series:  

 

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I have two photos today.  The first is of a mocking bird.  We don't see them here very often.  The second photo is of me in spandex sitting on my catrike with my cat.  Yes, my jersey says 'martini'.  The reason I'm scowling is that Linda is not holding the camera properly.  I think she needs to take my photography course at the Folk School.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, July 27, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-27-2018 Yet another busy week.  I'm not sure where the time goes.  I did get to ride my new trike several times with the longest ride being 6 miles.  When I was to riding my bicycle I was used to vehicles just wanting to get by me as quick and as close as they could.  I was considered a nuisance.  Several people told me riding a trike was different but I didn't believe them because of my many thousands of miles on a bike.  Well, I was wrong.  Now I'm more of a curiosity.  Most people smile and wave and are very careful going around me.  Go figure.

 

I have two photos this week.  The first is a landscape taken at the John C Campbell Folk School which I converted to black&white.  Normally,  my B&W conversions are dark and moody.  This time I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try a 'high key' conversion.  What do you think?  I'm not sure I like it.  My second photo is of a five line skink doing what skinks do...eating bugs.  He's going to have a heck of meal with this roach.  If you look close there are parasites (I think) just behind his leg.  Maybe they're just bumps.

 

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Dan

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weekly critter, July 20, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-20-2018 It's been a crazy busy week with doctor appointments, animal problems, errands and to much stuff to even think about.  However, on the bright side of the news Linda and I have been together since 1979 and today is our 33 wedding anniversary.  Wow, how time flies.  To celebrate we decided to take the day off and do as little as possible.  Linda is doing her needle point and I'm recovering from my tricycle ride.  I picked up the recumbent trike Wednesday evening.  It's a Catrike Villager in beautiful green.  I rode four miles on Thursday and five miles today.  My legs feel like jelly but that cold beer at the end of the ride makes everything all right.  Not my former 30+ mile bike rides but 'I'll be back'.

 

I have three photos for you today and guess what they are...my trike of course.  Spoiler alert,  next week you may be exposed to a photo of me wearing spandex on my trike.  If I remember (which means 'can I get it on')  I'll wear my 2004 MS 150 jersey.  Kevin/Morris do you remember that 150 kilometer ride?

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) 33 years animals anniversary catrike catrike villager doctors MS 250 recumbent trike trike https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-20-2018 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:33:23 GMT
weekly critter, July 12, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-12-2018 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.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, June 14, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-june-14-2018 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.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) bug do not call flower flowers persimmon tekemarketer https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-june-14-2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:47:01 GMT
weekly critter, July 5, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-5-2018 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.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) butterfly fireworks flower flowers folkschool food jccfs july 4th swallowtail https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter-july-5-2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:36:54 GMT
weekly critter, June 22, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/7/weekly-critter 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.

 

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Dan

 

 

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weekly critter, May 31, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-31-2018 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.

 

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Dan

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy beer chinese italian jupiter lunch mexican msg observatory rain sun https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-31-2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 19:54:46 GMT
weekly critter, May 24, 2018 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-24-2018 I'm really getting tired of all this rain.  The only thing I've done at the observatory last month is have some 'tractor therapy' time and not to much of that.  I went out Monday to spread seed and hay.  Everything was to wet to do anything else.  Linda and I went out yesterday to finish up the hay spreading and plant some trees/bushes.   I showed Linda how to operate the tractor and I think she really enjoyed it.  We had just started to spread the last six bales of hay when it started to rain (surprise, surprise).  We decided to have lunch and wait it out.  The rain did stop and we started started back at it.  It only took about 10 minutes for it to start pouring.  Since it wasn't thundering we decided to finish.  An hour later we were soaking wet, half covered with hay and the other half covered with mud.  What fun, it was like being a kid again.  Wet and dirty.  It reminded us of a few camping trips.  We sat down for a few minutes and watched the rain then toweled off and drove home.

 

The two photos I have for you today are of Linda driving the tractor.  The big building in the background is what Linda refers to as the "walmart distribution center" and is the reason we're planting trees and bushes.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy camping hay mud observatory rain seed tractor https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-24-2018 Thu, 24 May 2018 18:56:52 GMT
weekly critter, May 17, 2018 https://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 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/5/weekly-critter-may-17-2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 20:35:13 GMT
weekly critter, May 11, 2018 https://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.

 

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Dan

 

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weekly critter, May 3, 2018 https://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.

 

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Dan 

 

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weekly critter, April 26, 2018 https://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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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) butterfly cat driveway eggs giant swallowtail gravel landscape observatory rain stash tractor https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-26-2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:45:44 GMT
Weekly Critter, April 18, 2018 https://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.

 

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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 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-18-2018 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:17:20 GMT
weekly critter, April 14, 2018 https://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.

 

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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 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-14-2018 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:49:07 GMT
weekly critter, April 6, 2018 https://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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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) dishwasher flower flowers laptop microsoft observatory onion pea plumbing spigot toilet https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/4/weekly-critter-april-6-2018 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:51:42 GMT
weekly critter, March 30, 2018 https://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.

 

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Dan

 

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dlthoman@bellsouth.net (Daniel Thoman Photography) astronomy bluet dandelion flower flowers grading grass mud observatory rain tractor https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter Fri, 30 Mar 2018 18:09:18 GMT
weekly critter, March 9, 2018 https://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 https://thomanstudio.com/blog/2018/3/weekly-critter-march-9-2018 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:50:54 GMT