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weekly critter, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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


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








weekly critter, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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weekly critter, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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weekly critter, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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weekly critter, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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.