December 30, 2008

Daisy Face

Isn't this a happy little face?


Gerbera Daisies are blooming during the unseasonably warm weather we're having.

December 26, 2008

Lessons Learned on Water Skis

Sweet Rocket blog reminded me of my water skiing experiences.

When I was a teen and learned with cousins to waterski on the Savannah River, I got up with little ado -- however, I fell and couldn't figure out to TURN LOOSE!

The next time I tried to waterski, I was 40, and mostly did it to show DH that I still could. (I've given up showing DH what a Cowboy I am, eating raw oysters was one of my bravado antics for which my liver thanked me when I quit.) I had trouble getting up until our friend clamped a big hand over my knees and said, "Now KEEP them together," waved to the boat driver and I came right up on the skis, my knobby little knees tight together.

I should have learned these lessons early on:
  • Keep your Knees together.
  • Know when to Turn Loose.

    Knees Together, 1984

    The perception of others was pointed up by the reaction of a lady on the river bank who saw my Cousin Herman skiing in a squatting postition, unable to stand without falling: "Oh, look! He's doing tricks!"
  • December 23, 2008

    Button Tree in Red and Green




    I was so happy with the pink button tree, I made one in traditional colors. I bought beaded straight pins -- couldn't find corsage pins at Walmart. Their last foam styro tree was broken in the package, but all those pins holds the two pieces together.

    I've saved two pairs of Sissy's enameled earrings for 35 years, for a special project. Look for the diamond shape with red enamel in the top two, and the little blue enameled flower at bottom.

    December 22, 2008

    Tying a Package with a Fall Away Bow



    My packages always had a twisted piece on the bottom, and I wasted a lot of ribbon. This is a good thing.

    December 21, 2008

    Garden Traditions: Paperwhites for Christmas

    My mother always forced a bowl of paperwhites for Christmas.
    When I think of it, so do I. They're about ready to bloom, with big fat buds.



    What are your garden traditions for Christmas?

    December 19, 2008

    Button Tree





    9" styrofoam cone covered with pink felt and tulle
    Pearl buttons
    Glass buttons
    Rhinestone buttons and jewelry
    Beads
    Pearl Head Corsage pins -- A box of 144 plus more
    Round headed pins like shirts are packaged with
    Hearts from an old charm bracelet
    Rhinestone pin and earrings that I've had for 49 years.

    Don't Even Ask

    December 15, 2008

    A New Place to Sit in the Garden

    When we were tearing down the old barn, the hand hewn wood pillars looked to be intact. Once they were turned over, time, termites and wood rot had eroded the underside that touched the ground.


    I took the two that were in best shape and made little benches by setting them atop stones.


    In the spring, I'll move them to more appropriate sites among plants and shrubbery. Right now I'm just admiring the ancient pieces of wood.

    December 13, 2008

    Back to the Future

    Someone's blog reminded me that we should focus on the Future rather than the Past. I looked at my blogs. Except for
    Seedscatterer
    and the Butterfly blogs, most of my prattle is about things past: ancient family photos from early 20th century, people who died, early marriage and children; high school reminiscences.

    I'm deleting from my blog Favorites those ladies whose primary goal in life seems to be to die with the most chinaware and decorative household trinkets in a huge house, or maybe two. I'm adding some who address real life goals.

    I just looked at the questions we'll likely be asked in the 2010 census. Many of those address the past. Few ask of plans for the future. Big Brother doesn't process our hopes and dreams, just how we live and what we spend.

    I put a video on my high school reminiscences blog. A group of young men sing
    "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
    They're not ten years out of college yet.

    I'm trying to look forward.

    December 12, 2008

    Full Moon Rising





    The eerie green light at the base of the trees is a security light second farm away.

    December 08, 2008

    Dollhouse, 1950


    Maybe it was 1951, no matter. It was long ago that I got this dollhouse for Christmas. It is one of very few treasures that remain, most having been played with by many children other than myself. My mother did not believe in putting toys away, she believed that other children should continue to enjoy them.

    This dollhouse persisted because it was made of lithographed metal and was kept inside. The plastic furniture disappeared long ago, broken. When I saw the more modern dollhouse of the 1960-1970's era on Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch, I thought of my dollhouse, in the storage building with boxes of Christmas ornaments and decors. It is dusty, but still brightly colored.

    November 27, 2008

    Spice Brownies

    I decided that Paula D's Pumpkin Bars sounded best of the ones I read, but then adapted the recipe.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Beat 4 eggs, add
    1 cup brown sugar +
    1/3 cup white sugar
    1 cup peanut oil
    15 oz. can of pureed pumpkin -- beat until all is fluffy.

    Stir together 2 cups self-rising flour
    2 teaspoons apple pie spice
    1 teaspoon ginger
    3/4 cup golden raisins

    Add to beaten wet ingredients and mix well.
    Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.

    Bake 30-35 minutes.

    They were delicious straight from the pan.
    When they cool completely, I'll add some cream cheese frosting with some flavoring other than vanilla, like rum, or butter & nut, or maybe a splash of Kahlua.

    Rest and Give Thanks



    Happy Thanksgiving

    November 24, 2008

    Typos

    ... there are
    three types of errors, in ascending
    order of importance:
    One: chance errors
    of the printer's trembling hand
    not to be corrected incautiously
    by foolish professors
    and other such rabble
    because trembling is part
    of divine creation itself.

    Two: silent, cool sabotage
    by the printer,
    the manual laborer
    whose protests
    have at times taken this
    historical form,
    covert interferences
    not to be corrected
    censoriously by the hand
    of the second and far
    more ignorant saboteur,
    the textual editor.

    Three: errors
    from the touch of God,
    divine and often
    obscure corrections
    of whole books by
    nearly unnoticed changes
    of single letters
    sometimes meaningful but
    about which the less said
    by preemptive commentary
    the better.


    --from "The Printer's Error" by Aaron Fogel.
    Miami University Press Copyright 2001 by Aaron Fogel.

    November 22, 2008

    Ikey Takes Over the Dog Hut



    Four days after we spent a bundle at the vet's to get Ikey neutered and current on cat shots, he disppeared. He showed up three days later, worse for wear. We had worried he'd been carried off by coyotes or such. He'd obviously been in a cat fight, with a wound on his leg, a droopy eye and a sore on his lip, typical of cats fighting. People around us have huge tomcats, Ikey needs to learn his own ample territory.

    For his well-being, the Dog Hut has been transformed into a cat refuge, but the sign remains. A puppy is in Ikey's future, he just doesn't know about it yet. When Cur lived in the Dog Hut, the front was open. There is now a door with a notch for Ikey to go in and out.


    Ikey shows off his new light fixture, which should put out just enough heat for a furry kitty to stay comfy on freezing nights. Last night with a single bulb, it stayed at 50 degrees, while outside dipped into the twenties.


    Late Note: When the new puppy came to live here, Ikey moved up to a penthouse cat hut atop the dog hut, which he likes much better. It's nice and cozy with a fleece bed and a pink blanket.

    November 19, 2008

    Words that Set my Teeth on Edge

    A person whose spoken language is sometimes grammatically incorrect and whose typos abound, I probably shouldn't mention this, but among the blogs I sometimes browse there are some misspellings that bring out my worst annoyance.

  • A BOARDER is someone who pays to live and eat at someone else's house, or else someone who snowboards or skateboards. I wonder about amateur decorators who mention putting boarders on their walls. Maybe it helps to pay the bills.

    A BORDER is the edge along a flower bed or a strip of wallpaper.


  • WHA-LA is not a word, despite the obvious belief of some young bloggers.

    VOILA is a French word meaning literally, "Look there!" Voila is intended to call attention to something that appears almost as if by magic. It really should have the little diacritical mark over the a, but I can forgive that. Just don't spell it viola -- that's a flower, or a musical instrument.


  • Your is a pronoun that means belonging to you.

    You're is a contraction of you are.

    Speak the sentence aloud using you are if you're not sure which to use in your blog.


    If you see a mistake in my blogs please, please tell me. I'm much better at proof-reading the work of others.
  • November 17, 2008

    Does this mean we're In Style?

    Twelve 'must-haves' according to Style at Home dot Com:
    • A leather club chair • A decorative throw • An ample sofa • A wool area rug • Quality stainless steel flatware • A crystal vase • A 48-inch round pedestal table • Crystal or fine glassware • 500-thread-count cotton bedding • White dishware • A pharmacy lamp • Original art

    • A leather club chair -- do two comfy leather recliners count? I don't sit on mine, so there's a spare when Daddy Senior's wears out.

    • A decorative throw -- we have an electric throw (plaid), a down throw, afghans -- anything warm for wrapping up is kewl with me.

    • An ample sofa -- we've not room for ample. The old hide-a-bed will be replaced soon with perhaps an ample loveseat.

    • A wool area rug -- we don't have this. I'd like one.

    • Quality stainless steel flatware -- I love good stainless. I hate eating with anything less than a sturdy fork or spoon.

    • A crystal vase -- Two tiny waterford vases that I sent off in the mail for years ago, and a large vase I won as a door prize.

    • A 48-inch round pedestal table -- To think that the other day I was thinking we should get rid of our 48" oak table, 35 years old!

    • Crystal or fine glassware -- only for show in the china cabinet

    • 500-thread-count cotton bedding -- all cotton, not necessarily such a high count. I really like a flannel top sheet in winter.

    • White dishware -- I have a whole set of white Hutschenreuther china that I don't think has ever graced a table. I like white Corning Ware for oven cooking, and decorated dishware in addition to white. I love mix and match dishes.

    • A pharmacy lamp -- they amended this to be a swing arm lamp, classic. We have modern swing arm desk lamps, wall mounted swing arm lamps with tole shades in the bedroom (clears the bedside tables for other items) and a regular classic swing arm floor lamp.

    • Original art -- does Daddy Junior's 7th grade nail and string art project count? And Miss Alma's early 70's still life with tangerines?

    It's just another magazine 'list' but I was surprised how many of the items we have.

    November 14, 2008

    Ikey Takes His Vows



    Ikey is at the Vet, Taking his Vows. We'll pick him up tomorrow.

    The story of the Vows goes back a long way. The Priest at her church asked our friend Frances if she would take his dog. Father O'Conner was moving to another parish where there would not be a fenced yard for Valentine. As they discussed the arrangements, Frances thought to ask whether Valentine had been spayed. She said, "Er, Father, has Valentine been, Uh, Er..." He replied softly, "We call it 'Taking her Vows.'"

    Inky went right into the cat carrier, but he was not happy to leave in the truck. I think he suspected trouble.

    October 14, 2008

    Redefining Investment Vocabulary

    NEW STOCK MARKET TERMS

    CEO --Chief Embezzlement Officer.

    CFO-- Corporate Fraud Officer.

    BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake
    himself for a financial genius.

    BEAR MARKET -- A 6 to 18 month period when the kids get no allowance,
    the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

    VALUE INVESTING -- The art of buying low and selling lower.

    P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the
    market keeps crashing.

    BROKER -- What my broker has made me.

    STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.

    STOCK ANALYST -- Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

    STOCK SPLIT -- When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets
    equally between themselves.

    FINANCIAL PLANNER -- A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

    MARKET CORRECTION -- The day after you buy stocks.

    CASH FLOW-- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

    YAHOO -- What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per
    share.

    WINDOWS -- What you jump out of when you're the sucker who bought Yahoo
    @ $240 per share.

    INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR -- Past year investor who's now locked up in a
    nuthouse.

    PROFIT -- An archaic word no longer in use

    October 08, 2008

    Before the Storm




    A giant limb broke on one of the big pecan trees in the back yard sometime early this morning.

    Late this afternoon, two tornadoes passed through the county, missing us. We remain under a tornado watch until 1 am. We are grateful for the two inches of rain that fell during the storm.

    September 23, 2008

    Dear Uncle Buck

    The following thoughtful essay came from my dear JEB. If you feel inclined to copy it, be sure to give credit for the source.

    Dear Uncle Buck,

    “Live a quiet life and work with your hands.“ Is this good advice? The Apostle Paul thought so. This was his recommendation.

    From the viewpoint of an old country boy who has never been able to quietly suppress his opinions, but has worked with his hands, there seems to be something deeply troubling about the way Paul’s advice is NOT being followed. For every person who is working a real job and making a real-buck, there are hordes of people are sitting in offices swapping, trading, gambling, buying and selling that same real-buck trying to make a lot of fake-bucks off of the first real-buck. And they have made trillions upon trillions of fake-bucks. In fact, our financial system is kept afloat by fake-bucks. And there are great hordes who want to steal the few real-bucks that remain, including the government. It seems that everybody has the best advice about what we should do with our real-bucks. And if we don’t give them our real-bucks, we’ll lose them all.

    Are real-buck earners that stupid?

    Frankly, I don’t give a buck. Maybe I’m bucking the system here, but our system is in the toilet. Anybody who wants to steal my real-buck can buck off. They can earn it like I did, by the sweat of their brow.

    It appears to me that our entire financial system, especially Social Security, is just one huge Pyramid Scheme. Do Pyramid Schemes last forever? Obviously, some think so.

    Do you believe that the biggest gamblers in the world should always have their losses forgiven? Should their debts be wiped clean? Do you believe that there is no limit to how much debt the United States can sustain? Is it infinite like the heavens? Obviously, some think so.

    If every tree in Georgia was a fake-buck tree, even in a good season, they couldn’t produce half of what Washington is pumping out every day. I guess it is the fertilizer they use. It is one-hundred percent bullshit - and highly concentrated at that.

    If Las Vegas operated like this, it would turn into a ghost town quicker than Bill Campbell, former Atlanta mayor and federal prisoner, could roll a set of bones. Back in the fifties and sixties, if a gambler didn’t pay his debts, he was taken for a ride out into the desert.

    Personally, I think it is time for a one way, high-speed rail line running from Capitol Hill to the Mojave Desert.

    The empty seats in Washington would be replaced with desks holding computers, which are not subject to obscene salaries, special interests, bribes, lobbying, corruption and Monica Lewinsky.

    Computers certainly could not do any worse than what mankind has done.

    I guess we would have to have one more election.
    What would you vote for, PC or Mac?

    Sincerely,
    JEB

    September 22, 2008

    Canopy Road



    A half-canopy, only on my side. The other side was cleared for a stand of pines and a power line. Then they cleared the pines for a hay field, leaving a narrow line of pines next to the electric wires. Every time there's a wind storm, another pine falls on the power line.

    August 11, 2008

    Crayons

    I could not resist buying a box of crayons during the back-to-school sale. At 22 cents a box, that's less than a penny per Crayola. What a bargain!

    I haven't used my crayons, but I did open the box to see if they still have that slight petroleum odor and to check the colors. Besides the original red, yellow, blue, green, violet, orange, black and brown, there were 16 other colors including apricot.

    Color names are now printed on the paper jackets in three languages, a good learning tool.

    July 18, 2008

    Mama's Vices

    Actually, they weren't vices, Mama just had a little temptation a time or two.

    For years, she told a story about slipping some of her mother's snuff as a child. When it made her sick, she slipped off to the watermelon patch and burst open a watermelon and ate some, which made her feel better. You would have thought that was a lesson she wouldn't forget.

    Years later, she had another snuff story to tell. Older, living alone, she received a sample of snuff in the mail. One cold night, she was sitting by the fire and thought about how old folks used to say how much company snuff was. Mrs. Vencie, Mama's cousin who frequently visited with us for a few days, dipped snuff and always had her little black gum 'toothbrush' with her. So. Mama took out the sample of snuff, which would have been better dropped in the trash with the junk mail, and placed a bit between her lip and gum. Shortly, she was out on the back porch, sicker than a dog, lying on the floor. She said, "At first I was afraid I would freeze to death, and then I hoped I would, and soon."

    Even funnier were her experiments with alcohol. She and Daddy went to eat supper with his daughter Frances and her husband, Lyle. Lyle opened a beer for himself and Daddy Mack, and being funny, opened one for her. Mama would never let anybody get the best of her or embarrass her. She took the offered beer and drank the whole bottle. It was never mentioned in my hearing about how funny the supper may have turned out.

    Years later, she and Mrs. Ethel Morgan went to a really fancy wedding over at Athens. Mrs. Ethel was Mama's Sunday School teacher.

    Champagne was served at the reception. I have to tell this in Mama's voice:
    "Mrs. Ethel and I talked it over. We realized that at our age, we might never again have the opportunity to taste champagne. So we decided that just this one time, it would be all right if we each had one glass."
    "Well, Mama, what did you think?" I asked.
    "Oh, it was so good, we each had another glass."

    Cheers.

    April 24, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare

    April 23: General Interest
    1564 : William Shakespeare born

    According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William
    Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is
    impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but
    church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days
    was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn.

    In 1594, having probably composed, among other plays, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew, he became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which became the King's Men after James I's ascension in 1603. The company grew into England's finest, in no small part because of Shakespeare, who was its principal dramatist. It also had the finest actor of the day, Richard Burbage, and the best theater, the Globe, which was located on the Thames' south bank. Shakespeare stayed with the King's Men until his retirement and often acted in small parts.

    By 1596, the company had performed the classic Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. That year, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, a testament to his son's growing wealth and fame. In 1597, William Shakespeare bought a large house in Stratford. In 1599, after producing his great historical series, the first and second part of Henry IV and Henry V, he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe Theatre.

    The beginning of the 17th century saw the performance of the first of his great tragedies, Hamlet. The next play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see another play that included the popular character Falstaff.
    During the next decade, Shakespeare produced such masterpieces as Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest.

    Shakespeare's date of death is conclusively known, April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.

    April 03, 2008

    It Could Happen

    2004
    2007
    2003
    2006
    For the first time in years, there are no tulips here. Well, there are no tulip blooms here. Some old ones from previous years were brave enough to send up leaves.

    Maybe next year, maybe just a few purple....
    Hyacinths in the second and third photos returned this year; a better investment but they're not tulips.

    April 02, 2008


    Bath's Pinks are blooming, daffodils are fading, poppies are on the way and 'Verbena on a Stick' at the back of the south Rock Bed is about to bloom. Butterflies will be glad of the verbena as the azaleas fade.

    March 18, 2008

    Butterflies are Returning

    This is not the first I've seen, but he spent the whole day exploring. I first noticed him on these pink hyacinths.

    March 15, 2008

    The Runners Up



    I limited my photos for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day to three. You have to stop somewhere. These are the other two that I really wanted to post. One is a closer up view of the white azalea that is tumbling down the hill, looking over a bunch of purple violas in the bottom foreground. The other is a view of the garden on the other side of the azalea trail with the first Pink Charm just opening. Another week or two and there'll be so much color your eyes might cross. Click on the photos to see them full size. Thanks.

    March 14, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955

    Einstein's theories of special and general relativity drastically altered man's view of the universe, and his work in particle and energy theory helped make possible quantum mechanics and ultimately, the atomic bomb.

    In "On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light," which earned him the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, Einstein theorized that light is made up of individual quanta (photons) that demonstrate particle-like properties while collectively behaving like a wave. The hypothesis was arrived at through Einstein's examination of the photoelectric effect, a phenomenon in which some solids emit electrically charged particles when struck by light.

    In a second paper, he devised a new method of counting and determining the size of the atoms and molecules in a given space, and in the third he offered a mathematical explanation for the constant erratic movement of particles suspended in a fluid, known as Brownian motion. These two papers provided indisputable evidence of the existence of atoms.

    Einstein's fourth scientific work in 1905 addressed what he termed his special theory of relativity. In special relativity, time and space are not absolute, but relative to the motion of the observer. Thus, two observers traveling at great speeds in regard to each other would not necessarily observe simultaneous events in time at the same moment, nor necessarily agree in their measurements of space. In Einstein's theory, the speed of light, which is the limiting speed of any body having mass, is constant in all frames of reference.

    In the fifth paper that year, an exploration of the mathematics of special relativity, Einstein announced that mass and energy were equivalent and could be calculated with an equation, E=mc2.

    In 1916, he published "The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity," which proposed that gravity, as well as motion, can affect the intervals of time and of space. According to Einstein, gravitation is not a force, as Isaac Newton had argued, but a curved field in the space-time continuum, created by the presence of mass. An object of very large gravitational mass, such as the sun, would therefore appear to warp space and time around it, which could be demonstrated by observing starlight as it skirted the sun on its way to earth. In 1919, astronomers studying a solar eclipse verified Einstein's predictions in the general theory of relativity, and he became an overnight celebrity. Later, other predictions, such as a shift in the orbit of the planet Mercury and the probable existence of black holes, were confirmed by scientists.

    March 09, 2008

    Mendel Was Right About the Peas



    Midlife Crisis: Can Barbie Hide Her Past?


    Barbie is 49 years old! On this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair.

    Barbie was modeled on a German doll based on a comic strip character. The Lilli doll was marketed as a racy gag gift
    for adult men. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, named Barbie for the daughter of the doll's creator.

    Mattel released a boyfriend for Barbie named Ken in 1961, named for the dollmaker's son, and other characters later. Since 1959 more than 800 million dolls in the Barbie family have been sold around the world.

    March 06, 2008

    Butterflies are Returning

    I rushed out into the twilight to take photos of the hyacinths. It was a point and click episode, because I could see very little. I'd point, click and watch the little window to see if my subject was in the frame. Imagine my surprise when I came in and the first photo of the mixed hyacinths showed something on one of the flowers. The next frame confirmed: butterflies! Two yellow sulphurs.

    I hardly saw yellow sulphurs last year until late in the season. You can see another photo and more hyacinths Here at Seedscatterer.

    Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning

    Today is the 109th anniversary of the registration of the brand name, aspirin, for acetylsalicylic acid by the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co.

    Acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical from the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used in ancient Greece. Hippocrates used it to relieve pain and fever. Used for centuries in folk medicine and known to doctors since the mid-19th century, it was used sparingly because it tasted bed and tended to damage the stomach lining.

    In 1897 a Bayer employee found a way to create a stable powder form that was more pleasant to take. The name came from "a" for acetyl, "spir" from the spirea plant (a source of salicin) and the suffix "in," commonly used for medications. It quickly became the number-one drug worldwide.

    Aspirin was made available in tablet form, without a prescription, in 1915. Bayer lost the trademark rights to aspirin when the patent expired during WWI.

    My Aunt Ruth, who lived to be 88 years old, and Aunt Bertha, who lived to be 99, always claimed that St. Joseph's Aspirin was superior to other brands.

    March 05, 2008

    A New Place to Shop

    We have a new store in town, Tractor Supply. Lots of interesting things to see, but the prices seemed a little high, or is it that I don't get out much and inflation...?

    They had zinc tubs set up with heat lamps and shavings, ready for the inevitable baby chicks that appear in farm supply stores in spring. Rhode Island Reds will be 1.59 and Bantams and Rock Cornish will be more than two dollars. Add the price of feed and chicken wire and it will be cheaper to get your chicken at Kentucky Fried and your eggs at the store, I'm afraid.

    Remember the 'Frog Band' that K-Mart had last year? A metal frog or three, each playing a different instrument and finished in faux patina? TS had farm animals in a band: pigs, cows at 22.99 each. The frogs were 9.99 each, last year.

    We also noticed the big increase in the price of tractor tires, adaptors and valves, and plumbing supplies. I recommend they place a guard by the copper fittings.

    February 28, 2008

    Sky Watch Friday: Hawk

    Blue skies today and crisp cold following a warm weekend and storms early in the week.
    A hawk was hunting in the field beside and behind our house this afternoon. I cropped the photo so you could see the hawk in low flight in the second pic.


    More photos of the hawk follow in an earlier post.

    Hawk, Hunting

    A hawk was hunting in the field today.
    He's the tiny white blip to the left of the tall weeds in the center of the pic.

    I caught a glimpse through the trellis work.

    He really worked the field, making pass after pass in about 1000 foot sweeps back and forth.

    I had to wait while he ate what he'd caught.

    Here he's in a turn near a piece of equipment

    ... and flies past.

    These were the best of what I got. The closer I tried to get, the farther away he moved.

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