Saturday, April 30, 2011
New storm video from my back porch, near midnight, 28 April 2011. Edited from about 6 minutes of shooting.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Was over at Publix today, something caught my eye in the parking lot. Pretty sweet looking machine...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
VERY EARLY MORNING
Up before the sun...
...filled cups of dirt, cut using a few new hints from the web,
staked out another 30 potential bushes.
Then waited with a cuppa and a ciggie for the birds to show up. Chose a new position for a better shot of that Red Headed Wood Pecker...
...but I think that kept him and most of them away- too close and exposed. But did get a couple of other birds...
...including a bright red cardinal that drops by rarely, though he stayed off in the bushes.
Took a careful quiet slow step to the other side to see if the yard bunny had come out, but no... but as I went back in, there he was, on the other side of my van on the mowed side- out of line of sight of where I had been sitting... shy, but quite aware...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
BIG HEAD JUD!
While at Epcot last week (two weeks?) with Jeni and her daughter, friends from Mass, down for a concert at Down Town Disney- and she and her class mates did a crack up job of it, we visited Epcot and I noticed a man with some fancy photography gear in front of the planter in front of the Big Ball. Naturally, I engaged him and we chatted a bit. He has shared with me a photo he took- didn't see fit to use it in his (much better) 'official' photo of the same subject, which you can see on his site, along with some other really exceptional imagery he has created!
Tanner Ochel, http://TannerOchel.com
Was up and out at 7:30 this morning, finally executing a plan a few years in the making- or execution actually... do to some cuttings and try to create some new bushes for around my yard perimeter. First got the idea a couple of years ago from Joyce while staying with her and Dan in Kissimmee. Prepared the soil last year, but never got out to do the actual cuttings.
As I came around the end of the house to get the barrow full of soil mix, I heard a noise and looking quickly, saw my yard bunny racing away to the cover of the bushes. I had mowed a part of the lawn the other day, so now he was foraging on the other, still overgrown, side of the house. Later, I walked to the far end of the mobile and was able to catch him at the other end, but again he almost instantly scampered away. I hope next year's bunny isn't quite as camera shy.
Set up for the cutting procedure yesterday, so today, just had to go fill the cups with soil, 50% local (sand) and 50% Miracle Grow potting soil.
Cut a branch off a bush and then cut little bits off that and dipped it in some special powder that is supposed to help and stuck them in the cups. Cut holes in the bottoms of the cups and set them in this ad-libbed water pan. Placed it where it is because after a bit of observation, noted that that spot get morning sun but by 10 or so is moving into shade, so won't burn them up.
After, given I was up and out, I sat in a chair with my camera and waited for that brilliant red headed woodpecker, with the sun at my back, and read Craig Ferguson's American On Purpose for about an hour when the birds started showing up. Got the little bugger, but he was partially hidden and took off very quickly upon spotting me...
I did get a couple of nice shots of other birds, and as I have enough soil and room left over for another 30 cuttings, will be out again tomorrow.
PS: Finally dawned on me to check the net... http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/trees-shrubs/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm