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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chicken jump … and a fox report

Ready to jump down and start their day One of the morning chores here is to go let the chickens out. They spend the night in their wooden chicken house, three feet off the ground, where no night predators can get at them. During the day, there is always risk. I’ve known since last winter […]

Here come the sunflowers

[Link to high-res] The smaller flowers in the wildflower patches have been blooming for several weeks. Now the larger flowers — the sunflowers — are starting to gain some altitude. I planted some giant sunflowers. They’ll probably take the longest.

Road trip to Yadkin

I went on a road trip yesterday to Yadkin County, where most of my family live. Here are a few photos from along the way. For ages, I’ve been fascinated with the old concrete silos. I think it’s related to my fascination with towers. I’ve always thought that a silo could be converted into a […]

Summer: To hate thee or not to hate thee?

Looking toward Prabhupada Village from Moir Farm Road Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate… — William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summer days were still temperate? I realized while I was mowing this morning that I don’t hate summer. What I hate is […]

Garden strategy

Sunday morning I pulled up all the defunct members of the cabbage family — broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage — and threw the carcasses onto a pile for composting. I left a few cabbages that might revive enough to be eaten. I got caught up on the hoeing and weeding. Every little bit helps when […]

Mr. Fox

Exposure: 3 seconds, f/3.8, ISO 800 About 9:45 p.m. this evening, I was lying on the bed reading, with Lily. Suddenly Lily, who was looking out the window, started growling. I had no idea what she saw, but the growl was kind of spooky, expressing deep hatred and familiarity. She jumped off the bed and […]

Tired of groundhog pictures?

Too bad!

New Yorker: Storms brewing

These clouds over my place on Friday produced no measurable rain. Continuing with the subject of abnormal and dangerous weather, Elizabeth Kolbert has a piece in the June 13 & 20 issue of the New Yorker on the recent extreme weather and how it is exactly what has been predicted as a consequence of global […]

No buyer's remorse

Usually after I spend money on something I have to deal with a good bit of buyer’s remorse. With the Nikon D1X camera, not so much. I think I should have gotten one a long time ago. I can’t identify that cute little yellow bird, but I have at least four of them. They’re making […]

New camera

I finally broke down and bought a new camera. Well, not a new camera — an eBay camera. It’s a Nikon D1X, which Nikon stopped making in 2004. They were Nikon’s top of the line and quite expensive when they were new, with a list cost of almost $6,000. But professionals now consider the D1X […]