Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Fungus Anyone?

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We’ve had a lot of rainfall the last month or so- maybe longer. One side effect of all this rain is the awesome fungus we are growing in our backyard. From what I have found- I believe this is a Amanita Muscaria var. Formosa. According to what I have read, it can be poisonous- although death is rare. And it can be used as a hallucinogenic! Great, I hope the “hippies” don’t find our crop!

Grandma- This one is for you!

Even though my grandma doesn’t have internet, and won’t see this unless my Aunt Barb prints it out for her, I wanted to put this image up for her. One thing I remember as a kid is how much my grandma loved butterflies. She had little butterfly knick-knacks thoughout her house. She also gave me a butterfly sun catcher (which is proudly displayed in our sunroom) she had painted while recovering from back surgery. Anyway, Grandma- This one is for you! Love you!
Grandma- This one is for you!
I saw it while I was out fishing, and was happy that I had decided to take my telephoto lens on todays excursion, considering the closest I could get to it was about 10 ft. I have no idea what kind of butterfly it is- I did a little bit of Internet searching trying to find out- but I really didn’t find anything.

Postponed Outing…

Postponed Outing...
05292009031Yesterday evening I thought I would head out to the lake for an hour or so of fishing before it got dark. Just as I was starting to head down the hill towards the boat I noticed these 3 Canada Geese hanging out on the dock! We’ve had geese out on the lake in the past- but they usually don’t stay very long, so… I thought I would take a break from fishing and let them have the evening to enjoy the lake. The Green-backed Heron was hanging around as well. I love how the trees are reflecting so much green off of the lake!

Transformation…

Transformation...
Along the banks of our lake, all you can see are Pollywogs- to say there are hundreds of them is laughable- to say there are thousands of them is a huge understatement as well! They are everywhere! We’ve been seeing them for weeks now- and they are just starting to grow their back legs. Once they have all transformed to frogs it will be nearly impossible to walk anywhere around the lake (or our yard for that matter) without stepping on them.

Braves: 12 Rockies: 4

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(nine photo composite)
Jan & I have been trying to figure out where we could go for a short little trip- you see, the last 2 years on May 20th we have been away from home. Last year we started out on our 5 week motorcycle trip, and in 2007 we were in Oregon! Neither one of use could really decide what we should do this year- that is until about one-o’clock this afternoon when I asked Jan- “How about going to a Braves game?” It took her all of about 5 seconds to agree. This was my first MLB game- and it’s definitely one to remember! I have a feeling we will probably be making a habit of coming to the games. We had a blast! Braves: 12 Rockies: 4

above: During the 4th inning- Rockies Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa pitches to Braves Jeff Francoeur. De La Rosa gave up 9 runs in that inning. During the 6th inning Braves infielder Omar Infante broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Rockies Manny Corpas. Ouch!

Tag Team Mowing…

Tag Team Mowing...

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The rain has stopped enough so Jan and I were able to get out and mow the backyard. We’ve pretty much turned it into a “team sport”. Jan on the riding mower and me with my John Deere Green mower. Now, we need to get rid of all this Poison Ivy. I am currently experiencing my 2nd round of rash… I’m thinking I need to get Jan out there in a Hazmat suit with about 5 gallons of Round-up! That just might take care of the problem.

Green-backed Heron
We have a pair that has been hanging out around the lake for quite some time.
Tag Team Mowing...

It must be love…

Why else would Jan drive us 2.5 hours (one way) just so I can eat at Taco Johns.
We had to drive through a part of North Carolina and on into TN to Elizabethton.
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The food was good, but the scenery was even better!

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The Biltmore Estate…

The Biltmore Estate...

05102009 065To get some idea of just how large the Biltmore Estate is… I wanted to show you a full frame photo so you could get a little bit of scale. From this vantage point, I estimate we are approximately 4 miles, as the crow flies from the estate. As I said in yesterdays post- the Biltmore is America’s largest home and sits on 8,000 acres of land (it was originally an estate of 125,000 acres) . The home was completed in 1895 after 6 years of construction. It consists of 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. There are 4 acres of floor space! Now the part that blows my mind- this home was built as a country retreat for George Vanderbilt… a retreat mind you… Vanderbilt married 3 years after the completion of the home where he and his wife raised their one child! Can you imagine how awesome the games of Hide and Seek could be in a house that size.

Mothers Day Ride…

I want to start by saying Happy Mothers Day…

Mothers Day Ride...

Mothers Day Ride... This morning our buddy Milt called us to see if we would like to go for a ride with him and Saundra. Destination- Lunch at the Pisgah Inn, on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Below: The view from Pisgah Inn was breathtaking. At an elevation of 5000 ft, the Inn is known as the “Peak of the Parkway”.

Mothers Day Ride...

Jan and I hadn’t noticed before, but there is very small portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway that you can see the Biltmore looming out of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. The Biltmore is the largest home in America and the grounds consist of 8,000 acres.
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Moses…

Moses...

Meet Moses, Jan spotted him on the dock earlier this morning and I went out to get some shots of him. I quietly walked across the yard towards the lake, crouched down, and was only able to take 3 photos before he disappeared on the 4th shot. I guess he doesn’t want his picture taken. It kind of made me feel like paparazzi photographing the “star of the hour”. Moses has got to be the biggest turtle in our lake. I estimate he is about 12″ long and around 8-10 inches wide. (the photos really don’t do him justice) He was put in our lake (and given the name Moses) about 5 or 6 years ago when a friend of Jan’s brought him here. Apparently she had found him in the middle of a road and thought he would be safer and happier in the lake.

After the first “photo shoot” Moses came back for a brief (1 photo) encore, about 10 minutes after his first performance. Hopefully the dock will continue to be his venue of choice for future appearances.

Moses...