Friday, April 18, 2014

Worrisome detail complete

Most years the months of May and June are wet, sometimes cool.  Then the heat of July springs the hot weather native grasses in our pasture around our house into action.  Last summer, however, we had a dryer June.  When the native grass seemed to be suffering due to the conditions, neighbor Mark thought it best to roll up the hay before it lost quality.

Then, we had some nice rains.  Consequently, this spring, the pasture around our house had a lot of dry growth from last year.  It needed to be burned. 

Burning is always a stressful time for me.  Since our house is in the middle of the pasture, the fire is all around us.  There is no cause for alarm in burning the house.  We have plenty of green grass.  It is our big pine trees I worry about.  All the dry needles under them love to burn and it just takes seconds for the fire to jump up into the trees.  We lost one of them to fire years ago.  

As of yesterday afternoon, the burning is over!  It was a successful burn.  We had help and it went fast, said with a sigh of relief.

This morning, there was a pretty scene behind the house.  The black ground was catching and warming with the sun but the air was nearly freezing.  With the grass gone, the parade of deer was visible.   We’re now ready for full fledged spring and summer.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon

I decided it would be fun to try to get a picture of the so called Blood Moon.  First, I set out coveralls, tripod, and boots. Then I went online and found settings for the camera to get somewhat of a decent picture. (ISO 6400, F5.6, 1/4 sec, 200 mm) I can never remember this type of thing.  Finally, I set the alarm for 1:45 am & crawled into bed.

I seriously considered turning off the alarm when it seemed to go off immediately after getting in bed, but I didn’t and glad of it.  Clouds were obscuring the moon when I went to bed but, thankfully, the sky was clear at the prescribed time. 

At 1:45 am the eclipse had already started.  So, I set the tripod up and waited.  Of course, I am not a serious photographer so there will be better pictures. It was red and beautiful.  This was my best shot.   In the end, it was fun to just sit and enjoy history.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dry spell broken–Geocache found

We checked our gauge about mid afternoon.  It showed 1.3 inches.  It has rained some since then.  If this cloud wasn’t so beautiful, it would have seemed threatening.

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Our three local grandboys were down over the weekend.  In between games of Sequence, Evan searched for a geocache.  He is the only one who likes to look with me.  It ended up neighbor Christi wasn’t doing anything so she joined us.  We had to drive all over the place south of the river.  It wasn’t that the caches were so hard to find, but we couldn’t get cell phone service.  Definitely would be nice to have a GPS unit but, for now, the cell phones work fine. 

It ended up Evan actually spotted the box.  The name of the Geo was “Twin Mounds.”  Here he is with his cache.

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