Saturday, May 21, 2005

This n' That

This was another one of those six day work weeks. The weather has been beautiful and I do enjoy my outdoor job especially in the spring. Trouble is, I am not a celebrated house keeper, anyway, and when I only have one day to do it--well, need I say more?

We are continuing our assault on the yard. In the whole scheme of things we don't mow that much, but we needed to trim, weed eat, roto till and cut limbs in addition to the regular mowing. It is starting to look better.

I received information about Brookside school in the mail today from a friend (actually a relative, we're just about all related west of Junction City). I will get that together tomorrow sometime. She also included a short article about Acker school, the one-room school that Dan and I attended for all eight grades. Hopefully, I will be able to write about it also. Dan and I have many happy memories of those years and I feel the need to document them.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cecropia or robin moth Posted by Hello

Close-up of the wing Posted by Hello

Cecropia or robin moth

I am privileged to be on Dr. Chip, KU Biologist, email list. He has given me permission to post his beautiful pictures. Yesterday he sent pictures of the robin moth along with the following information.

One of the local silkmoths. The larvae of this species feed on a wide variety of trees and shrubs including apple, plum, lilac, and privat. The adults are short lived and do not feed. The females emit a pheromone that brings in males from great distances. Most matings occur from 5:15-5:45 AM CDT. The males have broad antennae designed to enable them to locate a female by the intensity of the odor she emits. This species has a single generation in most parts of it's range.

It is amazing these beautiful moths have such a fascinating life in such a short time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Kansas Skyscrapers Posted by Hello

Kansas Skyscrapers

We had quite a storm come through here tonight. As usual, my satellite dish went down. This time not for long.

This past weekend we briefly visited our Salina Kansas family. Their house is recently constructed so they are working on their yard. It is very beautiful.

I took a picture from their deck as I think the central and western Kansas grain elevators are impressive and beautiful in their place of distinction on the Kansas prairie. I hope it works out that no one builds within their view.

Chip sent me an unbelievable picture of a Silkmoth tonight. Check in tomorrow evening.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Cattle Egret Taking a ride Posted by Hello

Cattle Egrets

I just came in the house from mowing. It is almost 9:00 and just getting dark . It feels cool out, but it is 74 degrees. There is still a breeze and a possibility of showers.

As I was about to turn in our driveway on my way home from work tonight, I spotted Cattle Egrets around our neighbor’s cattle. I stopped immediately and quickly found my camera.

According to All About Birds, the cattle Egret is relatively new to the US, arriving in 1941. However, it has become one of the most abundant herons. This opportunistic bird will follow large animals or machines to catch insects. They were fun to watch with the cattle because they appeared to get right up near their heads. The cattle didn’t seem to be bothered, except the cow did not appreciate one of them on her back.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Chip says to get out the bird book. Anyone know?  Posted by Hello

The same family as May 10th minus one baby. Looks like the parents are on alert--better hope they don't come after you, Chip.  Posted by Hello