Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The leaves have been hard to enjoy this week with all this rain. I've been outside at least part of the day most of this week. Driving in the rain during this time of year is precarious. Driving on wet leaves equals driving on a slip n slide. I slid like 20 feet down a hill on wednesday. Thankfully I stopped in time before hitting the car in front of me. The car had stopped short on a hill and it knew there wasn't enough room for me so it moved partially into oncoming traffic.
Then on the drive home in the rain on friday, I came close to a pretty serious accident on the highway. My pack and I were driving along and doing the speed limit since the weather was bad. There were four lanes. I was in the second from the right lane. A van was in the second from the left lane and slightly ahead of me, which left the far left lane open. Then all of a sudden I see this new black mustang next to me. I think it was attempting to pass the van and it started to lose control. It was between the far left and middle left lanes and it was weaving back and forth. Each weave got progressively worse and it was trying to slow down at the same time. Finally it looked like it might spin totally out but it just slammed into the median. I could see the pieces coming off the car I was so close.
Monday, October 22, 2007
But on the bright side, last week I found a young-in spotted salamander. I've seen a bunch but I have never personally caught on.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I was out walking the line again this week. I lost a second pair of sunglasses and had another good couple falls. I did remember my real camera so I got to take some pics of the awesome views we get. Look at this soft dried grass (top pic). Looks like a perfect nature bed.
We haven't seen any bears yet. Although there was something big going through the brush early in the day. Probably just a deer but you never know. Birdman, my companion for the day, brought bear mace. I had a good chuckle because he just left it in the truck. So I'm not sure what he was planning to do if there was a dangerous bear encounter....Is he going to say to the bear "Can you hold that thought while I hike a long way back to the truck?"
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Here's my first video attempt on my camera and editing. It's certainly not "Gone with the Wind" here.
The turtlet update is that both have lost their egg tooths. Peanut pretty much refuses to eat the real food. He'll take a bite of the real food, mash it up, and spit it out. He insists on eating only the shrimp treats and the turtlets will duke it out to get one. I may have to do some tough love and only give them real food in hopes that Peanut will get hungry enough, he'll HAVE to eat the good food. But I feel bad since he's so little and I worry about him being hungry. They both have grown like a millimeter in 2 weeks and seem to be shedding.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
One of the highlights of the day was seeing this giant fish jump out of the water a couple times. In my head it was yelling "yee haw!!!!" Another highlight was seeing the leaf color change. It's kicking in up in north jersey right now. I also got to drive my car in the woods...and I mean woods. No real road. I did bump the front end on a stump and it partially ripped off some rubber and made a horrible thud noise. But I put the rubber back on and I think I'm ok.
Below is some milkweed going to seed. I wish I had some time to open some pods up and spread them.
Friday, October 5, 2007
So I had a mini photo session with this little one. It sure was hard to steady my one hand and use the macro lens feature. I let it free in the landscaping and sprinkled it with water since I thought for a few minutes that it was dead. But it squirmed to life and away into the bushes it went.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The site borders a large dammed lake with an old road around it. There's this fancy gate and some sort of sheep fountain. It was misting most of the morning but for whatever reason there are orbs in these first 3 pics. I would like to think they are ghosts but it's probably reflections off the mist. This road took a lot of work to put in with perfect rock walls on both sides. And everything is still in pretty good shape. It was so steep to the lake I couldn't even see it most of the time. All I saw was a slope covered by wisteria and was wondering how I would ever be able to hang flags down there in the right spots...anyone got mountain climing gear?
I had a few near falling situations on the steep slopes that are covered by rocks ranging in the size from gravel to the fist sized. You can see how steep the woods are in this pic.
Here's some ancient farm trailer complete with broken fan and other junk.