Heading East on I-90, looking back West in the mirror. Seems apropos for the last day of 2011, looking back to the Old Year passed, and into the New Year to come.
Saturday, December 31
Friday, December 30
Curiosity is supposed to "kill the cat", but there isn't anything much more curious than a herd of cows. They were wondering why I stuck the camera out the window as I drove by on my way to school. Their backs were still snowy, so well insulated are the bovines that it hadn't even melted off even after several hours.
Thursday, December 29
This has to be one of the coolest mailbox posts on the Planet! It is on a gravel road, among corn and soybean fields in a lovely corner of Cottonwood County, MN.
I kid you not, the folks who live here also raise cattle and own a real, live GIRAFFE!
Your neighbors may have wandering cats and barking dogs, but our grandkids have a giraffe for a neighbor.
Wednesday, December 28
|Christmas dragons from the creative brain of Daughter #1|
We are hard on the heels of 2012, hard to believe New Year's has come so fast.
Thursday, December 22
Wednesday, December 21
Tuesday, December 20
Sunrise on the short grass prairie, Audubon Christmas Bird Count, looking for the sharp-tailed grouse. They, of course, chose to be in the cottonwood trees eating the buds, instead of being picturesque in the grass. Then again, the grass and alfalfa was picturesque on its own.
Monday, December 19
Sunday, December 18
Saturday, December 17
Thursday, December 15
Tuesday, December 13
Monday, December 12
Sunday, December 11
|12/11/11 7:15 am 44N 103W|
• The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Saturday, December 10
While they were decorating our classroom (which is now quite gaudy and spectacular with lights), the guys decided Jose and the Guppies needed to be decorated up as well. Window clings not only cling to windows, but they also cling to aquariums. Love those 9th graders.
Tuesday, December 6
This little critter is currently residing among the leaves and flowers of the Christmas cactus on the mantel in the living room. She has been seen on an orchid in the dining room and on the light in Rachel's bedroom ceiling. We don't know how long she has been visiting or how she is traveling (unless she has a Doppelganger). She is most welcome to stay.
Sunday, December 4
|Do you remember any cats in the Odyssey?|
9th grade English curriculum requires reading and analysis of Homer's The Odyssey, which we have been doing these past two weeks. The students were asked to write about their thinking as they read the story of Odysseus. Here are some of the lessons learned along the way which Odysseus's men should have learned.
I love they way the kids think.
Saturday, December 3
Thursday, December 1
Tuesday, November 29
Monday, November 28
If you want a really good kingfisher, go to Dina's blog (http://dinaswildlifeadventures.blogspot.com) on Nov. 19. Now, there is a kingfisher like I wish I could capture!
Saturday, November 26
Friday, November 25
Thursday, November 24
Wednesday, November 23
Tuesday, November 22
One cyclamen blossom in the morning sun. This brave little plant has survived my care for a whole year and is starting to bloom again. As a rule, I manage to kill them off, they do like water on a very regular basis, I am sometimes better with things that are labeled "can't kill with a club".
Labels: windowsill flowers
Sunday, November 20
|Ficus elastica ginormous|
Saturday, November 19
Friday, November 18
Wednesday, November 16
Monday, November 14
Saturday, November 12
Friday, November 11
Lincoln Academy celebrated our Veterans and active duty Service Members with a program, luncheon and gifts of thanks and flowers on Thursday, November 10. We were honored to have speakers from all branches of the armed forces, from World War II up through the current war on terrorism, share their stories with the students and staff. Many of our local businesses helped provide our guests with a wonderful luncheon by donating food and flowers. Awesome Day!
Simply said, Thank you for your service to our Country.
Thursday, November 10
This piece was a present from my geologically minded children, it guards my heirloom irises
and for your edification...
" The calcite crystals, unlike most of the other mineral decorations, were presumably formed under water; that is, at a time when the cave was filled with solutions. Similar crystals have been "grown" in laboratories, where it was found that by adding certain impurities in varying amounts, the form of the crystal could be changed. In fact over 300 different crystal forms of calcite are known."
|Typical occurrence of calcite crystals (mostly Dogtooth Spar). The best specimens are found in vugs or cavities and on the underside of protruding ledges. Typical Calcite Crystal Forms, normally only the upper half of the crystal will be seen. (bottom, center).|
information from Jewel Cave NP