Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Leaves around here are beginning to drop from the trees, but have not yet changed color. This photo is of our from front walk. More of the oak leaves and acorns have fallen, but the leaves just turn brown. I have added a leaf watch gadget to my sidebar and will update it weekly to follow the changing colors.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In my travels today I spotted this crane parked in Frederick. These kinds of things fascinate me and it is yellow fitting Karin's theme for the week. WO Grubb is a company specializing in heavy steel erection. The main boom (below) was on a second truck, and a jib (not pictured) was on another trailer. The main boom has a height of almost 200 ft. and a lift capacity of 550 tons. The jib can extend the height another 240 feet. A smaller crane (right in 3rd photo) was also parked with this monster. I don't know if this is going to be used in Frederick or was just passing through, but I will keep an eye out for it in action.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Late this afternoon I found this creature saying his prayers (for another insect to come close I suspect) on the siding of our house. It is unusual to see one in plain view. Also, my DSL is working again, so I will visit more of you than I did last night.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I am connected on slooow speed for a few days. There should be 4 green lights on my DSL modem (the 2 that are on tell me the computer is ok). Verizon support says there is a problem and the central office will fix it some time in the next 72 hours.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Our other lilies quit blooming earlier in the summer heat, but this one just kept on blooming. I don't usually do much more than an occasional crop or brightness/contrast adjustment. But I decided this photo is a good subject for alteration. First cropping, then adjust brightness and contrast to deepen the yellow, finally sharpen to bring out the texture of the blooms.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
While Marianne was getting her hair done (very nicely, by the way), I noticed this yellow sign a few stores down from the salon. This store has sold different brands over the years, but is empty now. And as a bonus picture, a look across the parking lot shortly after sunset.
Monday, September 22, 2008
... look a hummingbird in the eye? Today Marianne's hummingbird returned over and over to the flowers on our patio, took a sip of nectar and then would dart to the patio door for a peek inside. Marianne called me every time she spotted the little feathered friend and we each took over 100 shots. See her blog for another view.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
You won't find many political statements here, but I have to add my comment to the BIG news of the day. President Bush, with Bernanke, Paulson and Cox at his side, announced a plan for the federal government to intervene in the economic mess that has erupted on Wall Street. What ever you think about the big companies that are failing, they are also taking a lot of our money with them. Even if we are not directly invested in mortgage-backed securities, our retirement plans very well may be invested in some of these financial instruments. Let's hope the Congress and the administration can also address some of the high-risk ways that investment companies use our money.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It's a nice cool day here in Maryland and the critters are active. Since we remodeled our family room, Marianne can watch the back yard out of one corner of her eye while checking everyone's blogs. Today, as I was quietly reading the paper, she yells "DEER" and points out the sight pictured above. We both proceeded to take photos of these beautiful creatures as they munched on the weeds along the farmer's corn. In years past, we occasionally saw deer in the field, but not near our house. Below, mother and daughter check out our yard for more appetizing food.
Monday, September 15, 2008
When I picked up these acorns yesterday, my thought was to title the picture "and baby makes three". After checking Karin's theme for this week, I rethought the title. Both our oaks have begun dropping loads of acorns (see yesterday's post). The squirrels should not be hungry this winter.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Marianne's hummingbird came around for a late afternoon snack and I happened to be nearby with my camera. Buster also noticed and went to the patio door to get a closer look. He watched quietly while the bird sampled every bloom on the flower. Below is a closer look at the little hummer.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Marianne had a regularly scheduled check with her Doc today (she got a thumbs up!). After her checkup we headed for Baker Park in Frederick with cameras in tow. The lake there is always a peaceful place to sit and watch the ducks, or walk around. Today we did both. Water has always been peaceful to me. The creek that runs along side the lake also provides another peaceful interlude.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Hanna passed through Maryland/DC/Virginia today, leaving some flooding, power outages, road closures and accidents. For us, Hanna was a steady rain starting about 9am and ending about 4pm. I took the picture above of our front yard about 1:30 (see Marianne's post for the back). We were on the western edge of the storm with little wind damage in Frederick. I also found an interesting USGS water watch site that provides maps with water flow at monitoring sites around the US. They put up a link to show the effect of Hanna on streams and rivers in her path. Our rain was just over 4 inches for the day.