Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March wildlife on the Farm

After  shooting these, I returned home to discover I had left my camera settings on the smallest size and least resolution settings and had forgotten to change them. A bit disappointing.

Western pond turtles sunning themselves


 Distant shot of the elk herd by the North pond


 3 photos stitched together of the herd. Elk from left to right. Kind of hard to see the elk.


Taking it easy & eating Budde's next hay crop


The spike on the right in the panorama above

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dung fly

Surprisingly colorful little fly. He (or she) is partaking of the maple sap on the tree where the honey bees were also drinking.
Click to enlarge as usual


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's 62* and all the bees are flying

These ladies are partaking of the sap from the maple tree in front of our house. A sapsucker was kind enough to open up the bark for them. Click on the photo to get up close and personal with them.


Lots of trees and flowers blooming. The wild plum trees as well as the Satsuma in our yard are blossoming. This is a strange winter, I'm not sure what the outcome will be. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The policeman at work

British humor! Love it.
Stolen from somewhere on the web.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The problem with heavy equipment

Is twofold. For starters, it's heavy.  Then it breaks and reminds you that (a) it's heavy (b) It waits to break until all it's bolts & nuts are pretty much rusted into place (c) those bolts & nuts are going to be stronger than the tools I pick for my first choices.
The whole thing was too heavy for my trailer, so I decided to remove the part that needed repairing.
The only wrench I had that looked like it would fit was about 1/32 too small. Resisting the urge to fix the wrench with the grinder, I grabbed the tool of choice. A big pipe wrench.  With liberal shots of "Blaster" and an 8 foot pipe for extra leverage,  it took all I had to move it 1/4" at a time. And that was at the very end of the pipe.
An hour or so later once I had the big nut off I realized that there were two more underneath on a plate that wouldn't allow the assembly to drop free. I bent one rather (cheap, but Japanese not
 Chinese) and a ratchet (Chinese) 
 I found out that the sk ratchet had been previously broken (by someone else) and only tightens. The air impact wouldn't budge one of the bolts, but the other came out. I used a 5lb hammer and a drift to swing the plate out of the way. 
The blade came apart at last.
The trailer had flat tires, I pumped them up. I loaded the blade on the trailer.


 I unhitched the Jeep as I am going to use the truck to take this to the Lazy Farmer's shop to burn out the other broken bolts & get it repaired as my driveway is washing away & has ruts deeper than I want to get stuck in.
The Jeep stalled & wouldn't re-start. I covered it with a tarp for later. The trailer started rolling & was kind enough to run into my scrap metal pile instead of the Jeep.
Actually this doesn't really qualify as heavy equipment, but I'm figuring that Budde would rather work on a small project like this as a welcome break from his tractor which is currently misbehaving again. He should have it all apart by now and will no doubt  be happy to pretend to start working on this as I drive away.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A desk spider

I was reading the manuals and trying to re-learn macro, something I used to fool around with in college in the 60's at USF, and this little guy crawled by on the desk. He (she) is only a couple of millimeters long. That's about a 1/16 of an inch. I let it crawl up on a microfiber lens cleaning cloth to take the pictures. Kind of cool. Nobody has been able to ID it yet. These are cropped quite a bit from 1:1 full frame.
Update: The general consensus so far is:
Arthropods (Arthropoda) » Chelicerates (Chelicerata) » Arachnids (Arachnida) » Spiders (Araneae) » True Spiders (Araneomorphae) » Entelegynes  »Sheetweb and Dwarf Spiders (Linyphiidae) » Dwarf Spiders (Erigoninae)

Click to enlarge for best view, as usual.



I am really looking forward to spring, when the bees are hitting the flowers. Until then, I'll take what I can get.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The local scene


Fog, clouds, (and alien crop circles) just before sunset & after the rain.

Best viewed as large as possible. Cropped from a larger photo.
(I love my new Nikon. An early Xmas present)

Original above
lightened a bit below


Fog, clouds, (and alien crop circles) just before sunset & after the rain.

Best viewed as large as possible. Cropped from a larger photo.
(I love my new Nikon. An early Xmas present)
Some day I'll learn how to use it. I left the VR on when I used it on the tripod. That degrades the image somewhat.