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Old 11-07-20, 05:05 PM
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The Titanic



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Ladybugs! Giant ladybugs everywhere!
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That reminds me, I was riding down Redwood rd in Oakland when I ran into a swarm of ladybugs. It's that time of the year...

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Weird things seen while riding
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Old 11-27-20, 09:12 PM
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21-bun salute!

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Old 11-28-20, 07:59 AM
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Cheeky...
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Saw this small shrub on a ride yesterday.
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I'm pretty sure I saw evidence that summer is really over.....




It wasn't much snow... probably not even an inch.
It was warm enough for it to compact into ice when a car or bike ran over it, so it made for some interesting tests of bike handling! Time to swap out the slick tires for the winter tires with deep tread.

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Sometimes things happen too fast for a picture. Was riding an area called Briones today when I caught a glimpse of a large heron on the side of the trail. As I passed, it plucked a huge gopher out of the ground. I've seen this before. In this picture you can see the heron with a large lump in its throat. He plucked a rat off the nearby rocks.

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Old 12-22-20, 07:23 PM
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Raven. I've seen them in Colorado and in Canada but I don't think I've ever seen one in Virginia. Today on the High Bridge Trail, in the middle of the High Bridge.


A10 "Warthog," one of several that flew over us while on the trail today. They must be stationed nearby because I never see them 60 miles east.
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Old 12-22-20, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Sometimes things happen too fast for a picture. Was riding an area called Briones today when I caught a glimpse of a large heron on the side of the trail. As I passed, it plucked a huge gopher out of the ground. I've seen this before. In this picture you can see the heron with a large lump in its throught. He plucked a rat off the nearby rocks.
Wow, I didn't know herons counted mammals among their prey! I watched a pretty big blue heron struggle to get a medium-sized frog into its gullet this past summer; can't imagine one trying to handle a squirming gopher or rat. The animal kingdom truly is amazing.

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Wow, I didn't know herons counted mammals among their prey! I watched a pretty big blue heron struggle to get a medium-sized frog into its gullet this past summer; can't imagine one trying to handle a squirming gopher or rat. The animal kingdom truly is amazing.

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Amazing indeed.

When I was a teenager feeding the chickens. Dump the grain in the feed tray and often rats would run out.

One day the (very large mouse or teenage size rat?) it runs to the chicken and she swallowed it whole. Pointed her beak up and looked like she waa gagging as the rodent slid down. I was blown away.
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A10 "Warthog," one of several that flew over us while on the trail today. They must be stationed nearby because I never see them 60 miles east.
My young daughter and I hiked the Appalacian Trail along the ridge line of Second Mountain north of Harrisburg, PA. Beautiful, quite springtime forest, all alone in nature until...... This "sound" crept into our hearing and grew progressively louder, quickly. When we had stopped dead center on the trail and cranked our necks across the canopy we saw them. In an instant, two A10 Warthogs, inverted, flew overhead, tree top overhead and vanished down the south side of the mountain, back to Indian Town Gap. I'll not forget how glad I was that I'd never be a bad guy, kissing the bottom of a trench with those ground attack machines heading toward me. YIKES!
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
My young daughter and I hiked the Appalacian Trail along the ridge line of Second Mountain north of Harrisburg, PA. Beautiful, quite springtime forest, all alone in nature until...... This "sound" crept into our hearing and grew progressively louder, quickly. When we had stopped dead center on the trail and cranked our necks across the canopy we saw them. In an instant, two A10 Warthogs, inverted, flew overhead, tree top overhead and vanished down the south side of the mountain, back to Indian Town Gap. I'll not forget how glad I was that I'd never be a bad guy, kissing the bottom of a trench with those ground attack machines heading toward me. YIKES!
We noticed that ridge a few years ago when we visited my nephew who was TDY to The Gap during his Guard days. Pretty country.
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My young daughter and I hiked the Appalacian Trail along the ridge line of Second Mountain north of Harrisburg, PA. Beautiful, quite springtime forest, all alone in nature until...... This "sound" crept into our hearing and grew progressively louder, quickly. When we had stopped dead center on the trail and cranked our necks across the canopy we saw them. In an instant, two A10 Warthogs, inverted, flew overhead, tree top overhead and vanished down the south side of the mountain, back to Indian Town Gap. I'll not forget how glad I was that I'd never be a bad guy, kissing the bottom of a trench with those ground attack machines heading toward me. YIKES!

Our industrial airport sits in the middle of 3 military air stations so it’s not unusual to see military aircraft doing touch & go landings and in the discussion of unique sounds, the Osprey makes a loud vibrating roar like no other. It’s cool to see them just hover like a bee maybe 50 ft up over the runway.

Today was a beautiful day in NC, especially considering what we have coming. Snow Hill / Greene Co Tuscarora Indian burial ground monument on today’s ride


All these are spellings of the tribal name in several languages
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Saw a peregrine falcon yesterday. The day before that, a red-tailed hawk on the ground that I came upon while hiking up a hill. Startled, the hawk took off right in front of me then perched in a low tree branch, peering down on either side trying to find the lunch I interrupted.
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Saw a peregrine falcon yesterday. The day before that, a red-tailed hawk on the ground that I came upon while hiking up a hill. Startled, the hawk took off right in front of me then perched in a low tree branch, peering down on either side trying to find the lunch I interrupted.
Those are amazing birds.
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BB-8 reference?
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BB-8 reference?
Could that have been stuck on by somebody? Google streetview does not have that symbol on the sign in 2008 or 2011.
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Quick ride through the neighborhood


The bike racks in/around MIT are pretty cool.



Even t-Rex wears a mask.



Guerilla performance art piece on the underside of Longfellow Bridge....
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Could that have been stuck on by somebody? Google streetview does not have that symbol on the sign in 2008 or 2011.
It is painted on. No over spray and aligned well. Someone spent some time doing it right.
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Quick ride through the neighborhood


The bike racks in/around MIT are pretty cool.
Awesome bike rack. That wouldn't have been in front of a coffee shop, perchance?
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OK, I am stupid at chemistry - but is that caffiene?
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Originally Posted by sincos View Post
Awesome bike rack. That wouldn't have been in front of a coffee shop, perchance?
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OK, I am stupid at chemistry - but is that caffiene?
Looks like it to me, but with some artistic prerogative taken to make it close enough for marketing.
Now if we can just find a rogue organic chemist with OCD to paint the C, N, and O atoms and change the bond angle from the cyclopentadiene ring to the cement, everyone will be happy.
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