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Old 06-23-22, 11:31 PM
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While I was having breakfast...


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Old 06-24-22, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Lovebirds: Nesting egrets
Last month I saw dozens of them nesting in a treed area by the bay in Somers Point, NJ during the final day of a long-weekend bike tour. Really cool. I have some not so great photos at home The camera I carry when I tour does not have great zoom.
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Old 06-24-22, 08:00 AM
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While I was having breakfast...


Cuteness overload!
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Old 06-26-22, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Bring beer and something to smoke on the smoker.
Speaking of your house, I should ask your advice, since I see you're right on the path of the 2024 eclipse. Are there any towns somewhat north of you, with good campgrounds, that you're familiar enough with to recommend?
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Old 06-26-22, 05:23 PM
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Oh, isn't that cute.

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Old 06-26-22, 08:38 PM
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Probably needed the fiber.
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Old 06-26-22, 10:36 PM
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Tick the rescue kitten now a full adult. Camera shy but I have youngster pictures to embarrass him lol.
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Old 06-27-22, 06:05 AM
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Old 06-27-22, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat12 View Post
Speaking of your house, I should ask your advice, since I see you're right on the path of the 2024 eclipse. Are there any towns somewhat north of you, with good campgrounds, that you're familiar enough with to recommend?
Total eclipse

What I found out from the 2017 eclipse in southern Illinois:
Waiting to see where the forecast showed clear skies, I finally found a motel room two hours drive away, no vacancies anywhere closer. Got up at 6am for the motel breakfast, and the room was full of eclipse people!

I rode 15 miles on a rail trail to a small southern Illinois town, figuring that parking outside the totality strip would be good. Stonefort IL
It was actually easy for the other watchers to drive in, and there was lots of places to park.

The drive out after the eclipse is the problem! I rode an extra couple of hours after the eclipse, then drove out to that night's motel. Lots of traffic even then. Fast food places had run out of food! Watchers arrive over a whole day's time, but all leave at once! there were interstate backups occurring two hours away that afternoon!

Is it worth it? Ohhh, yeah.
Until the sun is maybe 90% covered, it's kind of interesting, but a pretty subtle effect, mostly seeing crescent shadows below the trees. Then as it hits totality, it's totally amazing.

From an old essay by Annie Dillard:

I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it. During a partial eclipse the sky does not darken—not even when 94 percent of the sun is hidden. Nor does the sun, seen colorless through protective devices, seem terribly strange. We have all seen a sliver of light in the sky; we have all seen the crescent moon by day. However, during a partial eclipse the air does indeed get cold, precisely as if someone were standing between you and the fire. And blackbirds do fly back to their roosts. I had seen a partial eclipse before, and here was another.

...

I turned back to the sun. It was going. The sun was going, and the world was wrong. The grasses were wrong; they were platinum. Their every detail of stem, head, and blade shone lightless and artificially distinct as an art photographer’s platinum print. This color has never been seen on Earth. The hues were metallic; their finish was matte. The hillside was a 19th-century tinted photograph from which the tints had faded. All the people you see in the photograph, distinct and detailed as their faces look, are now dead. The sky was navy blue. My hands were silver. All the distant hills’ grasses were finespun metal which the wind laid down. I was watching a faded color print of a movie filmed in the Middle Ages; I was standing in it, by some mistake. I was standing in a movie of hillside grasses filmed in the Middle Ages. I missed my own century, the people I knew, and the real light of day.

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Old 06-28-22, 03:51 PM
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A total eclipse is the most powerful celestial event I ever saw. I saw 2017 in St. Matthews, SC. I had seen at least 3 or 4 partials before the total. Nothing can prepare you for it unless, I guess, you've experienced one before. I saw the shadow rushing at me.


St Matthews, SC 2017
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Old 06-28-22, 04:04 PM
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Gray one is momma cat, black one is a five month old kitten. Can't can't go very far because Pixie keeps finding a really fun string toy.

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Old 06-28-22, 04:45 PM
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I just saw this critter as I was browsing on this site. Feel good picture because after I took this pic I crushed it death.

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Old 06-28-22, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
A total eclipse is the most powerful celestial event I ever saw. I saw 2017 in St. Matthews, SC. I had seen at least 3 or 4 partials before the total. Nothing can prepare you for it unless, I guess, you've experienced one before. I saw the shadow rushing at me.
I saw a total eclipse in Eastern Oregon on Feb 26, 1979. It was amazing. The total eclipse shadow came suddenly and felt like a silent freight train over running us standing in the field.

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Old 07-01-22, 05:44 PM
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I missed the eclipse in 2017, and can't make the same mistake again in 2024-- this might be my only chance to ever see one. But while I've mostly narrowed it down to Texas, I'm doing my research on exactly where since I'm not familiar. The only person I know who lives there is my former partner, and as he recently got married, I don't think the new wife would be open to the ex coming for a visit!


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I just saw this critter as I was browsing on this site. Feel good picture because after I took this pic I crushed it death.
Yeah... scorpions are on my very short list of "must die immediately, do not pass 'Go,' do not collect $200." Most of the class Insecta found in my house are escorted outside (she says with the privilege of one who lives where few of them are venomous or humongous), but a couple are on the kill list and scorpions are, unfortunately, one, if I ever again live in a place that has them (though I admit my apprehension about scorpions in Thailand was rather attenuated once I learned of Southeast-Asian centipedes {my skin is now crawling just thinking of them}, and I just straight-up refuse to go to Australia).
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What unusual-looking little orange tabbies! All so cute.
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Old 07-02-22, 07:50 PM
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A couple of years ago I thought it was strange that the oranges in the oriole feeder were often scraped completely clean, leaving just the rinds. Finally figured out why:




Set up a game camera, some hilarious videos of them trying to climb up there, hanging by a toe, falling off, etc.

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Possums aren't aggressive, don't spread disease, and eat ticks.
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And, IMO, they're cute!
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They reminded me of this:

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Originally Posted by Kat12 View Post
And, IMO, they're cute!
The little ones are cute. Adults not so much (IMO).

Took this photo in 2020, but haven't had any visit the oriole feeder visit since then. Other than rabbits, critter numbers seem to be down. Don't see too many raccoons or skunks right now. Maybe rabies in the area.

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Old 07-03-22, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir View Post
They reminded me of this:

https://youtu.be/bRIVTEBaLkA
The sound is the best part!


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The little ones are cute. Adults not so much (IMO).

Took this photo in 2020, but haven't had any visit the oriole feeder visit since then. Other than rabbits, critter numbers seem to be down. Don't see too many raccoons or skunks right now. Maybe rabies in the area.

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I think they're all adorable, lol.

That's too bad your wildlife is down, though if there's rabies afoot, maybe better that you're not encountering too many...
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Old 07-05-22, 01:48 AM
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Possums aren't aggressive, don't spread disease, and eat ticks.
I had no idea they ate ticks. That is great.
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