Taken at my nephew Justin’s wedding in September
in Wheelock, Vermont
Taken by my daughter Amelia
left to right: Camille, me, Simonne
This is the first time the three of us have been
together in over forty years.
Where a substation has a metallic fence, it must be properly grounded (UK: earthed) to protect people from high voltages that may occur during a fault in the network. Earth faults at a substation can cause a ground potential rise leading to a significantly different voltage than the ground under a person's feet; this touch potential presents a hazard of electrocution._/\_/\_
Ceiling Cat beez on our side
2 Cuz if he nots and badcats attak us.
3 Dey wuld haf angr and dey wuld eated all our cookiez. Srsy.
4 Teh flood wuld haf eated us!
5 Teh waturz wuld haf takeded us awayz. Oh noes!
6 Yay Ceiling Cat! j00 dun let us get eateded by deh teef!
7 We escapded lik a littl burd and gotten away wit deh cheezburgers!
8 Tank j00 Ceiling Cat. j00 roxorz!
1 ok guyz so liek dat hole in ceiling makez me worship Ceiling Cat.
2 evry nite he iz liek come into hoal n watch me masturbate n stuffz.
3 He nevar talkz or makez noize
4 but I no he watchez n mebbe vidyo tapez. Hole in ceiling == Ceiling Cat'z home.
5 In moarning he iz liek "4 shayme" but lukz happy n e wai.
6 No lolcatz hied from hiz watchingz.
7 OK so wat Ceiling Cat sez goez. He iz alwais rite.
8 liek srsly alwaiz. u lissen u be happyz and den it can be hugz time.
9 Ceiling Cat alwaiz fair n stuffz. liek alwaiz bow 2 him.
10 Srsly! moar want Ceiling Cat commandzmentz than cookiez or cheezburgerz!
11 Dey makez me smartcat n I getz prezentz foar obaying liek at crissmus!
12 we all haz invizible errorz but Ceiling Cat fixez dem withowt voiding warranty. plz be mah geeksquad, Ceiling Cat!
13 n dun let meh bez evul on porpoise. den I beez purrrfect.
14 OK srsly Celing Cat! Plz luv me n givez meh cheezburgerz. kkthxbai
This series was taken in July during my grasshopper phase when Buddy was bringing a few a day into the house and the hoppers were all over everywhere. Wingnut would also bring me some and John would call me over for shots of one that he thought particularly interesting.
Because I was so focused on lighting and focusing (and that didn’t really work out in these shots because of the backlight), I never realized what the hopper was doing until I downloaded the photos to the computer. But while I was photographing him, I did have this eerie feeling that he was looking straight at me through the lens . . .
The flock of wild turkeys is on our property every day all day long yet I have only found one feather in the fields. One is better than none!
The turkeys take dust baths in two spots — out front at the edge of the drive where there are millions of ant nests. And out back, as seen here, near the first pond (where the partridges bathe also). I hope to get photos of a turkey bath before the snow comes because they are hilarious things to watch.
Yes, there is plenty of turkey poo all over the place. But here is something interesting — the hens try to cover up their poo just like cats do. I suppose that is because of predators. But this defensive action just ain’t working! You can see the scratch marks as she tried to cover the scat up. Perhaps she lacks the ability to pay attention to details.
1 Blessid iz da feline
no walk in counsil of wickid,
no place paws in path of da sinnerz,
no sit and purr with da mockerz.
2 But der delightz in lawz of Ceiling Cat,
an ponderz much.
3 Tehy liek treez bai teh waterz,
dat yieldz teh good fr00tz.
Leef duzn't wither,
4 Not so teh wickid,
dey like chaffz
pwnt by windz.
5 Derefor wickid doezn't standz in teh judgemint,
or sinnerz in assembly of teh rhytchus.
6 Ceiling cat watches over whey of teh rhytchus,
whey of wickid getz pwnt.
The first weekend of August we took a hike up to an old, abandoned quartz mine in Springfield. We are unable to find any history on these mines that were in the area but there were many of them. They mined quartz, feldspar and mica (like Ruggles Mine).
This was a short hike (half a mile up and half a mile back) (or 0.8 km each way), gaining 170 feet (51.8 m) of elevation. The old road began on Route 4A near Mud Pond. The lower trail at Mud Pond was flooded so we took off our shoes, rolled up our pants and waded through the warm water. The photo below is a good example of “black water”: water with decaying vegetation that colors the water brown but the water is clean for swimming.
We saw trillium in seed and so much evidence of moose (scat, tracks and beds) that we were prepared to see one on the trail. Moose are so large that they don’t like traveling through the forest and would prefer using old roads and trails. Unfortunately we saw none. Finally we reached the top of the ridge and saw the trailings and clearings of the old mine.
We found great specimens of quartz, garnets, mica in books, feldspar and even uraninite. Below you see a piece of quartz with green garnet crystals and mica. The blue of the mica is caused by the reflection of light.
Below you see quartz with black uraninite — a uranium oxide, often called pitchblende, found in substantial quantities in quartz in New Hampshire. The gold colored mineral under the uraninite is feldspar. It is radioactive.
. . . and golden chunks of feldspar with mica and quartz: