NWF – Certified Wildlife Habitats

 

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We encourage you to get your property certified – it’s easy and fun to do. It makes a great family project that pays dividends over and over.

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Our backyard NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

It can be any part of your yard – a small front yard garden or your entire property!

Since moving here in 1991, Carol and I (and the entire family) have planted over 50 native trees on our small suburban property. Since most of our backyard is a natural bog with a small pond we’ve planted mostly water-loving trees – bald cypress, river birch, river maples, pines, Leyland cypress, oaks, dogwoods, redbuds, and a bunch of native azaleas.

It’s important to leave fallen branches in a pile in the yard as it makes great cover for all sorts of critters. Our bog and pond support mosquito fish, river cooter (turtles), snakes of all types and even leeches!

I’m sure a river otter or two have appeared from time to time. We have some stray deer (a bit hard for them to stay since it’s so wet back there), Florida black bears, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, eagles, hawks, and all manner of other birds – mostly cardinals. An occasional vulture is spotted whenever something needs to be disposed of.

The key to our backyard is – no chemicals! No fertilizers, and no watering. It must take care of itself. We do occasionally weed non-native species and invading vines and we do use mulch.

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Bald cypress needles

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Japanese black pine

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Florida river birch bark

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Bald cypress springing to life from seed

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

 

My “Dad”

My father-in-law Frank at work (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft) in 1993. He worked for “Pratt” for 40 years and was a top-flight welder of jet engines. Frank’s still going strong at 85! Here’s to you dad!

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Frank was a foremost J58 engine welder for nearly his entire career at P&W

This logo (above) is known as the “Florida” eagle which is installed on the J58 turbojet engines used in the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft and on the RL10 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine used in the Centaur rocket.

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A flock of Blackbirds

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

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more machines

We can’t get enough of this “other-worldly look” – the neon blue (as our friend Pam pointed out) is awesome!

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Actually no post-production work here except to add the logos.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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From the control room –

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Fun at the movie theater. After watching The Last Jedi tonight, I took a quick peek in the control room and my camera happened to go off!

Have a Happy Weekend!

Chris

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WPC – Growth

In response to this week’s challenge – Growth 

 

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Roots Exposed

Not often seen, roots are a fascinating and obviously important part of every plant.

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Rust Dissolving

Always at work, rust grows on an exposed steel bolt.

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Cumulus Clouds Growing

Florida, summer heat, moisture, clouds grow and spread into afternoon thunderstorms.

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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Described as “New, never used. Got as a gift”. Update 1…

I just received this camera from an online purchase –

“New, never used. Got as a gift”. Well OK then. Whatever you say.

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New Olympus camera. That’s what the seller said.

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A science experiment?

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Never used but the Olympus factory always ships their cameras with an exposed roll of Fujifilm.

Per eBay’s definition of “new”… New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is applicable). Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packagings, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag.

Let’s see what happens with my claim. eBay has been very good with refunds when items have been grossly misrepresented. No complaints here.

Update 1: I sent the request for a full refund at 3:58 PM and had a full refund by 4:25 PM. Thanks to the seller for accepting responsibility for his error and quickly refunding my original purchase price including shipping.

Remember to always remove batteries when your camera is not in use… especially after a decade or more!

Chris

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sky painting 101

Beautiful contrails paint the sky after sunset – 12.17.2017

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Multiple levels of contrails and cirrus. Contrails are condensation trails produced by the exhaust from high flying jets. As the trails “age” they spread out and become less distinct and sometimes can form a cloud layer. Some contrails evaporate quickly if the upper-level atmosphere is exceedingly dry.

Thanks for stopping by!

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Chris

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Maritime Forest – Amelia Island and Irma

Amelia Island is a barrier island located in extreme northeast Florida along the Atlantic Ocean. It’s about 13 miles long and about 2 miles across at the widest point. The forest extends north-south along almost the entire length of the island – broken in only a few areas where roads pass through running from east to west. We locally call this strip of trees the greenway.

For about 72 hours prior to the arrival of Irma (well west of us and a tropical storm by then), a strong nor’easter had set up over the region producing almost continuous rainfall and sustained onshore winds of at least 20-30 mph with some gusts into the 45 mph range. Irma added heavy squalls into the equation as a major feeder band moved northward up the Florida east coast. For nearly 36 hours, our maritime forest and coast were battered by onshore winds of sustained 45 to 55 mph with frequent gusts to the low 80 mph range.

The effects of this persistent onshore wind took a heavy toll on the forest islandwide – numerous trees down, branches twisted off and thousands of tons (yes tons) of leaves lost.

In our own backyard, which is part of the forest, we lost numerous branches and a crazy amount of leaves. No trees down but in our small neighborhood many large oaks were felled by the strong winds (and soaked ground). It’s been almost 3 weeks now since Irma and some of the trees in our yard are showing the effects of the whipping winds.

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It looks like a typical autumn day (above) but the bald cypress trees here don’t change color until late November and generally don’t lose their needles until mid December. The color change reflects dead and dying needles on the branches.

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A closer look (above) shows many bare spots where the needles were simply stripped away from the branches.

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A large oak blown down during Irma (above).

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A rather large oak branch ripped away from the tree (above) in the persistent winds of Irma.

Our house is just about 800 meters away from the ocean… we don’t usually get heavy salt spray here but we did during the nor’easter and Irma. I’m sure some of the color change in the cypress trees has something to do with the spray and wind.

The trees will recover. They took this same type of beating last October during the passage offshore of Hurricane Matthew.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris