Saturday, December 30, 2006

Gotta Wear Shades

Jack and Annaka

Reminds me of a song from 1989 "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by the musical group, Timbuk 3.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Standing on One Leg

Did you ever wonder why birds will stand on one leg for a seemingly long period of time? Thanks to Google, I found the following explanation from April Holladay's WonderQuest column in USA Today.
Experts say a bird's leg gets three times more blood per heartbeat than the pectoral muscles used in flying, which are the largest muscles in his body. Consequently, he loses much more heat through his legs and feet than through his body. By standing on one leg, he can keep the other leg close to his body, inside feathers, and reduce heat loss.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Tradition

I can still remember the Christmas I received my Lionel train. It has become a Christmas tradition and has been set up at Christmas every year. Our boys looked forward to the train each Christmas. And now after 50 plus years, four grandchildren can enjoy this tradition.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Early morning dew on the tip of a pine needle.

Monday, December 18, 2006


The Poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett. During his time as Ambassador to Mexico, he wandered the countryside looking for new plant species. In 1828 he found a beautiful shrub with large red flowers growing next to a road. He took cuttings from the plant and brought them back to his greenhouse in South Carolina. Even though Poinsett had an outstanding career as a United States Congressman and as an ambassador he will always be remembered for introducing the poinsettia into the United States.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Pansy Pollen

Tiny grains of pollen at the center of the flower.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Holly and a Hopper

Red berries aren't the only thing on the Burford holly.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Still Life

Pottery vase from Seagrove, NC
Corn husk flowers from Berea, KY

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Pilot Mountain

Pilot mountain, located near Mt. Airy, NC., is believed to be the inspiration for the fictional town of Mt. Pilot on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Hand Pump

Original well dating to the late 1860's was used until 1944.
Owens family farm - Jeffersonville, Ohio