Saturday, March 31, 2007

Friday, March 30, 2007


A Dutch hybrid crocus "Pickwick" blooming at the Owens family farm in Ohio.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Free to Run

Jack stretching his legs in the open field at his great-grandparent's farm in Ohio.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Grandpa, What's a Record?

The iPod generation meets Thomas Edison.
Annaka and Jack learning about music before there were CDs and iPods.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Habitat for Humanity

The results of only four work days on this year's Habitat for Humanity house sponsored by First United Methodist Church. The next couple of weeks college students on spring break will be helping with the house.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Snowflakes are Blooming

Snowflake (Leucojum) are members of the same family as daffodils, jonquils and narcissus. The flowers have a distinctive bell shape with a green spot on the tip of each petal.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Railroad Crossing

Railroad crossing on the Conway Riverwalk under the Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Importance of Bees

Seeing this bee on the Carolina Jessamine reminded me of recent articles about a major problem called "Colony Collapse Disorder" which is affecting the honey bee population. Since 1971 one half of the U.S. honey bee colonies have vanished and the rate is accelerating in recent years. Why are honey bees important?
  • They pollinate 15 billion dollars worth of US crops each year.
  • It is estimated that we owe one in three bites of food to bees.
Are bees an environmental "Canary in the Coal Mine"?

Monday, March 05, 2007

A Bee and a Bug

More signs of an early spring. I also spotted a sulphur butterfly on Saturday which may have blown in with a recent storm.

Assassin Bug

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Old Hand Pump

This pump located at Freewoods Farm was manufactured by the Red Jacket Mfg. Co of Davenport, Iowa. Robert Lafferty invented the double-action iron hand water pump in 1878 and named the company after Chief Red Jacket, a Seneca Indian chief.