Friday, April 16, 2010

Mensa Boy & Wanda

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We had a few minutes last night to take photos of the chicks. I'll post more later. Here is a shot of Mensa Boy and Wanda.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bear & Sheryl

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This is the closest Bear has gotten to one of the chicks and she's handling it quite well. This is the last chick to receive a name. I think it will be Sheryl. It was Mensa Boy's idea. Of course.

Monday, April 12, 2010


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South Carolina is draped all over with Wisteria now. I know my mom complains all the time about how allergic she is to it, but it doesn't bother me at all. I'd much rather have this than Lilac, which just the mere scent of can send me into paroxysms of sneezing. Lilac doesn't grow here. Aw shuuuucks!

I shot this on the walk into 40-Acre Rock last Friday. I struggled with the greens in Photoshop, but every time I got them looking the way I wanted, the wisteria got odd-looking. Then I remembered the greens actually were kind of yellowish.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Here is a link to Willow Hill Araucana Farm in Washington state. My friend the chicken breeder says Amelia is an araucana.


Amelia (Earhart)

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Introducing Amelia. She is the first of my 4 chicks to receive a name. That's because she's the first to show us a personality. And that personality is calculating and desiring flight!

She was looking up at me last night when I went to check on them. At least, I thought she was looking at me. But then I realized, as she swiveled her head around, that she was looking at the top edges of the box. Then she just took a little hop, flapped her wings, and flew straight up at me! She came about 4 inches from the top of the box before dropping back down.

I need to ask my friend Rick again what kind she is. We picked out 4 chicks yesterday afternoon. I'll keep them here for about a month and then we'll introduce them to bff's flock. They will live there with her seven.

Our yogafarm is coming along nicely. The beds are all turned and Mensa Boy is finishing framing in the ones that needed it. We'll start planting greens pretty soon, and we'll start the other seeds in pots.

Three more chicks need names.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Miniature Field of Red

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Another photo of flowers from 40 Acre Rock. There are little tiny colonies of these flowers everywhere. I had no idea at first what they might be, but then I got to wondering if they might be some kind of sedum?


40 Acre Rock

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What a cool place! We drove to the very southern end of Lancaster County yesterday afternoon to explore 40 Acre Rock. (It's really more like 14 acres, guys)

It's just a big granite outcropping right on the edge of the Piedmont and Sandhills regions of South Carolina in the Flat Creek Preserve. It's pretty well hidden in the a wooded area. This is intentional, apparently, because of its delicate ecosystem.

We stayed mostly on the rock, where we saw amazing displays of swamp jasmine and a few small sedum and wildflowers. I took my Canon Powershot point & shoot because it has a macro setting. (I don't have a macro lens for the Nikon. Yet.) That's how I captured this closeup of this little blue flower. Carter, if you are still reading. let me know what this is, ok?

I needs to go back there. Again and again. There are hiking trails in there and apparently even a small waterfall. The rock itself has a bit of graffiti on it, but not as bad as I expected. I suspect the local conservancy has effectively shut down most of the abuse by local teens and rednecks by shutting off the unpaved road that takes you to the rock. You have to park and walk to get in.


Saturday, April 03, 2010

Peach Tree Blossoms

Things are bustin' out all over here in SC and that means many of my friends and family are suffering from allergies. YogiLiz is rubbing her eyes and Taylor is sneezing his fool head off. My car has it's first of many coatings of yellow pollen. Today we noticed that I have hand-print shaped pollen on my car windows. Apparently the pollen just adhered to the oils of the hands that had been placed there.

Thursday night we went on a shootout, intending to start with the peach trees and end with the full moon. But by 9:15 I was ready to bag it from cold and fatigue. On the way home we did see the biggest, most fantastic orange-colored moon I've think I've ever seen.

Spring break started at 3:30 yesterday afternoon and I'm hoping there will be many shootouts in the coming 9 days, as well as many asana practices, plenty of time vegging on the patio or porch, and maybe a nap or two thrown in.

Happy Easter everyone. He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!