Our new motto - "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" - hat found in an abandoned fire pit.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
David Hayes caught the record-breaking fish from a private pond while fishing early this month with his granddaughter, Alyssa, 3. The 21-pound, 1-ounce catfish measured 32 inches long — 2 inches longer than the Barbie Doll fishing pole. “After catching two or three bluegill, Alyssa turns to me and says: ‘Papa, I’ve got to go to the bathroom. Hold my fishing rod,’” Hayes was quoted as saying in a news release from the state Wildlife Resources Commission.
“A few minutes later, the float went under, and I saw the water start boiling up — I knew right then that I had my hands full with that fishing rod.”
The fish was weighed on certified scales at a nearby grocery store, and a fisheries biologist with the Wildlife Resources Commission certified that Hayes was right. — WNCN, Raleigh, N.C.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Also pretty interesting was that we showed up on "Vintage Baseball Sunday." I previously had no idea that such a thing exists. We watched a pretty entertaining game between the Chesapeake & Potomac Baseball Club and the Elkton Eclipse, two (apparently) local vintage ball clubs. I know very little about baseball history but I was not surprised - no balls or strikes, "one bounce rule," and of course....no baseball gloves.
The amount of base stealing was totally ridiculous, with numerous batters hitting to first, and then stealing second.....then stealing third.
My late grandfather, a Brooklyn native, part-time sports writer, and life-long fan of the long-gone New York Giants (baseball club) and the Brooklyn Dodgers, would have been very pleased. The only thing that could have made it more perfect would to have had my grandfather there.....and possibly to have the Two Man Gentleman Band playing in the background.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Red-backed Salamander in a restored vernal pool. Notice the tannins from the pine woods are leaching into the water, creating a very low (but fairly natural) pH.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Had a hard time identifying this guy who was hanging out on a wool sedge. My best guess is that it's some type of meadowhawk. More critters and plants later!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We also found a few really nice stands of wild rice. Wild rice is a durable but sensitive plant, and it is one of nature's perfect bird foods. The tidal freshwater marshes of Maryland were covered with it 100 years ago....unfortunately one of the things it's sensitive to is cloudy, polluted water. Oops.
Enough marsh hibiscus to go around! Both white and lavender forms were present & blooming.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Juvenile cardinal is pretty pleased with himself
Friday, August 1, 2008
First cut of tobacco - lowest leaves laid out to sun dry
Well, it's officially late summer. If for no other reason than the warm spring and hot early summer have forced almost everything to bloom....peppers are the stragglers this year. Beans (3 species) have flowered prolifically this year but have been very poor producers. Wonder if that's due to humidity, frequent rains blowing the blooms off the plants, or the "honeybee issue."
Hard to tell.