I'm catching up with myself, from this time a few years back when I imagined keeping up all along through an entire year with a seasonal journal--part of my "Floyd County Almanac" that sits just exactly where it did when I abandoned it.I remember as I wrote this thinking how smug of me to look out my window at leaves almost all fallen from the trees and all insect night noises silenced while I simply went upstairs and brought down the long sleeves when winter approached.Not a one of the millions of other living things we share the northern hemisphere … Continue Reading ››
Sorry. I have just a minute this morning before rushing off to a dentist appointment in Blacksburg.Some of you may have suffered the dissociative results in panoramas when people move as you're panning. It can create some bizarre amputations and other bodily permutations. This is one such example.And, given the fact that my son, my brother-in-law and I sang an a cappella rendition of "Down To the River to Pray" for my wife's dad's memorial service in Biloxi, this apparent baptism scene from a cousin's pier in the bay seemed appropriate for this morning's posting.This is one of those "forgiveness rather than … Continue Reading ››
I had planned to post a few images from last week's quick Gulf Coast trip. So much for plans.I upgraded to Yosemite. Chrome is broken. Safari is not living up to the hype of being faster and more of a real browser I've never found it to be, but I'm stuck with it for a while, and all thumbs.iPhotos--also updated--does not like the old version of Java runtime and the new version is taking a half hour to download. So this image was not cheap.I hope you appreciate the simple picture of leaves on our path that cost me 30 … Continue Reading ››
Is it just US? Are others in Floyd County being bedeviled by clouds of tiny "gnats"--which upon inspection are a type of fly?What is the source? I'm thinking these are "wet vegetation" hatches. They especially like to congregate above our windows in doors to the extent that you can't see paint underneath them.Phorid flies maybe? They are smaller than fruit flies. Wing length is greater than body length. Does anybody have a valid ID so that I can explore control measures?
There's plenty of color in the Southern Appalachian forests, as if hue and saturation sliders were nudged to the right by the Master Painter. In just the past week, we've had a remarkable intensification of the yellows, golds and reds that were so faint just ten days ago.And while the forest floor is temporarily also colorful with freshly-fallen scarlet and saffron hickory, oak, maple and poplar, that goes quickly to somber sienna and burnt umber. Except...We do see these occasional splashes of brilliant red berries clustered low to the ground and often hidden under fallen leaves.Can you identify what plant these berries … Continue Reading ››