Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
For a list of other participants, visit Carly at Round Robin Photo Challenge.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I have decided to show a picture and ask a question. My question is related to my bird picture. Those of you that have visited my blog, Return of the White Robin, are familiar with my masthead picture. Most you probably recognize that the bird is a young robin. I felt fortunate to capture this picture without the little creature flying off to his nest. Last June. I posted a photograph of the bird that currently appears in my masthead for a Wordless Wednesday post; and then, a few days later I was lucky to catch another juvenile bird in a photograph . This bird was perched in the exact same spot as the first bird. So even though the birds were different-looking, I wondered if the two pictures might be the same bird. I posted a second picture on my blog with my query, "Is this the same bird?" Three people, who know more about birds than me, questioned my assumption that these two might be the same bird, my lovely sister-in-law, REM, Pamela of Dust Will Wait, Gawilli of Back in the Day. I sent the pictures to some experts at Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Sure enough, the bird experts confirmed what my friends suspected or knew, that these are two different birds. The first picture, the one that graces my masthead, is an American Robin, and the second baby is a Common Grackle.
On June 15, 2007, I did publish this retraction in my blog.
I am sorry blogging world for the misinformation about our avian friends. I
thank REM, Pamela, and Gawilli for their insight. However, I am somewhat
embarrassed by my error. Not only, do I teach science, but my degree is actually
in biology. Moreover, I have partially completed a correspondence course in
ornithology. Finally, I call my blog, Return of the White Robin. Hopefully, if I
ever see a white robin, I will be able to recognize the bird...Sheesh.
My question is, "Have you made an embarrassing or idiotic mistake on your blog or in your life that required a retraction or at least a revision?"
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I have two favorites and they both hang on the wall in my computer room. Both are pictures of our sons as toddlers. I like the composition of both photographs, and both pictures remind me of wonderful times. The first picture is our oldest son, Dean, on a camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Notice how the photographer, Daddy D, was able to capture the ripples of the rock Dean had just tossed into Lake Fanny Hooe at Copper Harbor, Michigan.
The second picture features little Luke looking wistfully at the beach and the bay in Naples, Florida. My parents retired to Florida, and we spent several Christmas vacations in Naples.
To see other great photographs and the list of participants, visit The Lurchers .
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Night Bloomer, Oenothera
Friday, August 8, 2008
Majestic Stream by our home
Since we live on a stream (drainage ditch), we frequently experience seepage when the creek rises in front of our house. A little water in the basement is irritating, but we have learned to live with the nuisance. The water usually recedes in a few hours and our home dries out quickly. We have a submersible sump pump that removes this extra water from the outside world. The electrical pump works fabulously as long as we have power.
Daddy D in the receding waters of his Inner Sanctum
Maximum depth of basement floodwaters was about 12 inches.
Unfortunately, Monday evening the power went out during the storm, and the water rose in our yard and in the basement. Many people, who live in similar circumstances, have purchased generators to run the sump pump when there is a loss of electricity. However, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere must have believed that they lived the charmed lives. Meaning Daddy D and I never bothered to purchase a generator. We talked about buying a generator. We looked at generators at Home Depot after the last big storm. But, did we have a generator on Monday night? Absolutely not. Did we buy one Tuesday morning? Absolutely!
Although we have sustained minor damage and lost a few belongings, we feel fortunate that our loss was minimal. Our hot water heater, washer, and dryer all still function. We need a new furnace anyway. Thus, with our brand, new, sparkly, shiny gasoline generator, we can return to the charmed life in Camelot.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
There is another category of words that I favor because of their intrinsic meaning. Love, grace, hope, forgiveness, patience, understanding, compassion, empathy are such words with profound meaning.