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Monday, May 31, 2010


Friday, May 28, 2010

121/365: Number 2, the....

Number 1 was the larch. The larch. But what is number 2?


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Angry Weather Caller

120/365: Salad Starter

I have seven 4'x4' Square Foot Gardening boxes. This one is just outside the kitchen, and contains turnips, beets, cabbage, broccoli, four different kinds of lettuce, basil, bok choy, rosemary and sage. The removable cage means I'm no longer sharing with the groundhogs.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

119/365: Lint Feeder

Yes, you've heard of a bird feeder, and this is for the birds too! Its a ceramic art piece that you can pack your dryer lint into for the birds, instead of leaving the lint on the yard. You can get them here!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Towel Day!

118/365: Brown Cup

Brown cup fungus. If you squeeze it just right, the spores coming off it looks like smoke.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

117/365: Slime Mold.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

116/365:Talk To The Spoon!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

115/365: Farmer's Market

We hit the Sewickley's Farmer's Market this morning. Got beef from McElhaney Family Farm, goat, lamb and eggs from Dream Thyme Farms, cheese from the Amish River View Dairy, and some jam from one of the "kitchen crafters."


Friday, May 21, 2010


Guess I wasn't the first person here.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

113/365: Legs



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

112/365: Fallen Log Falls

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

111/365: Falls

Washington County, PA


Monday, May 17, 2010

110/365: The Last Morel?

I think we're done with morels in these parts for the year. I spotted this one clinging to a creekbed. I found nearly 50, so it is my best year yet for morel hunting. Next up, chanterelles!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

109/365: Trillium

Saturday, May 15, 2010

108/365: Smurf Village

And I made all those blue bastards homeless!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

107/365: Dryad's Saddle

One of our favs. We slice it into strips, dip it in batter, and fry it up!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

106/365: Tent Worms

Spotted these while walking in the woods. Interesting critters, but not very good for the trees.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

105/365: Gusher

Why does the watermain always break in front of MY house??


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

104/365: Mmmmmm

So, what to do with those morels? How about chicken breasts in a morel cream sauce?


Tyrannical Taxes?


Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found.
Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal spending as being out of control.
(And yet, not a peep out of them as Bush ran up record deficits while blowing through the surplus left to him by a Democrat--- Froth) While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels.

Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.

So, what was your complaint again teabaggers?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Belly - Feed The Tree (Video)

103/365: Bag of Gold

They're worth about $145.00 a pound.

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102/365: Abandoned

No one is home.


Sunday, May 09, 2010

Eating Their Own

The GOP gets crazier....

Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly has, for my money, the best take on this....

If speeches at the convention were any indication, Utah Republicans found Bennett unacceptable for two main reasons: his support for the Bush administration's TARP bill in 2008, and his willingness to work on a bipartisan health care reform bill -- the Wyden/Bennett "Health Americans Act" -- that enjoyed support from several conservative Republicans, but never actually received a vote. These hardly-outrageous departures from the far-right line led Tea Partiers, the Club For Growth, and others in the party base to deem Bennett unacceptable, despite his consistently conservative voting record...

As for the bigger picture, Bennett's convention defeat is yet another reminder of a Republican Party that has very little tolerance for those who fail to toe the right-wing line in every instance. The examples keep piling up -- Arlen Specter, Dede Scozzafava, Charlie Crist -- and the "purge" is likely not complete. The goal, apparently, is to create a smaller, more rigid, less reasonable party, which discourages diversity of thought.

Utah's results also send a message to Republican lawmakers who might consider constructive lawmaking: don't do it. The GOP base doesn't want responsible leaders who'll try to solve problems; it wants hard-right ideologues.

Keep marching off that cliff, Goopers. As a partisan, this makes me happy. The further the right moves towards authortivness, the more they marginalize themselves, and the easier it is for Democrats to get elected. As a patriot and pragmatist, I find the GOP's move towards the irrelevance of bipartisanship to be an ever more frightening development, as it makes effective governance and practical legislation all but impossible.


Obviously, when the Reverend looked online for someone to carry his bags, he was bewildered by the intertubes.
What he really wanted-------------------------------->>>

Saturday, May 08, 2010

101/365: Baby Smiles

100/365: Marathon

Runners in the Pittsburgh Marathon crossing the 16th St. bridge.


99/365: Look What I Found!

Another morel, of course!

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98/365: Conk

This is an artist's conk. You can make designs on the white underside, like this example.

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97/365: A Fine Find

There's a good looking morel!

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96/365: Morel!

This one looks like its been nibbled a bit.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

95/365: On Your Marks....

The crowd is chomping at the bits, ready to hunt morels!


94/365: Full Moon

Do you know how hard it is to hold a camera steady? I really need to invest in a tripod.


93/365: Sprouts

Some sort of mushroom sprouting on a dead pine. Can't find it in any of my books, but it looks to be some sort of puffball.


92/365: Dozer

91/365: Morning Wood

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

90/365: Buds

I'm not sure what kind of shrub/tree this is, but the buds are pretty.


89/365: Geese

They're quite a pair!


88/365: Duck Family

Spotted in North Park.


87/365: Dogwood Blossom

One of my favorite trees.


86/365: Garbage

I really dislike litter. I often carry a small plastic bag in the car so I can pick up after others thoughtlessness and selfishness.


Project 365 update:

I'm still taking pictures every day, but things have been a bit hectic the last two weeks, and I've englected to post them, so we'll be playing catch-up for a couple of days here.

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