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Saturday, July 24, 2010

177/365: Blues Festival

Got to work the 16th annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival last night. First up were kids from Jimmy Adler's Blues Camp. These are high school and junior high school aged kids, and they played with much more skill than many, many musicians that I've heard on the radio lately. I'd have liked to take more pictures, but its hard to snap shots while you're working!

I also ran into Sherry who blogs at After the Bridge. I've "known" Sherry for years, pretty much since I started blogging six years ago, but we've never met in meatspace. Strange thing, the intertubes, you correspond with people, consider them friends, and yet, rarely get to meet face-to-face. Sherry and I spent about 15 minutes chatting like a couple of old friends, which in a way we are, even though we'd never met until yesterday.

Two more days of the Blues Fest. Eric Burdon and the Animals closes out tonight, and Sunday's show concludes with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Be there if you can!

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Crowd shot. Really doesn't convey the amount of people there.

Friday's headliner, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. It was getting dark, and the shutter speed was just a little too slow for handheld operation. The band was great!
I got the chance to talk with Chubby backstage. He told me when they got the gig in Pittsburgh, he was hoping for some cooler weather than what they get in the summer in Louisiana. Looks like he brought the swamp weather with him!

176/365: Pea Pods

Harvested a bunch of peas from the garden. In past years, I only planted a few peas, and was disappointed with the results. This year, I built proper trellisis out of the bamboo that fell during the blizzards of the winter, and was rewarded! After shelling, I had about a quart of the tastiest peas I've ever eaten.

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175/365: Garden

Things are coming along! Tomatos are ripening, there's corn starting to plump up, lots of beans and peas, summer squash, etc.


174/365: ZZZzzzzzz

Sleepy girl


173/365: Food

The nice thing about learning to cook is that I can take a few items, and throw them together into something tasty without a recipie.


Monday, July 19, 2010

172/365: Stonework

171/365: Black Staining Polypore

Meripilus sumstinei. It is an edible that is somewhat related to the excellent Hen of the Woods, Grifola frondosa. I spotted this huge growth from about 75 yards away at the base of a big old oak tree.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

170/365: Jack o'Lanterns

Omphalotus olearius, the Jack O'Lantern! Not edible. In fact, it will make you very, very sick if you eat it. Unfortunatly, when young, some people mistake it for the edible chanterelle.


169/365: Amanita Cokeri

One of the many, many varities of amanita. As the amanitas contain the world's most deadly mushrooms, it is not one I'd like to eat.


168/365: Nesting

This robin build a nest under the porch at my parents' house.


167/365: Farmer's Market

166/365: Driving Lesson

165/365: Green Tomatos

164/365: Piano Child

163/365: Spires

This Depresses Me

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ye Olde E-mail Bagge

In today's spam can.

earring federal bartender

jersey cow living with support group clock from try

Why a jersey cow needs a support group is beyond me.

Friday, July 09, 2010

160/365: Farmer's Market

Bellevue Farmer's market. We picket up some sweet peas, a blackberry pie, some cheese, and some bread. Our first time at this market, it was disappointingly small. We'll be headed to Sewickley on Saturday.


161/365: Chocolote Slime

The chocolate tube slime mold, Stemonitis splendens.


160/365: Old & Young

There are two fawns in the picture, one is hiding behind the bush.


159/365: Chanterelle

Been rather dry, but the chanterelles are out!

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158/365: Polypore

Polypore attached to a tree.


Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

157/365: Crown-Tip Coral

Clavicorona pyxidata


156/365: Sign

Friday, July 02, 2010

155/365: Pretty In Pink

154/365: Fungus Five-0

Earned my "fifty" button from the mushroom club. I can now reliably ID over 50 wild mushrooms and slimes. Next stop, 100!

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