July 31, 2013

July 19, 2013

  • Did you ever meet a Storm Petrel?

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    The Storm Petrel is one of about 50 species of seabirds. They are widely distributed around the world.

    Storm petrels are very small birds. The kind you could hold in your hand. Some may not weigh much more than an ounce.

    They are almost always found in the open ocean. They collect shrimp, squid, or small crustaceans as food. They have webbed feet and can be seen “walking” on the water with wings spread wide. They may alight on the water periodically to rest.

    They seldom come ashore except during the breeding season, when they gather to nest in burrows or in crevices in the rocks. They usually lay only one egg. The parents leave the young chick several days before it is fledged to return to the ocean. As soon as the chick is able to fly it heads for the ocean where it will fend for itself.

       

July 15, 2013

  • Touring Virginia’s Shoreline  

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    The lighthouse repainting appears to be about finished.

  • No, it’s not fog.

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    Achoo! This may look like fog, but it is blowing pollen from crested wheat grass in western South Dakota in early July. This is a common grass used for livestock feed in this part of the country. Bless you!  

July 14, 2013

  •   Deadwood, South Dakota

    On a recent trip to South Dakota, we had the opportunity to walk the streets of Deadwood, a town with lots of old western history.

    Wild Bill Hickok was fatally shot in the back of the head while playing poker at the site of the Old Saloon No. 10.  Wild Bill usually sat with his back to the wall, but on this occasion the only seat available was back to the door.  Jack McCall (alias Broken Nose Jack) walked into the saloon on August 2, 1876 and promptly shot Wild Bill from the back.  He died instantly. McCall was arrested and tried, but for some reason was acquitted. He fled into Wyoming where he was again arrested and tried after bragging about his deed. He was found guilty, and hanged on March 1, 1877.

    At the time of death, Wild Bill was holding two black aces and two black eights. The fifth card is unknown. The hand became known as “Dead Man’s Hand”

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July 11, 2013

  • Xanga web host is changing. Not able to currently download videos, which we have. Not sure how long this website will survive, if it does.

    We have published here for more than 6 years and our hope is that we can continue.  Keeping fingers crossed.

May 28, 2013

  • The Assateague Lighthouse

    The Assateague Lighthouse stands on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, Virginia.

    The original lighthouse was constructed in 1833 at a cost of approximately $55,000. In 1867 the present taller and more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse was completed. Assateague’s lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The lighthouse stands 142 feet high, with a base over 27 feet in diameter.

    It is trademarked by circular red and white bands. But not at the present.  In need of repainting, it has been sandblasted down to the brick in preparation for repainting. After repainting it will be open again for climbing.

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    Before and after of the lighthouse. As it stands on the right, bare of paint, it is nearly ready for its facelift.

  • Memorial Day weekend roaming the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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    These are Sika Deer, or Japanese Deer.  They are significantly smaller than our native Whitetail Deer, and may be closer related to elk than deer. They are often seen on Assateague Island.  They are more nocturnal than the Whitetail and best chances of seeing them might be just before dusk. 

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May 23, 2013

  • Memorial Day – 2013

    Memorial Day 

    Memorial Day is the traditional day of remembrance for the men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces. This United States Federal Holiday occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who fell during the Civil War.

    Pause to remember this weekend, and give thanks.


     

May 10, 2013