Sunday, July 31, 2011



Across the fields of yesterday
He sometimes comes to me,
A little lad just back from play–
The lad I used to be.
And yet he smiles so wistfully
Once he has crept within,
I wonder if he hopes to see
The man I might have been.

By Thomas S. Jones, Jr.

Sunday's Backyard Birds

Hairy Woodpecker

Juvenile Red Bellied Woodpecker

Adult Red Bellied Woodpecker

Catbird doing yoga

Thursday, July 28, 2011

ISS Headed to the Abyss - IBT

The Final Resting Place of the ISS
In an effort to keep outer space clean and junk-free, Russia and its partners plan to sink the International Space Station (ISS) in the ocean after its scheduled retirement in 2020, Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said in a statement on Wednesday.
"After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS. It cannot be left in orbit, it's too complex, too heavy an object, it can leave behind lots of rubbish," said deputy head of Roskosmos space agency Vitaly Davydov.

The ISS was placed in Earth’s lower orbit in 1988 and is a joint project of space agencies from the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.
Space junk can be disastrous for spacecrafts and satellites, according to astronauts. Mir space station was also sunk by Russia into the Pacific Ocean in 2001 when its 15-year life cycle ended.
Russia strives to lead in space exploration after NASA’s 30-year space shuttle mission ended on July 21 with successful landing of the final space shuttle, Atlantis.    

Source: The International Business Times

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

Betty bakes until golden on the outside and slightly doughy on the inside.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A New Addition

Expectant cow

On my way home from work Friday I noticed this cow laying by herself near a creek. The reason I noticed this particular cow was because it was feeding time and all the rest of the herd was eating at the barn, a couple of hundred yards away. When I stopped to take  a picture she mooed and stood up. That is when I noticed her condition. After arriving home and eating dinner, my wife Candy and I took a short drive to check on the cow's progress and saw this:

A newborn calf
Struggling to keep its balance the newborn stands his ground.
Proud Mama cow

Norwegian Star Kirkenes 9396127

Hailing from Bergen, Norway  682 Feet 5 inches long and 105 Feet wide, the Norwegian cargo ship is currently docked in Baltimore,  but will head out soon to Fernandina Beach, Florida. The tug boat Garden S is in the foreground.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Quote for the day

Virginia Beach
"They were watching, out there past men's knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea."   

Tuesday, July 19, 2011