2018

Shutterbug Saturday: Snow Pix

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We’ve had cold temps here and plenty of rain but, the two haven’t combined to give us any frozen precipitation. Don’t me wrong. I’m not complaining. I like a good snow storm, here and there but, I don’t like the mess. That being said, since we haven’t had any of the white stuff, I submit…for your approval…some pix I harvested from a FakeBook group back in 2018, when we had two snow bombs. I posted my own photos on December 9, 2018 and added some of my stuff to the same group. These are really good and photographer credit is listed. I will post the rest, tomorrow. ~Vic

Snowman Pooping Image One
Photo Credit: Mike Oechsle
Snow Tree Image Two
Photo Credit: Alex Webb
What Is This Image Three
Photo Credit: Laura Smith
Icicles Image Four
Photo Credit: Becky Johnson
Cold Cardinal Image Five
Photo Credit: Dora Hammond

FOTD: Narcissus

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I haven’t gotten a shot of our now-blooming Narcissus. They started coming up last month. They seem to enjoy the cold weather. I’ve seen them bloom with ice on the ground. ~Vic

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Narcissus Image
02-22-2018

Shutterbug Saturday: Sky Gazing 2.0

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Beauty when you look up. All photos are my personal collection © ~Vic

Part I & Sunsets Local

Cloud Image One
A “W” with a smile.
06-22-2018
Cloud Image Two
A big feather or…a Gremlin?
06-27-2019
Cloud Image Three
Reminds me of cooked fish.
10-17-2019
Cloud Image Four
Ribbons of color.
The phone couldn’t capture the deep pinks.
11-12-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Halloween Local 2.0

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More local images. Part I was last year. All pictures are my personal collection. ~Vic

Squirrel Image One
I *think* this is a stuffed squirrel.
11-03-2015
Hamilton Burr Image Two
Hamilton vs Burr
10-23-2016
Skeleton Image Three
Another angle of the crazy skeleton from last year’s post.
11-05-2017
Spider & Bat Image Four
I love the bat.
11-05-2017
Ghost Image Five
“I’m coming to take you away, ha-ha!”
10-28-2018
Skeleton & Ghost Image Six
This bat isn’t as well fed as the last one.
10-28-2018
Snake Skeleton Image Seven
The snake skeleton is pretty creepy.
10-28-2018
Frankenstein Jack Image Eight
It’s Frankenstein Jack!
10-28-2018
Eek Image Nine
Spider in the bushes and EEK on the mailbox.
10-28-2018
Big Spider Image Ten
That is a big spider.
10-28-2018

POTD: Stickwork Sculpture 2.0

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This is a companion shot to my June 3, 2019, POTD post. This was taken a year later, nearly to the day. ~Vic

Stickwork Sculpture Image
On the Riverwalk
07-16-2018

Shutterbug Saturday: The Town

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I’ve posted enough times about the small town I live in. It’s old, it’s eclectic and it is walk-able. It’s also way too expensive, unfortunately. But, I am enjoying it while I am here. ~Vic

Courthouse Image One
Orange County Courthouse
09-28-2019
Library Image Tow
Local Library
10-06-2018
Old Cedar Walk Image Three
Old Cedar Walk Sign
06-13-2018
The Cedar Walk Image Four
The Cedar Walk Circa 1818
07-17-2018
Old Courthouse Image Five
Old Courthouse
07-17-2018
Old Courthouse Back Entrance Image Six
Old Courthouse
Back Entrance
07-14-2019

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Autumnal Equinox 2019

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Now that I have gotten the Billboard nonsense off of my chest, today is the first day of Autumn. The Equinox of 2018 fell on September 22. I wasn’t out and about, today so, no pix but, I do have some from last year.

Flag Image One
House a block away from mine.
09-23-2018
Riverwalk Path Image Two
Riverwalk path.
Cedar Tree Image Three
Odd looking Cedar tree that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight.
Riverwalk Bridge Image Four
Riverwalk iron bridge.

The Equinox for our area occurred at 3:50am EDT. ~Vic

Facts & Folklore

Meteorological Fall

Time and Date Issue #88

FOTD: Azaleas

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Azaleas are usually Springtime visitors. Some of them, well, they are the late bloomers. This is a small bush on the First Baptist church property. ~Vic

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Azaleas Image
09-23-2018

Shutterbug Saturday: Training

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My paternal grandfather was a firefighter, my brother-in-law is and my dad nearly was. I grew up going with my grandmother to my hometown’s fire department HQ, bringing lunch for my grandfather. When he retired, he worked dispatch.

As a Drivers License Examiner, I got to give road tests in firetrucks.

I was lucky to catch this. I was walking home from the local market. ~Vic

Training The Next Generation

Ladder Truck Image One
Rotating and extending. 09-09-2019
Ladder Truck Image Two
Reaching for the Moon.
Ladder Truck Image Three
Retracting.
Ladder Truck Image Four
Successful test for the young buck.
Department Sign Image Five
Serving our small town and the rural communities. They are a wonderful crew. 12-01-2018

FOTD: Yellow

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I think this is a Wingstem or Yellow Ironweed (Verbesina Alternifolia). If I am wrong, y’all speak up. ~Vic

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Yellow Ironweed Image
09-08-2018

FOTD: Royal Blue

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I will have to figure this one out, later. ~Vic

Update: After much digging, I found this to be a Salvia Guaranitica or Hummingbird Sage.

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Royal Blue Flower Image
10-06-2018

POTD: Eagle

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Taking flight with a fish? ~Vic

Eagle Cloud Image
Watching the sky.
10-18-2018

Foto Friday: Critter Collections 5.0

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All Things Critter
All photos are my personal collection. ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III/Part IV

McKinley Spider Image One
A McKinley by the lamp post at the First Baptist Church.
The web was enormous.
09-02-2017
Orb Weaver Image Two
An Orb Weaver off the corner of the front porch.
09-22-2017
Preying Mantis Image Three
I guess she was enjoying the flowers.
10-02-2017
Preying Mantis Image Four
She posed for me.
What a ham.
Slug Image Five
Slug on the front porch.
10-18-2017
Lady Beetle Image Six
It took me a while to find this one.
Google “black bug, yellow dots” and you will get tons of pix.
This is an Asian lady beetle larva.
10-28-2017
Slug Image Seven
Larger slug on the side of the house.
06-16-2018
Moth Image Eight
Moth on the kitchen window.
04-03-2019

POTD: Stickwork Sculpture

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In November of 2015, Patrick Dougherty of Stickwork was commissioned by the Hillsborough Arts Council to craft a sculpture for our Riverwalk. The saplings were sustainably harvested from the Ayr Mount Historic Site. In December of last year, the heavy snowfall damaged the original piece and it was finally taken down. I’m glad I got some photos of it. ~Vic

Stickwork Sculpture Image
“A Sight To Behold”
06-09-2017

FOTD: Narcissus

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These beauties have their own timetable. They bloom early, even when it is still cold…or snowing, no less. They are quite happy underneath Mr. Sugar Maple. ~Vic

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Narcissus Image
02-22-2018

POTD: Headstones

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Companion photo to my post on April 17. ~Vic

Headstone Wall Image
They don’t know where the graves are for these headstones and many records have been lost.
07-16-2018

Pink Moon 2019

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Ok. So. No full moon pix for today. *sigh* We have been inundated with storms…again. We were bombarded with tornado warnings for five hours. An area just south of town close to I-40 was damaged. I am so glad it’s over.

That being said, I do have some shots of the waxing gibbous moon from April 28, 2018. I suspect I had the same problem during that full moon on April 29 (8:58pm EDT)…bad weather. I also have some waxing gibbous shots from April 16.

Howl for me! ~Vic

Pink Moon 2019 was at 100% illumination at 7:12am EDT.

Pink Moon Image One
Downtown walk.
Waxing Gibbous.
04-28-2018

From Moon Giant:

April’s full moon is widely known as the Full Pink Moon, even though it doesn’t actually turn pastel pink as the name suggests. The Full Pink Moon’s name comes from the abundance of moss phlox, a common little pink flower that typically begins to spread across the ground in early spring. With that said, this creeping phlox is not the only thing that begins blooming during the Full Pink Moon.

In many Native American tribes, April’s full moon is associated with the bustling life and vibrant growth of spring. In Sioux culture, it’s named after the sprouting of red grass. The Comanche tribe called it the New Spring Moon and, both the Tlingit and Sioux tribes referred to it as the Budding Moon, after the new plants that begin to bud and sprout during spring. The Cherokee tribe even called it the Flower Moon (though that name is also sometimes used to refer to May’s full moon) and celebrated it for the growth of useful medicinal plants and magical herbs.

Pink Moon Image Two
Walking back home.

At the same time, April is a time when rivers and streams begin to fully thaw. Accordingly, the Shoshone tribe named April’s full moon the Full Melting Moon and the Arapaho tribe called it the Moon Where Ice Breaks in the River. It was also known as the Fish Moon because of the fish that would begin to swim upstream during this time. The Cherokees believed that flowing water was under the control of a spirit called the Long Man and would perform rituals to honor him during the Full Pink Moon. An example of a ritual like this was the Knee Deep Dance, based off the movements of the Water Frog. The Assiniboine tribe also called April’s full moon the Frog Moon.

Water is not the only thing that starts to flow during the Full Pink Moon. This is also the time where maple sap begins to flow in earnest, marking the true beginning of the incredibly important sugar-making season. The Abenaki tribes called April’s full moon the Sugar Maker Moon, and the Ojibwe called it the Sugarbush Moon. The Ojibwe tribe would journey north to their spring camps to tap maple syrup and engage in spear fishing. Maple syrup was integral to Ojibwe culture. Not only was it a crucial method of seasoning all their foods (they did not have access to salt at that time) but, it also symbolized harmony within the community and with the forces of nature around them.

Pink Moon Image Three
Gold Park
Waxing Gibbous
04-16-2019

The Full Pink Moon also holds religious significance in other cultures. For example, in Islāmic communities around the world, April’s full moon is celebrated as Bara’at Night, also known as the Night of Innocence. Muslims offer up prayers, asking God to absolve dead ancestors of their sins. They also prepare sweet desserts such as halwa or zarda and give it out to children, the needy and other members of their community. Meanwhile, Christians call it the Paschal Moon and celebrate the first Sunday after April’s full moon as Easter Sunday. It’s possible that the reason why the Easter Bunny brings eggs is because April’s full moon is also known as the Egg Moon, given that animals such as geese begin mating and laying eggs in spring.

Pink Moon Image Four
Riverwalk

From Farmers Almanac:

While April is known for its showers and ever-warming temperatures, it is also known as a month when spring flowers begin to show up. The name came from the herb moss pink or wild ground phlox which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. As the name infers, the flowers are pink in color, thus the name for April’s full Moon. But no, the Moon itself won’t be turning pink.

Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the full Moon names but, in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.

Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and, among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Also referred to as:
Grass Moon
Hare Moon

Western Washington University Native American Moons
American Indian Moon Names

Shutterbug Saturday: Local Rogue Artistes

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Sharing some graffiti artwork from our Riverwalk. All photos are from my personal collection. ~Vic

Graffiti Image One
Decorating an abandoned house.
Love is all…y’all.
09-23-2018
Graffiti Image Two
That looks like a wooden prison door.
I have no idea what WAE stands for.
10-06-2018
Graffiti Image Three
Door to the underworld?
10-06-2018
Graffiti Image Four
Think and, live life to the fullest.
10-06-2018
Graffiti Image Five
Smile.
Aw-some.
Brains.
10-06-2018
Graffiti Image Six
Wake up.
We seen it all.
Looks like the ‘all seeing eye’.
TK could be ‘think’, again?
01-08-2019
Graffiti Image Seven
I haven’t a clue.
01-08-2019
Graffiti Image Eight
Imagine (to the left).
Think (again).
I can’t read the rest.
03-17-2019
Graffiti Image Nine
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Well said and true.
03-17-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Completely Rotten…

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My Ollie and his escapades. He is such a case. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Oliver Image One
(Oliver, the ginger Hemingway)
Because the water tastes SO much better in here.
10-24-2017
Oliver Image Two
I like your chair, Mommy.
12-07-2017
Oliver Image Three
What?
12-15-2017
Oliver Image Four
Crunch, crunch, crunch…
05-03-2018
Oliver Image Five
It’s too BRIGHT.
12-04-2018

Foto Friday: Sunsets Local

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All photos, below, are my personal collection. ~Vic


Sunset Image One
Food Lion parking lot as storm clouds rolled through.
07-12-2016


Sunset Image Two
My neighborhood.
12-12-2016


Sunset Image Three
Evening walk.
11-05-2017


Sunset Image Four
Up the street.
11-11-2017


Sunset Image Five
Late Spring walk.
06-02-2018


Sunset Image Six
Phoenix in the sky.
08-06-2018


Sunset Image Seven
Cotton on fire.
09-18-2018


Sunset Image Eight
Riverwalk
01-06-2019


Sunset Image Nine
Sunset blur thru the window.
01-29-2019


Sunset Image Ten
Pink glow this past Sunday.
02-03-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Tribute Pictures 5.0

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Austin Skyline Photo One
Austin Skyline
1st Street Bridge
Town Lake (Colorado River)
Photo Credit: Carlos Delgado on Unsplash

It appears that I have more Patton pictures than I realized. Some of them are of him, not by him. Nevertheless, this is looking like a seven part series, now.

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

Roadrunner Photo Two
Roadrunner on the bird bath
06-04-2008
Roadrunner Photo Three
Getting a drink
08-27-2008
Forest Fire Photo Four
Clyde County Forest Fires
02-24-2009
Forest Fire Photo Five
Little too close for comfort
Forest Fire Photo Six
Dropping water
Forest Fire Photo Seven
Flame retardant
Abilene Parade Photo Eight
Abilene Parade
05-08-2008
Clydesdales Photo Nine
Budweiser Clydesdales

More to come… ~Vic

Shutterbug Saturday: Christmas Local 2.0

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Christmas 2018 Image One
Personal Collection 12-24-2018
Beautiful home a block away.

Part II of 2018 Christmas reflections.

Christmas 2018 Image Two
Cute house across the street.
Christmas 2018 Image Three
First Baptist Church around the corner. Est. 1853
Christmas 2018 Image Four
First Baptist Church side entrance.
Christmas 2018 Image Five
Nash-Hooper House
Registered National Historic Landmark
Built in 1772 by Francis Nash
Was home to William Hooper 1782-90
Christmas 2018 Image Six
Lovely home three blocks away.
Christmas 2018 Image Seven
Recently restored 1920s home.
Christmas 2018 Image Eight
Gorgeous bungalow across the street from the First Baptist Church.
Christmas 2018 Image Nine
Christmas in a small town.
Christmas 2018 Image Ten
Merry Christmas!

Foto Friday: Christmas Local

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Christmas 2018 Image One
Personal Collection 12-24-2018
Iron Reindeer & Sled

Foto Friday, local flair…something a little different from Shutterbug Saturday.

Christmas 2018 Image Two
The Crawford House
Iron Sled & Reindeer in the background.
Christmas 2018 Image Three
Santa @ The Old Courthouse
Christmas 2018 Image Four
Jolly Elf
Christmas 2018 Image Five
Methodist Church
Christmas 2018 Image Six
Efland-Forrest House
Christmas 2018 Image Seven
Can you see the dinosaur with the Santa hat?
Christmas 2018 Image Eight
Psalm & Scarf Tree in front of the Fire Station.
Christmas 2018 Image Nine
Psalm 134:3
Christmas 2018 Image Ten
Take if you have need…

More to come… ~Vic