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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

Shutterbug Saturday: Wildlife

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The deer in this town are so used to not being hunted, they will come out in broad daylight, eat, play and stare at you. Some are almost tame and you can get rather close to them. They’re cute but, they will mess up a garden if it is not properly secured. I learned the hard way not to plant tulips and I discovered that they like green/white Hosta but, not the green/yellow. They will not touch Narcissus. ~Vic

Wildlife Image One
Evening Walk
04-30-2019

Wildlife Image Two
Around Town
05-22-2019

Wildlife Image Three
Grazing, fear free.
05-22-2019
Wildlife Image Four
Tried to zoom in a bit.
The fuzziness makes it look like a painting.
05-22-2019

Harvest Moon 2019

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I did a Harvest Moon post last year and, once again, I can’t get any pix of tonight’s moon. We have an incredible low ceiling and I haven’t seen the sun all day. On a positive note, a low ceiling makes sound travel farther and I can hear the local high school football game from three miles away. The last time there was a full moon on Friday the 13th, it was January of 2006 and it wasn’t here. Technically, my area won’t be full illumination until 12:33am EDT but, the rest of the country, westward…Jason might turn into a werewolf.

I DO have some shots from September 15, 2016, tho, taken with my, then, Samsung S5.

From Moon Giant:

September’s Full Moon was called the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon by the early North American Farmers. The term “Harvest Moon” refers to the Full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox. The Full Moon closest to this Equinox rises about 20 minutes later each night as apposed to the rest of the year when the moon rises around 50 minutes later each night. In the northern hemisphere, the Full Harvest Moon rises very soon after sunset, providing plenty of bright light for farmers harvesting their summer crops. September’s full moon is so well-known for its luminosity and brilliance that certain Native American tribes even named it the Big Moon. The Full Harvest Moon holds major cultural significance in many different communities, who spend this full moon not just celebrating the fall harvest but, also, the moon itself.

Harvest Moon 2016 Image One

The most widely known tradition associated with the Full Harvest Moon is the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated by Chinese communities all around the world. It is also known as the Mooncake Festival. On the full moon night of the eighth lunar month, people gather with friends and family to admire the brilliant full moon while eating mooncakes and drinking tea. Mooncakes are a rich pastry traditionally filled with sweet bean paste, or lotus seed paste, and sometimes, even include salted egg yolks. The sweet osmanthus flower also blooms during this time and, is often used in teas and the reunion wine drunk when visiting with family. It is a common tradition to celebrate by carrying brightly colored lanterns. [You] can often enjoy the beautiful sight of lanterns hanging in front of buildings or in parks, or sky lanterns floating towards the full moon.

Harvest Moon 2016 Image Two

The Japanese celebrate this full moon with the Tsukimi tradition (which literally means moon-viewing in Japanese), where people prepare offerings to the moon and eat round tsukimi dango, or rice dumplings. In Korea, this full moon is celebrated as Chuseok, which is one of Korea’s most major holidays, similar to Thanksgiving. People travel back to their hometowns for reunions with their family and tend to their ancestors’ graves. Traditional activities include exchanging gifts, playing folk games, drinking rice wine, and eating songpyeon, which is a rice cake shaped like a half-moon.

[The] Full Harvest Moon is called the Nut Moon by the Cherokee tribes, who gather all sorts of nuts to make nut bread, which is eaten during harvest festivals such as the Ripe Corn Festival. During this moon, Native American tribes pay respects to Mother Earth for her generosity in providing food for her children, including corn and other staple foods. Chinese communities, on the other hand, spend the Mid-Autumn Festival worshipping the Moon Goddess, Chang’e.

Just as I was creating this post, our clouds cleared. I got a couple of different shots as I was experimenting with my phone’s camera settings.

Harvest Moon 2019 Image Three
From the front porch…
Harvest Moon 2019 Image Four
Little bit darker.

Howl for me! ~Vic


 

Hiatus

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Taking a break. Things to tend to… Will return, soon. ~Vic

Riverwalk Park
07-03-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Feathers 4.0

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Feather Image One
Photo Credit: George Becker on Pexels

In my last post on March 2, I was talking about sitting under my Hackberry tree and getting pelted with debris from a little woodpecker above me. I tried to get some shots of him but, they weren’t clear enough. My S7 just doesn’t do well with distance. That’s OK. I have other stuff.

Part I
Part II
Part III

Cardinal Image Two
From the Den window.
02-19-2019
Cardinal Image Three
And, he looked at the camera.
Geese Image Four
Geese coming up from the river.
04-16-2019
Geese Image Five
And, headed to a neighbor’s backyard.
Geese Image Six
They are such a cute pair.
Boot Birdhouse Image Seven
I haven’t seen any activity…yet. 05-06-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Critter Collections 3.0

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All photos and video are my personal collection. I'm surprised some of these turned out as well as they did. The first six were taken with a Samsung Alias II…an old flip phone. ~Vic
Part I/Part II

Web Image One
Rogue spider in the Den.
06-01-2013
Web Image Two
It was a good-sized web.
Spider was nowhere to be found.
Big Spider Image Three
I nearly walked into this big web leaving work.
10-23-2013
Big Web Image Four
Healthy spider.
Bathroom Spider Image Five
These long-legged things freak me out.
They love to hang upside down in bathrooms.
08-22-2015
Bathroom Spider Image Six
Just ewwwww…
Leaf Grasshopper Image Seven
He looks like a leaf.
10-31-2016
Roach Image Eight
During a rainstorm, he crawled up on the kitchen window to dry off.
YUCK.
06-20-2017

I had forgotten that I had some videos of critters, too. I was trying to sing like a child, just being silly.
Clark was not impressed.

Flashback Friday: Funny Fotos 2.0

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Camera Image One
Photo Credit: Jesus Santos on Unsplash

This post is a continuation of my Part I post from last Friday. More email-forward silliness from the early-to-middle 2000s. As with the first batch, I have no clue where these came from.

Cardboard Office Image Two
Cardboard office.
Cardboard Office Image Three
Love the little Spiderman on the door.
Foiled Cube Image Four
Effective use of foil.
Green Keyboard Image Five
Keyboard planter.
Newspapered Workstation Image Six
Newspaper workstation.
Packing Peanuts Cube Image Seven
A well-packed cube.
Do Not Touch Wires Image Eight
Yeah. Do not touch.

National Love Your Pet Day

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National Love Your Pet Day Image One

February 20 has two celebrations. National Love Your Pet Day is, clearly, a national day to love your pet(s)…as if we need a reason or an excuse to shower our fur-babies with adoration or smother them with kisses and hugs. Still, it’s a sweet sentiment to proclaim a national day of rejoicing for our companions or, best friends or, children or, partners. They fulfill so many needs on so many levels that volumes of literature exist that could occupy a very large library.

The statistics on pets in the U.S. is interesting and on the rise. As of March 2017, 68% of all households have a pet(s), up from 56% in 1988. Topping the list, believe it or not, is freshwater fish. All of a sudden, I am seeing Nemo in the aquarium of the dentist’s office. Yeah. I know. Nemo was a saltwater fish but, that is the first thing that popped into my head.

Nemo In The Tank Image Two
Image Credit: thebestpictureproject.wordpress.com

The National Day Calendar folks couldn’t find the creator of this day but, thank you, whomever you are. So, give your pet(s) an extra hug or, a scratch or, a new toy or, treats (they really, really like treats) in celebration. They won’t mind.

The photos, below, are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Ollie Image Three
Oliver the Orange
12-06-2018
Clark Image Four
Clark from across the street.
He moved with his family but, he visited with me a LOT.
06-01-2017


Pooh Bear Image Five
Pooh Bear the Manx.
March 2008
RIP 2011

Buddy Image Six
Buddy in a box.
May 2005
RIP 2006

Also celebrated today:
National Cherry Pie Day

Cheers and enjoy!

Flashback Friday: Funny Fotos

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Camera Image One
Photo Credit: Joseph Chan on Unsplash

I’ve been digging around in some old images on my computer. There was a rash of cube farm/office humor that circulated on emails back in the middle 2000s. They may have eventually made it to Facebook but, I don’t remember seeing these. Anyway, I thought I would share some silliness. These were labeled “Cutbacks” and someone went to a lot of trouble for the detail. I will hit you up with some more next Friday. They are not mine and I have no idea where they originated from.

Fridge Image Two
Cardboard fridge.
Cardboard Office Image Three
I love the cardboard CD.
Cardboard Office Image Four
Even cardboard wrist rests.
Cardboard Office Image Five
NOT a Bush/Cheney fan. Love the “Whatever, You Moron” bunny.
Cardboard Office Image Six
Makeshift printers.
Cardboard Office Image Seven
And, a Dell chair.
Cardboard Office Image Eight
New power generation.

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

Shutterbug Saturday: Kitties

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We have several neighborhood cats. Some are really, really nice and just want to be petted. Others…well, let’s just say I have a healthy respect for them. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic

Cat Image One
Not a care in the world, this one.
Local sweet Persian mix.
Cat Image Two
“I’m watching you…”
Unknown Calico.
Cat Image Three
Sweet, sweet baby, missing a foot.
Sweet Tuxedo ‘Gemini’.
Cat Image Four
“How dare you pet that other kitty!”
A very unhappy Maine Coon mix…’Yow Ming’.
Cat Image Five
And, my Oliver…The Hemingway.
He watches the world happen through the windows.