Sunday, July 31, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Taken yesterday under slightly better conditions than the day before. I think the humidity level was down in the 70 percentile range as compared to yesterday's 82%. Early morning temps, however, were still in the 80s and heading again to afternoon highs in the mid-90s. Whew! But, hey! It's D.C. in July. It comes with the territory. Fortunately, we've also got the river to play in.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I don't know whether you can tell or not, but this photo was taken through a lens that was about to be completely clouded over with condensation as a result of yesterday's unusually high dew point. I captured the image at 5:53 a.m. when the outside temperature was already 85F (29C) and the humidity was 82%. Unfortunately, my camera had spent the night where it was dry and relatively cool, so when I pulled it out of its bag to snap this pic, the result was--well, let's just say--predictable.
Still, I was able to finally photograph these young people training. I've seen them out on the Potomac River most mornings now.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
"Newborn spotted fawns remain hidden and solitary for about three weeks. The doe visits her young only two to three times per day in order to nurse and groom the offspring. When the fawn is strong enough to run with the doe, it will follow its mother and begin to sample foods eaten by the doe. Fawns can live independently of their mother at about two months old." ~ Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The fellow to the left kicking back a glass of bubbly, is about to get married. Kind of funny that he was celebrating with other members of the wedding party on the site that used to be a nunnery between the Fraumünster and what is now Zürich's town hall. You can see portions of Bodmer's fresco behind them.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
This still is a place of "honking geese".
"'Potomac' is a European spelling of Patowmeck, the Algonquian name of a Native American village, perhaps meaning 'something brought'. Native Americans had different names for different parts of the river, calling the river above Great Falls Cohongarooton, meaning 'honking geese' and 'Patawomke' below the fall, meaning "river of swans". The spelling of the name has taken many forms over the years from 'Patawomeke' (as on Captain John Smith's map) to 'Patawomeck', 'Patowmack, and numerous other spellings in the 18th century and now 'Potomac'. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931." ~ Wikipedia
Monday, July 18, 2016
Only pale by the evergreen,
hardly distinguished by leaf or color,
it used to slide a little pale from other trees
and – no great effect at our house –
it sustained what really belonged,
but would, if severely doubted,
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Found this interesting piece of information:
"White bergamot--a plant species native to America--received its Latin botanical name in the 1500s. The entire genus--Monarda--was named after the Nicolas Bautista Monardes of Spain, a botanist and a physician. Interestingly, Monardes studied the white bergamot only on Spanish soil through its import to Spain from the United States." ~ Dave's Garden
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I was shocked to discover that what I've been calling Granddaddy Longlegs isn't. Not really. :-)
"English speakers colloquially refer to species of Opiliones as 'daddy longlegs' or 'granddaddy longlegs', but this name is also used for two other unrelated groups of arthropods: the crane flies of the family Tipulidae, and the cellar spiders of Pholcidae, most likely because of their similar appearance. They are also referred to as 'shepherd spiders' in reference to how their unusually long legs reminded observers of the ways that some European shepherds used stilts to better observe their wandering flocks from a distance." ~ Wikipedia