Monday, December 31, 2018

Queen of Tears Flowering for 2018

The Queen's Tear plant flowered in November (2 bloom stalks) and December (5 bloom stalks).

Monday, November 12, 2018

100th Anniversary of End of World War I

I visited the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery to pay respect to soldiers who served in World War I. The cemetery is located at 4701 Brownsboro Road in Louisville, Kentucky. A number of World War I veterans are buried at the cemetery including Ethel E. Ochsner (nurse), Dee Royalty (bugler), Lovell Marion Humphrey (1st Lt), and Felix H. Carrico (field artillery).

Saturday, September 29, 2018

White Alligator at Louisville Zoo 2018

Here is a picture of an albino American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). This alligator is named King Louie and resides in the Louisville Zoo. It was hatched and raised in Louisiana and then transferred to St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida. It was then acquired by the Louisville Zoo and the animal was named after the French King Louis XVI whom the city is named after.

Last time I visited this alligator was in April 2010. He is definitely a lot bigger. See this post

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Leaving Manhattan

A picture taken from the vehicle transporting us to the airport on July 22, 2018 morning. I believe it is a view of lower Manhattan. We were staying near Central Park in upper Manhattan.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 Potato Crop

I harvested the 2018 potato crop which was planted from remnants of the 2017 crop. I planted about 4 pounds of small potatoes and harvested about 2.4 pounds of small potatoes. They can be used to cook with green beans. Crop was grown in Clark County, Indiana, USA.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Watermelons 2018

After a number of years where I did not make a good effort to grow watermelons, this year I got a nice crop planted in Clark County, Indiana USA. New plastic in about a 50 foot by 20 foot plot was used. Eight hills planted with about 35 plants growing. The vines were growing great and the due to all the leaf coverage it was hard to tell how many melons there were going to be. It appeared that 20 pound melons were already forming by the beginning of August and my past crops did not mature till mid to late September. I was getting excited that I might have 40+ lb melons in September!

All my hopes were dashed when disaster struck. The leaves in the middle of the patch started to wilt soon the entire middle was dropped. Within the week almost all the leaves in the patch were brown or wilting exposing a lot of melons (possibly 50 or so). I picked two in the middle of the dead zone to see how far along they had gotten. They were a reddish-pink and had relatively large seeds. They were slightly sweet and were edible once refrigerated. The largest weighed a little over 16 pounds and the other 11 pounds.

I am hopeful that several of the larger melons at the end of the patch will ripen before all the plants are dead. Time will tell.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Crystal Growth on Pyrite

This picture is of pyrite crystals (reddish-yellow block shapes) with a white crystal growth on it. The images was taken Canon DSLR camera using a Anchor Optical Wide Field Stereo Microscope at 40 times magnification. The rock plate the crystals were found on is Waldron Shale from Bartholomew County, Indiana USA. It dates to the Silurian Period about 419 million years ago.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dental Bridge circa 1840-1860

While on a visit to Charleston, South Carolina, USA in August 2017 I saw the most amazing thing. It was a solid gold bridgework set with ivory teeth at The Charleston Museum. The two pieces were listed as being fabricated in the United States somewhere between 1840 and 1860.

The odd thing, it was found in the privy of the Heyward-Washington House. So why solid gold objects would be thrown in an outhouse puzzles me? Was someone mad at the owner of these false teeth and put them there where it would be difficult to recover? Were they being hidden where no one would find them (maybe during the American Civil War)?

I suppose the answers are lost to the sands of time...

Monday, January 08, 2018

Last of the Tomato Crop

Here is an image of the last three tomatoes I grew in containers harvested in September 2017. I ended up using them on salads. Grown in Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA.