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Posted by WiseAcre on Mar 17th, 2011

look again

Mar 17

Sometimes things aren’t what they appear to be.

At a distance this didn’t seem like anything special. Just more moss covered rocks in a pile that pretends to be a stone wall. Not until I examined it closely by trying to pull the head off did I realize this was a one piece stone. It kind of looks like a turtle to me. I think it would like living in my pond garden if I can coax it to follow me home.

mossy rock

Sometimes ya got to take a closer look. The tip of the head had some interesting moss. The ‘sky’ background is actually shadowed snow.


Sometimes ya don’t get a second look. It was a stand off. A deer out in the corn stubble had spotted me as I fumbled for my camera. No way was I going to be able to stalk this one for a closer shot.

deer in corn stuble
another day – another deer. nothing to see here, time to move on

Sometimes ya got to know what you’re looking at. This is an ant hill. The area is swampy so the ants have to build up instead of down to avoid getting flooded out. I’ve never seen one more than a couple feet high but I have seen them about 4 feet across.

ant hill

A look across the front yard from the widow at my desk. The Amish are using stealth buggies that confuse my camera. See it? It wasn’t all that stelthy because of the noise. I could hear it coming down the road and had just enouth time to get the window opened.

amish horse and buggy

A not so quick camera setting change gave me enought time to get another shot off before it moved out of range.

amish buggy

These photos were taken yesterday. The snow in the yard is nealy gone now. Whoot! Mud Season has arrived.

Keep looking. I found more stuff today.

This looks Lichen some kind of mutant terrestrial kelp to me. To even guess at the identity would make me look lichen some kind of Foliose.

Foliose lichen - Nephroma resupinatum

I did look around the web for clues.
The closest thing I saw that looked like this was – Nephroma resupinatum

Foliose lichen

I didn’t have to look this one up. I know it’s a velvet foot mushroom.

velvet foot mushroom

I thought it was cute growing in the knot hole.

Posted by WiseAcre on Jun 21st, 2009

Amish Convertible

Jun 21

Summer is here and it’s time for the top to come off your favorite hot rod. Now is the time to feel the sun and wind in your face as you glide down the road.

Amish Sportster

All models come in basic black and are ready for the one horse power drive attachment. Enjoy the open air and the 360 degree visibility – you’ll need to as you take all day getting anywhere.

Amish Convertible

Going green is easy with the Amish Sport Buggy. With plenty of fresh grass fueling the power unit the exhaust is bound to turn green.

Having trouble finding a parking spot? Not when you go Amish Powered and can leave your transportation standing.

Just Standing

The all season models with standby power source.

Amish Buggies

CYA in a week or so – I’m off to Long Island

Posted by WiseAcre on May 28th, 2009

Amish Horse and Buggy

May 28

A couple of Amish horse and buggy photos.

Now who’s going to look me in the eye and tell me the horse is wrong?

Amish Horse and Buggy

Amish Traffic

Amish Traffic

Amish Buggy

Now who throws away a pair of perfectly good horses?

Horse dumpster

Work was called on account of rain this afternoon so I got a chance to post this quick. I’m having a hard time sitting in front of the computer and you’ll see why in a couple of days when I post some rock pics.

Want a quick preview of what I’m dealing with?

The current project.

Stone Walkway

Next on the list:
Yea right – Like I’m going to finish this one before the end of June.

Patio project

I’m thinking I should write an instruction sheet, call it a kit and let the homeowner put it together.

Now you can understand why I come home – drink a beer or two and take a nap before bedtime. Have I mentioned that I’m not in a big hurry to start my work day early? I don’t like getting stoned before 10 AM.

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