A blog about a first-time house owner learning to maintain his backyard, and thoughts about nature, science, history, and life.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Picture of the Day: September 19, 2013

 A monolithic stone suddenly appearing in my backyard?  Not quite.  It's Bill the groundhog, whose interest has been captured by something on the other side of the yard.  He stood there, stone still, for a minute or two, allowing me to grab my camera a get one decent shot.  Here it is, with some color re-touching:

And here's the original:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Picture of the Day: September 9, 2013

On Sunday night, the moon and Venus were close together in the evening sky.  I managed to get one un-blurry picture, and this is it.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Picture of the Day: September 6, 2013

The sun through altocumulus clouds on Labor Day weekend at Gettysburg National Military Park.  More pictures from Gettysburg to come in the future!  The true-color image is below.

Acorn Place in the news...

I was recently contacted by the individual who runs the "Walk in the Park" local access show on Ithaca public access TV, and he used some of my photos and video in a recent edition of the show that looked at the flooding across the region in early to mid-August.  The content from Acorn Place is relatively early in the video.  Check it out!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Picture of the Day: September 4, 2013

The blue skies in the photo above belie the heavy rain that fell last Friday in Freeville.  I measured 0.85" for the day.  As a result, my dock was mostly underwater.  By the old mill dam, the water was raging, as you can see.  To take the photo, I carefully climbed onto the old concrete side of the dam and held my camera down close to the water level.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Picture of the Day: August 30, 2013

The sun setting over north central Pennsylvania, from the Welcome Center on Route 15 in Tioga, PA.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Picture of the Day: August 29, 2013

I'm having trouble with my camera's memory card right now, so I've been using my phone for photos lately, and the quality isn't as good.  I was way out a door yesterday when I noticed a grasshopper just chilling on the door.  I shot a couple of quick, poor-quality photos.  If only I had a working camera...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Picture of the Day, August 28, 2013: Sunset Over Schoellkopf

The sun sets on Schoellkopf Field, Cornell University, as it also sets on summer for the students.  Today was Cornell's first day of classes.