Thursday, July 31, 2014

big snail

The Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica or GAS) was first found in southern Florida in the 

1960s, and it took 10 years and $1 million to eradicate 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

dog days of summer

The phrase dog days refers to the sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August.

jpr: Me ma woulld not let us go near our dog during these hot days.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

lenticular lens

lenticular lens is an array of magnifying lenses, designed so that
example of lenticular lens art
when viewed from slightly different angles, different images are magnified.
 The most common example is the lenses used in lenticular printing, where the technology is used to give an illusion of depth, or to make images that appear to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

The vision of a house fly has same principle.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

thanks Jim April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014

Greman-Native American desent. Wounded twice in combat in Korea.

Everybodies hero

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

under water dining

Al Mahara, 'The Oyster Shell' in Arabic is a  floor to ceiling aquarium. The world of colourful sea life swims beside your table in this under the sea restaurant in Dibai.
jpr: I'm not sure if i could order seafood that is passing by.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Appalachian swimming hole

jpr: Lots of fun if'n you don't mind the trout and the water snakes.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

War in the Vendée

The War in the Vendée (1793 to 1796;  was a Royalist rebellion and counter revolution in the Vendée region of France during the French Revolution.

Friday, July 11, 2014

fishing in old strip mine

arrow pints to the fish

Old strip mines become water filled. Many crystal clear and one can see the fish moving below the surface. I'm told the fish arrive as eggs on the wings and body of aquatic birds. This habitat is undisturbed and hard to get access so the fish get large and feisty.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

lesage wv

if'n it looks like Appalachia it is Appalachia

Monday, July 7, 2014

fireworks be carefull

truck carrying fireworks explodes kills 4

Fireworks by the numbers
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
  • “Lawsuits are common”, says attorney Peter Calabrese. “Lawsuits concerning firework related property damage usually involve claims for trespass. A trespass occurs when a person or an “object” enters property owned by another without permission. In cases involving fireworks, the person who caused the “firework” to enter another person’s property without permission is liable for trespass and oftentimes may be found to be negligent as well. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

my field

This view is the field in back (southern third). The green arrow shows the location where the girls visited. The wild flower section shown  is much like the one picked clean except the latter hand some lovely reds and pinks in addition. Irrepressible to be sure.

little girls picking wild flowers

jpr: I have a large field behind; wooded with acres of  mowed ground. All in all I have some 20 wild flowers scratches. One such sits at the field's southern edge. Last evening three (3) young girls [ages, 6,7,8] ish discovered this bit of one garden and its treasures in assortment. Readily they  picked the lot to ferry them home to their mothers. How scrumptious! I picked wild flowers for my mother until she passed.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


 A most acrobatic bird. They are seed eaters that dart among the wild flowers. Their yellow color makes them look as a streak of sunshine when they speed away.

jpr: I have several wild flower gardens about my place. One just off my deck gives much delight for view of finches, hummers, and butterfly. These gardens are perennial which give rise to varying flowers from spring to late summer. Hurrah for mother nature.

Friday, July 4, 2014

happy 4th

  thanks who all who served for our freedom!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Good Citizens of Herculaneum I say to thee - Ka-Boom!

Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79.  Pompeii, on one side of the mountain, and Herculaneum on the other.  It is commonly known that Pompeii was destroyed by spewing stones, ash, fumes, and molten rock.  the energy poured on that city was a HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES the energy released on Hiroshima.  As bad as that was for the Pompeiites, the Herculaneumites fared even worse.  The main wave of super heated air flowed in their direction but unlike the folks in Pompeii the citizens of Herculaneum need not have worried about being buried.  They exploded! especially their heads.  The fluids and gooey matter inside the body would heat so rapidly and intensely that the insides would literally explode. 
I am told that Naples is not the best place to live in Italy.

kids in the world cup

jpr: I always am reminded when these youngsters walk out at the start of a soccer game that the players themselves  are just a little more than 10 years older!  IT'S JUST A GAME!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

hats of the world cup

jpr: outrageous....entertaining....glad its not us so attired

Some hair cut.

Hair artist Rob Ferrel known as "Rob the Original", of San Antonio, cuts the likeness of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi on the head of a customer, ahead of a World Cup match. Some talent.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Other World Cup.


The World Cup of Swamp Soccer began this week in Argyll, Scotland.  The co-ed 8 player teams have gathered from across Europe for the 3 day tournament.  Played on a much smaller field in knee deep mud, the game has become very popular among the drinking and fun loving kind, and there is now a world wide governing body.