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Variations Spider Silk

Activities slow as winter approaches.  The spiders still let out silk for webs later in the day.

The transparent “line” is a strand of silk let out by a spider. The spiders usually don’t widen the silk strands like this one did. The back lightning highlights the colors.

 

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Cloud Cap

Clouds started moving about the time I came in the house.

A cap formed on the “mountain” of clouds.

The cloud mound continued to increase in height, and the cloud cap continued to grow and spread. Cloud caps are rare here in southern Illinois.

I don’t know what these long streaks are and what caused them. They don’t look like clouds (More like pulled taffy).

If anyone knows what caused them, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know.

There were four in a line. They didn’t look like a cloud. They looked more like a cloud twisted into a long cord.

An eastern bluebird stopped for a drink. I haven’t seen one of them recently.

 

 

What a Storm!!

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Heavy rain fell in sheets.

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I took pictures from the picture window near the computer. I never could figure out what was in this picture besides bricks.

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The colors and designs kept me spell-bound in this one.

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Then I solved the mystery by rotating the picture above. Then it all made sense with the tree was standing upright, instead of reflecting.

Unusual Weather

We had an odd combination of weather a few days ago, with large snow flakes and light rain falling in the morning for an hour or so.

My life is in the process of changing … so …  my creativity will probably change to a certain extent too.

Now is a sad time for me. I’m adjusting from just finding out I have Alzheimers. I will be 67 years old on May 15th.

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My mother has Alzheimers and lives at home with a rotation of three care givers.

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My father passed away from Alzheimers  in 2003. He was the electrical engineer for a local coal mine. His mother passed away from Alzheimers when I was in high school. They lived across from the high school, and I used to eat lunch with her.

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My grandfather on my mother’s side was a physics professor for the Rolla School of Mines in Missouri. His Alzheimers was slow.

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I so enjoy being outside and blogging. I plan to continue. My style might change somewhat. My grammar may not always be the best. Either way — I will enjoy, and I hope you enjoy my finds too …  so the subjects that find me won’t feel left out.

Brilliant Sunrise

I laid on the couch early one morning. It gave me a view out the front of the house where a storm was slowly approaching from the west. It was dark enough I didn’t think about it being morning yet.

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Then it dawned on me that the sun would rise behind the house at an earlier time.

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Obviously, I was glad the approaching storm woke me early.

Effects of Sunlight

The angle the sunlight enhanced the appearance of this question mark butterfly.

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Yard Residents

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The tiny frog jumped when I picked up a sandstone rock from a pile I was moving. It froze in place, confident in its camouflage. The dirt on it hid any markings it had.

I think it’s a chorus frog. My mind said “chorus frogs” when I’d hear frogs calling earlier this summer after dark.

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I first saw this kingsnake when I almost stepped on it.

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It continued on to the shrub border where it could disappear into the thick of things.

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Then yesterday, I walked toward the house and a frog jumped from the grass in front of me. It’s the same kind as the one above. The odd thing is that I don’t remember seeing these in the yard before. They were maybe an inch or so long.

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I was again moving rocks and this leopard frog jumped near me. Their call sounds like its laughing/chuckling.