|Ari sits in a tunnel surrounded by bull sharks. And they really are right in front and on top of viewers. If you like bull sharks, this is the place for you.|
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|The bull elk usually snorts and moves away when I run by.|
One afternoon I went out for a long run and thought about how much I missed them. As I ran past a thick stand of trees, I saw a large pen and to my great surprise a small group of elk were standing in it!
These elk are much smaller than the wild ones and the cows, especially, seem to have much less muscle mass in their chests.
I took this shot yesterday with my phone and wished I had my camera since they rarely stand by the fence.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday September 10 was Monarch Watch Open House at the University of Kansas. Left: Director Chip Taylor demonstrates how to tag a monarch. Pictures below are various views of the garden, and at the bottom is the indoor monarch breeding area.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Finally! The heat wave has broken and we have cooler days. Even though it still is around 90 in the afternoons, we keep the windows open. All my plants survived the heat and the recent rains reinvigorated growth. Top left, the Mandevilla wraps around a bluebird house.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Middle and bottom pictures: cucumber vines and tomato plants are still producing. I made two gallons of salsa yesterday. Today I saw dozens, if not hundreds, of yellow tomato blossoms so hopefully more fruit is on the way. My water barrels are rapidly becoming depleted. I hope it rains soon!
|Cucumber vines grow up an old ladder, a bit of chain link fence and the frame of a wire compost bin.|
|One of the 70 or so tomato plants. This one is in a raised bed.|
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The heat index is around 105 degrees. This purple martin mother is venting--they like the heat and I have been told not to worry, but she does have babies inside the apartment. I looked inside and they are fine.
We stocked our large pond with catfish, perch and other fish a few years ago and have not properly thinned the mass of fish until this year. Here is a nice catch.
My largest butterfly garden is still thriving in the intense heat. I water the plants from my rain barrels each morning.
Below: Cherry tomatoes and a few squashes I picked this morning, plus the daily compost stuff like corn husks and onion pieces.
American Indian Health and Diet Project
Friday, July 1, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
|Along N 375 Rd.|
I have seen more milkweed this year than in the last five summers. Some has come up in my yard in unexpected places, such as between paving stones and amid the gravel under my porch. Monarchs need it, so consider planintg some in your yard. For more info, see the Monarch Watch page at http://monarchwatch.org/index.html You can click onto the link from the MW picture on the right column.
|Along E 1750 Rd.|
Thursday, June 23, 2011
MooShu, Ari's guest this summer, is her teacher's Bearded Dragon and we are hosting him this summer. He and Draco below (in a separate enclosure because you do not want two males in one area) eat romaine, parsley, cilantro, mustard greens, bok choy and kale as their staples, with blueberries, bananas, mango, papaya and apples as other daily nibbles. Both get dragon crunchies, vitamin spray and powdered calcium and they lounge under uv lights and real sunlight at least half the day. They get weekly soaks in warm water and daily backrubs. Seriously spoiled little creatures. Baby dragons like to eat little crickets.
|Draco sleeps under a "blankie"--a washcloth.|
My gardens are almost too crowded. The top photo is the entrance to the larger garden that features an aggressive grape vine that has grown along the top of the fence, along the rails of the metal gate and now has latched onto the maple tree. A few feet inside the garden are some of the tomato plants with red "water walls" that I bought from gardeners.com. Behind those are honeysuckle and various vines that grow on the dog kennels.
Cucumbers like the Baldwin weather. Every year I have enough cucumbers to make three or four cases of pickles. Here the vines grow up an old metal stand that I previously used for pole beans.