Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yellow Birds

I had a little color show up at the thistle feeder this past weekend. These are American Goldfinches. I think they are both male and the one on the right is either immature or just hasn't gotten his summer plumage.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yellow Flowers

This is not, I repeat not my yard. My yard did get a lot of attention this weekend but it didn't start out looking  like this. Well, I was asked for more flowers pictures and here's a picture of a bunch of flowers. You're welcome.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Year 8, Day 1

That's right another year is in the books. Seven years down and an eighth on the way. Last year was fun, saw some new things and did some old things again. There was a lot of bird pictures, the backyard feeders were hopping. Made another trip to see the eagles at Conowingo Dam and a first trip to see the snow geese and tundra swans at Middle Creek. The big trip took us to Nashville and Memphis. The Opry, Ryman and Graceland. Lots of live music and the Johnny Cash USPS stamp unveiling concert. Baseball in Louisville, Kentucky and the New York Mets Citi Field for the first time. Oriole Park again and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at the Harrisburg Senators game. Chambersburg Ice Fest and NYC's Lunar New Year parade. More firehouses, more flowers, an forgotten farmhouse and a lighthouse. More to come this year and it's big, really big. Numbers? Last year there was 295 posts for a total all time of 2329. There was 27,497 page views on my blog, total all time of 105,500 page views. That means that 26 percent of all my page views came in my seventh year in the blog-o-sphere. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee

 John Carter Cash at the Ryman

 Keith Urban at the Grand Ole Opry

 Lee Brice outside of the Opry

 Nashville Skyline

American Pickers in Nashville

 Citi Field, Queens. New York City

  Sun Studio, Memphis

 Cody Canada and the Departed in Memphis


  Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore

 Rathaus Glockenspeil, Munich, Germany, 1985

 Immature Bald Eagle at Conowingo Dam, Maryland

 Concord Point Lighthouse, Harve de Grace, maryland

 Chambersburg Square during Ice Fest

 The Forgotten Farmhouse

 Year of the Horse, Chinatown, NYC

Snow Geese at Middle Creek

Engine No. 2, Cumberland Fire Department, Maryland

 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg, Pa

 Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Kentucky

Friday, April 25, 2014

Baltimore City Fire Department, John F. Steadman Memorial Station

Baltimore City Fire Department, John F. Steadman Memorial Station, Engine 23, Rescue 1, Medic 1, 22 and 23, AirFlex 1, HazMat 1 and 3, Battalion Chief 6, EMS 2 and Medical Assist Car 23, Special Rescue Operations Team and Collapse Unit and Dive Rescue Team and SCUBA 1 . 15 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland.  Organized firefighting in Baltimore began in 1797 and the Baltimore City Fire department was established in 1859. With 6 Battalions in 38 stations throughout the city the handle about 235,000 calls per tear. The Steadman Station, the busiest of these, covers the downtown including Oriole park and M&T Stadium.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Last Friday's sunset from the farm. Gotta love this time of year.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Odd Ducks

Odd ducks and a turtle. These two ducks were making themselves at home on Dykeman's Spring a week or so ago. I stopped because I thought they were Canvasbacks. But I think they may be Mallards, cross breeds or leucistic (part albino). I'm still not sure.
And there is my first Painted Turtle of the spring.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Grain Bins in the Snow

Dug this one out from early March. It was still cold and snowy then. I thought that the black and white would help make it look cold and snowy.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunset over Chincoteague Bay

It has been a year and a half since I've been to Chincoteague Island. That is one of the longest stretches without being there since I started going back there in 1999. I'm due. We're due.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bart Township Fire Company

Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, Pa. (P.O. Box 72, Bart, Pa.) Lancaster County Company 51. Organized in 1946 they built their first station in Georgetown where the current post office sits. In 1967 they completed construction of the new firehouse on Furnace Road. Additions in 1986 and again in 2006 added additional apparatus bays, a lounge, offices and a work room for fundraising. BTFD run 2 engines, a tanker, a QRS unit and a manpower squad. In 2013 they ran 175 fire calls and 145 QRS runs.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Day at the Park

Sunday it was 80 degrees. Monday it was a breezy 75 degrees. Wednesday we had tickets to the Baltimore Orioles afternoon game. Temp at first pitch? 39 degrees. That's Thirty Nine Degrees with 10 mph winds. Gloves, Hood and Coat. But it's better than being at work. And our guys won.