Boot Strapped

Time to break ‘em in!

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Good and Plenty, Good and Plenty, Good and Plenty…

… plenty good, Charlie!

What song are you embarrassed that you know every word to?????

Last week, I left Gander Mountain with not only a new pair of hiking boots, but also this box of candy that I had believed was lon-n-n-n-n-g gone.  Stunned at seeing this, once I picked my jaw up from the floor, I had to buy.  Expiration date NOT 1960, but Aug. 2014.

For those of you who may remember the Good & Plenty commercial, enjoy the silliness… For those of you who don’t have a clue, take a peek anyway, and keep comments at bay…

FACTOID: Good and Plenty candy was first produced by the Quaker City Confection Company in Philadelphia in 1893 and is the oldest branded candy in the United States.  Choo Choo Charlie, the engineer who fueled his train with Good & Plenty, first appeared in advertisements in 1950.

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Upside Down

Enough said…

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A Wing-check and Cleanup

Finally, after much crawling around, I witness a wing-check by this contortionist. Fascinating, especially watching the beetle ensure the wings are safely tucked back in place. Always wash hands afterwards!

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Largest Number of Species

This is why I don’t care what the name of this beetle is or from what kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species (one of the enduring lists memorized from BFJHS 9th grade biology) it morphed:

Having just watch an earlier episode of Cosmos, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson provided the number of beetle species that was so extraordinary, I wished I’d written it down!  Thinking my ears deceived me, I researched. Most of you probably never wondered (or even care) how many beetles there are on earth, right? Beetles are believed to make up at least quarter of the animal kingdom. They are the largest group of animals in the animal kingdom representing one fifth of all known living organisms and one fourth of all animals, and their population seems to be growing everyday. It is believed that the number of species of beetles range from approximately 250,000 to 350,000.

Beetles are among the most fascinating of all animals. They differ in range of size, color, and form. Some beetles are as large as 16 cm while others are as small as 1 mm. Many tropical beetles have large horns and claws, making no attempt to hide themselves while others try to make themselves as little noticeable as they can.

Beetles also live under the most diverse conditions. Some beetles live in salt water while others live in fresh water and under the bark of dead and living trees. Some beetles feed on the roots, wood, leaves, flowers, and fruit of living plants while others are scavengers. Beetles have an important role in society today. They prey on pest insects and are therefore extremely important to biological control. Virtually any product from the animal or vegetable kingdom can serve as food for a beetle.

Below are several “stacked” macro images (ranging from 5-14 images each).

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Celebrating Easter with Christmas Colors

In our front yard is the photinia fraseri, an evergreen shrub commonly called red tip or red top (particularly in the South where it has been frequently planted). This shrub celebrates spring with bronze red to bright red new leaves that emerge at the twig tips. The showy display lasts about 2-3 weeks, then the leaves gradually change to the glossy dark green.

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All Lined Up

A view from the middle of a pedestrian bridge.

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Lucky Tenants

This 2-story house, approximately 18″x12″ and nestled between 2 magnolias, gets to enjoy the warmth of the sunrise each and every day. How nice for this household!

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Boughs of Gold

Morning sun, morning walk, and winter storm debris still waiting to be picked up.

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Out at First

Close, but no cigar…

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