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Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

Not actually in the sky, but it looks that way. We had a very heavy rain in the morning. Not a lightning and thunder, but a good hard rain.  The lake actually flooded and overflowed the banks. It was temporary and in less than an hour the lake was back to normal height. 

The day became very bright and clear and you can see the clouds that remained. I went to the edge of the lake to survey what the flooding may have done. Nothing of importance.

But mama duck brought her 5 ducklings over to introduce them to me. I assume she thought I was going […] Continue reading » Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

September 18th

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I looked out my window this morning and I noticed The turtle lineup on the far side of the lake. As you can see the water is very low and it exposed this concrete buttress where street storm […] Continue reading » September 18th

The ROBOAT Project

I am toying with an idea. Toy may be appropriate but there is a lot of engineering nerdy-ness involved. That’s right down my alley. Brace yourself for the following toy hobby nerd-speak.

My vision is to turn a remote control type model boat into a robotically controlled model boat. They are both remotely controlled but the robot boat can and will have a lot more interesting things it can perform when underway, or even in port if we want to get into the details. For simplicity I will mostly use the term boat for any water craft including model ships.

The hobby of scale model boats has long been the […] Continue reading » The ROBOAT Project

My Cup Runeth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

This is a Christmas present from my daughter and her fiance. It is an overflowing pot of water. A little electric pump in the base keeps the flow going. Is has taken just over five months to get it flowing. Here is proof that it works.

The trickling water through the rocks is supposed to have a calming effect. You just have to be sure you have an empty bladder before trying to relax. Otherwise your mind is likely to be on other things than relaxing.

This is one of the first pictures taken with my new Alpha NEX-5 camera. 1/100 sec at […] Continue reading » My Cup Runeth Over