Joke: Backing up…

What sound does a dump truck make when it is backing up?

Beeep… Beeep… Beeep…

What sound does a frog make when it is backing up?

Tibbir… Tibbir… Tibbir…

What sound does an airplane make when it is backing up?

Eeeeeee…. kcriiissshhh!

78째F/69째F Sunny, 8″ Rain this past weekend.

Tiny Frog


This tiny frog is from our natural swimming pool where it began as a tadpole several weeks ago. I think from the looks of this one that it will end up being a toad. Toads are wonderful in the garden, eating up the bugs and slugs. In the pool little guys like this often end up getting eaten by the fish. I have noticed the population of tadpoles and little frogs is decreasing and the fish are looking rather rotund.

78째F/62째F Sunny

Circus Day


The circus came to town! Well, actually to Hanover, NH. The Big Apple Circus comes around every July. My parents take us all to the circus and then out to eat. It is a wonderful time. It is good to have traditions like this. The kids look forward to it for a long time and frankly, so do I!

It is hard to choose a favorite act, there are so many good ones. This year I think I would say it was the jugglers. They were fantastic keeping large numbers of clubs in the air for extremely long periods of time with great precision with apparent ease. They never goofed the whole time. The four of them just kept moving around the ring and the air stayed filled with flashing clubs. Amazing.

I especially like how the clubs appeared in this photo. The blurred effect really shows the motion. I don’t usually take photos at the circus as the lighting is too hard and I don’t want to use a flash. My new Fuji FinePix E900 that I got last year has much greater sensitivity. I gave it a shot using a wide aperture and slow shutter under compensating a bit to adjust for the bright lights. I captured several good images including this one.

Do NOT buy the Fuji FinePix E900 digital camera. See this update.

There is actually a fourth juggler hidden by the crowd in the middle. You can see his clubs moving away from us. During this technique, the woman juggler in the center would periodically reach into the middle of the flowing clubs and pluck one out. She would then send it somewhere else changing the pattern.

81째F/66째 Mostly sunny this week with 9″ of rain in two thunderstorms.

Hat Head


My lovely wife modeling the summer collection of hats. Usually she just wears one at a time. A wide brimmed hat has many reasons:

  • Keeps the sun off our faces and neck to a degree.
  • Keeps us cooler by protecting the top of our head.
  • Keeps biting insects at bay as they tend to go for the high point.
  • Useful for collecting eggs if you forget the basket.
  • Prevents the rain from running down our back.
  • Protects our eyes and eye glasses from the rain.
  • Blows off our heads in the wind making for comedy.
  • And ever so stylish!

Beware that pigs and sheep love to chew on straw hats. Probably cows too.

81째F/67째F Mostly Sunny, 1/2″ Rain