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Tuesday, 25-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tornado too

Deceptively mellow.
A closer look reveals the churning,
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We are either blessed or cursed. The really nasty weather seems to skate all around my little corner of Kansas. The alerts are all bark and no bite (knock on wood). The thunderheads did put on a spectacular show at sunset...

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I found out on the news tonight that this cloud formation was directly above Topeka. Topeka is 45 miles away from my house! The weather guy said these clouds were 10 miles high (NOT a normal thing) and that's why we could see them from so far away.

Monday, 24-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Shakespeare in the Park

Romeo & Juliet
Balcony scene. Note the fellow with his head up Juliet's dress
Juliet laments to her nurse
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The drama department at Manhattan High School put on their first annual Renaissance Faire and did a darn good job of it. They had a troupe called Spam that performed the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. Danged if they didn't hit on every single one of his works and in the most creative fashion I've ever seen.

Sunday, 23-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tornado Watch

...This is the sky... I drove home from... friend Bonnie's house...
We've been under a tornado watch since about six p.m. and my weather radio just went off and said they've extended it to four a.m. We had to run to the basement last year for a severe thunderstorm and it was interesting to see how we all reacted. We were able to get all the animals save one down there with us and I know we're supposed to stay away from the windows, but we gathered round and watched nature's fury. I do believe if they told me to take cover from a tornado, I would stay away from the windows...

Saturday, 22-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Limenitis arthemis astyanax

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A butterfly. Common name: Red-spotted Purple. I swear that when I went for the macro, this guy/gal started posing for me!

Excerpted from eNature:

Description 3-3 3/8" (76-86 mm). Large. FW long, HW very squared, sometimes quite scalloped. Above, coal-black with brilliant blue to blue-green iridescence, especially over HW. Below, brick-red spots line borders and cluster around wing bases. Eastern populations have some red in FW tips above.

Similar Species Female Diana Fritillary has much rounder wings, lacks red spotting. Pipevine Swallowtail is tailed.

Life Cycle Caterpillar humped, dark-saddled and mottled; basically cream-colored with 2 prominent brushlike bristles behind head. Host plants include willows (Salix), poplars and aspens (Populus), cherries (Prunus), hawthorns (Crataegus), apples (Malus), hornbeams (Carpinus), and others.

Flight Up to 3 broods in South; mid-spring through summer.

Habitat Open woodlands, forest edges, nearby meadows, watercourses, shorelines, and roads and paths; arroyos and canyons in Southwest.

Range E. Dakotas and NE. Colorado east to S. New England, south to central Florida, and west to Arizona and Mexico.

Discussion Along the northern edge of its range, the Red-spotted Purple hybridizes with the White Admiral to produce partially banded offspring. Some lepidopterists consider them one species, but genetic evidence suggests that they have come together relatively recently. The Red-spotted Purple mimics the toxic, bright blue Pipevine Swallowtail, thus gaining protection from birds.

Friday, 21-May-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
This n That

My friend Tasha is visiting from Canada. Normally she brings me a little treat, Toblerone candy. This trip she brought me Toblerone on steriods. I think this one will last a long time because it's almost as long as my chaise's armrest!!!!!!

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