Sunday, July 25, 2021

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7.25.2021: Two granddaughters spent the night with us. They are cousins and best of friends. Of course, a nature walk was on the agenda. Both Aubree and Lily Sue had a great time. Super Gigi made us all a most excellent pancake breakfast and then we all went on a short nature walk. Aubree and Lily ended up sharing my dad's hand-carved walking stick which may be over 100 years old. 

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7.24.2021: So, not my greatest hummingbird photo ... BUT ... an interesting angle. I plopped myself on the ground, flat on my back, and waited until this hummingbird darted towards the feeder. Equipment used: Nikon Z6, 24-70mm zoom lens, and a First Alert necklace so that the EMT crew could find me and help me back up. 

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7.23.2021: Kennesaw Mountain from our neighborhood walking trail. 

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

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7.22.2021: Old hippies never die ... they simply unicycle away. 

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7.21.2021: Practicing the "Iron Cross" for the Hummingbird Olympic Gymnastic team. 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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7.20.2021: July 20, 1969: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." 

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Monday, July 19, 2021

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7.19.2021: When good weather and bad weather meet ... X often marks the spot. 

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7.18.2021: When the hummingbird decides to check out the guy with the camera. 

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

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7.17.2021: Two more dead flies this week and I qualify as an “ACE.” Four more dead flies this week and I’ll be headed to Japan on the US Olympic Fly Swatting team. Wish me luck. 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

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7.16.2021: You lookin' at me? 

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

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7.15.2021: "Hey! Little help here. Get this freakin' fly off my face!" 

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7.14.2021:  She flies through the air with the greatest of ease. 

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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7.13.2021: Instead of watching the MLB All-Star game tonight, I'll be viewing "The Sandlot" and imagining that I was playing with that amazing team. 

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Monday, July 12, 2021

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7.12.21: Sometimes I feel like I'm going nowhere fast. (Marietta Square) 

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7.11.2021: "8...9...10...ready or not, here I come!" Today I played Hide-N-Seek with a fawn. I don't mean to brag, but ... I kicked her butt in two straight games. #kennesawmountainnbp 

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7.10.21: "May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon." – Unknown 

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7.9.2021: Howdy, howdy, howdy ... I'm a cowboy! 

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7.8.2021: I'm not man enough (or crazy or drunk enough) to "Run with the Bulls" ... but, I'll "Run with the Fawns" every chance I get. #kennesawmountainnbp 

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7.7.2021: Thanks to Carolyn, Mikel, Madi for another wonderful experience at Millstone Stables. This time, Aubree got to experience the fun including helping Madi squeegee off one of the horses. 

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Thanks to Carolyn, Mikel, Madi for another wonderful experience at Millstone Stables. Big fun watching Madi training a horse to jump. 

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7.5.2021: To see fireworks through youthful eyes. 

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7.4.2021: America! (Marietta Square on the 4th of July.) 

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7.3.2021: Composite photo of what we believe was the Kennesaw fireworks show. Taken from our neighborhood several miles away. 

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 7.2.2021:  Can't decide between reading a good book or visiting Kennesaw Mountain?  Why not do both at the same time?  

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7.1.2021: “Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” – W.R. Purche 

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6.30.2021: Forrest, freshly groomed for the first time since the removal of one of his kidneys. Thanks, Lorrie and the staff at The Dog House in Acworth. Forrest is strutting his stuff! 

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6.29.2021: Happy "National Camera Day." Tools of my hobby. 

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6.28.2021: Fire Breathing Dragon visits Cobb County neighborhood. Film at 11. 

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6.27.2021: BambiFest 2021 at #kennesawmountainnbp. 

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6.26.2021: This weekend marks the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Sherman's troops bombarded the Confederate positions at nine o'clock on the morning of June 27, 1864 and then advanced along the base of Kennesaw Mountain. The Confederates easily repulsed this diversionary attack. Meanwhile, rough terrain and a stubborn defense stymied the Union assault at Pigeon Hill, which sputtered out after a couple of hours. At Cheatham Hill, the heaviest fighting occurred along a salient stretch in the Confederate line dubbed "Dead Angle" by Confederate defenders. Union troops made a desperate effort to storm the Confederate trenches. However, as elsewhere, the rough terrain and intense Confederate fire combined to defeat the Union army. Within hours, the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was over. Union casualties numbered some 3,000 men while the Confederates lost 1,000, making it one of the bloodiest single days in the campaign for Atlanta. 

Also, 86 years ago today, on June 26, 1935, the United States Congress officially designated the area as Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 

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6.25.2021: Okay, can anyone identify this creature I spotted at #kennesawmountainnbp today. Until I hear back, I will just call it "Scarybeehairybuttocks" 

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UPDATE: Thanks to Brad Rivet, our creature has been identified as a Hummingbird Clearwing Hemaris thysbe. Which, of course, would have been my first guess.

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6.24.2021:  "Hello, I'm Lily. Happy to meet you." 

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6.23.2021: The young bucks at #KennesawMountainNBP are usually a bit more skittish than the older does. However, today I noticed this dude grazing about 25-30 yards off the trail. He appeared to be heading my direction, so I didn’t make any quick moves (like at my age I could make any quick moves even if I wanted to.) It took about 10 minutes or so but he finally worked his way down to within’ five or six feet of me. After a couple of minutes grazing in front of me, he slowly walked away. Almost as slow as I walk when I’m hiking. (Which is pretty darn slow.) Neat experience, for sure. 

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I wish I had a buck for every time a deer gave me the old "what the heck are you doing taking my photo" look while I was hiking in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 

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Monday, June 28, 2021

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6.21.2021: 
"The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon 
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon 
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky 
For we can fly we can fly" 

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6.20.2021: I vaguely remember my first car ride with my dad. Apparently, my mother told dad to take me along to work with him. If I close my eyes, I can still remember the roar of the car engine, and the squealing tires as I slid from one side of the car to the other in the back seat as we rounded curves at a high rate of speed. In the distance I could hear police sirens. To drown out the sirens, my dad turned up the radio and starting singing along to “That Good Old Mountain Dew.” Being the son of a bootlegger was never boring. 

Okay, I don’t remember any of that at all, but when my dad told me that story, I believed him. Happy Father’s Day, dad. Wish you were still with us to spin another yarn or two. Love you! 

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6.19.2021: Self portrait of how I look most days as I am leaving our home to hike Kennesaw Mountain. 

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6.18.2021: Aubree giving Forrest a private piano recital. 169/365