It's spring!

By: Ylee , 10:44 AM GMT on April 15, 2013

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Ode on the Spring
BY THOMAS GRAY
Lo! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
Fair Venus' train appear,
Disclose the long-expecting flowers,
And wake the purple year!
The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckoo's note,
The untaught harmony of spring:
While whisp'ring pleasure as they fly,
Cool zephyrs thro' the clear blue sky
Their gather'd fragrance fling.

Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch
A broader, browner shade;
Where'er the rude and moss-grown beech
O'er-canopies the glade,
Beside some water's rushy brink
With me the Muse shall sit, and think
(At ease reclin'd in rustic state)
How vain the ardour of the crowd,
How low, how little are the proud,
How indigent the great!

Still is the toiling hand of Care:
The panting herds repose:
Yet hark, how thro' the peopled air
The busy murmur glows!
The insect youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon:
Some lightly o'er the current skim,
Some show their gaily-gilded trim
Quick-glancing to the sun.

To Contemplation's sober eye
Such is the race of man:
And they that creep, and they that fly,
Shall end where they began.
Alike the busy and the gay
But flutter thro' life's little day,
In fortune's varying colours drest:
Brush'd by the hand of rough Mischance,
Or chill'd by age, their airy dance
They leave, in dust to rest.

Methinks I hear in accents low
The sportive kind reply:
Poor moralist! and what art thou?
A solitary fly!
Thy joys no glitt'ring female meets,
No hive hast thou of hoarded sweets,
No painted plumage to display:
On hasty wings thy youth is flown;
Thy sun is set, thy spring is gone—
We frolic, while 'tis May.

It's finally spring!(At least in Ky.! Sorry, Tony!) Yay! Trees are budding, birds are singing, bugs are hitting the windshield; well, I'm not crazy about the bugs, but it's a fair trade for the elimination of cold weather and gray landscapes!

No gray landscapes this time, except for the feeder cam at night! :' )


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121. Ylee
1:51 AM GMT on April 24, 2013
Hey, Trauma! 10 hours to go!
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120. traumaboyy
1:33 AM GMT on April 24, 2013
Ahh...Moon over Milos!!
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119. Ylee
1:17 AM GMT on April 24, 2013
Good evening! A pleasant day here, most of which I slept through! Supposed to get some rain tonight and tomorrow; hopefully it won't be so much, so I can get the garden planted next week!

Carms are all working well this evening; the moon's over Milos again, and the Mammoth Cave cam's still working.

I see WTS reconfigured his cam to its' 1280x800 resolution. I resized it back to 640x400(All cams are shown on this blog at a width of 640 pixels to fit within WU's formatting), and added a "full size" link to the cam, so you can see the birdies up close!

Hi, Tony! Hope you are doing well!

Rob, I've never had carribean pineapple before; about all I've ever had has come out of a can! :' ) Didn't know they were so easy to grow!
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118. RobDaHood
1:32 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
Quoting whitewabit:


oh love those fresh ripe pineapples .. nothing like you get from in the stores up here .. they grow pretty easy there ??


Yes...just lop off the crown, let it dry out a little, peel back about an inch of the lower leaves, stick it in the ground and keep it moist.

It's not bragging at all though, Ylee. It's too easy here to brag about.

They are mostly Caribbean variety which are smaller and sweeter than the Hawaiian ones. Leaves covered with thorns that will chew you up though.
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117. plapman
12:11 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
Good morning YLee.
There were 2 deer at the feeder this morning.
Have a good day.
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116. Ylee
11:43 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Yay! Mammoth Cave cam is back online!

Time to go home! Be back tonight!
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115. Ylee
9:05 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
True, Sandi, but it's "lite" chocolate Horlicks, and what's the fun in that? ;' ) Give me all the fat and calories, lol!
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114. sandiquiz
7:45 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Oh, four monkeys enjoying a sauna!

I have had a quick scan back over the comments and read about the crop situation. We were told yesterday that due to the very wet and cold March, spring wheat has been decimated, so the cost of wheat will be very high later in the year.

PS - you can buy "chocolate" Horlicks:)
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113. Ylee
7:28 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Trauma, our family isn't very cosmopolitan; that is, most of our cooking is simple Rural Country. Bell peppers is about as exotic as it gets! :' )

Briar, hopefully the rains forecast for tomorrow night and Wednesday will not result in my own rice paddy! The crawdads don't seem to mind, though! :' )

The Milos wabbit is back.......
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112. BriarCraft
6:26 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Sad news about your co-worker. Stroke is bad. Good to show support though. Something as simple as a card that lots of co-workers sign can mean a whole lot to spouse and/or family, just knowing that others care when they're feeling low.

So you broke the garden? Hope it can be fixed all right. (te-he)

What you describe is just what I do here most years. Just a light tilling to "fluff" up the mud. More surface area means more evaporation. Hopefully, in a few days you'll be able to go back and give it a proper tilling.

Soon as my rice paddy dries out a bit, maybe later this week, I'll be doing the same thing. Deja vu, all over again!
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111. traumaboyy
6:19 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
not a big fan of bell peppers myself....growing birdeye, cayanne, bananna, and jalapenos!
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110. Ylee
5:53 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
An actual person at Yidney; that's a first!

Quoting whitewabit:


Ylee .. thought a couple looked large also .. guess it is that time ..

well my neighbor takes 12 to 14 days for him and his dad and son to plant the ground they have so we are getting closer to the cut then people think .. and there will be some rain days too .. but beans can be planted later .. the corn is what is important right now ..


Farmers can make more off corn now than almost any other crop; our neighbors used to alternate corn and beans every year, but now it's two years of corn, and then one year of beans.

Around here, farmers can hold off until late June to plant beans.

Quoting traumaboyy:
naa...bought a bunch of seeds off of ebay...pretty cheap and having mixed results. Probably because it is usually quite a bit warmer on average than it has been this year.


My limited experience with peppers, at least bell peppers, is that they like it warm, but a lot of direct sun will scorch them!
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109. traumaboyy
5:13 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Good morning Milos!!
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108. traumaboyy
5:11 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
naa...bought a bunch of seeds off of ebay...pretty cheap and having mixed results. Probably because it is usually quite a bit warmer on average than it has been this year.
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107. whitewabit (Mod)
4:52 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Quoting Ylee:
I see nine deer now, wab! A couple of them look like they are ready to pop! :' )

I saw the nombers jus posted on your blog; as long as they can get the corn out by mid May, their yields won't take much of a hit. After that, however, it'll start falling quickly.

WTS, I'm glad you got the new cam running! Question: I notice that you are running it in a widescreen mode, 640x400. Does this cam normally show a higher resolution, and you have it "sized down" for ease of uploading? Not having my own personal cam, I'm curious as to how this works!

Trauma, sounds like your garden is well under way! Did you save the pepper seed from last year's crop? I've saved radish seed for two years now.


Ylee .. thought a couple looked large also .. guess it is that time ..

well my neighbor takes 12 to 14 days for him and his dad and son to plant the ground they have so we are getting closer to the cut then people think .. and there will be some rain days too .. but beans can be planted later .. the corn is what is important right now ..
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106. Ylee
4:18 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
I see nine deer now, wab! A couple of them look like they are ready to pop! :' )

I saw the nombers jus posted on your blog; as long as they can get the corn out by mid May, their yields won't take much of a hit. After that, however, it'll start falling quickly.

WTS, I'm glad you got the new cam running! Question: I notice that you are running it in a widescreen mode, 640x400. Does this cam normally show a higher resolution, and you have it "sized down" for ease of uploading? Not having my own personal cam, I'm curious as to how this works!

Trauma, sounds like your garden is well under way! Did you save the pepper seed from last year's crop? I've saved radish seed for two years now.
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105. whitewabit (Mod)
3:52 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Quoting whitewabit:
Four does wondering around ..

hoping the rain stays away .. or only gives us light showers .. radar showing its lighter now then earlier ..

Farmers getting behind on planting .. they don't need a another bad year ..


well the count is up to 8 now ..
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104. whitewabit (Mod)
3:51 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Four does wondering around ..

hoping the rain stays away .. or only gives us light showers .. radar showing its lighter now then earlier ..

Farmers getting behind on planting .. they don't need a another bad year ..
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103. WatchinTheSky
3:22 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
It's dark and a bit hard to tell, hoping hummercam's issues are behind. First replacement cam just would not upload, second set up like a breeze. Worst part was standing in line at frys to exchange, their credit card computers were down so they were going old school with paper =:O
Too bad about coworker - that's how I lost an uncle. Strokes are not good.
I really like the Yidney Rocks cam ;)
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102. traumaboyy
3:14 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Hate to hear that bout your coworker bro!!

My maters and taters are coming up well, peppers coming up slowly. First time I started from seed so learning a few lessons on them. Carrots have started coming up finally and put out some strawberries yesterday. We have had enough rain!!!! Time for some sunshine!!
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101. Ylee
2:47 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Quoting RobDaHood:
Oh....and more pineapples than I will know what to do with...


Now stop it, Rob! Now you're just showing off, LOL! Wait until I get my maters and taters going! :' )
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100. Ylee
Thanks, Rob, and wab. The guy was only 42. I won't go into any details about his personal life, but it wasn't an easy one, and most of it was self-inflicted. As far as I knew him, he was a good man, and whatever flaws or faults he had, well, I'll just choose to stay ignorant of them, and remember the good stuff.

Rob, I may try my hand at jalapenos again this year. I still want to make some homemade salsa, but never got the opportunity before. I always just gave the peppers away.

It's OK, wab! If our fortunes were reversed, I'm sure he'd hoist a beer in my honor, so I'll do an imaginary one in his!
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99. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting RobDaHood:
Oh....and more pineapples than I will know what to do with...


oh love those fresh ripe pineapples .. nothing like you get from in the stores up here .. they grow pretty easy there ??
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Oh....and more pineapples than I will know what to do with...
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97. whitewabit (Mod)
sorry should have read before posting ..

prayers for the friend and co-worker !!
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96. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting Ylee:
Hey, Trauma! How's it goin'? The night shift is officially in effect! :' )

WTS' cam appears to be in experimental mode... :' )


let the fun began ..
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Hey Ylee,
Sorry to hear about the co-worker. Thoughts and prayers to your friend and the family.

So...you are doing some gardening. Cool! Have to admit, I didn't plant much over the winter/spring. Too many other things got in the way. Have an abundance of chili peppers...mostly serrano and jalapeno as well as some basil and onions that did well during our lack of winter.

Now the ginger and turmeric are beginning to come up.
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94. Ylee
Hey, Trauma! How's it goin'? The night shift is officially in effect! :' )

WTS' cam appears to be in experimental mode... :' )
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93. Ylee
Good evening. My heart is somewhat heavy tonight. A coworker on another shift had a stroke, and he's all but gone. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, as they go through this trial.

Until I heard the news, this had been a pretty good day! Knocked out a lot of stuff on my spring to-do list! Broke the garden, best as I could, as the ground, being clay, is still pretty gummy! Hopefully, the rains forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday will be light, and the garden will continue to dry out so I can get started on the garden next week!

The Mammoth Cave cam, and I'm assuming all the NPS air quality cams, are still down. The rest of the cams are working well. Snow monkey cam is showing people huddling together for perhaps a group photo!

Alley, I hope your kitties aren't fat and sleek like the deer are fat and sleek, because at least a couple of them are going to be mommas soon!

Hope it warms up for you!

Hi, jus! I'm on nights now, so maybe I can catch one of your patented midnight rants, lol!

The fact that you all enjoy the cams as much as I do makes all the work worthwhile! :' )

Hi, GG! I'll still be here when you see them again this morning! :' )

Evenin', Todd!

Evenin', Janet! Me, too! :' )
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Raccoons enjoying the buffet tonight!!

Evening gang!!

Only 10 hours to go Ylee!!
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Evening, hope you have a good night on the job :)
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mornin
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Good Morning. Milos has some beautiful clouds right now.
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Fly by late...I see you may be on days? Cams are just awesome! Thanks for bringing them to us and all the work you do on em. :) Stay well!
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Five fat deer at the Leslie feeder tonite. Boy those babies are like my kitties. Fat and sleek. LOL.

I see the boat is back at Milos. Must be time to load up the larder before the next sail. Probably a glass or two of ouzo with some nice food too as he puts his feet up for a bit. Ah the life. Wish we all could do fun things like that. Right now I would settle with just being warm for a change.

Have a great night Ylee, everyone.
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86. Ylee
Happy Monday, oz! Glad you got some rain!

Rob, I'm sure you'd understand! :' )

Time to go home! Back tomorrow night!
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Checking that blue sky above and now know why you were complaining about being stuck indoors!

YCD...put a drip tray under the fish and the Barbie won't get so nasty.
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Hi Ylee, we got good rain yesterday and boy did we need it! They say we may get more today but there is beautiful blue sky so we will have to wait and see. Hopefully I can get some of the weeds out of the borders and plant some winter colour.
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83. Ylee
Looks like the snow yesterday didn't do the Matsumoto cherry trees any favors; looks like most of the blossoms are gone! :(

WTS said he was going to try a new cam; he may have it up and running, since the angle has changed a bit, and there's no time stamp in the upper-left hand corner. The image at the moment is a little blurry, probably needs a little focusing to make it right!
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82. Ylee
Don't know how long the relatively thin metal from the BBQ/smoker would hold up from repeated "burning offs". That pine and spruce can get pretty hot! I'd just use thick cast iron grates instead, and keep them well seasoned!
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Afternoon Ylee:
Blue sky and sun on the building next door, could be a lot worse eh?
My shop thermometer shows about +7°C. Alternating warm sun and sprinkles of rain outside.
I was knifing off deposits of salmon drool from the cast iron grills from the BBQ turned smoker and trying to imagine a better system - easier to clean up mainly.
Maybe 1/8" Stainless square stock cut to fit on the smoker trays.
What I have most experience with and stock is wood so I might try just ripping a large supply of SPF (Spruce, Pine, Fir - standard framing material) slats 1/4" x 1/4"
And burn them after each smoke session.
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80. Ylee
To show what kind of day I'm missing while I'm here at work, here's a photo!



We now have some high cirrus clouds, but it's still nice!
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79. Ylee
Blue jay at the feeder cam!

Bug, you'd think a cam that was donated by the camera people would at least be as reliable as one on a remote island! Granted, the problem is usually with the transmission equipment and computer servers, but still.....

Hi, cal! Glad you could make the time to stop by! A couple of years ago, our hummer feeder was besieged by the young of two sets of pairs, and it was crazy(and entertaining!) for a while!
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Been here a few times but no time to comment! Really busy, I am very popular in the spring, LOL!!

Glad you put up WTS' cam, he gets a huge amount of hummers and of course Orioles. I average about twelve hummers with only one feeder. And between 3 and 4 pairs of Orioles. They nest here so when the young start coming to the feeders it gets a little crazy.

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Sheesh, Sandi. Sixty other photogs to comment for daily? Even though you've been learning new things, I suppose there's been a few times when you've wondered, "Why in the world did I get involved in this?" lol

Why are the NPS cams off line half the time? It's the Federal Gov't, silly!
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76. Ylee
That's OK, Sandi! If it wasn't for work, I'd never be here at all, lol! The main thing is that your challenge is educating you into being a better photographer!
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Oh, Heavens, I haven't been by for over 24 hours, I must be slipping!
What with sunshine and gardening temperatures, and the "Month in 30 Photos" challenge, I really haven't spent as long on WU as I usually do.
There are 60 in the challenge and each day we have to post a photo and then comment on everyone else's! That is time consuming, so I will be glad when it is over, but I have learnt a lot by doing it, so it has been worth it!

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74. Ylee
The entire NPS Air Quality network is down; it has to be at server level, and it probably won't be fixed until tomorrow! No Mammoth Cave cam!:(
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73. Ylee
Good morning! A warmer start to the day so far; 41 for the low this morning, on the way to the upper 60s, and sun! Tomorrow promises to be even nicer, with 70s forecast!

Mammoth Cave cam is still down; may have to replace it today; don't know why NPS cams are so unreliable! :P

Milos looks inviting! Two hummers and a whole slew of squirrels!

Hi, bug! Looks like the monkeys still need the hot tub, as there's still snow there!

WTS, I got your WUmail. It's working this morning, in the cool morning air. A solar-powered fan may be an answer, but it's just a guess!

More snow, Tony? Yuck! You need a hot tub like the monkeys! :' )
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Good grief! Fat Albert called in reinforcements. There's seven squirrels at the feeder cam.

I think the Mammoth Cave cam is offline. It has been nighttime there since yesterday.
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God morning Ylee.
The sun only lasted a little while, more snow again today.
Enjoy your shift.
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