21 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-16-20

  1. Looks like a moth on something.
    Michelle, Chuck & Linda said there were about 30 people on the flight from Atlanta to Greensboro.
    Airline can’t make money at that rate. Whatever else you might think about it We need them to be profitable.

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  2. Morning! Is that a moth or a butterfly? It appears to be very delicate and that is a great capture Cheryl!
    Our granddaughter is flying into DIA very late Monday evening for a week long visit with us. We are hoping her flight is not crowded. She is 17 and this is her first flight alone from Cincinnati to Denver…we shall be waiting on the arrival deck for her. I have no desire to get on a plane right now. Praying for Jo and her granddaughter this day as they take off to land here in our state 😊

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  3. Good morning! The header is fascinating. Since this appears to be a macro shot, I think the creature must be pretty small.

    Art is sleeping late today after having spent two nights in the office where he said he slept for about two hours each night. He filed an extension for us.

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  4. Good morning! We are experiencing a covid surge. I am getting tired of this virus. On the good side, we got some rain. We moved our chicks out to the chicken tractors. I had 76 chicks left from the 75 I ordered. they always send a few extras. We got the garden weeded. Now I need to mulch and plant some fall things like turnips.

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  5. Not sure why, but I get a newsfeed from Sydney, Australia. It is interesting to see how they are handling Covid. One little segment said they are ready for the film industry because they have the virus better contained than other places (think CA and GA). I thought the land divisions in Australia were known as provinces but they called them states. Janice

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  6. The header: it is a butterfly, and not a macro shot (though the butterfly is indeed rather small) but is a bit of a zoom. I found this shrub or tree with very pretty little maroon flowers (not yet identified), and I was pleased when a little wood-satyr (less than two inches long) flew in, illuminated by a patch of sunlight, in the middle, though it did take some work to find a gap through which to photograph it. The flower doesn’t show up well in this shot, but it’s a really pretty and rather interesting one. A couple weeks before I managed a macro shot with my macro snap-on lens of this butterfly species. If you look at its eyespots, and in some places between them, you will see what look like flecks of silver. They show up better in a macro shot, but they make this species rather pretty overall.

    Getting a butterfly to sit still while you put a camera within three or four inches is rather remarkable. Insects are far more likely to “sit still” in specific situations, and I’ve learned several of them. (1) When photographing nearly any insect species, the most important thing to note is never let your shadow fall across the insect; insects are most attuned to movement, and a shadow moving across the insect will cause it to flee more than 95% of the time. (When it’s overcast and a very light shadow, it may not.) (2) Insects are cold-blooded and need the proper temperatures before they can move. In the morning, or cool times, they will sit in a patch of sunlight to warm up. While they are basking, they find it difficult to move and are likely to sit still while you get very, very close as long as you don’t touch them or the plant or stone they are resting on–or let your shadow fall across them. (3) A well-camouflaged insect will often sit still longer, and so will a really brightly colored one whose colors advertise its distastefulness. This isn’t dependable, but is often true. (4) A slight breeze can provide an excellent chance to photograph insects, especially if you can hold its plant steady or if it is on a rock or tree trunk. The insect won’t want to jump or fly and leave itself at the mercy of the wind, so it will hold tight and is less likely to flee you or the camera. In such instances, I do try to be kind and not to spook it, but I’ve taken advantage of a light breeze several times. A swaying flower can make it really hard to get a clear shot, but I either stabilize the flower or try to get in rhythm with it and take several shots.

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  7. SNAKE story (not involving a human, but if snakes creep you out, you still might want to skip this one).

    Yesterday I was walking on my primary trail and I photographed a large painted turtle sunning. I had to photograph it between branches of a plant, and as I walked past the plant I figured it was likely to jump into the pond when it saw me. Indeed I did hear a splashing, but it didn’t sound like the single splash a turtle or frog gives when it jumps into a pond. And as I came past the plant, on the other shore (near where the turtle had been earlier) was an amazing whipping motion fairly high off the ground. If I were in a culture that used whips with horses, I’d probably describe it that way, but it was frenzied and not something I could see clearly. Periodically I also heard little sounds, enough to know a snake had caught a frog. (I knew “snake” immediately, but I’d never seen snake action so high above a surface–so vertical.) After that initial second or two I couldn’t see anything at all–the action was mostly in the tall grass. I assumed it was a water snake, but my photos show a rat snake (one of our bigger local species). I don’t think they swim, so apparently it came down to the edge of the pond and grabbed a frog from the edge of the pond. I only got two shots, one in which the head of the snake isn’t even in the shot, since it was raised so high off the ground, and one that wasn’t zoomed in far enough, but in which I can see the snake’s eye and am amazingly large frog compared to the size of the eye and the head. (After the first shot, I couldn’t see the snake, but I took a few shots just in case I could catch something, and I did.)

    It’s definitely a post-Fall moment. At the same time, predators keep other creatures in check. If nothing ate the frogs, the frogs would soon eat up all their food and then starve to death. Rat snakes aren’t poisonous, and they are useful. Still, one has to feel bad for the frog.

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  8. Thank you, Cheryl, for the info on how to take good photos of insects. That is helpful to know.

    I could tell that is a beautiful flower in a color that is not often seen. Maybe some chrysanthemums are in that color, but that is not one. Also, trilliums might be that color, but it’s not that either.

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  9. About Australia, from Wikipedia: “Australia has six states—New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA), Tasmania (TAS), Victoria (VIC) and Western Australia (WA)—and two major mainland territories—the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT). In most respects, these two territories function as states, except that the Commonwealth Parliament has the power to modify or repeal any legislation passed by the territory parliaments.”

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  10. I’d read a while back that the land down under was raking in the film crews. The independent filmmakers are struggling to get insurance here now, apparently, though the studios and major production outfits have self-insurance. Still, location filming with everything that’s going on has been difficult. Wonder what the new fall TV season will look like? Maybe they’ll all have Aussie accents.

    That’s some snake story, Cheryl. Poor frog indeed.

    It’s overcast and cool here again this morning, almost nippy with a couple windows open. I need to put in a few hours of work this morning and then I’m off to the orthopedic doctor which I’m not looking forward to particularly. I filled out all the paperwork last night so that’s done.

    We’re still surging here with the virus, hospital beds are filling up fast, including ICU beds, those numbers now are topping what they were in the beginning. Yesterday we hit some kind of all time high for covid patients being hospitalized in LA County. Lots of stressed medical care workers.

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  11. Yesterday I asked whether the term “hacker” sounded more to you like a good guy or a bad guy. I also put the question on Facebook. In case you’re interested, here’s why I asked and what I found.

    My large tech employer recently published the following internal guidance:

    Within hacker circles populated by our fellow cybersecurity practitioners, using the word “hacker” to describe adversaries who illegally hack into organizations is considered offensive by many in the [information security] communities. We should therefore avoid using the term “hacker” to describe attackers.

    That surprised me because I’ve always thought of cybersecurity people as defenders against hackers, not as hackers themselves. But apparently they see it otherwise.

    So far I’ve received 20 responses (including my own):
    55% Bad guy
    35% Either
    10% Good guy

    But when I separated people I know to be in technical fields or exceptionally technically savvy from the rest, I found two different pictures.

    From 8 known “tech-savvy” people:
    38% Either
    38% Bad guy
    25% Good guy

    From the other 12:
    67% Bad guy
    33% Either

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  12. For anyone who might wonder about the title of Wesley’s dissertation, it is Rhetoric, Education, and the Affections in Seventeenth-Century Biblical Ethic. He wrote about the writings of Milton, Abraham Cowley, and Lucy Hutchinson.

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  13. Genesis 50 comment from Enduring Word:

    Some promises of God take a long time to fulfill, and we must persevere in trusting God.

    George Mueller was a remarkable man of faith who ran orphanages in England. In a sermon preached when he was 75 years old, he said 30,000 times in his 54 years as a Christian he received the answer to prayer on the same day he prayed it.

    But not all his prayers were answered so quickly. He told of one prayer that he brought to God about 20,000 times over more than 11 years, and he still trusted God for the answer: “I hope in God, I pray on, and look for the answer. Therefore, beloved brethren and sisters, go on waiting upon God, go on praying.”

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  14. I had actually already wanted to make roasted chickpeas previously so I was delighted to get a recipe someone had tried and found it to be successful. I also want to make sweet potato fries which I always got when we went out if they were on the menu.

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  15. DJ – She’s been commenting, and “interrogating” a couple of my other friends who have commented, on two of my posts – one about the boy who bought a bunch of Goya Food products to donate to the needy, and the one comparing the Black Lives Matter slogan to Jesus’ story about the shepherd leaving the 99 to search for the one. She’s really on a roll.

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