Sunday Trees – 249

My Sunday Trees entry for today will focus on both natural and man made difficulties for trees in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Thanks to Becca Givens for hosting this weekly photo challenge. You can find her blog On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea by clicking on the link. Then you can explore other Sunday Trees posts.

Let’s start with a man made difficulty first. The featured image is of a beautifully shaped tree on the side of Lake Brandt road in Summerfield, North Carolina.

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What you cannot see from this angle is the back of the tree that has been cut back to prevent interference with the power lines on that side of the road. Here is a side view.

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Half of the growth has been lopped off to prevent downing of the power lines in windy or icy weather. The Piedmont area of NC is subject to freezing rain in the winter, and tree limbs often crack under the weight of the ice and bring down power and telephone lines.

The second difficulty I want to highlight is that of bagworms. Certain varieties of trees are apparently very tasty to this species of moth/caterpillar, so as you drive along the highway, you see some trees infested with these bags while others are completely clear. Here are some shots to give you an idea of how the trees are challenged.

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By the end of September, these trees will probably be completely stripped of leaves as the larvae feed.

The third difficulty is that of vines. In particular, I want to highlight the poison ivy vines that can grow up the side of a tree. They look very fuzzy and are really quite dangerous to touch with unprotected skin.

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Here is a picture of a vine hanging down from the upper branches that I highlighted by using my flash.

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The trees, however, just seem to ignore all of these difficulties and keep right on growing. This is not the case for the following difficulty from which the tree cannot recover.

When water backs up and creates a swamp around mature trees, the trees rarely survive. Here are a few pictures of trees in their last stages before tumbling down into the swamp.

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Eight years ago, the larger trees had bird nests for hawks in the upper branches. Now those have disappeared because the trees have become to unstable to support the nests.

I will leave you with a little levity and color. I spied a red-spotted purple butterfly landing almost at my feet and had to snap a picture for everyone to enjoy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

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On Darkest Nights

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On darkest nights when moon is gone,

The streetlight shines, your path too long.

The lamps are few and far between,

The shadows loom, they seem so mean.

Don’t look back, just keep the pace,

Don’t run all scared, it’s not a race.

Listen well, discern a sound,

Some creature has to be around,

To snap that branch or scuff that walk,

Put up your hood, don’t make a squawk.

You must get home and safe again,

Stop freaking out, too scared you’ve been.

 

 

52 Week Photo Challenge: Week 2 – Food

Here is my entry for  The Girls That Dreams Awake 52 Week Photo Challenge:  Week 2 – Food. We recently tried a new restaurant in Greensboro, NC called Crafted the Art of Street Food.

Here are a few pictures from that experience.

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Mango Margharita  Raspberry Mojito

 

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Samosa Chaat

 

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Pho (Vietnam) with a corn salsa on the side

 

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Thai Green Curry*** (Thailand) with Chicken

 

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A delicious noodle broth that I cannot remember the name.

 

If you are willing to experiment, this is a great place to go.

Here is the website for the restaurant:

http://www.eatatcrafted.com/street-main#street-menu

 



 

Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

Rare Shark Photo

This week’s photo challenge is Rare.

Here is a rare and lucky shot of a shark breaching the ocean’s surface taken off Amadee Island in New Caledonia, South Pacific.

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Here is that same shark as it approaches the boat under water:

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cut by a River

This weeks challenge had great appeal to me. The Photo a Week Challenge is hosted by Nancy Merrill Photography and affords great opportunities to showcase some of my favorite photographs. This week, I wish to offer a few pictures from Yellowstone National Park.

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

A Taste of Nu Book 2

Today’s Daily Prompt of Moon offers a perfect opportunity to introduce a small sample of one of the early chapters in my second novel of the Nu Trilogy. Any thoughts or reactions are welcome at this early stage in the new book. I hope you enjoy this morsel.

 

Informal Planning Session

Cam had made reservations for four at The Dome restaurant in the Hilton. As with all of the facilities at the base, the hotel was almost completely below the moon’s surface, using the actual lunar rock as the first layer of insulation from the extreme temperatures and intense solar radiation at the surface. The Hilton, however, had gone to the expense of creating a transparent dome fifteen meters in diameter as the centerpiece for their five-star restaurant. Directly below the dome was a raised circular bar platform, surrounded by bar stools with what they called ‘The best view anywhere on the moon’. Each bar stool had a direct view through the dome at the surrounding moonscape.

As soon as Sted and Jessica got out of the elevator, they were greeted by the maître d’hôtel.

“Welcome to The Dome,” he said. “How may I help you?”

“We are with Cam Dunston’s party,” replied Sted. “I believe he made reservations for 8:00 PM.”

“Of course,” said the maître d’. “Would each of you please place your right thumb on the scanner, signifying that you accept the risk of dining under the dome?  This is required of all patrons each time they choose to dine with us.”

Jessica looked at Sted, making sure that he was comfortable after this reminder of the result of the last meteorite strike on the base that had taken his legs. Sted just shrugged and placed his thumb on the scanner. He took much bigger risks every time he went out on one of the many missions in the belt.

Jessica followed by placing her thumb on the scanner and then the maître d’ walked them over to, and then up, the short stairway to the raised bar platform. When they reached the platform, they saw both Cam and Vice Admiral Bunting on the other side of the huge bar. The two men were waving at them and gesturing them to come around and take one of the bar stools that they had been guarding.

“Welcome, travelers,” said the Vice Admiral as he swiveled the bar stool for Jessica and then took her hand and helped her up. “It’s so nice to meet you in person, Jessica. I know we have been on several video calls together over the past several months and everything was very formal. Let’s drop all formalities tonight. We can just be Al, Cam, Jessica, and Sted, even when we stray into shop talk.”

“I appreciate the offer,” said Jessica, accepting his assist onto the bar stool and smiling up at this bear of a man. He was almost two meters tall, with broad shoulders and a barrel like chest. “I hope we get to enjoy a cocktail or two before you men stray into ‘shop talk’. This is my first time here, and I want to enjoy this view for a little while.”

“You have my promise,” said the admiral as he continued to hold her hand, bowing his head slightly in recognition of her status.

Next, the Vice Admiral turned to Sted and took his hand in a firm handshake. “It is so good to see you again, Sted. You appear to have completely conquered your new legs since we saw each other last. And now you are back to being a Captain, just like I’d hoped.”

“Yes, Sir,” said Sted. “I’m currently a captain without a ship, but I think you’re going to change that very shortly.”

“Sted, I want you to drop the “Sir” tonight and just call me Al. We have much to discuss, but that can wait until after cocktails, when we will retire to a private dining room reserved by Cam for the evening. So, what would you and Jessica like to drink while we enjoy the view?”

“I’ll have a French Martini,” said Jessica. “It only seems appropriate in this French restaurant.”

 “I’ll have one glass of that Talisker 18, neat, with a splash of water,” said Sted. “It’s not often I get to indulge when my old boss is picking up the tab. After that I’m going to switch to water. I’m assuming that you have already chosen several bottles of fine wine for dinner, and I’d like to enjoy those.”

“Of course I have,” said Cam. “I’m sure the navy will be paying for this eventually anyway, so enjoy yourself.”

The four of them sat at the bar making small talk and getting comfortable with the evening. They all knew that this would be their one chance to really relax for a very long time.



 

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

Thursday Doors – August 18, 2016

Thanks to Norm 2.0 for hosting the weekly Thursday Doors challenge.

Today I have a single door from our trip to Cabo San Lucas. We took a day trip tour around the Baja of California and saw this church with a beautiful front door.

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hands

This week’s Fun Foto Challenge from Cee is on the topic of “Hands”.

The photo I chose shows how hands can multitask.

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Here is my latest Amazon review:

5.0 out of 5 stars You Won’t Believe This is a NU Author…
on August 13, 2016
Fast-paced military science fiction, one of those you won’t want to put down. You simply will not believe that this a first novel for a NU/new author. Remember Andy Weir and “The Martian”? Well, add in the military technology and battles from the likes of David Weber, along with some of the “Ancient Aliens” theories and stories, and you’ll have a good idea of what this book is about.

Nu Book 1 – The Esss Advance is available via this link on ==> Amazon.

The book is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

You may also visit the website www.TheNuTrilogy.com for more details.