Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pirate ship!!!

Too bad I ever learned to swim - would love to see this!

In this fascinating new adventure, Jonathan joins a team of underwater archaeologists who are excavating the sunken wreck of Blackbeard's pirate ship the "Queen Anne's Revenge" off the coast of North Carolina near Beaufort. He assists underwater and then tours the lab where artifacts are conserved for display at the museum.

Source: http://www.blueworldTV.com

Today's funny :o)

Today is.....


H/T to Terry for the reminder!


Monday, September 18, 2017


Coopville has a lot of theses in the Summer - Charlie likes them!

Dragonflies in Sussex County, New Jersey

Sussex County, New Jersey is home to more species of dragonflies than any other county in North America. 
 If you've ever wondered about those flying wonders zipping across your pond or stream and doing amazing aerobatics, check out this article about dragons and damsels!

Did you ever notice those large insects zipping over streams and ponds all summer long, skimming the water, then shooting about in zig zag patterns that make your head spin watching them? Dragonflies and damselflies, collectively belonging to the taxonomic order Odonata, are named for their significant biting mouthparts and predatory nature. Not to worry - they don't bite or sting people! Amazing is the fact that there are more species of dragonflies in Sussex County, New Jersey (145 - out of a possible 182 in NJ) than any other county in the United States. Dragonflies, by definition, are stout and large bodied with round heads and eyes covering much of the top and sides of the head. The forewings and hind wings are different shapes and are held straight out to the sides while resting. They are strong fliers. Damselflies, on the other hand, are more delicate and small bodied. Their abdomen is narrow, their head is wider than long and the eyes are separated by more than their own width. Distinctive from dragonflies, damselfly forewings and hind wings are similar in shape and held either pressed above the body or are only partially open at rest. For the most part, they are much weaker fliers.  In New Jersey, the season for dragonflies and damselflies runs from April through October although the best month for spotting the most species would be June. This coincides with the photoperiod - length of daylight - increasing and moderating temperatures.

These miniature predators actually start their life span as larvae and may spend one or more years under water! Once they surface, they go through a molt in the morning hours which leave them vulnerable to be taken by other predators. Later in the day, their body parts and wings are dry and they're ready to start their adult flying life. As adults, their life cycle is anywhere from several weeks to months. Food preferences range from insects, mosquitoes, butterflies and other dragonflies - they are non-discriminatory on this point. Preparing for the next generation, the adults will lay their eggs on or in plant stems located in ponds and streams, or sometimes in the sediment. The best places to find dragonflies and damselflies are usually in clear, clean water - this can be a swiftly moving stream or a pond or lake. However, forested areas with associated stream complexes may offer up a smaller percentage of species. Another good location to watch them is in farm fields and open areas that have an abundance of insects.

So who is looking at dragonflies and damselflies? It appears that this is the "new birding". Many tried and true birders, in their quest for knowledge and new things to look at while enjoying the outdoors, have included butterflies and dragonflies on their "to do" list. Tom Halliwell, past president of the New Jersey chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association), became intrigued with dragonflies about five years ago after meeting and sharing lots of field time with odonate expert Allen Barlow. A long time birder turned butterflier, Tom was fascinated with these colorful, quick moving fliers. They presented "a new challenge" stated Tom. "It seemed like a natural progression since I enjoy all aspects of the natural world. Their predatory behavior is extremely interesting." Other birders, turned dragonfliers, include George Nixon, who, under Tom's expertise, has become a serious student of Odonata. He has formed a group, JOE (for Jersey Odonate Enthusiasts) whose sole purpose is to conduct field trips in New Jersey to seek out all species of dragons and damsels. A major activity for JOE will be to conduct surveys within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and various NJ Nature Conservancy preserves.  To find out about upcoming field trips (in season), go to www.njodes.com and link to JOE from here.  The NJOdes website provides educational material with species descriptions and photographs, flight periods and checklists.
Now that we're intrigued, how do we get started identifying dragonflies? Close focus binoculars are the first piece of equipment necessary - they should preferably focus down to 5 to 7 feet. A digital camera with close focus capability helps when referring back to species seen that day in the field. Next, a 10x loupe or magnifying glass is helpful in making distinctions between closely related species. There are now many field guides available, including the Stokes Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies, Damselflies of the Northeast by Ed Lam and the Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts by Nikula, Loose and Burne (applicable for NJ) and Dragonflies Through Binoculars by Sid Dunkle.
With binoculars and field guides in hand, there's still time this season to take a hike and watch these winged wonders. Additionally, there are groups out there that conduct field trips to identify birds and butterflies. Check websites for www.naba.org for butterfly trips and www.sussexcountybirdclub.org for birding trips. Hope to see you out and about in Sussex County! Stay tuned for more articles on birds, butterflies, open space and farms in our county.

Source of above article: http://www.sussex.nj.us/Cit-e-Access/news/index.cfm?NID=9087&TID=7


Today's funny :o)

H/T to Wild River!! 

The Redhead

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there's a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He's been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

"Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens. After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap.
They had a wonderful time. He stays for breakfast. The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings.
The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible!
"You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman, are you this nice to every guy you meet?"

"No," she replies. . ."You just happened to catch my eye." 


Hubby takes a tree down in the front of the house:

Coopville is turning into Stumpville!

It was a big 'un!

He'll split the logs later - we don't need them for another two years;

Old Maude came for a visit and left with treats!
She's the oldest of the girls.

So much rain this year - so many mushrooms!

The leaves are changing!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 BMW Brilliance Powertrain Plant

Don't know why I found this fascinating - maybe because of all the robots. It reminded me of  the science fiction movies we watched as kids, (only it ain't science fiction now)!

2017 BMW Brilliance Powertrain Plant, Shenyang, China. The Shenyang location, which comprises the Tiexi and Dadong automotive plants and the engine plant including light-metal foundry, plays an important role in the BMW Group’s global production network. It contributes to the strategy of globally balanced growth, which includes installing production capacity in the respective regional markets. BBA’s two automotive plants, Tiexi and Dadong, already produce five BMW models. With the expansion of its northern section, the Dadong plant will also have room for a sixth model, the new BMW X3. BBA production in Shenyang builds vehicles exclusively for the Chinese market. The Dadong plant in the northeast of the city started production in 2004 and produces today the BMW 5 Series Long-Wheelbase Version. The Tiexi plant in the west of Shenyang went on-stream in 2012 and builds the BMW X1 Long-Wheelbase Version (including a plugin-hybrid version), the BMW 1 Series Sedan, the BMW 2 Series Tourer, the BMW 3 Series Long-Wheelbase Version and the BMW 3 Series Sedan. A key component of the Shenyang location is the engine plant with light-metal foundry – the BMW Group’s only engine production facility outside Europe. The engine plant supplies the two vehicle production sites in Dadong and Tiexi with drive units for locally-produced BMW automobiles. A new high-voltage battery centre, which will assemble high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles, is currently under construction.