Friday, August 28, 2015

A Little Less Of Me by Glen Campbell

Let me be a little kinder. Let me be a little blinder.
To the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more.
Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery.
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.
Let me be a little braver when temptation bids me waver.
Let me strive a little harder to be all that I should be.
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker.
Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me.
Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery.
Let me serve a little better those that I am striving for.
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.

Written by Glen Campbell

I heard this song for the first time this week and it is a song that should be played on the radio for all to hear especially in this age of "selfies".  It was written by Glen Campbell and was a big hit for The Everly Brothers.  Do you remember it?  My son will be disappointed that I only just learned of it, but then, there was a lot going on in 1968, not just music.
I have written of Glen Campbell before.  He has Alzheimer's and from what I have read, is doing very poorly.  (It is truly a terrible, terrible disease and I know that everyone reading this knows of someone suffering from it.) I heard this song on a video from 2009, it was an interview with Chris Isaak.  Even then, I think you can see that Glen Campbell might be struggling a bit with his answers but Chris Isaak was so gracious that he was able to guide his answers in the right way. (If you watch the whole interview, you will see what I mean.)  I would link to it but I fear I am unable to locate it for you at the moment. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, full of as much beauty as possible!  And I am sure you all remember that the butterfly in the photo is an Eastern Swallowtail but remember, if there is blue on the bottom of the wings, it is a female!  This does not matter one smidgen to the universe, I know but it is a tiny little fact that I hug to myself with a very quiet satisfaction. But hey, a little less of me...what have YOU found out recently?  Do tell!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Green Heron At Alexander Lake AND Stunning Sunset

Richard and I saw a bird at Alexander Lake recently that we had never seen before and we were thrilled to see it! (Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park.)  We had no idea what it was, it had a head like a heron but it was much smaller than any heron we had seen before. What was it?  When we came home, we researched it and discovered that it is a Green Heron! 
(I found the most interesting story of a couple of birdwatchers who also saw the green heron for the first time and they were so THRILLED to see it and it was just so perfectly well written and I wanted to link to it but alas, now I cannot find it!  So typical of me these days, sorry!)
Forgive me if I don't use the correct bird terminology, but the bird will move its neck up in order to look for prey, but the bird can retract it also and it makes it look much smaller. (Can you see the difference in these two photos?)

The Green heron was beside the lake when we first saw it.  It then flew under the boardwalk but then, flew up on the boardwalk where Richard took those few photos.  THEN, a noisy biker came along and the bird flew up into one of the trees.  Richard was able to get a clearer photo of it and it seemed to pose just for him! (The colors of the feathers!  This is a good photo but to SEE the colors...amazing!)
The Green Heron is considered a very intelligent bird.  It has learned to drop bits of food or twigs along the shoreline so as to attract fish for its dinner!
I found a video of one doing just that!
Clever bird, indeed!
If anyone remembers my post about Alexander Lake, this is the very same lake that will most likely be drained. I really hope that does not happen. So much beauty!
And the sunsets will take your breath away!



Monday, August 24, 2015

Courage And Honor/Legion d'Honneur
Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor photo

I am sure you have all seen the story of the three Americans and one Brit who subdued the gunman on the train from Amsterdam to Paris.  Today, the French President, Francois Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U. S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman, Alek Skarlatos and their friend, a college student, Anthony Saller.  The medal was also given to a British businessman, Chris Norman, who jumped into the fray.

  "An example to the world", the French president  called them as he gave them their medals.

This is a most extraordinary story of bravery and I want to have this post on my blog so I may remember their names and have a record of it...
    Spencer Stone
     Alek Skarlatos
       Anthony Saller
        Chris Norman
          Mark Moogalian

There is another who also helped but that name has not been released just yet.  When it is, I will come back to this post and add the name. (I now know the name, his name is Mark Moogalian, an American college professor.)  Moogalian was the first to confront the gunman, and was shot in the back.
  I have no medals to give them, just writing their names here to salute them for their courage.

Speaking of which, I am thankful that France so quickly had these medals bestowed upon these men!  I don't know if you know this about me, but I love France.  Vive la France! 

The French National Motto

Southeast coast of England...not far from France, I hope to see it one day...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Butterfly And My Blog Anniversary!


Four years ago today, I published my first blog post!  I have now written a total of 720 posts.  When I started my blog, I really had no idea how much I would enjoy it and how much I would enjoy reading and commenting on other blogs.  (After reading so many talented writers, I should feel ashamed and stop writing my blog, but I have no shame and keep blogging along!)  Thanks to  Meike  in Germany who...CONVINCED me to have my own blog!

Recently, Richard and I had walked on the trails at Panola Mountain.  There was the most beautiful butterfly on one of the benches beside the trail and Richard was able to quickly take a photo before it quickly flew away. (And I LOVE Richard's photos, don't you?) Can you see the orange on the tops of the wings? There is also orange on the underside of the wing as well.

 It is a red spotted purple...and it is gorgeous!

image from Wikipedia...Richard couldn't get another shot of it, it was too quick!

We saw more wildlife on that that walk and I will tell you about that in another post.  TRY to make it until then, okay? I know the suspense is killing you!
Thanks to all who read my blog.  I appreciate you!

Also, happy birthday to my sister...she shares a birthday with my blog!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

High School Reunion

Hey!  I went to my 40th high school reunion on Saturday night! It was great to see old friends and familiar faces, some I have not seen since 1975! It was held at Burge Plantation which is popular as a wedding venue.
 Our reunion was at the hunting club lodge (it is such a huge place) and the main house with the beautiful white columns, which is listed on the register of National Historic Places? I never saw that, but maybe if I ever get back there, I will see it!  The history of this antebellum plantation is fascinating to me, you may read about it just here.  (You can click on the condensed version of the history, if you don't have much time!)

We were a bit surprised to see a statue of a hunter but after all, it was a hunting club!  The sunset was lovely and as the sun went down, the bats were flying over our heads as we were outside quietly chatting. (Bats eat insects and I am hoping they were eating the mosquitoes!)

Our meal was BBQ and hot dogs and hamburgers but the best thing...homemade ice cream and the strawberry was my favorite.

We were the Rockdale County BULLDOGS, and I love that someone made this bulldog cake! That could not have been an easy thing to make! Can you even see the little tail at the back?
Not easy to make a bulldog look like a friendly dog! Our colors were red and black and there was a very nice floral arrangement in red and black, but sorry, I was talking too much and didn't get a photo!  In fact, we didn't take hardly any photos, sorry!

These photo booths just seem so silly to me. You could never get me into one...UNLESS, I meet up with an old friend I haven't seen in 40 years!  And then, I plop a jester's hat on my head and pose with fake lips!  And how about if my friend wanders out to speak with someone and I have to go out and get her to finish the photos? Wouldn't that be funny?  You tell me! 


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail- Female

Butterflies are beautiful creatures, are they not?  Recently, I had to take a day off from work due to illness. On that morning, on a day that I am not usually home, I was very happy to see a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feeding on our hummingbird feeder in our back yard.

The Tiger Swallowtail..."tiger" because of the black and yellow colors and "swallowtail" has a tail like a swallow!

(In my photo above, the swallowtail might be hard to see. Hey, I had to hurry and take the photo!)

Now, how do I know that this was a female that visited me?  Look closely at the blue, the female has much more blue on the hind wing than the male.  Very often, the female will not be yellow but black. I was happy to see the yellow!

Yaya's blog -  If you click on that particular post, you will see a photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.  Yaya wondered if the butterfly was male or female...and now, Yaya, you will know what to look for! 

So, be sure to look for this blue coloring at the bottom part of this butterfly and you will know if it is male or female.  The world will be thrilled with your knowledge on this subject, it will make the top news item on TV that night! 
Oh okay, maybe not but hey, it is just a tiny bit of nature knowledge that you now have and isn't that a good thing?

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Male is yellow with dark tiger stripes. Female has 2 forms: one yellow like the male and the other black with shadows of dark stripes. Hindwing of both female forms has a row of striking blue chevrons and an iridescent blue wash over parts of the interior hindwing. The upperside hindwing has a prominent orange marginal spot that is generally larger than the row of pale marginal spots. On the underside of forewing of spring individuals the row of marginal spots may be merged into a continuous band, thus appearing similar to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 4 1/2 inches (6.2 - 11.4 cm).

There, now you can see the tail like a swallow!
Beautiful butterfly!  There is no telling what I miss out on nature when I am having to work all day long!

I have lots more nature news to share with you, so stay tuned.
Same BAT station! (Inside joke for any American who can remember TV shows from the 1960's).

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Walk of Life - Busking!

Very happy to hear the song "The Walk of Life" by Dire Straits from the movie trailer that was on my last post. (From "A Walk In The Woods".)   From the wonderful 1980's, much of that music just makes me happy.

Now, I watched a video of the song and the one that I saw had all these American sports in the background, and I thought to myself...hmm, that's interesting, I thought that the song was about busking.

Busking...that is what musicians and singers do in England.  They will be on the street or in the Underground and will sing or play an instrument (or both) and will have a case in front of them so that passersby may drop a coin or two. (They must do this all over Europe and the world, for all I know, but since I know only one small corner of England and my small towns of Georgia, I hope you will forgive me. I DO know it is called "busking" in Great Britain!

So....I looked it up and the music video in ENGLAND has the song with a busker in the Underground!  There, it warms my heart when I get the meaning of a song correctly.  Oh, and the very last part of the song, where the phrase "trouble and strife" is mentioned?  I hope that you all know that also is cockney rhyming slang for ....wait for it...."WIFE"!  HA!

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula. Baby What I Say

Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman

He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny and he'll tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Here come Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin' blues
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion

Yeah the boy can play
Decidation devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life


Thanks to my newest follower,  Wendy from Australia! These violas bloom in the late winter, early Spring in Georgia...these are from March of last year.  For you, Wendy!
And I am always grateful to the regular readers of this blog. You guys are the best!