Uriah J. Fields

Filed under: politics — WmX @ 00:43

Mr. Uriah Fields
Mr. Fields, Sunday before election day, working to re-elect President Obama.



Filed under: culture — WmX @ 08:27

abandoned house
I miss listening to Jim Kunstler on my weekly drives around Virginny.

Farewell to the auto age and hello again to real communities. Hard to believe, I’m sure, as you read this in traffic on your iPad, but your commuting days are numbered.–James Howard Kunstler



Filed under: dictionary,flora — WmX @ 08:35

sprouting acorns, the recalcitrant seed
At this time we conclude that slight browning of newly-sprouted radicles should be ignored for planting acorns. Intentionally trimming the radicles may alter root morphology, while severe trimming will lead to sure failure of emergence.–University of California


John Crow

Filed under: Charlottesville,fauna — WmX @ 00:36

The Town of Culpeper is having a “buzzard problem”. Big birds are hanging out doing their business where the town doesn’t want them.
Forty miles southwest, the City Council of Charlottesville discussed a perceived problem with assemblages of humanoids on their mall, at their meeting November 19. Members of the public made colorful use of language in defense of the humanoids right to sleep on the sidewalk, use base language and solicit funds from passers-by.

What options are in a town’s toolbox for dealing with unwanted wildlife?

Occasionally, a dead vulture (or a replica thereof) may be hung upside down from a tree or tower to get the vultures’ attention. “Using effigies deters roosting,” said town Public Works Director Jim Hoy.–Free Lance-Star

That would make for interesting photos. Other means:

Beginning Dec. 3, town employees (not police), along with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will make another attempt to run the unwanted residents out of town.
An aerial bombardment, with loud firecracker-type devices, will be used to get the birds to move their roosts to rural areas. If that fails, some of the more than 70 buzzards will probably be shot.–Free Lance-Star

I have a liking for turkey vultures. They consume animals killed by automobiles. They are a working part of the eco-system. They are monogamous, they live a long time, they soar, they don’t talk. They can projectile vomit on you if you get in their space but generally, they do their business, cleaning up (their species name, Cathartes aura, means “cleaning breeze” in Latin).
So, the Town of Culpeper might shoot the offending birds? What about protection conferred by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA)? What is the exception?

My favorite vulture site, the Turkey Vulture Society
Charlottesville TVs


day of rest

Filed under: God — WmX @ 09:35

church Callao VA
C.T. Brooks, pastor. Victory Faith Christian Center, Callao, Virginia.

 Her mission is to lay you at the feet of Jesus and He will pick you up.



Filed under: dictionary,signs — WmX @ 10:32

stairway to nothing
1.cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.–Dictionary.com



Filed under: america,slabtown — WmX @ 09:10

The official boat of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who knew?
This this morning, 36 minutes after dawn, oyster time of year.


carbon sequestration

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 09:30

This juvenile from an acorn found beneath the oak at 574 Locust Avenue. Germinated in December of 2010. The leaf looks like a white oak to me. The growth pattern looks anything but a white oak.


joint security complex

Filed under: architecture — WmX @ 12:49

I drove past this building for years. It sits on the southern side of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County, 38.006329, -78.494941. The elevation that presents to the Interstate has regular windows (albeit small), interesting geometry and no razor wire visible at 70mph. I assumed the building was a motel. Free motel. A guy from Texas told me that this is a really nice place to jail.



Filed under: culture,dolls — WmX @ 09:12

xmas man
Wouldn’t really blame Santa for staying home this year. Lot of sadness in the world. Get back in bed and pull the covers over your head Bigman.

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