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Category Archives: Nature

Tidbits

Mrs J found this Regal Moth in her flower garden, it seemed to be some distress.  She left it in a little concealed nook and has since seen it a couple of times in different spots.I had an oops! moment last week – I left the butter dish atop the toaster oven and needed something to use up all that melted butter.  Pineapple upside down cake worked admirably.  It could have used a bit more oven time to caramelize the pineapple layer.  Inverting the cake onto a sheet of parchment paper was a stroke of genius, he said, patting himself on the back.More sous vide rib-eye.  I made a pan sauce in the cast iron skillet used to sear the steaks.  Deglazed it with white wine and then added the sealed bag liquids and the garlic butter left from the mix used for the bread.While I was searching the freezer for the rib steaks I came across a couple of strip steaks.  I knew them to be tough so I put them in the water bath with the rib-eyes and let them run overnight.  I sliced off a bit to sample in the morning and found it very tender.  Mrs J started chanting “cheesesteak!  cheesesteak!” And that’s the rest of the story.My cayenne peppers are nearing harvest, they’ll be dried and processed into red pepper flakes.The habaneros are starting to ripen.  They are just too hot to use up in the small amounts we can tolerate – I still have ground habs from two years ago.  They are pretty, though, and I’m sure I’ll want some growing next year, too.Naan pizzas!  These are just great for quick and tasty dinners.  These have olive oil and garlic, provolone, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme, deli sliced turkey, salami, shredded pizza blend cheese, and fresh grated Parmesan.I’ll bookend this post with moths.  Here’s a hummingbird moth browsing through the flowers on the catmint.

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Miss Bea Says Hi

…and Gabe tells a turtle that he is ONTO him:

Worm Sign!

Worm poop, to be indelicate about it.  Since my containers sit on concrete this is often the first indication that I have a worm gorging itself.  Above this particular spoor was a cayenne pepper.It’s amazing how hard it is to spot these critters even when you know there is one there, somewhere.  When you do, finally, spot them you are again amazed that you didn’t see it right away.a mover and shakerThis one is on a Thai pepper.  I saw the poop under it a few days ago but I couldn’t spot the culprit.  I thought that it had moved on.  Then I spotted a branch shaking.  He is so heavy that his own movement gave him away.

Sunday Movies

We moved a game camera to a spot overlooking a stretch of lawn south of the house.  The camera is pointing towards the east and doesn’t usually get much action.  This morning it saw a bit more:

A small buck in velvet wander past just after 5AM this morning..

followed by a coyote  trotting quickly off-frame on the right in the first seconds of the video..

and a turkey moseying along a few minutes past 8AM.

Hickok, Wild Dill Hickcok

Found this “wild” dill growing under the vitex when I moved one of the benches to a sunnier spot.The vitex is that taller tree like thing in the back with the purple flower fronds.  Bees and butterflies love it but it has to be cut back or it will take all the sun.  Wild Dill Hickok is just visible to the left of the big pot of coleus under the vitex.

Critter Cam

Homer is a bit territorial, he refuses to share his picnic table with this raccoon.

Do Bee A Dill Bee

I had a fun time trying to remove the heavy breathing from the video.  There is a method using the VLC app that I managed to finally get right after a dozen or more tries.  I wanted to find a setting on the smartphone to record video sans audio but had no luck at all.  I could deny the camera app permission to use the mic but the default Samsung camera refused to load without it.  I may go on a hunt for an alternate camera app, but not today.

Random Wildlife – Red Milk Snake

Red Milk Snake

Critter Cam

Random Wildlife – Regal Moth, AKA Royal Walnut Moth

Found this guy on the walk in front of the garage.  I didn’t know what it was but the distinctive markings and orange color made a search easy.  I’m sure I have never seen the caterpillar form because it is distinctive as well.