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Taken by my daughter on the way home from her swimming practice, 30.11.19
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I bet they are going to be delicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Sheannutt Okra is one of those plants that is extremely easy to grow. You get fresh okra everyday and if you don't like it that often, other people might like some, making yourself an instant new neighbor. The stalk is very fibrous and I use it in making handmade paper. It's almost a perfect plant.
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I bet they are going to be delicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Sheannutt No, I have to admit I'm not a big fan of pickled veggies. I have heard of it and I should try it. I agree with you on the okra, if eaten alone it needs to be fried.
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Here are some others: * Old gardeners never die ... They just spade away. * Frog parking only. Others will be toad. * Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@freeofgod So, you're the performing artist (literally)!
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
MissKathleen comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Never cared for okra...slimy inside...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
I prefer mine fried. Not slimy!
These are some of the 'new' things I'm trying this year. Dragon's Tongue bean. Mine don't look ...
Sheannutt comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I bet they are going to be delicious?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
They're very tasty. Surprisingly so.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
Alvinsmama comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I love vines, especially if they have unusual leaves. That's why I like clematis and passion flower so much, they both have interesting leaves.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Alvinsmama They aren't very expensive when you get them from a native plant seller. I maybe paid $10 for mine.
Orange Least skipper, Common spragueia, Ailanthus webworm moth, pearl crescent, monarch, golden ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 4, 2018:
The milkweed bugs: The mature ones are more colorful ... contrasting?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@Insectra I got that. The ones on the right look bluer, thus contrasting with there orange parts. Just wondering if that's how you tell?
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
Alvinsmama comments on Aug 4, 2018:
I love vines, especially if they have unusual leaves. That's why I like clematis and passion flower so much, they both have interesting leaves.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
You might like pipe vine as well then.
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean and Leather Flower
ronin73 comments on Aug 4, 2018:
Nice. Where was this taken?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
In my backyard.
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 3, 2018:
Here are some others: * Old gardeners never die ... They just spade away. * Frog parking only. Others will be toad. * Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 4, 2018:
@freeofgod I love that one. Now all I'll have to do is remember it! Is your daughter a performing artist?
I move that a button be added to profiles: "Last Here" with the automatic date (of the last ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 3, 2018:
The phone app already has this feature.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 3, 2018:
@BlueWave Under hoovered or visited, it states when they did their dirty deed. I haven't found a time stamp for last on-site.
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
dede18 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
and a beautifully philosophical one "Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is ... "
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 3, 2018:
@dede18 Yes, ditto! It seems a little riskier somehow though.
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
jacpod comments on Aug 3, 2018:
the one I heard was "Old golfers never die they merely lose their balls"
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 3, 2018:
It's funny how gender-specific they can be!
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
dede18 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
and a beautifully philosophical one "Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is ... "
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 3, 2018:
Like that one! Possibility of limb breaking and all.
Gardeners never die. They just lose their bloomers. a plaque read above my grandmother's ...
dede18 comments on Aug 3, 2018:
or "Old gardeners never die, they just run out of thyme" ... "-)
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 3, 2018:
Yes. I like that one too.
Nice bear! [weather.com] Good thing.
Donotbelieve comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Yogi?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
@pixiedust Don't know what's behind the car.
Nice bear! [weather.com] Good thing.
pixiedust comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I hope the bear was not euthanized.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
She should be applauded for not taking a more meaningful swipe at the intruder.
"Garden Goddess", terra cotta, 6x7 in. This is a high relief tile depicting what's known as a Green ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I like your relief. Here's the real green man!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
@CelticFire Where was she stationed? I lived in Fulda for a few years.
Picked my tomato crop today, VERY few have ripened yet. Decided to just put them on the table to ...
DotLewis comments on Aug 2, 2018:
....... if you were impressed by the table, or my tomato crop, check this out.......
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
That's a really big penny!
Nice bear! [weather.com] Good thing.
Donotbelieve comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Yogi?
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
Maybe?
"Garden Goddess", terra cotta, 6x7 in. This is a high relief tile depicting what's known as a Green ...
AstralSmoke comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I like your relief. Here's the real green man!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 2, 2018:
@CelticFire This green man lives in Germany, originating in East Berlin, Germany. He is the pedestrians traffic light. Each town in Germany now has one set demonstrating the unity of Germany. It's fun to look for them if you don't know where they are. They're everywhere in Berlin. I have never heard of green men as far as architecture goes. Thanks. If I live long enough I might hear of everything!
My daughter loves photography and bugs!
Insectra comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Your daughter sounds pretty cool.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 1, 2018:
You two would get along famously!
My daughter loves photography and bugs!
Leafhead comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Me too!
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 1, 2018:
Her shoe gives its own perspective.
Photo by my daughter. 300718
thislife comments on Aug 1, 2018:
She really has an eye for it, doesn't she.
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 1, 2018:
Yes. It's probably not fair that I pick and choose, but what's a dad to do?
"Children are the world's most valuable resource and it's best hope for the future"-John F. Kennedy...
Condor5 comments on Aug 1, 2018:
One of the ancillary benefits of moving to my new place here in Oxnard last month, is that there are lots of kids where I now live. Yeah, noisy kids can be trying at times, especially the screaming; but seeing those sweet little faces is so great. Kids are life. I would never want to live in a ...
AstralSmoke replies on Aug 1, 2018:
@CaroleKay Is it the middle-aged ones you have problems with?
Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
HeraTera comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Yep - after being required to go not only Sunday morning and evening, but Wednesday evening and Saturday morning so I am happy to say "enuff is enuff" - no matter what the day.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@HeraTera Maybe, my father always looked up to medical doctors and we didn't travel! The going to church a lot was similar. We lived right across the country road from our church. No excuses.
Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
HeraTera comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Yep - after being required to go not only Sunday morning and evening, but Wednesday evening and Saturday morning so I am happy to say "enuff is enuff" - no matter what the day.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@HeraTera I concur.
Some interesting non-moths from tonight: The green mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) and the ivory ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Between you and Leafhead, we've got it covered! What does the borer bore into?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@Insectra I'm sure that statement has nothing to do with me!
Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
HeraTera comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Yep - after being required to go not only Sunday morning and evening, but Wednesday evening and Saturday morning so I am happy to say "enuff is enuff" - no matter what the day.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@HeraTera An mk! Have you lived in a lot of different places?
Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
HeraTera comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Yep - after being required to go not only Sunday morning and evening, but Wednesday evening and Saturday morning so I am happy to say "enuff is enuff" - no matter what the day.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@HeraTera Preacher's kid. If you were you would probably know ;-)
Some interesting non-moths from tonight: The green mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) and the ivory ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Between you and Leafhead, we've got it covered! What does the borer bore into?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@Insectra boring friend?
Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
HeraTera comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Yep - after being required to go not only Sunday morning and evening, but Wednesday evening and Saturday morning so I am happy to say "enuff is enuff" - no matter what the day.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
Are you a pk by chance?
Some interesting non-moths from tonight: The green mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) and the ivory ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Between you and Leafhead, we've got it covered! What does the borer bore into?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 31, 2018:
@Insectra So, they aren't a friendly borer?
Some more Arizona photos, a Sunset and flowers.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I'm attracted to the first photo. Have you ever been to burning man? Do you have future plans for another strawbale house?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 30, 2018:
@Sheannutt Well, you knew enough to capitalize it!
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
@Lincoln55 Love Breakfast any time of day!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
@MissKathleen Yes, everything is. ;-)
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
@Lincoln55 Love Breakfast any time of day!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
@MissKathleen You're no fun!
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
Crimson67 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I love Chattanooga. It was a nasty place to live when I lived there in the late 90s but it is beautiful now.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
@Crimson67 I'm sure now it's better than ever!
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
Sheannutt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Very nice looking buildings great looking town.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
I dropped my kids at the public library and went on a shooting spree!
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
@Lincoln55 Love Breakfast any time of day!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
Maybe we three should go out for breakfast?
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
zorialoki comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Thanks for the shot list. It is always better, and more meaningful to know what is in the picture and where it is. Great pictures
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
Even if you've been here would be a stretch. I made up a lot of the names. ;-)
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
Crimson67 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I love Chattanooga. It was a nasty place to live when I lived there in the late 90s but it is beautiful now.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
@Crimson67 Very nice. I guess you heard about Harrison Bay getting hit by a tornado a couple of years ago?
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I have never been...it looks like an interesting place. I might have to go there some time soon.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 29, 2018:
@MissKathleen Yes, try to remember.
My town's been invaded by body-snatchers and zombies, otherwise known as tourists. And they're ALL ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Tourists make easy pickin’s.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
@BookDeath I'm ok at English.
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
Crimson67 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I love Chattanooga. It was a nasty place to live when I lived there in the late 90s but it is beautiful now.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
I didn't realize you had ever lived in Chattanooga.
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I have never been...it looks like an interesting place. I might have to go there some time soon.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
@MissKathleen When you're with a 'local' they don't know you're a tourist.
My town's been invaded by body-snatchers and zombies, otherwise known as tourists. And they're ALL ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Tourists make easy pickin’s.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
@BookDeath Do you know Urdu?
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
exilesky comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I love living here. I think its the coolest place on earth. Something to do year round.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
It's nice enough! Wouldn't go that far though. I like living close to downtown though. Cycling is a bit easier from here.
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
MissKathleen comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I have never been...it looks like an interesting place. I might have to go there some time soon.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
Well, don't come for a visit without letting me know.
8:30 a.m......leaving for work ( with a band....somewhere.....). Home around 4 a.m. Is this ok to ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It doesn't quite do it for me. Perhaps a hint more detail in the dark section?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
@jasen Hey, sorry I said anything. You definitely have a good eye for the perhaps not so obvious. Too bad you can't always capture what you see. At least that's the way it is for me. I like the detail, but now the sky has lost all its wonder. Pooh.
Chattanooga, TN, USA. 1 North Chattanooga looking south. L to R: museum, Walnut St Bridge, ...
Lincoln55 comments on Jul 28, 2018:
http://www.arethas.com/menu/arethas_menu.pdf
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
A niece of mine used to work there. I go by there often on my bike. My kids have used their restrooms on a couple of occasions. Is that one of your favorite places?
8:30 a.m......leaving for work ( with a band....somewhere.....). Home around 4 a.m. Is this ok to ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It doesn't quite do it for me. Perhaps a hint more detail in the dark section?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
@jasen I guess there’s nothing more to work on except perfection!
Just for fun, what is wrong with this picture?
pixiedust comments on Jul 28, 2018:
The woman is doing all the housework while he sits and reads ...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 28, 2018:
That's about the only thing right with this cartoon! ;-)
Sorry for the crooked angle.....I was in a hurry. Here are the steps up to the Tanning Room, part of...
AmelieMatisse comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Have you mentioned to them they will get lizard skin if they keep using the tanning room?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@jasen Are you sure it's powdered sugar?
A few days ago I posted some pictures I took along the northbound road from where I'm staying. These...
CrazyQuilter comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Mico-climate can have a huge effect on plant populations. Amount of sun/shade, slope of land/one side gets more rain runoff, Time of mowing and revegetation, soil type- was subsoil exposed on one side of road when it was built? Hard to say without being there. I walk in east/west oriented ...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
Flat!
I'm in a tent in the Smokey Mtns park as I write this. There is an owl trying to drown out the bugs....
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I had to look on a map. Have fun and be safe.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@Stevil I'd love to. Can accept a raincheck!
Savannah Riverfront at night Summer 2016. No tripod Thank Ms. Matisse for negotiating with admin ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
It's on my list! 10 pics ... extraordinary! Thank you both!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@AmelieMatisse I'll go for the glass of Malbec. I know of a good place to drink it as well!
Savannah Riverfront at night Summer 2016. No tripod Thank Ms. Matisse for negotiating with admin ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
It's on my list! 10 pics ... extraordinary! Thank you both!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@Lincoln55 Kiss her on her head for me!
A few days ago I posted some pictures I took along the northbound road from where I'm staying. These...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Northbound was corn fields. Southbound is possibly wooded?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@BeeHappy Well, go figure! The wind? There were a bunch of birds that had a poopfest on the southside?
As I was finishing packing the car for a weekend hiking trip, I realize I forgot my sleeping bag. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Sounds like you were stoned. Everyone has those moments.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@Untamedshrew I didn't think you did.:-)
I got an alert that SaucyCheryl is following me. So, I go to her profile, and click send message to ...
Admin comments on Jul 26, 2018:
If she's blocked, you'd not see her page. Members have some controls on who can contact them (see settings page).
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@EdEarl Yes, I've experienced this before as well.
Just some of my favorite pics of my favorite dogs playing in a flooded field, today after work.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
And a great time was had by all!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@Insectra They look like they had lots of crazies! Bet they slept well.
So something has been bothering me the past couple of days. I am polyamorous and date outside of my...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Your approach leads to a sane personality.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 27, 2018:
@AdorkableMe Humm, Do you always say "looks can be deceiving"?
Work in progress.
Donna_I comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Interesting piece! Did you hide letters in the shapes or am I seeing things?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 26, 2018:
@LB67 I told ya.
I planted a dwarf peach tree about mid May and it's looking awful. The leaves are curled up, yellow...
freeofgod comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I was thinking if I put it into a slightly larger pot and stuck the pot about two inches in the ground, in the shade of the shed, it might save it till fall. I can't find them here in the fall. I've grown them from the peach pits before and they did well. It's something about the grafted one that's ...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 26, 2018:
If it's a graft, I would pot it and place it in the shade. You can make a manure tea, but it's simpler and inexpensive to buy fertilizer sticks for fruit trees and place in the pot. Keep it watered and plant it in the autumn.
Do you like it when your partner is the dominant one in bed, or do you prefer leading things? Do ...
FlippantLlama comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I have greatly enjoyed being submissive with males, as well as equals. I have played the part of the dominant with males, but really, it doesn't do a lot for me. Let's be real here - he can overpower me at any point he wants. And in any sub/dom situation, the sub has all the power anyway. It is ...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 26, 2018:
"To be that which someone needs in order to be whole." Perfect! I agree. The sub is in control.
How about folks posting a building in the area in which they live? I'll start with our Old Hall....
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
I've never been there. Perhaps I drop by for a pint on my next UK bike tour.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 25, 2018:
@Forkbeard I suppose you’re right, unless you’re a ‘pedal’ cyclist. We just go by cyclist. It’s pure form. ;-)
How about folks posting a building in the area in which they live? I'll start with our Old Hall....
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
I've never been there. Perhaps I drop by for a pint on my next UK bike tour.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 25, 2018:
@Forkbeard I mean bicycle tour. Are you referring to motorcycles?
This, That and The Other ?
AmelieMatisse comments on Jul 24, 2018:
The second one looks like a piece I saw in a place in the Southwest, I think New Mexico a guy constructed as he said "I built this whole place while you were watching television"
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
There was a folk artist in the state of Georgia who made all sorts of buildings and structures out of bicycle frames. That's what came to my mind.
Are you a Selfish Lover? Does it please you to please your Partner..or do you feel that your ...
Deb57 comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Do you suppose anyone would ever admit it if they were only a "taker?"
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
I've definitely encountered receivers.
Here's my final post featuring a railway station, for now. Worksop was opened in 1850. The station ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
It looks very gay (happy)! Do you have a pub collection as well?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
@Forkbeard Love pubs and their signs. Thanks. Need to get busy and photo some American bars!
Heat wave strikes the Arctic, and the climate enters the Twilight Zone
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Maybe not as serious as the weather, but maybe as immediate: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/24/627505327/meet-the-woman-who-put-plastic-waste-on-the-map
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
@AmelieMatisse Doo doo! L2m! Poop is easier to type and compost!
So something has been bothering me the past couple of days. I am polyamorous and date outside of my...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Your approach leads to a sane personality.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
@AdorkableMe I didn't mean to give a false impression. You don't look sane. ;-)
Heat wave strikes the Arctic, and the climate enters the Twilight Zone
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Maybe not as serious as the weather, but maybe as immediate: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/24/627505327/meet-the-woman-who-put-plastic-waste-on-the-map
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 24, 2018:
@AmelieMatisse The report says Asian countries are responsible for about 50% of the waste. One thing I found very helpful in seeing the problem was when she said that for every foot of coastline in the world, there are five grocery bags full of plastic. 5 bag fulls per 1 foot, worldwide! But the weather is more important!
Railway stations in Europe offer a wide variety of architectual styles. Railway stations in North ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 23, 2018:
You had me all pumped for more European train stations!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 23, 2018:
@Forkbeard Are you familiar with the train station in Zurich? Your second photo reminds me a little of Zurich, minus the cows.
Gorgeous moth
Insectra comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Citheronia regalis, The regal moth ❤ (also called Royal walnut moth). This is the adult form of my favorite caterpillar, the hickory horned devil.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 22, 2018:
They're huge!
What do you "think" of - Open Relationships? Jealous or what? I personally love it. I also think ...
EvaV comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Mmmm I have very contradictory feelings about an open relationship. What are the advantages others see in them? Disadvantages? Does age factor into ones petsoective and views?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 22, 2018:
I wish I had known about the many options available when I was younger.
What do you "think" of - Open Relationships? Jealous or what? I personally love it. I also think ...
Anonbene comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I'm currently trying to find another guy for my girlfriend. He must have a pick up truck, love antiqueing, lifting furniture and getting blow jobs as he drives. ?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 22, 2018:
@Leafhead Redneck, yes. Gay, ?
I don't usually post private matters, but this will be an exception. My partner is finishing the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Very good for him! I learned a lot about myself on the AT. Now's the time to do stuff you've put on your bucketlist.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 21, 2018:
@Donotbelieve Go do something!
Shades of Green
Sheannutt comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Love it ?
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 21, 2018:
This is the view from my patio with a zoom.
I don't usually post private matters, but this will be an exception. My partner is finishing the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Very good for him! I learned a lot about myself on the AT. Now's the time to do stuff you've put on your bucketlist.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 21, 2018:
@Donotbelieve A month goes by really fast.
Soapstone Carving: Untitled, 1984 I did a series of these figures standing on their heads. The ...
Bakunin comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Really good!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 21, 2018:
Thanks
The railway station at Canfranc high up in the Spanish Pyrenees was the second largest station in ...
dede18 comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Well, probably an hour later, having been fascinated by reading about the railway line's construction (the two countries used different gauges of rails! logistical nightmare, it states). And apparently the style of the building is a mix of classicism and Art Nouveau, with French influence. This...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 21, 2018:
@Forkbeard That explains the Richard Serra look. Thanks.
This is one I don't believe I've ever seen before.
Insectra comments on Jul 20, 2018:
I know that one! The common name is the tiger bee fly. The binomial name is Xenox tigrinus. They're harmless to humans and their wings are really cool looking. :)
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
That one didn't move for a long time. The wings looked transparent in the back, almost like something had taken a bite out of it. I like it when they don't move. It's the only way I'm going to get a shot. Thanks, I was prepared for you to tell me that it is very common ... It's pretty big for a fly.
The railway station at Canfranc high up in the Spanish Pyrenees was the second largest station in ...
dede18 comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Well, probably an hour later, having been fascinated by reading about the railway line's construction (the two countries used different gauges of rails! logistical nightmare, it states). And apparently the style of the building is a mix of classicism and Art Nouveau, with French influence. This...
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
Nice, thanks. The bus stop must be art nouveau then.
The railway station at Canfranc high up in the Spanish Pyrenees was the second largest station in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 20, 2018:
The train station looks impressive!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
@dede18 I meant more monetary reasons. The Spanish government must have been doing pretty well for such a train station. Sorry, I don't know the history so well.
The railway station at Canfranc high up in the Spanish Pyrenees was the second largest station in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 20, 2018:
The train station looks impressive!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
@Forkbeard That looks like a sheet of metal! Very Richard Serra. I like it. Why 1928? The bus stop is really cool. What is that particular style of architecture called?
This is one I don't believe I've ever seen before.
AmiSue comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Cool!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
Do you have a clue what it is?
The railway station at Canfranc high up in the Spanish Pyrenees was the second largest station in ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 20, 2018:
The train station looks impressive!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
@Forkbeard It's really a massive station and beautiful. Do you use the train to Madrid?
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
dalefvictor comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I think it is great. I cannot but wonder what the understructure looked like. Would be a great thing to try to make. Don't do fabric other than clothes.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 20, 2018:
The roots are solid wood covered with carpet. The trunk is made from wooden plates spaced about every foot or so with a central wooden support. It was then wrapped with chicken wire and the carpet attached to that. This comes apart in four pieces. The leaves are attached to the trunk with metal dowels. It's about 7' tall, so I had to build it in sections so it could be moved. The leaves were constructed with a central wooden support with ribs radiating out, then covered in chicken wire and carpet.
Soapstone Carving: Untitled, 1984 I did a series of these figures standing on their heads. The ...
hankster comments on Jul 19, 2018:
hehe.....for those comfortable without a noggin. beautiful piece.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
@hankster :-)
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
Hathacat comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Wowzers!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
Captain747ex comments on Jul 19, 2018:
That's awesome. Looks like it would be fun to play and nap on.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks. I believe they've enjoyed it.
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
IAmLove comments on Jul 19, 2018:
So cool. I love it.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
Deb57 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
That is awesome! It looks just a little like "Audrey II."
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
@Deb57 Feed me all night long! Yes, Audrey without teeth. Sure you do!
Soapstone Carving: Untitled, 1984 I did a series of these figures standing on their heads. The ...
hankster comments on Jul 19, 2018:
hehe.....for those comfortable without a noggin. beautiful piece.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
It has a noggin. It's standing on it! ;-)
Soapstone Carving: Untitled, 1984 I did a series of these figures standing on their heads. The ...
TerryHest comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Wow, great work!
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
OldGoat43 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
It is definitely a work of art. I hope the cats have spared it.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
It was meant for them to enjoy it. I think they have.
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
Alvinsmama comments on Jul 19, 2018:
That is really unique. You sure do have talent.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks for the compliment. Glad you like it.
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
HippieChick58 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Very cool!! I was thinking about getting some cat accessories, then I took my car to the repair shop. Kitty girls gonna have to wait a bit, mama gotta have wheels.
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Wheels over cats. Sounds like a good title for a future piece.
This is a cat tree I made for a friend around 1995.
Deb57 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
That is awesome! It looks just a little like "Audrey II."
AstralSmoke replies on Jul 19, 2018:
Thanks, I think. What is Audrey II?

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The green man in Berlin, Germany. East Germany's crosswalk light. At the fall of the Wall, every city in Germany got a set of these crosswalk lights to show the unity of Germany. Photo taken in 21.10.16.
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