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Taken by my daughter on the way home from her swimming practice, 30.11.19

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Isn't it nice to wake up to 'No Sunday church attendance'.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 31, 2018:
You must not be busy enough if you're thinking about church.
Unique......
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Yes, just like everyone else.
What do you do? I like hiking or camping.?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I don't have to do anything to forget about my phone.
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?
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?
Saturday activities
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 29, 2018:
!!
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.
A pretty garter snake that lives under the front step of my house.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Pretty! I have a black one, but I haven't seen it this year yet.
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?
Just for fun, what is wrong with this picture?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Carrot trees are the best!
Happy Friday! May you all find some 1%.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
A very nice wish. Thanks.
Spirituality
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
There's a meditation group on this site. Here is one. There might be others. https://agnostic.com/group/SecularBuddha I agree there are energies given off by every living thing. I don't call them spirits, but I don't have a problem with this word referring to energies. And redirecting some of this energy to better tap into your body sounds like it should be a plus. With all that said, I don't meditate. I have done pilates before though ;-)
I don't really know which group is best to post in concerning this. I have never ever liked ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I'm a tad bit older than you. We've always taken selfies. We just had to use a tripod before. Birds, sunsets, and nature are great!
Try not to look down until we're out of here.......
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
It goes all the way to the center of the earth. There, there is no up or down.
I Dream I Hold the Key to the Meaning of Life Created tableau, photographed with colors flipped to ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 27, 2018:
It's more meaningful when art isn't the real art.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
Anyone here hike all or large portions of the Appalachian Trail? I've seen tv shows about it, read...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I've hiked 2/3rds of it, from GA to NY. It's not something you just do. It takes a lot of planning and flexibility and cooperation from someone who is not going. Mail drops are critical. Also practice. Get in shape. Practice with a 35lb bag on your back. Plan on starting slow, maybe 8-10 miles a day. Rest every fifth day (pick a #). Some parts are easier than others. I hate the PA rocks and there's a lot of PA on the trail. Maryland is easy and might be able to hike 30-40 miles in a day. You need to know yourself because it's very possible/probable to get lonely if you're hiking by yourself. I liked the trail and want to finish it.
Do you like it when your partner is the dominant one in bed, or do you prefer leading things? Do ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I can't say I know many men that like 'blue balls'! It's nice when we 'switch' it up. Surprise me! I've got surprises too.
I had a choice of things to do tonight.........go backstage at a Beatles tribute band show, or ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Mall art wins every time!
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.
That invigorating moment and you see that ball of lightening before it explodes
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Sounds ominous.
Small moth on screen
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
That's one of your favourite ones, isn't it, at least it looks similar to the one you've posted before. They seem quite adept at camouflaging.
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.
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?
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
BERLIN -- Summer 1994
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
These are some pics I took in Autumn '16
Salcombe, Devon, England - under the arches.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Beautiful! I miss those tight walkways.
Some photos from my visit to Brighton at the weekend
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Cool location. My daughter would want to spend the entire time on the bungee chords.
One of my favorite photos. I took this on the ferry to Cumberland Island, GA a few years ago. Heavy ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Fantastic! Love the greens!
BERLIN -- Summer 1994
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 24, 2018:
Absolutely love Berlin!
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!
Crab spider with green bottle fly
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 23, 2018:
You must be the former National Geographic photographer they were talking about.
Just a bunch of trees.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 22, 2018:
I've seen this somewhere before.
What do you "think" of - Open Relationships? Jealous or what? I personally love it. I also think ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 22, 2018:
They're definitely not for everyone. I believe an open relationship requires a whole bunch of maturity, especially if you really care for 'the other' person.
I've been walking along this road for a few weeks now. Most people don't pay attention to the ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Wow, it's one of those roads your going down and thinking, when are they going to bush hog this down?
Every time I think I'm ready to start dating... I look at profiles on dating sites and realize I ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 21, 2018:
When it becomes soup, you just have to lay back and float.
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.
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!
We don't like the term 'beaver' ?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 20, 2018:
I'll try to remember that!
Only one word.☺
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Relief
Some of the neat moths that came to my lights last night. Pine sphinx, funerary dagger, Ailanthus ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 19, 2018:
They are really gorgeous!
Liberal Redneck - Vlad n Donnie 2gether 4ever - YouTube
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 19, 2018:
What would your papa say? I had totally forgotten about the possible dirt from his mancave. I was innocently thinking it must be some more hotel deals!
It has become more than abundantly clear that Donald Trump is a lying, corrupt, morally bankrupt ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I didn’t/don’t support him and have enough shame to run a bus.
Woman crashes wedding. Hillarious [youtube.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Someone had a good sense of humor!
What would you do????
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Get out of debt.
Last bee hotel post! I'm sure everyone's more than glad. Linda assisted in picking the location. ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Looks great! Good location. Looks very sculptural.
Taking recommendations for my next “legal” state road trip...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Colorado is probably the closest. California probably offers more ‘opportunities’. If you’re ever up for an illegal road trip, drop by Chattanooga.
Show me yours I'll show you mine!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Quite a garden!
@Admin. A big big improvement the alerts in being able delete them individually in the app. and ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
I, as well, have been able to do this ever since I've had the app. Is it different for Australians?
Hello everyone. I am fluent in Greek. Grew up in Athens for 16 years. Born in New Jersey but ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Greetings. I don't know any Greek, but I dated one once.
I am new here, as an introduction I took two photos in my garden. The amazing ! Asian long beans and...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 14, 2018:
You have a good size garden. What are the stakes for in the first photo? Do you run string between them?
This pretty much sums it up! <giggle>
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I hadn't thought about it that way before, but fairly accurate.
The rest is up to them.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I tell my friend sort of the same thing. You don't pick friends, they pick you.
When you find one of your cannabis grinders you lost in your vehicle glove box and find weed in it ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Time for the 'happy dance'!
What size bed do you prefer?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I sleep on a full, but by myself. A queen or king would be nice for two people. My preference is the ground with a sleeping roll under my sleeping bag.
Backpacking in the INYO National Forest -- John Muir Wilderness.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Your flipflops on top of your backpack look like a teeny weeny snowboard. Cool photo.
This is a great time to try Mind Your Own F king Business. [youtu.be]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I needed that today. But they weren't nice people, so maybe not.
A friend posted this on FB and I couldn't resist commenting on it. She was not amused and I didn't ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I have faith and I didn't even know it! I'm certain that an ideal partner would be ... well, ideal (at least that's what I'm hoping for) and gravity keeps me on the ground while I breathe this almost invisible air (I live in a city).
More lizards and their friends
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
They are really cool. Friends of yours?
I love all languages! I am fluent in 4 (,italian, french, spanish, english) i would love to learn ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
No, sorry. I don't speak/write Italian or Spanish, but I speak/write adequately in English. I agree, even if one doesn't speak another language, one needs to get out and see at least part of the unknown world.
More pictures of my wife's handiwork in the back yard
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Fantastic! Looks like you found a winner!
Heatwave reveals a hidden neolithic monument in Ireland
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Yea! Newgrange has siblings!
"Conservatives are an extinct species" - John Irving
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
The word 'conservative' has morphed over the years. My mom (almost 90) has said many times, "it used not to be such a negative word." Conservative at its root is not so bad; to want to keep what you have ... to conserve.
[ted.com] Sugata Mitra has long been a hero of mine. His research helped me in the most ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
This is an aside. The website I would like for you to look at and possibly respond to is this: https://agnostic.com/group/CriticsofCapitalism/post/128483/hahaha-loves-these-cartoons-https-www-youtube-watch-v-3h8o7v-wxwq?cid=544817 Watch the video, if you dare, and see the education analogy it uses to make his point. He is naturally very combative (the guy that made the post) so if you don't want to reply, I understand. I, unfortunately, don't know when to keep quiet.
I propose we have a “Gathering” once we reach 50,000 members. Middle of the country, two ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I love it. Would love to actually put bodies and voices (opinions) together.
What has been your favorite book, app, or other tool for learning a new language (or practicing one ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Of the programs I have tried, I like Rosetta Stone the best.
Spice Rack
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
How 'bout seasoned salt?
Proceed with caution.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I love it when people take illiterate signs literally.
I am an Arabic language teacher at a major university in Detroit, the idea that the Arabic language ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Still working on my German. I'd like to learn Russian and Mandarin as well. May I please live until I'm 120 so I can learn Arabic as well?
Oh my ........ [youtube.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Wow, I can relate. Don't know that I've ever been as high as he though.
Ants face through an electron microscope. Blatantly stolen from the internet but I thought it was ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
That is so very cool! I didn't think they looked so likeable.
Some of my recent sculptures (DOVISART.com)
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Nice! FYI: I'm fairly lazy and believe it or not, there are even lazier people than I here. Post a link. You'll get more replies. Even better than a link: photographs.
Dating Site Don'ts
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 13, 2018:
It doesn't seem to matter on how I perceive them. it does matter how they perceive me. I must be doing everything badly.
I do not use these, how many of you do?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I almost always do if they are available.. Faster then the average checkout line and I pack my own bags (the way I want them). I always take my own canvas bags, as well.
We are welcoming @OlderMusicGeek to our midst!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Welcome 'the older geek who likes music'!
Bee hotel - test fit of cedar fence post sections. Looks like I'll need less filler than I thought....
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
And bees use this how exactly?
Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Not surprised. Trump doesn't believe in science. It gets in the way of making (that somehow seems like the wrong word) money.
A recent sighting.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Good thing you spotted it!
Bee hotel update: Shade roof attached and polyurethaned. Next, fastening in the cedar fence post ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I'm excited!
On green DUI or exposure second-hand smoke and impairment, here is an article on a test we did......
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Good read! I hadn't heard about the 'limits' before. Politicians want to make things so difficult.
Yesterday as I left vegas to drive to Albuquerque a storm was brewing.I took sky pics all the way ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Have fun!
Ramsey State Park, Illinois. Another beautiful state park.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Looks like you opted for a tent instead of your trailer?
I have bees in the zinnias and the okra is blooming!
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
You must have also gotten a late start on your garden.
Strange food combo.?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I can't think of one, but I've never been pregnant before. Women who have been or are pregnant can come up with some pretty strange combos.
Hahaha... loves these cartoons... [youtube.]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I don't want to engage in your argumentative dialogue. But I do have a 'valid' point to make. Does the teacher not have a responsibility to the students to engage and encourage the? With a good teacher, there is no reason why most if not all the students would not receive an 'A'.
My game is art in all forms! Even cooking and gardening, I am a painter, ceramic designer, and ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Hello and welcome!
A pair of Goldfinches on pest control duty this morning, working the sunflowers in the garden.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Very nice. Wish they ate more.
[huffingtonpost.com]
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I'm not sure he can read beyond a fourth grade level, so I'm sure visuals help.
The first harvest of garlic from this morning, about 175 bulbs were ready to be pulled, washed and ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I have to give it to you, you don't go part way!
Thanks, I'm learning...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
That's the common name for them. Now for the real quiz. What's the scientific name?
[youtube.com] Does this old timey stuff count? Just hits home this morning.n
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Yes, a classic!
Robo-bees...that sounds like a fantastic idea.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Isn't that they way they plan new products? Solve a perceived problem while causing a more serious one. Keeps the economy going!
Winter sunshine, rubber trees & bamboo at the river.
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
The rubber tree is a majestic looking species! Is bamboo native to Australia?
1519 days after successfully escorting metgasco off the land: bentley of the northern rivers, nsw, ...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I had the same question as @farmboy2017. But you have already answered it once. Once was probably enough, don't you think?
This one sadly didn't make it, so we'll never know what it wanted to become. too cold winter nights?...
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 12, 2018:
It looks like a woolly caterpillar. Is that specific enough for you? I have a silver bullet in my gun. Ask @insectra!
Where I belong?
AstralSmoke comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I could stay there for a couple of hours, maybe.

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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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At our family reunion, 16.07.18
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On the balcony of my 'new' flat, 23.11.19.
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Bean planking.
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Our new puppy, Bean, 14.11.19
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Around 1962-63.
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1961 with my granddad, Herschey Boy.
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I'm the little guy on the far left, early April 1962.
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