The Marvelous Morels…

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Morel mushrooms are considered a gourmet delicacy by many people. They only appear in wooded areas for a couple of weeks in the early Spring. This was the first I have sighted this year. Sliced up and fried, they are quite tasty.

Harbinger of Pawpaws…

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The Zebra Swallowtail butterfly feeds almost exclusively on the leaves of the Pawpaw tree. When searching for the pawpaw fruit late in the summer, it is always a good indicator of nearby trees when these zebras are sighted. I was surprised to see them this early in the spring since I had seen no butterflies of any kind before today, and the pawpaws have just barely started to leaf out. The several days of 80 degree weather must have stimulated them.

Locomotive…

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This old beauty was built in 1903 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Designated a class 900 engine, it was built for the  Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. There are only 4 or so surviving locomotives of this series, and this one is beautifully restored. Ol’ number 940 used oil as fuel, but it reminds me of the coal burner engine in the Christmas movie “The Polar Express”.

Price Tower…

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If you wanted to study a skyscraper designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this is where you would have to come. Finished in 1956, this is the only one he designed that was actually built. It was constructed in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as the world headquarters of the H.C. Price Co., an oil industry construction firm. Wright’s extensive use of copper gives the tree inspired building a lovely green patina. The tower now houses a museum on the lower floors and a boutique hotel and restaurant on the upper floors.

Vintage photo…

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Since this is leap day, it is technically not part of the 365 project. I’m putting up one of my earliest shots. In 1973, as a greenhorn fresh out of college, my company sent me to Iran for 3 months to test out and commission the electrical control systems on a 400 mile oil pipeline stretching from Teheran to the Persian Gulf. Throughout the middle parts of the country I saw many of these nomadic tribal families. They were constantly on the move, looking for grazing for their sheep and carrying all their belongings and tents with them. It was not an easy life. The women would work at turning out amazing Persian rugs from the wool, which they would sell. The Shah’s government hated these people and were trying to eradicate them. Being a photography novice, I bought an Olympus Pen FT camera to take with me. I chose this model because it was a half-frame 35mm SLR which would get twice as many exposures on a roll of film. It was a wonderful compact camera with a built in light meter…a collectors item now. Unfortunately, I had few skills in using it properly and didn’t know much about photography in general. I just had the slides scanned recently and obviously they had deteriorated over the past 40 years.

High Tailing it…

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When these White Tail Deer are spooked, the tail goes up and off they go. I’m not sure what the purpose of the white patch is…maybe it confuses predators.

A little of this, and a little of that…

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This bird’s nest consists of yarn, string, cloth fibers, fishing line, rope and who knows what else. It makes a very strong structure when woven together. This is most likely the nest of a Baltimore Oriole.

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