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September 29, 2005

Photoblogging as Threatened

Well, that didn't take long. Behind the cut you'll see more photos from the first batch of camera craziness with the Nikon (behind the cut because some of these pictures are reasonably large, and not everyone wants to see, I'm sure). Enjoy!








Posted by john at September 29, 2005 04:01 PM

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MisterStinky | September 29, 2005 04:14 PM

Just a question how long does it take you to mow your lawn?

John Scalzi | September 29, 2005 04:17 PM

Personally? No time at all. I pay my father-in-law to do it.

Jon Hansen | September 29, 2005 04:40 PM

John, if there's a way to say it without sounding creepy, your daughter is very photogenic.

John Scalzi | September 29, 2005 04:45 PM

"Your daughter is photogenic" is not creepy. "Your daughter would fetch a high price in the Morrocan slave auctions" is creepy.

Also, thanks! I think so as well.

Douglas Triggs | September 29, 2005 04:58 PM

"'Your daughter would fetch a high price in the Morrocan slave auctions' is creepy."

She probably would at that.

(Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

RooK | September 29, 2005 05:19 PM

Casa de Scalzi does indeed look like a fine place for some frisbee (just ignore the guys at Penny Arcade) or a riding lawn tractor race.

Dan-o | September 29, 2005 06:40 PM

I haven't seen that much yard since prison.

Dan-o | September 29, 2005 06:41 PM

Just kidding.

John Scalzi | September 29, 2005 07:09 PM

You have seen that much yard since prison, then.

David Goldfarb | September 30, 2005 04:05 AM

The phrase that springs to my mind for Athena is "cute as a button".

Stan | September 30, 2005 11:42 AM

That's apt.

But I've never understood that phrase. Not once I have I heard someone say "Oh, a button. How Cuute!" or "Yes, you're a cute wittle button aren't you."

Certainly, some subset of buttons are cute. But there seems to be nothing inherent in being a button that is cute.

Deanna Stewart | September 30, 2005 02:07 PM

I hope you stepped on that asp after taking that photo. Someone who was not a native Texan (I don't know where you are, but we were in Texas at the time) offered one to my 5-year-old to play with. Aack!

woofy | October 1, 2005 04:37 AM

Hey there nice pickies scalzi.

Mikhail Capone | October 1, 2005 10:43 AM

That lawn is an ecological nightmare. Why not more trees and native plants that don't require mowing and watering?

Dane | October 1, 2005 02:42 PM

I've never seen a red/brown Asp (or Puss Caterpillar). All the ones here in Houston (that I've seen) are black. To those who care,


I'm not sure that that fuzzy caterpillar is dangerous but the Texas-state motto dictates,"When in doubt- kill it".

Farnesworth Merriweather | October 1, 2005 03:04 PM

I believe the caterpillar is the "Banded Wooly Bear" which is the larvae of the Tiger Moth. It is not especially known as being dangerous to handle. A beautiful large moth.

By the width of it's brown stripe, I'd say you are in for a very hard winter.

Kill it and you might as well just kill a mockingbird...and if by killing that harmless caterpillar you rob a mockingbird of a meal, at the dead of this coming harsh winter, you might very well have done just that. I offer you follow the Oregon state motto,"Waste not, lest it be Texan."

John Scalzi | October 1, 2005 05:21 PM

Mikhail Capone:

"Why not more trees and native plants that don't require mowing and watering?"

By all means, Mikhail, if you'd like to come around and do my landscaping for me, just let me know.

However, I would note that the lawn is not watered other than naturally. Ohio gets enough rain (usually) to support the lawn's needs, and when it doesn't we let it go yellow.

Deanna Stewart | October 3, 2005 09:38 AM

The asp that stung me when I was about 10 was reddish-brown like the one above. I wasn't aware that they develop into butterflies, but I still wouldn't want them around my child. That's all I meant, having seen the cutie-pie pictures of Athena at the end of the roll.

alex | October 4, 2005 05:19 PM

I doubt you were stung by a caterpillar, as they are unequipped for the task. It is quite likely the little bugger bit you, though, as I had one do that to my young, foolish finger while playing with it. Their little larval brains have some patience for fooling about, but it's not infinite.

What are the odds that the next post will descibe, in detail, the many venomous North American caterpillars?

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