Monday, January 15, 2007

This Was What I Saw This Morning

This fountain was a decorative and artistic way to deal with a practical problem. There's a spring on my property that refuses to be capped. For moving water to freeze like this it had to be damn cold. Glad I wasn't camping! I took this picture this morning but had to wait until a teen ager showed up to teach me how to get it from the camera to the computer. Thanks nephew!



Anonymous shades of blue said...

No wonder it just spit snow today
you have my winter
please send it back.

How can cactus handle ice like that
And live to tell the tale?

7:10 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

the ice is not where the cactus are but i've seen snow on saguaros and cholla and joshua trees. they are built to handle all manner of extremes. one of the things a lot of people don't know about deserts like the mohave and the sonoran desert is that the temperature variations in a single twenty four hour period can be extreme. where there isn't vegetation or other things to hold the heat of the day it can get very cold very rapidly. the cactus do fine.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Great idea to handle the spring's outflow, but where does the water go after it runs through the fountain? Onto the ground, I assume.

And would this be the nephew you bought the SG for? Give it to him? He like it?

Sorry about the Chargers- but since I lived in NH for a while, there's a soft spot in my heart for the Pats. Hard to blame a kicker for missing a 54 yarder when his career best is 50.

BTW, the truffles were outrageous.

8:18 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

from the fountain it goes to a holding cistern to be used for irrigation and critters.

yes, it is the very same nephew. he came with the SG (which has been like a part of his body since he got it) to plug it into the supertwin.

yeah, i was in boston and newport for a while during my time in the service. i love the place. and i will now be pulling for the pats. brady was magnificent, again. i can't blame kaeding at all. the team should never put a kid that young in those kind of positions. i do worry that with that happening two years in a row that they might be ruining his confidence on pressure kicks forever.

glad you liked the truffles. one of the things that happened from my gift batch is that there is some solid backing for me to open a shop here in arizona this year. look out scottsdale.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Thought it might be the same nephew. I'm trying to steer my kid toward an SG as his next guitar, but he's been eyeing a bright yellow sunbrst Les Paul by Heritage. Figures - even at 10 years old he can pick out the most expensive guitar in the shop. At 3 times the cost of mine, it'll be a long time before the proverbial cold day in hell arrives.

Add my name to those urging you to open a truffle shop. I fugure internet orders alone could keep you too busy to play backup with polka bands in Encino.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous horsedooty said...

warning attempted humor alert!

So this young cowboy marries the girl of his dreams. For the honeymoon night they select a motel close to the wedding chapel. They walk in and while the two lovebirds are filling out the register, the fellow behind the desk asks if they have just gotten married. The young cowboy blushes and says, "yep, just now." The desk clerk smiles and nods knowingly then asks if they would like the Bridal Suite to which the cowboy replied, "Naw, if I have to, I can just 'ear her down'.

yo soy Horsedooty!

3:37 PM  

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