The Art of Rock Balancing

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This is very cool. I am not sure what artform you call it, but some call it Rock Balancing. From the Wikipedia page:

“Rock balancing can be a performance art, a spectacle, or a devotion, depending upon the interpretation by its audience. Essentially, it involves placing some combination of rock or stone in arrangements which require patience and sensitivity to generate, and which appear to be physically impossible while actually being only highly improbable. The rock balancer may work for free or for pay, as an individual or in a group, and their intents and the audiences' interpretations may vary given the situation or the venue.” Source: Rock balancing

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~ Rick


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Monarch In The Making …

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Teresa capture this photograph of a monarch caterpillar while we were hiking this week. The caterpillar eats the milkweed, but the butterfly doesn’t. Here is the inside story on this amazing bond:

”You see, the latex-based sap produced by milkweed plants contains toxic compounds called cardenolides. Most other insects, save for a handful of species, can’t digest these toxins; it kills them or they avoid it all together due to its foul taste. But monarch caterpillars actually absorb these toxins as they feed on milkweed leaves, rendering the caterpillars themselves toxic to potential predators. The toxins found in the monarch butterfly host plant actually help protect the caterpillars and adult butterflies from birds and other predators.” (Source: The monarch butterfly host plant: Milkweeds ...)

And now you know ...

We hiked this week .. here is our latest video .. enjoy.

~ Rick


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Bike Trails

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We hike this trail frequently. Lately I have been biking it with my son.

This photo was taken just about ½ way between Piqua and Troy. The trail curves back and forth, and it is so beautiful. You don’t see too many birds during the Summer due to the heavy follage, but its not uncommon to see a deer or two.

This weekend on a bike ride south of Troy, we saw three or four deer on the trial at about 7:00A. They didn’t waste any time running off to a safe place.

In the future I am. going to start wearing my GoPro so I can. capture some of this footage.

~ Rick


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Old Fallen Tree That Refused to Give Up

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Check out this dead tree. Wait, look closely at what has happened. There are new sprouts, and one has gown into a larger tree.

I guess the old tree refused to give up. I’m sure there is a lesson in there for each of us. The fact is, age does not matter. You can always try something new. Never give up my friends.

Regardless, it is very cool.

~ Rick

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Holy Chipmunks, Batman

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I have made many attempts to capture a photo of a chipmunk for a long time. They never stay in one place long enough for a photo. I was shocked when this little guy ignored me ... I guess it was the love of food. There was several of them, and they were in the bird feeders having a feast.

The video below covers some of what we saw on our hike at Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Enjoy!

~ Rick


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