When we came in to work on Monday the nest was empty. The geese, nowhere to be seen.
I have to assume the building management company destroyed the nest. Now, the title of the previous post was a subtle play on the perception of Canada Geese as pest birds. And, like deer, there are too many of them in New Jersey these days.
But this is sad never-the-less.
But all is not lost. Around the other side of the building, right outside the door, we have:
Curiously, dad is nowhere to be found.
Maybe, just maybe, it will be fun to watch this unfold.
In our mini-meadow we had a weeping cherry tree. This non-native species was planted by the previous owners of the property. This morning Patty decided that it had to go. I was already out pulling out other non-native and invasive plants along the side of the front yard, so I added this one to the list.
Image Courtesy Patty Rehn
So after I finished pulling out all of the vines and shrubs that didn't belong, and got myself some poison ivy., I moseyed on over, pushed the tree back and forth a few times and yanked it out.
It was a small tree with short roots. Came out a lot easier than I expected.
A glance out my office window on Thursday revealed squatters in the parking lot.
If not, then that's by design. As Patty pointed out when I showed her the pictures, it is surprising how well she blends in
To help us often oblivious humans, someone put up these signs.
And they are.
Dad was not happy with me getting the above shot (even with a zoom lens).
He came charging at me. And then flew at my head as I walked away. As the nest is directly across from the building entrance dad is quite busy facing off all the 'threats' that pass by. Most of which have their phones out for a picture or two.
It is interesting to watch as they adjust to their new digs, observing how evolved behaviors translate to a more suburban lifestyle. In the image above it looks like they are trying to 'hide'. A no doubt useful behavior in the tall grasses where the species usually nests. Not quite as effective in a parking lot.
I made mussels the other night for dinner. And afterwards, as I was cleaning the pot, this caught my eye:
Colors. Colors on the bottom of the pot. And as the pot dried the colors grew more intense.
It was very difficult to get a shot that showed just how intense the colors were. As I noted above, as the pot dried the colors seemed to grow in intensity. So I grabbed a paper towel and wiped the pot.
And the colors went away. Nooooo!
But they came back and I was able to get the shot above.
Of course I went to the Atmospheric Optics site to learn what was going on. As I suspected, and Dr. Cowley confirmed, colors arise from thin film interference. He said that they could be from either something from the mussels or from an oxidation layer on the bottom of the pot. Once the pot had been cleaned and dried completely the colors were gone. So it looks like the mussels were the culprit. Too bad, as it would have been nice to have a psychedelic rainbow pot!
And Dr. Cowley is also responsible for the title of his post. His reply to my email inquiry begins, "I rather like 'kitchen optics' - colours and effects that are seen around the home can give some deep insights into optics and physics.".
So pay attention while cooking, you could learn something cool about the universe.
Adjust the brightness and contrast of your monitor so that you can view each of the 17 grayscale steps from black to white. Special attention should be given to the black end of the scale. The darkest step should be made as dark as possible while you are also able to distinguish it from the next lighter step.