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A month of turtles!?!

After seeing the big tortoise at the zoo, I came home and while walking at lunch, saw this rather large pet out for a walk in his yard. Can you guess his name? Snappy! I don’t know how, but he looked friendly! Maybe it was because his owner was laughing that I wanted to take his picture to sketch him. The little guy I saw Friday at Otsiningo Park. Now he did not look very friendly. He looked like a ‘snappy’ to me!

Mountain of rubble

Well, bless the sanitation workers & everyone else that worked on cleaning up the mountains of trash.  So sad, seeing personal items in this heap.  The pile ended up almost twice as high before they were able to haul it to the dump.  How do I know?  This is directly across the street from our workplace.  Quite a strong smell!


My attempt at a journal page.  This morning at work, there was a humungous swarm of bees on the light pole.  So, a beekeeper was called.  His sister was visiting, so she came along with him.  He cut a semi-circle from a piece of cardboard, and used it to scrape the bees off the pole into a box he had ready.  Well, his first scrape missed the box, and the bees fell into a pile on the ground! Really strange to me! They were almost like liquid. 
They started clustering back on the pole, so he just continued scraping, and eventually got most of them in the box.  He sealed it shut, and put it in his truck. But- as they got ready to leave, I saw his sister putting on his white overcoat and hood.  I guess she didn’t want to chance riding with any loose bees, and I don’t blame her!
It was a first for me, and it was fascinating!

NYPenn Trade Center

What a perfectly gorgeous day! Took a walk at lunch and still had 15 minutes left.
So I brought out my sketchbook and did this. Not the best viewpoint, but it felt good to sketch something.
Shortly after, sitting inside work, several of us felt the earthquake from Virginia! I went to earthquake.usgs.gov and saw that California & Colorado had *many* quakes in the last 24 hours. Do they always have so many?