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Chipmunks

May 10

For the past several weeks, I’ve watched a mama chipmunk dash in and out of her underground nest with goodies to feed to her young. The babies finally emerged to explore their world.

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Is it safe to come out now?

Chipmunk 3

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The children stay close to Mom while they check out their new surroundings.

Chipmunk 1

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Sibling Kisses

Chipmunk 2

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Mama dashes back into the den

Chipmunk 4

 

 

 

 

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Baby Time

April 3

This gal has been hanging out on our lawn a lot lately. I think she’ll be giving birth very soon! The other day her belly was moving around a lot – she was either breathing heavily or her baby (s) are kicking.

MamaDeer2014

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Spring Exhuberance Day 1

March 20

So happy to have spring flowers coming along at last!

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Frost!

January 9

The recent Polar Vortex brought beautiful frost formations to my windows. I was mesmerized, seeing trees, birds and even a flower garden in them. What do you see in them?

 

Frost

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Oh Baby, Oh Baby

July 24

These cute little guys love to play on my lawn.

After chasing each other around and playing hide-and-seek behind the pine trees, they settled in for a graze, a kiss and a nap.

Fawns 1

Fawns 2

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The Last of Spring

June 5

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Spring

May 25

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Spring 13_sml

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Tulip Time

April 16

I’ve been remiss in posting lately. I’ve been so busy on the TKGA Level 2 project, I haven’t had time for anything else. So here’s a photo from my garden which I hope you’ll like. Not a bad substitute for knitting-related posts, I hope!

Orange Tuilip 2013

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On the Road to Cambria

March 22

This time of year here on California’s Central Coast is a feast for the eyes.

Rolling Hills, with a glimpse of the mountains forming Morro Bay in the distance

Rolling Hills, with a glimpse of the mountains forming Morro Bay in the distance

 

Morro Rock in the haze

Morro Rock in the haze

 

Looking toward the ocean at sunset

Looking toward the ocean at sunset

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Fall Colors

October 17

I love being in Ohio for the fall colors.

fall colors, treesGates Mills Bridge

 

 St Christopher’s church

 

deer, fall

 “Hey, what’s this human doing in my woods?”

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To celebrate fall, I’m using Rowan Felted Tweed to make the Bold Stripes pattern from my book, swapping the book’s bright spring palette for muted fall colors

 

 

 

 

 

A Touch of Spring

April 3

Plum Tree

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Genographic Project – Part 1: My DNA Isolation!

February 2

Steve got us the coolest gifts for Christmas. They’re kits that allows us to participate in National Geographic’s Genographic Project. As the site explains, “Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today? DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who—about 60,000 years ago—began a remarkable journey.”

Each kit includes a map and DVD telling about the Genographic Project and what’s been discovered to date. The story of the science and research is absolutely astounding!

National Geographic, Genographic Project, DNA, human migration

By submitting samples of our DNA, using a simple swab inside our cheeks, the Project will tell us the story of our own ancestors’ migration. The Project is careful to explain that no medical research is done on the DNA, and all the samples are anonymous. Nor are the results genealogical. They simply tell us where our ancestors came from, going back thousands of years. Let’s just say it involved a whole lot of walking over the centuries! Our samples will help add data points the the project to help complete the picture of the human family tree.

How is this possible? Mutations have occurred over the centuries in certain markers in DNA. They take place in a specific order, which means the switches in markers can be tracked back over time. Even where physical archaeological evidence has been wiped out by glaciers and/or rising water levels along the oceans, the changes in DNA help to track populations’ wanderings across the globe.

The kits come with unique identification codes which we use to track our samples on the website. My DNA is now being isolated, which means its going through some chemical washing and soaking. The next step is the analysis. I can’t wait to find out where my ancient ancestors migrated from!

There are some good YouTube videos if you’d like to explore further, starting with this introduction:

The kit can be ordered here: https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/lan/en/participate.html

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