Archive for April 9th, 2013

09
Apr
13

Cacti & Thorns (Spines): Why?

Why does a cactus have those dangerous spines? At first consideration, it seems probable a cactus’ spines are there to redirect my shins or other exposed body parts. But apparently the spines are crucial to the warding off of water seeking predators as well as important in the transpiration of the plant. Spines are like leaves to the cactus. More here about the cactus spines and cactus in general.

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09
Apr
13

Understanding fly tying thread diameters – denier, aughts, resistance and lady’s tights

Have to reblog this via Limp Cobra’s nice site. Very helpful for the beginning tier. (SwittersB)

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09
Apr
13

Photography: Pioneertown, California

Yesterday, I mentioned the Westerns filmed at Pioneertown, California. Yesterday, we decided to venture back up that way and check out the movie sat and Pappy and Harriet’s for music and dinner.

Pioneer Town mapI have to say the drive up to Pioneertown from Yucca Valley was a spectacular, surreal 4 mile journey. Amazing rock formations; other worldly!

The temps on the valley floor had been a very blustery mid 70’s, but by the time we got up to Pioneertown it was an even more windy 50 degrees and I wasn’t prepared for the temp change and wind. Trying to photograph in the wind led to some pretty fuzzy photographs but I will share what turned out reasonably well………..

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No matter where, people have their priorities straight.

PT1PT2PT3PT5PT6 PT7PT8PT9The names of the streets on the town map are revealing of that era. I especially like Kimosabe Rd.

Yes, there are signs of the modern era (light fixtures, wiring, corrugated roofs, signage for local shops) but the main street of the facades is enjoyable to stroll with no one around. There are Saturday events, recreating the ‘wild west’ days, but I especially enjoyed walking this street on a cool, windy evening with not another hombre in sight.

Pappy and Harriet’s was great food, bebidas, staff along with a jammed house taking in local talent on open mic night. Cool venue, very diverse crowd, great people watching.

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