Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Plant Begs the Question: I'm Your Daisy- Or Am I?

I took this photo today from my back porch. I bought this orange “Garvinea Sweet Glow Gerber Daisy” to add a little pop to the backyard plants.
The late afternoon sun cast a nice light on the flower, making it stand out from the background. I like too how the birdhouse looks in the background as well as the pine trees and other foliage.  

On my iPad I used Snapseed to process the image, applying its HDR and Faded Glow effects, then found a frame that I like.  

I really started this post as a test in hopes I could do blog posts on my iPad. But, alas, I found I could not add the photograph on the iPad.  I was able to save the writing, but, darn, couldn't put in the picture, so here I am back in the office (instead of my comfy sofa) on my PC finishing up this post.

So, through this exercise I've learned a couple things: iPads and Blogger aren't very compatible and also that my "Gerber Daisy" as the label reads is really a "Gerbera Daisy" and according to this Southern Living article I may be lucky if the flower lasts a few weeks.

Well, glad I have this photo at least!  

Sunday, April 8, 2018

How In The World?

That's what I was left wondering when I saw this tire stuck in a tree about 25-30 feet high in a median along Interstate 26.

How in the world did that tire get up there?

I have seen some terrible car accidents in the three-plus years I've been commuting to my job in Orangeburg. This site is a real head-scratcher.

I first noticed the tire a few weeks ago. I jotted down the location so I could remember where to look for it.  It's on the left side of I-26 west about three miles before the intersection with I-95.

This is a pretty remote section of I-26. One day last week, I decided it was the time to pull over and take some photographs.

Traffic was light so I felt safe to pull over. Another landmark is that you can see the exit sign for St. George and Santee. Note the sign in the distance ahead from my car.

I snapped this after I took several photos.

So, after parking, I carefully crossed the interstate and
approached the tree with the tire. It is, as stated, located in the

In this image, you can see how high up in the tree the tire is lodged. Or maybe I should say parked...ha ha.

Yep, here it is, perfectly and securely stuck in the split "V" of this tree. Nice catch, right?

I could not think of a logical story of how this happened. When I shared the story and these photos with someone, he theorized that it came from a truck carrying a load of old tires. For whatever reason, this tire flew out of the back and ended up here.

Good thing it didn't hit a car!

This explanation makes sense. Anyone else with ideas, please let me know.

Just to prove I was there, I guess.

So, the tall tale of the treed tire has been told.

A few days later when there was no traffic behind me I slowed down and took slow motion video with my iPhone7.

Check it out below. The tire can be seen about three seconds into the clip.

What can I say, it's normally a very dull drive!

Three seconds in, see the tired tree, so to speak.