Thursday, August 24, 2017

My own public Idaho

I'm in Idaho.

In another post I'll say something about being in Idaho.

When you think of agricultural products in Idaho, what do you think of?

That's right, peaches. Sweet, dripping with juice, picked ripe and ready to eat, a delicacy to be relished. Peaches so good you didn't know they could be that good, peaches unsafe to eat while driving, peaches that when you finish one you look around for another. That's how good those peaches are, growing and being harvested right now at Willola Farms along the banks of the Clearwater River.
Whether hanging in the tree, waiting to be plucked or hanging out with its friends in the cool room, waiting to be bought - and bought they will be, and turned into brandy and wine, jelly and sauce, pies and tarts and eaten plain, they are peaches to be remembered.
These peaches are so good, even Coco, usually chasing birds through the bush or following Ed up to the orchards, can't seem to get enough of them.
Linda and Ed Wylde, my sister and brother in law are making sure my visit is surfeited with peaches.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Empire Builder - Eclipse 2017

Traveling from Chicago to Spokane on the Amtrak Empire Builder during the great North American Eclipse of 2017, these are two photos I managed through the window of the exit door of the coach where our roomette is. I was ably assisted by two of my fellow passengers, Barb and Jack Lyon.

I will be adding more and revising this posting over the next couple of weeks as I add more photos of the eclipse.

The first photo was taken through some clouds. The ghost images you can see are due to the refraction through the glass.

The second photo was taken at the time of maximum eclipse where we were, somewhere in western North Dakota or eastern Montana, just south of the Canadian border.
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