How to feed your whistlepig

So, you’re thinking about a whistlepig of your own? How do you feed her? What do you feed her? How much do you feed her? Well, Tamara and Jack, close personal friends and culinarians for Perry County Blossom, have done the math for you. (They’re PhDs. They’re good at math.)  Here’s their grocery list for the last five months:

  • 35 heads of cabbage.
  • 40 pounds of carrots.
  • 300 pieces of fruit (apples, pears, nectarines, etc.).
  • 150 cups of oatmeal.
  • Extra cucumbers, vegetable scraps, tomatoes from the home garden.
  • Uncounted pounds of salted peanuts in the shell.

Remember, the next time you hear, “Mom! Dad! Can WE have whistlepig?” You have some concrete statistics to show where their allowance will be spent right after your “only- if-you-take-care-of-her” riposte.

Previous posts on our winter/spring prognosticator:

Groundhog eating a carrot.
Nom nom nom nom nom as carrots, apples and peanuts disappear.  (Photo by Jack)


Plenty of yellow in the landscape. Not pictured are the yellow mums that are hanging on in the shallow soil of the sad northside garden. The deeper soil that holds a small garden in the middle of what used to be a bermudagrass lawn has brought forth two seasons of floral and insect delight.

STANDING TALL -- The wildflower mix in the garden continues to give forth blooms even into mid-November.
EDIBLE -- Some flowers are more tasty than others.
SUNNY -- Yellow flower turns its bright face to the November sun.
GINGKO -- Beautiful yellow leaves, but I can never seem to shoot them right.


Fall is mating season for tarantulas and that’s when males tend to roam looking for a mate. Tarantula sightings have been thin this year, but while doing some yard work today, we spotted a big one zig-zagging around the driveway.  During the late summer, we’d noticed a few more burrows and speculated that they might be tarantula homes.  We’re glad to see them. According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, tarantulas have only been in the Natural State for 8,000 years.  They seem to have adapted quite nicely since then.

Been a very spiderific Sunday!

WANDERING -- A big tarantula -- maybe 5-6 inches across -- wanders the driveway on Sunday afternoon. His behind is front and center in this shot.
SLANTING SHADOWS -- Tarantula casts a long shadow in the November afternoon sun.
DARK and FUZZY -- Top view of our Sunday wanderer.

Photomerge FAIL

Automation can be a boon and sometimes the Photomerge feature of Photoshop is a quicker way to stitch contiguous images. However, at its worst, it can be amusing, or refreshingly abstract. Your call. [compare with the panoramic image in the previous post below.]

ROBOT GONE WRONG -- Amusing result of Photoshop trying to stitch a series of images.

Gold and parachutes

A beautiful day and a vacation day! Too nice to stay inside, so of course the camera and I took a walk. In addition to more butterflies (see the previous post with the red-spotted purple) the light was just right for a couple of non-insect shots.

READY FOR DEPARTURE -- Parachutes ready to lift off with their seedy payload.
GOLD LEAF -- Fall color that's solid gold.