Photos of readers

I received one more, so after this I have one in the tank. That means that unless I hear from other readers, this nice series will go toes up. Send in your profile, please!

Today’s reader is Joe McClain, whose words are indented below:

Here are a couple of photos. My wife and I moved to a 46-acre spread in Floyd County, Virginia, in February. I am working remotely for William & Mary. One photo, taken today (July 21) is me with a stunning and stunned specimen of Melanerpes carolinus — red bellied woodpecker. This fellow smacked into the window of my home office. I went outside, gathered him up and soothed him. He flew off after a few minutes, landing on the trunk of a tree and immediately began pecking for food. The second photo is me with my wife, Helen, inside a yurt. Floyd has a yurt store, but this one is the first I’ve ever entered. This yurt is along a trail on the property of RiverEdge Farms, where we get produce that our own garden is not producing.



  1. fishnet123
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful bird.
    The yurt looks good too.
    Didn’t know there’ a market for yurts.

  2. revelator60
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    A bird in the hand…

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Helen is very small. 😁

  4. Ron
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    How do you send a photo

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    … I have one in the tank. That means that unless I hear from other readers, this nice series will go toes up.

    Seems that, like Mick and Keith, you can’t always get what you want, boss, but as long as you try sometimes, you get what need to keep the series going.

    Here’s hoping the schpilkes over waiting to make that next connection doesn’t cause you to blow a fifty-amp fuse. 🙂

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Love yurts.

  7. rickflick
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    The red bellied shows evidence of narrow programming. From unconscious to feeding in minutes!

  8. C.
    Posted July 25, 2020 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I’ll argue that not washing windows is an integral part of my plan to prevent birds from flying into them. Of course, if we all lived in yurts it wouldn’t be a problem.

  9. Posted July 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    What a good looking couple you are, Joe and Helen! It must be wonderful to have that huge spread to call home. The woodpecker is gorgeous. Poor thing… was going to say it might have had a headache after that smack into the window, but they are like jackhammers into those dead/half-dead trees.

  10. Posted July 25, 2020 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Stop stressing me out Professor!
    If you don’t have a few submissions for a few days SUSPEND the category for a few days – they’ll roll back in soon. Don’t cancel it – I LIKE to see the other readers’ lives.

    Or… (consider this) accept repeat offenders. I have a another good one I can send.
    D.A.,J.D., NYC

    ps Oh. While I’ve been drinkin’ and in the mood for bitching at ya – stop kvetching about the numbers. TENS OF THOUSANDS of people read what you write every day. Don’t fret! Just keep giving us something to look forward to reading each day – we appreciate it.
    That’s why *I* write.

    So that’s that, then.

  11. Joseph McClain
    Posted July 27, 2020 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for your kind comments and to Jerry for the post. I showed it to my “very small” wife, Helen, who correctly pointed out that the yurt is at “Riverstone” farms. We also deal with some neighbors who operate “Fields Edge” farm. I often confuse the names, but both are worthy enterprises.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 27, 2020 at 10:57 am | Permalink

      Haha I wasn’t sure anyone caught my joke.

      • Joseph McClain
        Posted July 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I caught it. As did Helen! We enjoyed it.

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