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  •  Lovely space you created! (14+ / 0-)

    Must be excellent to just sit and watch what comes and goes. Lots of variety in there!

    In good conscience, I could never recommend walking on slippery rocks in water. The urge often overcomes me, though, so I've had some experience, some luck, and a couple of falls that I've just rolled with and not broken anything. What I do is get a walking stick for a third point of balance and make sure the stick and one foot are stably planted. Sometime I wiggle the foot around, just to be sure ;) With those two points of balance, I find a stable place for the other foot and repeat.

    Now that I'm retired, I do it more slowly and less often because of the potential consequences. But I couldn't recommend it!

    It's 76 going up to 90 in the Ozarks at Cotter, Ark. A few yellow leaves drifting down and the White River is high. There was an orange butterfly on the grass in the back yard this morning, but I saw it only briefly. Could it have been a monarch on its way back to Mexico?

    Thanks for the cool bucket, 6!

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:14:14 AM PDT

    •  one foothold & one handhold and you can't fall :) (11+ / 0-)

      That biofilm on rocks is really slippery!  I have used the third point of contact method as well.

      My uncle always told me that if I had one good foothold and one good handhold that I couldn't fall.  I took a lot of comfort in that while climbing vertical silo chutes, ladders, and working on roofs, etc.  That is until my new wife (44 years ago) explained the obvious fallacy of that logic.  If you fall, then by definition either the foothold or handhold was not good.

      It is sunny and cool here in the thumb of Michigan, going up to 72 F and some probability of rain tomorrow for our end-of-summer party.  It went down to 41 F this AM, but the low for Saturday night is a much warmer 63 F for the campers.

      The plural of anecdote is NOT data

      by Dr Arcadia on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:07:14 AM PDT

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      •  Is a low of 41 typical for early September, (6+ / 0-)

        for your part of Michigan, Dr. Arcadia?  I'd be worried that would send a bad sign to the tomatoes, telling them it was too late to ripen, so don't try.

        “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

        by 6412093 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:41:49 PM PDT

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        •  41 F is not a record low for sure (6+ / 0-)

          The average date of first frost here is supposed to be Oct 10th, but my experience suggests Oct 4th.  I can remember Sept 15th for a first frost.

          We once "camped" at my brother's place in Reed City, Michigan (west, but not far north of here) on Sept 20th and the temperature dropped to 20 F.  The kids (and a few unnamed adults) had fun "sledding" on the frost covered hill behind their house until the sun reached it about noon.

          The plural of anecdote is NOT data

          by Dr Arcadia on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:23:08 PM PDT

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    •  You know me too well (6+ / 0-)

      cotterperson, I often sit right there for an hour or two, sometimes spying on the bullfrog, who sits without moving, and outlasts me.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:17:32 AM PDT

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