Thousands of Bats at Dusk- University of Florida

My hosts drove us to the University of Florida Bat Houses to wait for the bats to fly out at dusk.  WOW!  They were something to see. Hard to focus as it was getting dark and they were flitting and flying.

And then as we stood there, a strong aroma filled the air. P- ewwww!

We watched the murmuration of bats in the sky.  Thousands and thousands of bats.  Creating dark clouds of undulating patterns.  Off to eat insects until dawn.

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img_0243The Bat Houses at the University of Florida

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img_0238Bats from the Bathouses at the University of Florida.

Joanne filmed the bats on my phone

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A nice lady took our photo in front of the Bat Houses.

We talked about expressions with BAT(not baseball) in them

Like a Bat out of Hell

Blind as a Bat

Gone Batty

Batsh*t Crazy

Don’t Bat an Eye

Bats in the Belfry

 from the Free Dictionary- “have bats in the belfry  (old-fashioned)

to be crazy Don’t tell anyone else I said that or they’ll think I’ve got bats in the belfry.”
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Groundhog Day Compendium

Through the years on the blog.Happy Groundhog’s Day.

Groundhog’s Day first celebration in Punxsutawney was in 1886.

Snippets from previous Groundhog’s Day Posts. If you want more pics or details, click on underlined links.

Let’s see if there is a clear day with a shadow or an early Spring for 2017.

History of Groundhog’s Day– from Stormfax

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.”

 

Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

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Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Shout out to  Kyle Kline on the bass

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And yes  we were there  Me. Laura and my sister Mary

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Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

 

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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

 

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

 

Groundhog’s Eve Sunset

 

Groundhog BrewSkumps Groundhog

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Groundhog Day Movie Capture Pittsburgh SkylineThe Pittsburgh Skyline before all the neon signs on the buildings

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Parachute Action Figure Stuck in the Birch Tree

Jack tried repeatedly to dislodge the nylon parachute guy from the birch tree in the backyard. Stuck!  It was a stunning winter day. Gray and white clouds, blue sky and just below freezing temp. A day for the real camera and not the phone.IMG_0066.JPG

His dad was going to help himtry to retrieve it later after work but I wasn’t there to find out if they succeeded.

Learning to Knit Mittens

Five hours in. Knitting a mitten.  A Baby Alpaca yarn mitten. I looked at the clock. I knew what time I turned on the TV and what time I turned it off .Time to stop knitting and get to bed.

The Weekly Photo Challenge is relax but I remember some people found learning to knit stressful. Have to get past the possibly awkward part of learning the basics before you get to the Zen. Holding the needles. Finding the right place to stick the point.

My friend Ann texted (after a volley of texts about the miserable weather and whether we really NEEDED yarn) that she’d pick me up and we’d go to Oakmont to the Yarns by Design store.  She brought a fingerless mitt and a matching cowl she’d completed and since I had the same pattern at home –Susan B. Anderson Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern– I felt inspired to knit mittens  Thanks, Ann.

Now I Thought I’d start the new effort in the morning .. but the new yarn spoke to me and I started.

Ann said they worked up faster than socks. She’s right about that!

 

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