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  1. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    Made another one. Had a little more trouble with this wood but I'm happy with it. I'll probably bring this one over to my grandma.
  2. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    Made a wooden jack o'lantern. This is my first time doing something like this where I had to carve the face out, but I think it turned out well.
  3. JBtheExplorer

    What is your weather like ... today

    There's some flooding in nearby rivers. We ended up with about another inch on top of what I said last night. The yard somehow never flooded. Unfortunately, a large branch snapped off my willow tree, so I'll have cleanup to do on the weekend. Wish it would've broke clean off. It's still hanging...
  4. JBtheExplorer

    What is your weather like ... today

    It's been a long time since anyone's posted about their weather. We've got about 6" of rain today. Some nearby areas are reporting more than 9" and it's still raining. As you can imagine, we've got flood warnings in effect. Rivers in southeastern Wisconsin have reached flood stage. Hoping it's...
  5. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    Playing lots of Microsoft Flight Simulator lately. Here's some of my recent flights exploring the world and just having fun!
  6. JBtheExplorer

    Favorite plant?

    In my pond itself it would be the waterlilies, because a pond doesn't feel right without them. but as far as wetland plants in general, my absolutely favorite is the Cardinal flower I have in my bog. Such a hummingbird magnet!
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    Post your yard and pond visitors

    Turkey vulture
  8. JBtheExplorer

    Nature & Wildlife Thread

    Great blue heron
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    Native Gardening

    Common buckeye Eastern tiger swallowtail Monarch rusty-patched bumble bee ruby-throated hummingbird
  10. JBtheExplorer

    EAA Airventure 2022

    It is awesome! Always a highlight of my year any time I go. I've always wanted to camp there the entire week or at least a few days, but it's expensive as hell, and I don't think they provide electric sites, and if they do they'd be immediately taken, so it'd be a pretty long week with some of...
  11. JBtheExplorer

    EAA Airventure 2022

    Focal length - no idea, it varies from photo to photo. I saw an F-22 the weekend before at the Milwaukee Airshow. I prefer looks of the F-35 better, but I do enjoy the maneuverability of the F-22, especially the flat spin. The F-35 actually affects my ears more than the F-22. It's the only jet...
  12. JBtheExplorer

    EAA Airventure 2022

    No, I drove in. I give credit to everyone who flies in. I've seen how stressful it is for pilots on youtube videos, and how intense it is in the control tower. It's the world's busiest airport for that one week every year.
  13. JBtheExplorer

    EAA Airventure 2022

    P-51's, F-35 The F-35 landing After the airshow, I walked around some more and waited for the night show. P-51 C-5 Scrappy, a plane that's famous on youtube. Custom made by a guy named Mike Patey and designed for search and rescue. It has two electric dirt bikes mounted under the wings...
  14. JBtheExplorer

    EAA Airventure 2022

    On Saturday I went up to EAA Airventure for the first time in five years and the 7th time since 2003. Airventure is the largest fly-in and air convention in the world with over 10,000 planes flying in throughout the week and over 600,000 people (probably around 100,000 on Saturday, which I was...
  15. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    I went to EAA Airventure yesterday. First time in 5 years. It was a good time. Walked 10 miles, and I'm feeling it today. Saw tons of planes. They usually estimate there to be 10,000 aircraft throughout the week. Seemed like fewer this year than usual, but still A LOT. I've got tons of photos...
  16. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    Saw an unbelievable sight today. I went to go hiking at a local park today, and when I arrived and got out of the car I heard the sound of jets. I knew it was something different. Military, for sure. I waited for them to clear the trees and saw a MiG-29 and two Dassault Alpha Jets in formation...
  17. JBtheExplorer

    Post your yard and pond visitors

    Some of the dragonflies in my gardens. I get a lot of blue dashers around my pond. My main native garden away from the pond gets a bigger variety. Eastern amberwing female Blue Dasher
  18. JBtheExplorer

    Do snakes eat fish?

    Could be anything, really. Wildlife (and stray cats) that eat fish naturally will try to catch goldfish too. Even bullfrogs have eaten my fish. Just part of having a pond in my opinion and not anything to be too concerned about. I think its good as a pond owner to accept that fish will...
  19. JBtheExplorer

    Whatcha doing today?

    I went to the Milwaukee airshow yesterday. It was the first one in three years. Had a fantastic time! The weather was perfect. The Blue Angels were here this year for the first time since '17. From my perspective, it was the BA's best show in Milwaukee since I've been going, and even with only 5...
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