Monday, April 28, 2008

Chipmunk In My Garden


Chipmunk in Garden
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I'm not to fond of garden pests - but this little fella is just too cute to get rid of. He's burrowed a hole under one of my Christmas Ferns and has been making a feast of several items in my garden. I just wish he'd eat some of the weeds instead.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

More Morel Macros


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I fully realize most folks are probably getting tired of me posting shot after shot of morels, but this large late season white morel really caught my eye this afternoon. Upon macro level examination and a little bit of love in Photoshop, all of the minute details really stand out to make a stunning composition.

Black Snake


Black Snake
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Looks like all the warm weather is really starting to get all the critters stirring. I was really surprised to see two very large black snakes today making their rounds in search of warmth and food.

I'm just lucky this fella didn't recognize me as food. The faint noise of my shutter release spooked him, whereupon he took off like a bolt of lighting. Even if I dumped my gear and took off like Jesse Owens, I don't think I could've out ran him.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Morel Macro


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

The morel season is finally drawing to a close. Many of the morels I found today had long since dried up, but I did come across a small patch of late season white morels that fit the bill for a final meal. I figure tomorrows romp in the woods will be the last morel hunt until next season.

Japanese Painted Fern


Japanese Painted Fern
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

My garden is starting to really come into full swing. My Japanese Painted Ferns always come up before many of my other plants, and they are absolutely gorgeous.

Dandelion Macro


Dandelion
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Although these little devils tend to be a pain in the ass when they get carried away in your garden, they are in fact quite beautiful in the macro world.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Ron Paul for President


Ron Paul for President
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Picked up a few signs to hang about the house in support of Ron Paul - my choice for President.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Bug By Any Other Name...?


Bug in Azalea
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Well... I'm stumped. I guess I'm going to have to do a little research to determine exactly what this critter is. I caught him zipping around my azalea bush this evening, so I decided to get a couple of shots as photographic evidence.

New Neighbors


Cardinal Eggs in Nest
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

After a quick stroll through the garden yesterday, I noticed that a cardinal had built a nest in my bamboo. Upon closer observation I discovered that indeed momma cardinal had three eggs to her credit, and was guarding them very closely.

As she left the nest this evening I snuck over, hung my camera out into the bamboo thicket and snapped off a few shots.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dhania Finds a Morel


Dhania with Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

The morel season is starting to draw to a close in our area. Thankfully, Dhania and Andrea took some time to go out with me and find a few before the season was gone all together.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bluebird on Branch


Bluebird on Branch
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Caught this little guy building his nest when I was out visiting with my folks.

Sportsman's Guide Junkie


Gas Mask
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

To say the least, I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to Sportsman's Guide (www.sportsmansguide.com).

I find militaria fascinating - particularly foreign military - and "The Guide" has tons of surplus.

The other thing I like about foreign military surplus is that it's dirt cheap compared to US military surplus. So you can get your hands on some really great stuff for pennies on the dollar by comparison. Plus, it keeps the locals confused - and I love nothing better than making folks scratch their head in a fog of wonder.

In this pic I'm sporting an Israeli gas mask and German Flectarn camouflage.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Full Moon Through Pines


Full Moon Through Pines
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I went out to visit with my folks this evening after work, and got this shot of a full moon rising through the pines.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Japanese Pieris


Japanese Pieris
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

My little Japanese garden is really doing wonders so far this spring. Good weather and plenty of rain have helped considerably. Here's some new growth on one of my Japanese "Mountain Fire" Pieris.

First Culm of the Year


Bamboo Culm
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Spring is officially here. The first round of bamboo culms have started sprouting up in my garden, and boy am I pleased. I just hope the weather holds and we don't get a nasty freeze like we did last year.

Mo Myrtles - Mo Myrtles - Mo Myrtles


Morels in Dad's Hands
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This year's harvest of tasty morels may be one for the record books. And if the weather cooperates this upcoming week, more bounty may still be had.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Beauty Can Truly Be Found Anywhere


Differential Oil Mix
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Yes indeed - beauty can truly be found anywhere. This is a poopy-soupy mix of differential break-in oil from my Dnepr mixed with thirty year old Honda oil and gas.

I drained the metal poop out of my Dnepr's differential the other day and was stunned by the amount of metal fines that had mixed in with the oil. The following day, Greg drained some thirty year old oily-gas mess out of a Honda Passport into the same oil pan, bringing forth the abstract art before you.

As I agitated the oily poop back and forth, the different types of oils, gas and metal fines formed some absolutely amazing patterns.... all in a ratty old oil pan. The high noon sun reflected against the wavy-gravy sparkles for some terrific shots.

And as all this unfolded, a feeling of uniqueness fell upon me... more than just being in the right place at the right time - more like... well, it's kind of hard to put into words. Just how many other folks on this planet who own a Dnepr and also happen to work in at a motorcycle shop that services antique bikes (and also happen to be a photographer) are there.... ?

I never cease to be amazed.

More Morels


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

This is definitely shaping up to be a good year for morels. I've found more in the last week that I have in years. We're a little over half way through the season thus far, so the next couple of weeks should be fun.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

1970 Norton Commando 750 "S"


69 Norton Commando 750 "S"
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I'm not much into chrome, but I must confess, this uber rare Norton Commando 750 "S" is hard not to lust over.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm So Glad I Don't Own a Harley


Dnepr
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

I ride my bike every day, rain or shine, hot or cold - and it always puts a smile on my face. No matter how glum every other part of my day may seem, riding my bike always makes me feel better. Every season is different, and every day brings different riding conditions. Unlike driving a car, you get to experience all that is around you, and become part of the scene.

And the icing that I spread on my feeling of joyous glee is the fact that I don't own a Harley Davidson. It's been a while since I've dug into a good mouth-foaming rant, so brace yourself - it's about to get ugly.

Since riding time is therapy for me, anything that upsets the session really gets under my skin, and tends to gnaw at my very bones. It's kind of like... a splinter in my mind. And for many years now, one of the big things that's frosted my nuts the most is how Harley owners seem to be the only fuckers rolling up and down the road that won't wave to a fellow rider, which is THE most common and respected bond between riders.

Why do Harley riders have to be such dicks? Is it because they had to put a third mortgage on their home to own a such a shaking, quaking piece of noisy shit? Or is it the fact they had to go without beer and cigarettes for a month of Sundays to purchase the necessary amount of leather and chrome to go with their new $35,000 vibrator. It could be the trailer... since Harley owners trailer their bikes more than they ride them. Or could it be the need and/or tendency to scowl all the time, since I've never seen a Harley owner smile. In all fairness though, I'd probably scowl too if I owned a Harley... actually, I'd probably hang myself.

I've heard a lot of Hauley... er, I mean Harley owners mention patriotism when citing the reasons they bought their bike. The need to... buy American, which seems exceedingly ironic to me since Harley's aren't MADE in America - they're ASSEMBLED in America, out of foreign parts - just like most bikes rolling up and down the road. If they really wanted to be more American - they should pay more in taxes, or join the Army - both great ways to show patriotism.

Maybe it's just a small penis thing... and the overwhelming urge to compensate for their lack of..... with more chrome and lots of noise. I just wish they would compensate in another way, one that wasn't so damn noisy and obnoxious. And for the love of all that is holy, throw up your fucking hand and wave you retarded mother fucker.

Other riders don't seem to be so rude. No matter what I'm riding, guys on sport bikes will throw up a hand and wave... gold wing riders will toss me a thumbs up... even guys who paid too much for their BMW's will wave... So I ask again, why do Harley riders have to be such dicks... ? I'd sure like to know.

In all fairness, I must confess that there are a few good guys out there (that just happen to own Harley's) that I've known through certain circles that are good riders and upstanding people to know. I just wish that there were more of them - guys who live for the ride and are happy to see anybody out on two wheels (or in my case - three).

In summation, I'd just like to feel a bit more love from my two-wheeled Harley brothers, because they're really bumming me the fuck out. Ride safe, ride friendly, and for once in your fucking life, stop being such a dick and wave you retarded prick.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Morel, Myrtle, Molly Moocher... Tastes Good


Morel
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

Any way you put it - whatever your choice of terms, spring is here and the most wonderful of mushrooms has sprung - the morel.

Words can hardly describe their delectable taste. Their unique flavor makes them highly sought, and very valuable. Not only do these tasty treats remind me of romping through the woods as a child, but also what it like to harvest food by an age old tradition... going out and picking it off the ground.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Buds of Spring


Cherry Buds
Originally uploaded by Jason Means

These cherry tree buds remind me that Spring is here, and warmer weather is on the way.