I learned about an increment borer at science camp. This T-shaped tool drills into a tree and takes out a pencil-width cylinder. The kids can count the rings on that sample to find the tree's age.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Here two boys at the camp measured the slope a patch of ground using a kilometer. One boy held it up to his eye, while pointing it at the other boy, who was about the same height. The instrument told him the difference in slope between the two of them was 10 percent.
Then the boys drew the landscape around them in their camp journals.
I really like this photo, as both of them look so intense on what they're doing
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I had fun at a science camp with Milton-Freewater kids last week. Other than getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, it was a great day in the mountains.
I was only able to use one photo for my story over the weekend. But I took many more. Deciding on which photo to submit wasn't easy (I actually submitted four, but the editor only used one). Fortunately I have lots of room here to post many more science camp photos.
This was my best group shot. It has all the kids following their intrepid leader, Bob Chicken, with the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council. In addition to running the camp, he also runs a science club during the school year.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Another competitor at Caledonian Days — this one had four legs and not kilt.
I always enjoy watching dogs do what they love. This was no exception. Though some of the sheep dogs had trouble getting the sheep to comply, a few handled them masterfully.
We stood at the bottom of the bleachers, where dogs took the sheep through one gate and around another. It was a good spot to get them on the run, if my shutter is fast enough.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Another event at the Caledonian Days is the sheaf toss. It's a bit like the high jump, but with a bale of hay.
The competitors have to chuck the bale over a horizontal bar which is progressively moved higher and higher.
To the left, one of the finalists narrowly makes it over one of the highest settings.
Above, I found the Jolly Roger flags atop the bars humorous.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Over the weekend my husband and I visited Athena's Caledonain Games. It was the first year I went for fun, not for work.
The games were very busy with officials from Scottish-American Athletic Association running the competitions.
But it made for good fun, watching this guy, and others, throw stones.
This man seemed to have an advantage, as he was taller than his competitors. And he really gave the stone the old heave-ho when he threw!
I'll post a few more photos from the celebration, including a few of the animal competitors (sheep dogs).
Friday, July 8, 2011
Here is my last post about the bees' moving day.
After the beekeepers took the old stump apart (see the background of this photo) they put the bees into new colony boxes. These boxes, which the beekeeper is grabbing in the photo above, hold square plates where bees can build their new honeycomb. Then the beekeepers take the colony home where they can use it to harvest honey.
Here is the results of the beekeeper using the beevac - a vacuum modified to pull bees into this container. I really liked this photo, with all the bees inside as a mottled mess. But that mottled mess would not show up on newsprint.
To calm them down, one beekeeper sprayed honey on the bees.
The honey made them all stick together, like a thick bee ball. The other beekeeper rotated the container around a few times, turning it over and over. Once the bees were well stuck together, they opened the container and plopped the bee ball into the colony box. Then they quickly covered the colony box with a screen and duct tape.
Unfortunately I missed the moment when they dropped the bees into the box. That was right about when I got stung. And the photos I took of the new colony box are not worth showing here. So I'll leave it up to your imagination.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Though it wasn't the huge cartoon-like swarm I was expecting, when the beekeepers cut into the stump home of this bee colony, they flew out to defend.