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Plumage may have adorned even the earliest dinosaurs, long before flight

Posted in Personal Projects on Wednesday January 28, 2015 by PSB Foto

Pretty interesting Dinosaur News for those interested…

PaleoDig News

January 23, 2015~

Here is another story from National Geographic about dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs may actually have had feathers instead of scales! Enjoy the link >

Feathered Fossils Give Scaly Dinosaurs a Makeover

Story by Dan Vergano ~ published on December 9, 2014

The fluff on this pheasant chick may resemble the downy feathers of ancient reptiles such as the pterosaur, whose fossil is at left. Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic The fluff on this pheasant chick may resemble the downy feathers of ancient reptiles such as the pterosaur, whose fossil is at left.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic

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Wisconsin Volleyball clinches Big Ten Championship 2014

Posted in Personal Projects, Sports, Volleyball with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday November 26, 2014 by PSB Foto

November 26, 2014~

It’s always nice to see one of my images used but tonight is especially gratifying as the Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball team clinched the 2014 Big Ten Championship! Here is the facebook grab of my image.

Photo by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto Congratulations to the Badgers as they claim Big Ten Volleyball Title!

Photo by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto
Congratulations to the Badgers as they claim Big Ten Volleyball Title!

Waupun Volleyball State Tournament 2014

Posted in Personal Projects, Photo Assignment, Sports, Volleyball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday November 12, 2014 by PSB Foto

November 11, 2014~

Attended the Wisconsin State Volleyball tournament on Friday evening (November 7, 2014) and covered the Waupun Warriors.  Always high expectations for Waupun when I make the trip to State which takes place at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Tough match as Tomahawk defeated Waupun in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 14-25, 25-20.

“I think that we didn’t come out as strong as we should have,” said senior Blake Buchholz, who had a Division 2 state game record 28 kills in a match that covered four sets. “We played our hearts out and it showed. I couldn’t be more proud of my team right now, we did as much as we could.”

2014 State Volleyball Waupun v Tomahawk Blake Buchholz

Blake Buchholz (22) Waupun goes up for a kill. Blake set a Division 2 state game record with 28 kills in a match that lasted four sets. Photo: Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto

“It was a tough Tomahawk team, we knew that they were going to be a tough team,” Waupun co-coach Krista Baisch said. “I thought that we didn’t play to our level that we needed to play to. I don’t think Tomahawk beat us tonight, I think we beat ourselves.”

2014 Waupun co-coach Krista Baisch; image by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto

2014 Waupun co-coach Krista Baisch; image by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto

“There were a few moments in the match where we could see us coming alive but then it just went away,” Baisch said.

Going into the game, Waupun knew that Anna Nyberg and Hanna Meyer were going to be tough. The duo combined for 33 kills.

“They are great left sides, but once we figured out how to block them, I thought we shut them down pretty well,” Baisch said.

Stats: WAU — Blake Buchholz 28 kills, 18 digs, 2 aces; Claiborn Bronkhorst 11 kills; Taylor Brown 18 digs; Jasmyn Bensley 10 digs; Kyra Verheyen 38 assists, 9 digs.

September 11, 2014 Memories

Posted in Personal Projects, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday September 11, 2014 by PSB Foto

September 11, 2001 ~
I was in the midst of a great relationship, new job, loving life, then the planes hit the towers. Thirteen years doesn’t seem like a long time but just when you think you have the world by the tail reality sets in. Enjoy what you have while you have it. Share love with the ones who mean the most to you. It can all be gone before you know it.

And this>
“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”

~ Bessie Anderson Stanley

GoFundMe for Double B Vineyards

Posted in Personal Projects with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday February 20, 2014 by PSB Foto

February 20, 2014~

After a brutal winter I have set up a GoFundMe account to re-stock the Double B Vineyard. My nephew and I enjoy spending time  working in the vineyard and hopefully, teaching him some life lessons along the way. Hard work, budgeting, math skills, social media skills via GoFundMe, and photography of the vineyard  are all part of the learning experience. We also plan on utilizing the photos to report to our ‘stakeholders’ and donors in the future.

For more information, or to donate, please check out the link> http://www.gofundme.com/6zzbww

Double B Vineyard

Thank you in advance and I look forward to reporting to any donors on our progress. It’s fun to make dreams come true 🙂

 

January 28, 2014 Current Weather Conditions Central Wisconsin

Posted in Personal Projects with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday January 28, 2014 by PSB Foto

January 28, 2014~

This photo pretty much sums up current conditions in central Wisconsin

by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto

Wind Chill – 50 below ZERO by Patrick S Blood/PSB Foto

Silent Epidemic in Arizona ~ Valley Fever or “cocci”

Posted in Personal Projects with tags , , , , , , , , on Monday January 27, 2014 by PSB Foto

January 27, 2014~

Found this interesting story during the last week. The title alone would get you interested~ “A Horrific ‘Silent Epidemic’ is spreading in the American Southwest”.

The story reported that most cases occur in Arizona and have increased tenfold between 1998 and 2011, “and in the most severe cases,” Goodyear writes in The New Yorker, there is “no cure.”

I have a friend who will be visiting Arizona and asked what ‘valley fever’ was all about.  The first thing I told them, it is not contagious.

A little-researched and little-known disease called valley fever (or “cocci”), which people can get when they inhale a fungus named Coccidioides immitis, is found in dirt and dust. Two-thirds of cases occur in Arizona, where “in 2012, valley fever was the second-most-reported disease.”

The fungus infects the lungs, but can also spread to the skin, bones, liver, brain, heart, and the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord.

Here is a link to the full story.  I will happily deal with the cold weather with current conditions of – 50 below zero with the wind chill. Stay tuned for additional stories in the next week 🙂 Thanks for stopping!

*UPDATE (Jan. 28, 2014) * and this from CNBC today  >

The silent epidemic known as valley fever

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