Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 29, 2010

Lukie, my fishing buddy

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:15 pm

Our youngest grand son loves to fish and he wants to do it by himself.   He’s just not ready hold them or take them off the hook.  He tries to pick them up by their tail but says, ‘they are slick’.

April 28, 2010

Amazing photos from NASA

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 9:20 pm

Ring of Fire

This new image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) shows in great detail a solar prominence taken from a March 30, 2010 eruption. The twisting motion of the material is the most noticeable feature.

Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. Since launch, engineers have been conducting testing and verification of the spacecraft’s components. Now fully operational, SDO will provide images with clarity 10 times better than high-definition television and will return more comprehensive science data faster than any other solar observing spacecraft.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova noted by Earth-bound chroniclers in 1054 A.D., is filled with mysterious filaments that are are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula’s very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU)

Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa

High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning ‘column rain’ in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes.

Image Credit: NASA

Our thirteen year old grand daughter, KJ, has been sending us these NASA photos.  NASA is a great web site for young and old  folks to browse.

April 27, 2010

TEXAS SPINY SOFTSHELL TURTLE, Apalone spinifera guadalupensis and pallidus?

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:55 pm

I was surprised to find this large soft shell turtle on one of my jug hooks.

She was probably 16 inches across her back.

and off she goes after being released.

April 26, 2010

new families arrived a couple days ago

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 8:20 pm

two new families in the neighborhood.

one family has three babies


one family has four babies

the first family of geese with five babies

so we now have 12 baby geese.

the first five babies are a little larger than the others

I’m hoping to get photo when they have a group outing.

April 25, 2010

Casting Net World Champion?

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:03 pm

I’ll put our 10 year old grand son up against anyone when it comes to using a casting net.  This kid is good.  Of course, G-man has probably thrown the casting net 10,000 times and practice does makes perfect.

And once he catches some shad, it time to fish.

And he is a pretty good fisherman.

April 24, 2010

A resident Blue Bird

Filed under: Birds — Freddie Keel @ 7:19 pm

A Blue Bird is searching the ground below him for a worm or bug.

Well he found a worm.

And now he feeds a baby.

Time to rest just a second and then back to hunting baby food.

April 23, 2010

Lukie and Nanna

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 7:44 pm

What a nice couple.  Lukie will sit in your lap only if you have Blue Bell Ice Cream.

April 22, 2010

G-man and Lukie catching a few perch.

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 8:12 pm

April 21, 2010

Wow what a fish

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 9:16 pm

Reece is a breakfast buddy.  He was telling me about this big fish he caught while offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.  He agreed to let me post the photo.   Reece, that is one nice big fish.  Attaboy.

April 20, 2010


Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:46 pm

Justin’s boat was cruising when the steering cable broke.  He immediately shut the power off but his speed sent the boat onto the shore and into the woods.  He tried to lay down behind both consoles before the boat slammed into a tree.  His left arm and chest had larges bruises but thank God he walked away without any serious injuries.

View from behind boat.

The boat and trolling motor are not repairable.

trolling motor and bracket is destroyed

this is trail of boat when it departed the lake

damage to front of boat when it slammed into tree

finally back in water

pulled to shore by Karl’s pontoon boat

partially on trailer

on the trailer and out of the lake.

It can happen so quick, a mechanical break and you have no control.  There are no brakes on a boat.   Justin will probably take it a little slower, check his steering and be more aware of risk in the future.   He was still shaking four hours later as this could have been very serious.

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