Watching Grass Grow
Watch a full year of growing grass - doesn't grow much in Antarctica! ;-)
Baby House Finches have fledged and a Baby Hummingbird Nest - cool pics/video!
Live Webcam of ... uhhhhh ... grass growing (updates every
Not as interesting at night ... but incredibly exciting during the day!
to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research to benefit Mr. Grass's two kids.
Listen to Blue Grass Music while watching it grow!
|Since 2005, over a million web surfers have ... uhhh ... watched the grass grow, plus an occasional car drive-by and other exciting things, on this live webcam - here's a Real-Time Satellite View! For the techies out there, the webcam is a D-Link DCS-6620G wireless webcam. The video feed is rebroadcast via a 100 Mbps web server (rather than a direct connection to my house), so it can support a lot of viewers, especially since I'm doing JPEG updates (typically about 35 KBytes) rather than streaming video.|
Colorado had a fairly serious draught the summer/2002, which led to water rationing. This, of course, had rather dire consequences for those of us who live in suburbia, as instead of being able to watch our grass grow, our normally green lush lawns turned brown ... and there were even a lotta bare spots! :-(
Fortunately, 2003 was quite a bit wetter, and if you add enough water to grass (and optionally some lawn fertilizer), it will grow back as can be seen in these pictures of my front lawn. Rest assured that along with the grass came a weed or two ... or bazillion. Fortunately I have a Hulkin' weed eater and/or weed killer along with Tony the Tiger's weed whacker! ;-) It's unfortunate that I don't have any pictures from earlier; since it was REALLY brown with a lot more holes - i.e. by the time of the first picture on April 30th, 2003, it had actually recovered quite a bit. I also came across a picture of my backyard that was shot in June of 2002 and the comparison to June/2003 is startling.
My friend Dan, bet me a round of golf that all the bare grass spots would not be filled in by July ... but as you see, the grass came pretty close to growing back; even without applying lawn fertlizer ... although look at Mr. Grass's idea of fertilizing in the Father's Day, 2004 picture. There have been other "exciting" things associated with this grass, such as mentioning "Dirk is 2" for my first son, "It's a Boy" for my second son, and my father-in-law points out a weed that he wanted to sell on eBay. It has also been the site of lotsa Halloween decorations and Christmas lights ... which were also used for a giant Martini Glass (1,000+ gallons> when we hosted the drinks/appetizers for a neighborhood progressive dinner in 2006 ... and again in 2006. Some people really enjoy watching grass grow - Liz even wrote a poem about it and God Himself Emailed His thoughts. For more of this type of excitement, check out watching paint dry, watch corn grow, plus Andie and Mike's Bubble Cam. Finally, special thanx to Rob at Rob's Plants who was nice enough to let me use his favicon (the 16x16 graphic that shows in the URL box in Firefox and IE Favorites) and as you can imagine, he does some serious gardening. And oh yeah, can you actually see growing grass?
|April 30th, 2003||May 12th, 2003|
|May 31st, 2003||June 8th, 2003|
|June 23rd, 2003 (bushes have been trimmed)||July 11th, 2003 - Hulk like Green Grass|
|July 28th, 2003||August 18th, 2003 - were outa town for 2 weeks|
|September 2nd, 2003 - greening back up!||September 9th, 2003|
|September 29th, 2003||Christmas 2003|
|June 20th, 2004 - Father's Day||The Google Doodle from that day (and the boys)|
The Green strip/patch is because Mr. Grass applied lawn fertilizer with a "dumper" rather than a "spreader" ... and 75% of it was gone by time he made the first lap - OOPS!
Google Doodles are very creative twists of the Google Logo that appear on their main page on various holidays (and other special events) and were first done by Dennis Hwang.
|September 11th, 2004||Sprinkler Geyser in the front yard - lotta water!|
|July 10th, 2006 - Hulk'in Lemonade Stand||July 24th, 2006 - Hulk Hummer|