Juvenile Sceloporus undulatus

A couple of juvenile Northern Fence Lizards Sceloporus undulatus from The Obed.  Although these occur in Ohio, I had never encountered any and was quite excited to see these in Tennessee.  The fence lizard is one of only a few non-skink lizards in Tennnessee, including a whiptail Aspidoscelis sexlineatus and an anole. 

Northern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus - 09.25.2011 - 13.13.23Northern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus - 09.25.2011 - 13.14.05Northern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus - 09.25.2011 - 14.38.15Northern Fence Lizard - Sceloporus undulatus - 09.25.2011 - 14.38.29

Rock climbing at the Obed

A few weeks ago, Allison and I met up with her friend, Katie, from the track team at Brown, who is currently a faculty member at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Katie and her friends, including her boyfriend Warren, invited us to go rock climbing at an internationally recognized climbing hot spot: the Obed Wild and Scenic River.  As first time outdoor climbers, we didn’t make it to the top of any of the sport climbing routes, but we did well enough, especially when our competitive nature spurred both of us to make the extra reach…

If I remember correctly, we tried a couple of the routes at Lilly Bluff, and Clear Creek.

 

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Warren and a friend set up the first carabiner
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Allison falls as Katie and Laura look at the camera
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Allison's back musculature was all the rage.
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Hanging
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Climbing at The Obed - 09.24.2011 - 17.53.00
Allison enjoying the view
Climbing at The Obed - 09.25.2011 - 14.41.31
An easier, more well-light climb

West End Living Room

A few years ago, just about the time I purchased my Olympus D-SLR, Microsoft put out a online project called Photosynth, which allows a series of photographs to be stitched together to make a walk-through or 3D re-construction.  I briefly experimented with it then, including making a 3D reconstruction of a John Deere Tractor ornament and a small depression at Jennings’ Woods, and this weekend, after seeing some photographs my former lab-mate posted of her new home in Oregon, I tried Photosynth out again.  Here’s a reconstruction of my living room.