Egg processing at Lake Meadows

We visited Lake Meadows Naturals early today, to catch a tour of their egg processing plant – which considering they have 14,000 hens and have so very many eggs for sale, is a pretty small place!

The tour explained that the eggs first pass over a bright light to inspect for cracks (done by hand), then are washed, dried, and then electronically weighed and sorted into sizes – that was interesting to watch, with little arms flicking out to kick each egg into it’s appropriate size area! People on the tour were allowed to box their own eggs from whichever size they chose (and then hopefully they paid for them!)

Outside, many hens wandered about; they have lots of space but seem to like being together. Margaret passed some grass through the fence and loads of birds ran over to join the bonus feast! When there’s no visitors touring, the hens have free reign over the meadow and so as much grass as they want …

Here’s some photos of the processing equipment, and some of the hens:

We of course finished our visit buying our own eggs (and feeding the goats and sheep).

Here’s also a video that shows the Egg size sorting…

Wyoming 2019

Our “summer” vacation was surprisingly cool for the first half, with snow and a need for coats, hats, gloves … but beautiful views of stunning mountains, rivers and lakes, as well as sightings of Bison, Black Bear, Elk and more! I’ve posted our trip in multiple sections, and there’s a video presentation (courtesy of Apple Memories) if you prefer …

Grand Teton National Park

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Old Faithful

Upper Basin

Middle and Lower Basin

Bison [traffic] Jam, Mountain views

Mammoth Hot Springs

Lamar Valley, Black Bears, Bison

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Lake Yellowstone

Norris Geyser Basin

 

Tree Swallows

We’ve had a LOT of tiny insects in the air the last few days – cooler weather seems to encourage them to fly up from Lake Apopka (I think they are midges / “blind mosquitos”); today flocks of Tree Swallows have arrived, flying every direction and catching all the insects – Hooray!

I tried to capture some photos and video, but it’s really hard with the birds changing direction so often; here’s my best attempts:

 

 

Tethered balloons

More than 10 years ago, we took a balloon ride over Florida, but tonight we watched from the ground while people took very short vertical rides at the Hamlin development, up to perhaps only 20ft! We got some good photos – especially the few times they flame-lit the whole balloon …

It was really busy there, with the cinema and Publix parking jammed full; we parked over the highway at Walmart and bravely crossed (at lights, with pedestrian crossing, luckily!)

 

Video, as well:

Animal Kingdom with iPhone

Normally when we go to Disney Animal Kingdom, I take a camera with good zoom because many animals are too far away for a camera phone – but today with pouring rain when we left home, my only camera was my iPhone; and therefore it was the best one to use!

Many photos came out fine, but the highly zoomed ones look like pixel art. Still, they are animal photos (we also walked through Pandora, you’ll spot the alien foliage!):

 

 

Lunch was at Tusker House, where we met different “animals”:

 

 

Finally, here’s some video I took (also on iPhone); this is a lot more forgiving than photos – and there’s some great footage of the month old Meerkat baby …