2019 – A year in a slideshow

Similar to my 2009 picture every day video slideshow, I’ve sequenced my 2019 picture every day into a video slideshow (and using the identical theme music for the same 20 minute play time). If you prefer individual photos, see the previous post.

Here’s the 2019 picture every day video slideshow, hosted on YouTube:

(I’ve also uploaded a compressed version to MargaretAndIan, in case YouTube ever removes it!)

In case you want to compare, here’s the 2009 video slideshow also on YouTube:

 

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: