Lazy day on the Pomme de Terre

After making a bunch of spider cages, I spent the rest of the day slackin’. The sun was shining! There was a nice breeze! We looked for spiders! Also, I dusted off the ol’ drone and tried to remember how to fly the stupid thing, so I threw together a few clips of Pomme de Terre park. Yes, it’s a real river. Yes, it’s French for “potato”. It’s pretty!

It’s centered on the Gazebo, and I buzzed a few pelicans. Mainly, you can see what my part of the country looks like.


  1. Forrest Phelps says

    A little flat, but still very relaxing. Flat is probably good when there’s that white stuff.

  2. says

    Yes. Look at that horizon! Down low you can see some rolling “hills”, which I thought was a joke when I moved here and they called them that. There are some areas with distinctive glacial sculpting, though.

  3. drew says

    “Apple of the earth” is potato? I wonder what “apple of the road” means in French.

  4. wzrd1 says

    Potato, one of my favorite carb loads, used with caution given my familial history and being the eldest now that is not diabetic.
    Didn’t realize you got pelicans! Good for you, Pennsylvania gets none I’m aware of.
    Still, you don’t need to leave them alone, you need a better zoom. Wanna check on pricing?

    Got out late today, needed food. The generous driver did require a mask, which I love, then insisted whenever either of us need a ride, call him to help out.
    Annoyingly, due to the hour, our State Store and tobacconist were closed, yeah, we smoke, swear and curve one’s spine, preventing the nation from winning the war, get over it, SPO2 counts normally are in the 98 range.
    The volunteer promised a ride in tomorrow or the next day on time.
    And yesterday, after literal half-afternoon hours of effort, we now have a new primary physician.
    The poor bastard doesn’t know what is about to happen, one patient speaking fluent medicalese, able to talk shop fluently and loves physicians who refuse antibiotics for a motherfucking virus.
    Something I previously used to select a primary.

    Good job, PZ on getting some sun, issuing a mandatory vitamin. I tend to burn once or twice per season, then getting dark enough to get shot by police.
    Now, to wait until the swimming pool hits 104 degrees farenhoot…
    Spelling Fahrenheit is easy enough. Finding a jibe is a tad harder and I’m tired.

  5. chigau (違う) says

    drew in Japanese is 描いた.
    past tense of “draw”.
    Knowing words in other languages makes you smarter.

  6. lucifersbike says

    “Apple of the road” in French is “pomme de la route” and it doesn’t really mean anything.
    My grandparents (born in the 1890s) called tomatoes “love apples” – nowadays we call them “toMAHtoes” (my family is English.) :)
    “Erdapfel” is old-fashioned German for potato, the literal translation is “earth apple”. Oranges are sometimes called “Apfelsinen”, literally “Chinese apples”, in German and there are similar names in Dutch and Icelandic. But orange juice is “Orangensaft” not “Apfelsinensaft”.
    Your Potato River Park is beautiful, btw.

  7. nomdeplume says

    Nice tour PZ, thank you for showing us some of your home land. Perhaps some other areas during future spider hunts?

  8. stroppy says

    A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week!
    But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?
    ― Dixon Lanier Merritt

  9. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 7:
    [tangent alert]
    you mentioned oranges, which makes me bring forward this bit of trivia I learned recently. You the color is named for the fruit, not the other way around. The color used to be called a shade of red, while the fruit always had the name orange. Eventually people started calling that shade of red orange, referring to the similarity to the color of the fruit.
    As a kid, it was always a question similar to [the chicken and egg] one, IR is the color named for the fruit, or the fruit for its color?

  10. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 10
    IE ended up as IR, oops. All hail Goddess Tpyo

  11. jrkrideau says

    Lovely, I grew up and live beside lakes. We tend to forget how dynamic a river breakup can be.

  12. robro says

    Broad rivers, trees, farm land, and flat as far as the eye can see…reminiscent of north Florida. There are also “hills” in north Florida. There were a couple of climbs on US90 in Madison county. The highest point is Britton Hill in west Florida on the border with Alabama…a whopping 345ft.

  13. Just an Organic Regular Expression says

    You did some excising etc — does this mean you are getting comfortable with a Linux-based video editor?