8.20.2014

Fast Fingers: Speedcubers

First things first, cubers take a selfie.
In the beginning of August we traveled  to the Liberty Science Center at Jersey City, 
because my daughter participated in the 2014 Rubik's Cube National Competition.


And what's a Cube Competition? In my own words: 
That's when a bunch of people that can actually solve the Rubik's cube get together 
to see who can solve it the fast, the faster and the fastest.
Or here is an article for a more detailed and fancy worded description.




This was her first time participating in a cubing competition. 
She has only been cubing for a year. We were new to these type of competitions, 
nevertheless we had fun! We got to meet cubers from all ages and from different countries!




I was surprised to see that there is not only the 3x3 Rubik's Cube, but many more. 
And there are people out there that can put these big cubes back together in minutes!


I'll  let the pictures do the talking. And I've included some YouTube videos
from the competition, just in case you have time to watch how
fast these FastFingers people can solve the  Rubik's Cube in no time.


Collin Burns from the US. He won the 3x3 with the fastest 3x3 average.





Feliks Zemdegs from Australia. This guy won  so many awards that I lost count of them!
But what do you expect? He's just fast!





Mats Valk from The Nederlands. He has the world record for solving the 3x3 in 5.55 seconds!
In my picture below he just finished solving a 5x5 cube.





Anthony Brooks from  The US. In the picture below he is solving the 3x3 one handed.
But he is a champion who holds the Guinness World Record for the most Rubik's Cubes
solved underwater, in a single breath!!






My daughter only participated in the first round, then she spent the rest of the days 
to just hanging around with other cubers, it was like heaven for her!



Kevin Hays 


And what's a Mother with a camera to do in the mean time?


I took lots of pictures, and participated in a social media contest with the the picture above 
and the picture below and won me a hat!



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It would be a long, long post if I try to post the many pictures I have! 
Not to mention there was also blind folded solving,  feet solving, well it was a big event! 
Maybe I'll just share one more video where it shows the other events.



8.15.2014

Mid August at Leticia's Garden

 Today I'm joining  gardeners from around the world to share what's blooming at our gardens. 
Come and "visit" their gardens through May Dreams Gardens Blog.


At my garden I have a couple of Lantanas putting a big show. 
They are also providing nectar to various types of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.


My tall Salvia is doing great with the not so hot summer weather we have been enjoying here in Virginia.


This Gaura also is doing great with the pleasant weather. I get to enjoy these cheerful little 
flowers longer, instead of them getting burned with the scorching hot summer sun.


The Black Eyed Susan is on it's last leg. 
 Golden Finches love to feast on  it's tiny seeds.


If they don't get too ashy looking I'm planning to leave them for some winter interest.


Penstemon is one of the new plants in my garden, and doesn't have many flowers. 
Or maybe its done blooming.


Cone Flowers have given me a second round of flowers.


The Hot Lips Salvia, hummingbirds love this plant.


 These two types of Dahlias are also enjoying the cool summer.




This Dwarf Veronica keeps giving me flowers as soon as I cut the old ones.


Knock Out Rose.


My Buddleia tree is still very small, less than 2 feet.
But it's size doesn't stop it from having flowers for the butterflies.


Dwarf Plumbago


The Blanket Flower is always full of flowers! 
But I can't wait for it to get taller, maybe next year.


 This Veronica is one of those plants that were almost dying at the store. 
I think its doing better, but some times it gets all sad that I wonder if it will make it.  
It still manages to give some flowers.

I love the blue color of the Balloon Flower!  Can't wait for it to get taller too.



The following four plants are at my favorite corner of the garden.

Coreopsis


Allium Millennium


Liriope Muscari


Salvia


And this is how they look all together. 


Jony-jump-up usually doesn't last through summer in my garden. 
But  because of this year's cooler weather I have this little one giving me flowers at this time of the year!


I almost forgot about this Day lily! I believe its called 'happy returns'.  
This is a must have lily, it blooms from early season 'til frost! 
Not to mention it does good with little care. 


And that's what is currently blooming at my garden.

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8.12.2014

Eaters

Is that time when these walking eaters come to our gardens and do nothing but eat eat and eat!
 I caught them red handed, let me introduce them to you:


First I caught the never ending eater Monarch caterpillar. 



Second eater I caught was the Black Swallowtail caterpillar.



 

Then I got the Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar, 
I had to unfold the Spice Bush tree's leaf to take a picture of it. 
Isn't it such a cutie?



And last this humongous eater. Its a Cecropia Moth caterpillar. 
They are so big, bigger than my pinkie finger!





Took all these pictures at the Butterfly House of the Norfolk Botanical Garden.



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