Back Yard Home Science


The photographs were taken on November 10 2017 at 4:20 PM.

The "Take It!" was in response to those who observed this little project of mine while they were looking at a previous photo/story on this site.

The After Take: This is a moment of true confession in that I am one of those who believes in Global Warming. While there is much being done to reverse this - I believe there is much more that can be done. The Sun is both friend and foe as the heat it generates is beyond amazing.  In many very hot locations on Earth houses are painted white to help reflect the sun. In that I did not want to paint my red brick house, white nor have a white roof, I did what I thought was a next best thing in laying out white bottles in my back yard to help, even if it is in a small way, to bounce a little bit of the sun back upward rather than have the heat fully absorbed by the earth in my back yard. The smaller bottles on the right are from fat free milk bought by me at Costco. The bottles in the left of the photos are from kitty litter bottles which are contributed by a neighbor who has cats.  I have projects for pets.

I have zip tied the handles of these plastic bottles together and then tied them all together to keep them from scattering when there is wind. So far the attachment program has been working.  

Nothing earth shattering has been sought from this program - but I am looking forward to the further development of bio plastics which will enable this type of thing to be done with little or no harm to the environment. My dream would call for biodegradable bottles to be recycled into land covers and filled with nontoxic fire retardant to help stave off prairie or open space fires.  When fire actually hit bottles set up in this fashion, they would melt and release their contents to help slow or put out the fire.  

All of the above is a way for me to express my thanks, for the interest shown in this, as one, of my several projects which are ongoing.

Here is hoping the fall is being kind to each of you, wherever you may live. For those who live in those areas that have been hit this year. There are answers in waiting for some of this increase in awful weather.

My very best regards to each of you.


PS: It is leaf raking time here. One of the great joys along with the work, is being witness to the glee with which little children jump into the piles of leaves. I do not have a clue what being able to do this in ones childhood does in the shaping of a life. I only know I am ever so glad I was able to do it as a child.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Teri (Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:47)

    That's an interesting idea. We'll have to ask one of our teacher friends in the science department if this would work.

  • #2

    Gabe (Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:50)

    Oh cool idea! I didn't think we'd get to find out what they were from the other photos, I was going mad wondering what they were.

  • #3

    Jim (Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:53)

    Seems like you have a lot of projects on your hands. I'm amazed you can take on so much, I'm sort of a one track mind kinda' guy.

  • #4

    Sally (Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:55)

    Aww how fun!!! This would make a great little science project for our younger kids. We can learn something and do our little part at the same time.

  • #5

    xXRodriguezXx (Sunday, 26 November 2017 22:00)

    You have an incredible backyard. I really wanted to see it from a different angle and all I can think is wow.

  • #6

    SF1967 (Sunday, 26 November 2017 22:02)

    If you take requests I'm going to have to go back and dig up a couple of the questions I had on past pictures. Lol.