GardePro A3 Trail Camera

I’ve had several trail cameras over the years and they all eventually just stop working. I think that they lose their ability, over time, to keep out the elements. This is my newest, the GardePro A3 Trail Camera (2020), 20MP, 1080P H.264 HD Video, Clear 100ft No Glow Infrared Night Vision, 0.1s Trigger Speed, 82ft Motion Detection, Waterproof Cam for Wildlife Deer Game Trail. I bought it off Amazon Prime for $60.

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Why is it called a Mattock?

I was doing an outdoor project with a friend and I said “I’ll just use the mattock” and he replied “what is a mattock?”. I picked it up and he said “oh, the pick axe”. I said “no, this is a mattock”. This little conversation got me thinking, why do they call it a mattock? Did the old farmer Mr. Mattock invent the tool to dig up roots in his garden? I decided to do a little research to dig up some answers!

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Bagley’s Balsa B

It was in the early 70’s that Jim Bagley had the idea to hire crankbait pioneer Lee Sisson to create a shallow running crankbait to compete with Cotton Cordell‘s Big O. In 1973 his Big B wins 3 national tournaments and in November it was renamed the Balsa B.

The balance of the bait was accomplished with lead balls and the lip is referred to as the wedgebill. I’ve caught many bass on this lure. Fishing around the boat docks at Lake Lanier caused damage to many lures due to my miss-casts.

I loved to throw it out, let it rest on top until there was no more ripple, and then start to reel. The majority of my bites would come while it was sitting still or the second I started it moving. One of my favorite crankbaits of all-time.

Check out this Balsa B Review on Wired2Fish

Wolf’s-bane

Aconitum (/ˌækəˈnaɪtəm/), also known as aconite, monkshood, wolf’s-bane, leopard’s bane, mousebane, women’s bane, devil’s helmet, queen of poisons, or blue rocket.

Aconitum is a perennial, genus of over 250 species, that grows in the mountainous parts of the northern hemisphere in the mountain meadows. Most species are poisonous, causing diarrhea, convulsions, ventricular arrhythmia and death. The major antidote is Atropine but must be administered quickly as death will occur in 2-6 hours.

In mythology the goddess Hecate was said to have invented aconite, which Athena used to transform Arachne into a spider. Medea attempted to poison Theseus with a cup of wine containing wolf’s-bane.

In the monster movies Van Helsing places a sprig of wolf’s-bane around Mina’s neck in the 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi. In the 1941 film Wolfman, with Lon Chaney Jr., this poem is heard:

Even a man who pure at heart,
and says his prayers by night,
May become a wolf when the Wolf’s-bane blooms,
and the autumn moon is bright.

Old Gypsy Poem

Read more about Aconitum on Wikipedia, the Mythology on theoi.com and the werewolves at Universal Monsters Universe