A few nice weight loss images I found:
Chamaecrista rotundifolia plant2
Image by Macleay Grass Man
Introduced, warm-season, short-lived perennial, prostrate to semi-erect legume with a shallow taproot. Leaves have 2 asymmetrical, obovate to rounded leaflets, each 12-35 mm long. Flowerheads consist of 1-2 flowers in the leaf axils,
each with 5 symmetrically arranged yellow petals. Pods are linear, flat, sparsely to very hairy and 35-40 mm long. Flowering is in the warmer months. A native of North and South America, it is sown for
grazing and naturalized in frost free areas. It is suited to free-draining, lower fertility, acid soils
and cannot tolerate heavy soils or waterlogging. Not recommended for fertile soils. Frost can limit spread. Wynn is the only sown cultivar. Seeds germinate and establish quickly and plants can rapidly grow and spread. Produces good weight gains in cattle, but old stems
have low feed value. It has low palatability for cattle during the growing season and is not readily grazed until grass quality
has declined sufficiently in autumn. It is not grazed by horses. Grazing management should aim to limit selective grazing during the growing season and maintain plants in a low radiating growth habit. Short
duration heavy grazing with appropriate rest periods is best to achieve this. Grazing periods can be extended in winter in frost free areas when grasses
are dormant. In areas with heavy frosts grazing should occur before first frost to avoid total leaf loss. Continuous heavy grazing leads to a decline in companion grasses, dominance by round-leafed
cassia and invasion by weeds.
Ox Hill Battlefield
Image by www78
The Battle of Chantilly or Ox Hill was the final engagement in the Northern Virginia Campaign, a coda to the Second Battle of Bull Run, and it accomplished nothing except the deaths of two capable Union generals: Maj Gens Isaac Stevens and Philip Kearny.
Following defeat at Second Bull Run, the Union Army of Virginia under Maj Gen John Pope regrouped around Centreville. Reinforcements managed to replace the massive Union losses of the day before, and the Sec of War Edwin Stanton General-in-Chief Henry Halleck directed Pope to attack, but the Union Army commander had been stunned by the scale of his defeat and his officers had lost faith in their commander.
Despite his great victory on the Manassas Battlefield, Confederate. Gen Robert Lee still desired to cut off and destroy Pope’s forces. As a result, Lee decided to repeat the tactic that had gotten him so far; send Maj Gen Thomas Jackson’s troops around the Union right flank and cut off the escape route at Germantown, Virginia. On August 31, Jackson’s troops moved out and again easily found its way around the Union army. Not until several reports of enemy infantry arrive did Pope realize the renewed threat to his rear. Canceling his attacks, he ordered his army to fall back while various units probed out the Confederate forces. One of the probes was two brigades under the command of Brig Gen Issac Stevens who approached the grassy slope of Ox Hill near the Plantation of Chantilly.
Clearly exhausted from the long marches and hard fighting earlier in the campaign, compounded by pouring rain, Jackson’s troops had moved slowly in their flanking attack. They had finally halted at Ox Hill while Jackson himself took a nap. Around 4:00PM on September 1, Steven’s division arrived here on the field with IX Corps commander Maj Gen Jesse Reno, who was incapacitated with sickness. Stevens deployed to the left of the grassy field, facing off against the Confederate troops under Brig Gen Alexander Lawton’s division. Not realizing that he was in fact heavily outnumbered, Stevens led a strong attack, and in ferocious fighting managed to drive back the brigade of Col Henry Strong. At the height of the fighting, Maj Gen Issac Stevens, waving the flag of the 79th New York, led his old regiment, on a frontal charge over a fence to the cry of: "Highlanders, my Highlanders, follow your general!"
A bullet then struck his temple and killed him instantly.
Almost at this point the skies opened up and a fierce thunderstorm broke out, literally drowning out the fighting as units lost cohesion, sight of each other and had ammunition rendered useless. Opposing units that blindly collided into each other between flashes of lightning were reduced to brutal fighting with bayonets . Finally the weight of Confederate numbers began to tell, and the survivors of Stevens’ division fell back.
At this point, about 6:00PM, Maj Gen Phil Kearny arrived on the field with his first brigade, that of Brig Gen David Birney. Kearny had preformed poorly at Second Bull Run, but at Chantilly the one-armed general was back in performance, sending Birney’s troops charging through a rain-soaked cornfield to strike the Confederates of Maj Gen Ambrose Hill’s division. When his troops stalled in pitch hand-to-hand fighting Kearny went looking for support. He found the 21st Massachusetts, which had been badly mauled in the earlier fighting. The 21st refused to advance, and to check the gap between the unit and those of his troops, Kearny rode back into the cornfield. When an aide told him that there could be enemy troops hiding Keanry replied. "the Rebel bullet that can kill me has not yet been molded." As darkness fell, he came across another unit in the field and asked it to identify itself, which it did-the 49th Georgia. Keanry replied "Okay." and began to return to Union lines. Realizing that the rider was an enemy, the troops of the 49th Georgia called on Kearny to halt, who responded by putting the spurs to his horse. Shots rang out and Maj Gen Phil Kearny fell dead.
Soon afterwards, fighting around Chantilly began to die down. Both sides received reinforcements, but neither side seemed interested in renewing the struggle. The Union forces pulled out that night, ending the vicious Battle of Chantilly that had cost them 1300 casualties and two of their best commanders. The Confederate army had suffered less, 800, but it had failed in its attempt at destroying the Union forces and contented itself with resting on its laurels, ending the Northern Virginia Campaign for good.
Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Chantilly, Virginia
DILO 3/20/09- Loss
Image by celeste343
I’m really happy to be losing weight! But it stinks with not having clothing that fits. I can pull these down without unbuttoning them. Fun, but kinda annoying. 🙂