Thursday, July 20, 2017


I'm trying this after reading about it. Usually I like to munch on the heart as it was always considered a treat when I was a kid. The pictures I took this morning are when it reached only 4 days growth!

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Here is the link to the site that gave me the idea to experiment.     Click on link below.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Choices, Choices...

Tried some new filters and having trouble deciding which effect I like over all of the others. I think I do favor one but would like input. 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


The water was flowing over the spillway last night at 8:38 as I took this video from the bridge. Hear the thunder? Sorry that my camera doesn't make good videos.

Today I took a ride to the far end and a stream from the woodsy area was flowing fast into that end of the lake. I love having the golf car to see what is going around. We, luckily had no damage. In the past we did when the catch basin plugged with debris. Others down the road had washouts. A lot of rain fell.

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(click on very short movie link below)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Greens Gone, Brown and Blue Rule

Tried something today with photos. Nice results - at least I like them.
Originals below
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Last one today "Hammockfunfour"

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enjoying Nature on a Short Rideabout

The threat of more rain and fear of not having a fully charged battery is the reason for a short ride today. The hillsides (and private properties) are covered with tiger lilies.
I was invited to take pictures of a neighbor's cultivated ones too and roam on his property to my heart's content. Nice guy! He has a huge hummingbird flowering vine growing from the ground way up to his deck railing. There are also many beautiful varieties of lilies there. Across the road from his house in the hedgerow I spotted a wild asparagus plant with the two ferny fronds swaying in the light breeze.  It was pretty to watch. It helps to know that the foliage all stems from the central stalk, which was the asparagus spear. Too late to cut to eat!
As I rode along I spied bindweed flowers among the crown vetch which grows along the ditches and field edges. 
Another neighbor's Bee Balm was flourishing along his fence.
Before returning to the cabin I took a picture of a spruce tree that I planted by the side of my horse barn in the 1970's. It was just a tiny seedling then. If you look closely at the left side you can see the barn standing in the overgrown weeds. The lower pasture was sold by an owner after we left, and a house was built there; brought back memories. 
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P.S. I found a pretty hubcap and brought it home.
Why? Just because.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wildflower Excursion

Almost got lost! I rode up a long dirt road to see a beautiful view. Watched out for bears too. A neighbor saw a young one in her yard recently.
Yes the first picture is a manipulation.
I was surprised to find very large Yucca plants
I found leftovers of a winter woodpile.
There were no Monarch Butterfly larvae or eggs visible.
Milkweed is beautiful when looked at close up. 
I brought home a couple of the yellow Hawkweed flowers.
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Molly is my Great Niece. I just love her sweet face. Of course, since I had some spare time I played with her image.
Here are the "before and after."
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Another Ridebout...

There are so many wildflowers here and many are already past their season, but I stopped and took pictures of quite a few with futures yet to come.
"We have gone; we have fled
out into the world we go;
we have left our home,
and we will wander
and roam, until we find
a new haven. Then we will 
in turn put forth a new generation.
People will curse us
they will say “Damned Weeds”;
but we know we are not damned
for we are the beauty
of nature and we too are
children of the Mother Goddess
as people themselves are."  Author unknown

Thimbleberries - no fruits yet
Pickerel Weed
Orange Honeysuckle Berries
Fox and Cubs
Elderberry Bush
Crown Vetch
Musk Mallow
Buttercup and Fox and Cubs bouquet
Also called Devils Paintbrush or Hawkweed
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