Thursday, November 5, 2009


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Here’s a sampling of skies that have been hanging around our farm lately.

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Monday, November 2, 2009



There’s not much rhyme or reason to this post. Or how about, there’s NO rhyme or reason. I liked the photos, that’s all.


Thanks for putting up with the randomness!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Touch of Autumn SkyWatch

IMG_7136 Welcome to this SkyWatch Friday blogpost. It was impossible to resist including some visible evidence of autumn, too.



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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Last Hurrah Fall Colors


Sheesh…..its been so long since my last blogpost, I hardly remember how to do it, but here goes….


These scenes are from today, when the magic wand of mid-morning sunshine bestowed the perfect touch on these final colors of autumn.


A spent Bachelor’s Button plus a bud which probably won’t get the chance to bloom:


Wish I could think of something profound to say. Thanks for stopping by for a look-see and a hi-dee-ho and all that. Take care and I hope all is well in your world!


Friday, October 16, 2009


IMG_7026 Welcome to this SkyWatch blogpost! These photos were taken this morning. Autumn is in the air, obviously, though the green pasture field below could mislead one into believing summer is still here.

IMG_7018 I’m sneaking the next photo in, too, despite the blurry sky. Soon the cornstalks will be swallowed up by dusty, roaring combines chomping their way across the landscape.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

This Morning’s SkyWatch


Late, late…..this SkyWatch post is late. It’ll probably be the last one on the list!


Nothing particularly spectacular to report---just scenes from this morning’s walk.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Leaf Red and Ready


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Poised in the sun

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Glowing just for fun


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Wearing not a frown

Leaf red and ready

Tumble to the ground


Thursday, October 1, 2009

SkyWatch - Brushstrokes

27th029 Welcome to SkyWatch Friday! These sky scenes resemble brushstrokes of a painting, at least to me, anyway.

27th027 They were taken on an evening earlier this week. At times, September treats us to exceptionally beautiful skies, especially at sunset time.


And, in case you’re in doubt, here’s proof that it was the sunset hour:



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Monday, September 28, 2009

Branch of Autumn

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Here they are! Drum roll, please! Meet the first autumn-toned leaves on our farmstead. They adorn one lower limb of an old maple tree. I have no clue why the leaves on that branch have changed color ahead of the rest of the tree……it seems rather random, but who can fathom the ways of nature, right? Right.


Ok, I will now wait patiently for more fall colors to appear. Maybe it will be necessary to dig into last year’s photo files to find seasonal scenes to post; last fall was very colorful. I do recall now that “rhymsie” chided me last year for posting so many autumn photos, so I’ll have to be careful.


Today has brought a rather dramatic change in the weather, leading us from the warmth of the previous weeks to a sudden blast of blustery coolness. That’s to be expected, of course, considering that we’re in the last days of September. “Wake me up when September ends”…..isn’t that a song? I enjoy the month of September, and feel a minor sadness now as it concludes for another year. But, not to fret…..looming on the horizon is October, usually a very beautiful time, too.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Roller-Coaster Day

26th008 Its been one of those days. My mood on a roller coaster. Up high---like the hawk on the post, and then, KA-THUNK, back down to the ground……like Gray the Cat.

25th034 Good thing I don’t spend much time around other people; they would surely become mighty annoyed with me.


The photos in this post have no meaning or purpose at all; they just happened to have been taken this morning, during one of my up moments. Shortly thereafter, and entirely due to fault of my own, my state of mind plummeted. (Think Wile E. Coyote free-falling over one of those many cliffs.) If you actually were here with me, you would most certainly agree…, that it was my own fault, and it was annoying. Good thing you are not here. Be glad… very glad.

Hopefully, you are having a pleasant Saturday!


Friday, September 25, 2009

SkyWatch – Variety of the Week

Welcome to this SkyWatch Friday blogpost. It features a variety of scenes from this past week.


Plus, a variety of photo border options…….all available in Windows Live Writer. Cool, eh!? What would you write on the instant photo below? “Wishing you were here”, maybe?

25th020 There have been beautiful sunsets lately……though, the calves in this next photo could care less, of course.


The skies this morning were colored with an overcast of gray. This afternoon…..voila!……the sun magically appeared and swept the drabness away, treating us to eye-catching contrasts of fluffy clouds and vivid blue sky.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Dirt Road Scenes

043 Bear with me……I had earmarked a few more dirt road photos to use here on the blog. The curved Queen Anne’s Lace stem in the above scene caught my eye as I was a-wandering along the old by-way last Sunday afternoon. That suddenly reminded me of a song we used to sing in grade school:

“Oh, I love to go a-wandering…..and as I go, I love to sing……my knapsack on my back! Val-da-ree, val-da-rah…..”


Next we have a green bug on a golden flower. I never have much luck finding flowers devoid of bugs……why is that? Grrrr. Oh well, the bugs can serve as a conversation piece, perhaps.


Next we have an unlikely couple……Wild Carrot (daucus carota)---the true name of Queen Anne’s Lace--- making time with a wily Foxtail. Be careful there, girl!


A rosy-toned Foxtail:

025 And, next, a spent something or other, whatchamacallit sort of wildflower. Sorry, I’m too lazy to try and figure out what it is.

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Lastly, a stand of Indian Grass, a regular throughout the Tall-Grass Prairie landscape.


Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Weary, Worn, and Leaning


Here are a few photos from my amble down the dirt road on Sunday afternoon. Sunny, warm, and beautiful was the day!

Here are some dried-up, spent Queen Anne’s lace bundles. There were scads of them lining the ungraded roadway.

014 (2) They may appear used up and worn out, but they surely make great subjects for photos……in my opinion, anyway. The one above almost looks like a bird’s nest.

036 Aw, this next scene is sweet……”Lean On Me, Dearest”, it seems to say. Yeah, sure, go right ahead and do that if necessary. Never mind the fact that these two bundle-heads simply fell together at random due to their existence as neighbors there along the roadside.

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I hope you are having a super day. Sorry to blog and run, but the lawn tractor is calling my name…..


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Elderberries, GREEN, and Goldenrod

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Its edited to be almost cartoonish, but this photo simply shows elderberries and a few sprigs of goldenrod. Both plants are prevalent along the highways and byways in our area right now.

As Saturdays go, its been a quiet one around here. Warm, a bit on the muggy side, and just plain calm all around. What more could one ask for?


Friday, September 11, 2009

The First Turned Leaves

11th 014 Its silly, but I get excited over the first turned leaves of autumn. Found this lone red branch in one of our maple trees today. I have no idea why its turned and the rest of the tree isn’t, but who cares. Its bright and pretty and I wanted to show you.

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Its been a humid day. Blah. Not my cup of tea. Tonight we have a football game to attend, and it looks to be a pleasant evening for that.

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Hey… have an enjoyable evening, too, and may your weekend get off to a great start!


Messy Flower Garden

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The flower garden in the back yard is a cluttered mess, thanks to the mixed flower packets I tossed out there last spring.  Bright color abounds, however, and especially so in noonday sunshine like we had yesterday.

Zinnias and marigolds are commonplace flowers.  My mom would plant a row of them in her garden every spring and I’ve often done the same.  (Yikes, we girls eventually become our mothers!)  For most of my life, though, I considered marigolds and zinnias ho-hum flowers……nothing special, old hat, hardly worth noticing.  Just something that’s there every year.  Ho-hum.

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Honestly, its been blogging and a digital camera which finally broke through the blindness, opening my eyes to beauty right in my own back yard.  Modern technology has its good points, I guess, and, heck, it keeps me from spending too much (or any) time doing dumb old boring housework.

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Have a super great day yourselves, please.  I hope you’ll have time to notice the beauty around you.


[P.S. – Forgot to acknowledge today’s date of 9/11.  Will take time to remember those who lost their lives on this day.]