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Friday, August 23, 2019


An old shot....but don't know if I have ever used it.  If I did, I think it was a LONG time ago.  It is from August of 2008.  Below is another shot from my daughter Taken just a 3 or 4 days ago.

It blew up a storm the other day and she found this praying mantis clinging to the shop door.  So, she took it inside till the storm was over then took it back outside and set it free.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Just one picture today

I wonder if there is someone inside that is giving the horse a snack...I think I have posted one almost exactly like this before.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pile of turtles you use that term with turtles sitting on logs...or do you just call it sitting?  The above has two turtles.  It is hard to tell  but the one behind is a turtle.

This is a pile of turtles...but I am not sure how many.

Again from the strip pit area.  These were in the first strip pit we pass on the regular way we go in.

Kodak --The strip pit area is an area where strip mining was done for years.  Strip mining is surface mining...sometimes it left shallow areas and sometimes deep pits.  They fill with water.  This place is changing.  But for years we have enjoyed a variety of wild life:  Ring-necked pheasants, Short-eared owls, Canada Geese, White Fronted Geese, a few Sandhill Cranes,  Northern Harriers, Swans, Snow Geese.  Other than the Sandhill Cranes, the ones previousl mentioned have been in abundance.  And I am forgetting so much.  We see different types of hawks, different types of water birds such as Northern Shoveler, Coots, Great Blue Heron...I even saw a Sora.   Oh, and we saw one Osprey...we sea Bald Eagles fairly regularly.  I am not sure how big you would call the area...

You would be better off clicking my label of Strip Pits to get a good idea...also my other blog has a lot of posts with things from the strip pits....

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

More wings....

These two doves were lit in the road ahead of us while driving through the strip pits last night.

The hawk below is just two views of the same hawk...

I have tried to improve them, and I guess they are improved when compared to the straight out of the camera shot.  Both are cropped photos.

This hawk was from a different day, a bit farther west than the strip pits.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Wings and things....

Roger and I drove through the strip pits...

about the only things moving were dragonflies.


They were very cooperative tonight but I sure had trouble holding steady, plus getting my little P&S camera to focus on them and not something else.

We also saw a few monarchs here and there, but this was the only lucky shot I got...

Also saw this:

We did see a hawk....but did not get a good look at it.  It was flying just about a yard above the ground....which made me wonder if it was a Northern Harrier.

I could not resist a pic of Bird's Foot Trefoil....I think it is one of the pretties little flowers.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Fall scenes....

This leaf, from my wisteria, was laying on my porch this evening.  I could not resist a pic.

Pumpkins from another year....

How about some Braeburn apples?

A barn in early fall is a welcome scene...

As is a this view of Sugar Creek.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Photo by my daughter....

My daughter got to work last this and found this Luna Moth.  I think they are one of the prettiest moths.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Just a bit of bright color....

Taken a few years ago, any time I run across the photos they appeal to me.  I did not realize how much I like this color till just a few years ago.  Or maybe I just started like it.

And how about this day lily for some more gorgeous color.  I took this back in July at a quilt shop in Danville, Illinois...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Flowers and a bug...

Bind weed buds...

Bind weed flower...notice all the buds in the background...

Milkweed blossom...

Milkweed bug....

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A visitor...

As we were leaving yesterday, I noticed this little Goldfinch.  I so love to see them.

I have a very hard time zooming in and holding steady...

Still not too bad.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Red-headed stranger, again

Just have to show you these...

We drove through the strip pit area and Roger's cousin lives near where we were at...

So we stopped by...

His wife let out their chickens.  She and I sat in a swing and talked and laughed...just watching them.

I so wish I had thought and recorded the sound.  Just such a homey sound...even when he crowed it was not at all annoying.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A yellow world...

Yellows abound as the glory of autumn approaches....

I never tire of them...

Do you see the yellow butterfly on the yellow flower?

Then there are the leaves,


and more leaves.

Don't you wonder if the butterfly feels like he is living in a yellow world....

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Looking forward....

The time is approaching...we are seeing signs every day that fall is actually on its way.  I hope we have days and days with scenes like this one, from October of 2011.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Black & white--almost

Don't you think this would make a hard to work jigsaw puzzle?  I cannot this photo done in 2000 pieces!  Not the B&W you expected when you seen the title, I bet.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Abandoned home...

But a house that has done what a house should do,
a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet. 

from The House With Nobody in It by Joyce Kilmer

Thursday, August 8, 2019

From the archives...

I am not sure what these are...just like the composition of it...except I wish I had the very last berry pr whatever they are in the shot instead of cut off.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Long Train Running

You really can't tell it from this picture, but almost any train around here is a long train.  Terre Haute has lots of railroads...the day that Roger was transferred from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, we almost never got past this one train.  My daughter was driving and she happened to remember one last route to try.  And just barely made it before that crossing was closed.  Roger was moved by ambulance.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lines from a poem

A haze on the far horizon,
The infinite, tender sky,
The ripe rich tint of the cornfields,
And the wild geese sailing high --
And all over upland and lowland
The charm of the golden-rod --
Some of us call it Autumn
And others call it God.
-William Herbert Carruth-

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