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Friday, March 22, 2019

How about a this?

I am still amazed to  have seen this peahen where we seen her.  We were really off the beaten path.  Much of the time would have had to hunt for a place to pass another car.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Strut your stuff....

The turkeys were back over in the cornfield about a mile west of us...just past the last house at the edge of town.

They were not seriously strutting...they were responding to me 'calling' to them.  I do not know how to describe what I was doing.  They just keep on pecking around and hunting for food till I started trying to different sounds to get a response.  And I finally found one that would make 3 or 4 of them puff out and fan out their tails.

Here is one looking for the idiot making the strange call...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The sisters....

I call these two the sisters, but think of them as the twins.  but they are not quite.  The one has windows on the end plus the chimneys are different.  Notice the swing still on the porch of the nearest house?  Still, they are enough alike to make me think they were built by the same person.  And I wonder if they were for siblings.  Or maybe parents and child.

I would love to know their history, and know what families lived there.

These photos were taken in 2011...I wonder if the houses are still standing.

I think this barn belonged to the same farm.  This was the only shot I managed to get of it. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

An old Tennessee beauty...

Since I have not been getting out much, I have been going through the archives.  I thought I would start dipping into some Tennessee photos.

So here we have one barn...

I will be saying this a lot...almost all the photos were drive-bys.  Admittedly at a slow pace....most of the time there was no place to pull off.  And the roads were narrow with lots of curves.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A bend in the road

I did a double-take on the date this photo was looks like spring green to me, but was actually taken in October of 2010.  Nevertheless, a bend in the road always calls to me.  It always has...I can remember as a little girl wondering what was around the curve.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

It's the details...

A farmhouse in Illinois...

Every time I have ever passed it, it always looks just like this.....not a thing out of place.

Everything always looks like it has just been painted,

even all the gingerbread trim.  (Can you imagine what a job that is to paint???) 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Wonder if it is still standing?

I know the area this is in, but would have to get on google earth to find it.  I would love to go see if it still survives.

Both of these photos were taken on the same drive, but I cannot think for the life of me where this one is.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Boatless Oars Memorial Home

The Boatless Oars Memorial Home for Wayward stuffed animals.

A geocache...

These are from has been a long time since I passed this way and I do not know if it is still there.

Next time I have a chance, I want to drive by that way and see if anything remains or if it has been replaced by new stuffed toys.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mayapple, butterfly

I thought I would show the Mayapple plant in its is not a real apple.  All parts of the plant are poisonous.  I thought I had heard it was poisonous, so looked it up and happened to find that it is also called American Mandrake or wild mandrake and ground lemon.  All my life, I  always heard it called Mayapple....
Now for the real photograph of the day, this butterfly.

Both photos taken in 2012.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mayapple blossom

Another plant commonly found in the eastern woods.  I also have some of these in my yard.  In a shady corner up against our house.  Our daughters dug up Mayapple roots, some Jack in the pulpit roots, and some trillium....and lets not forget Bluebells.  This blossom is from the wild, though.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


I can't wait till it is warm enough to see some of these...I have some in my yard!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

I remember Mama...

Mama Squirrel that is...

She was a female squirrel that lived in our big old maple tree for years...

She had two sets of babies every year...almost always 3.  I think I remember her have 2 one year.

Friday, March 8, 2019


The small knife is the first knife Roger ever made...late 1970's...he did the fine fine sanding and buffing when he started setting up his shop to be able to make knives around 2007.  And the bigger knife is the first knife he made in here.

From warmer days...

I guess it will be a while before we see these guys again...we have snow covered ground again.  Not very much. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Street cleaner

I shot west one block and south about 8 blocks.  I did not see what it had found. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tennessee .....from a Kodak Instamatic

I did two versions of this...the photo is old.  Probably around the 1970s.  I don't have many from my growing up years.

But these photos show a part of me.  In the photo here, I was standing on hill across the road from our house.  It belonged to a neighbor.   One of my brothers and I sometimes used this hill for sledding.  It was not very steep, but it was close to home.

The barn  that is near the left side was our barn. It is gone now. That tree line that is touching it?  Do you see what I more or less dissects  the middle of the photo from left to right...that was Gap Creek.  There was a summer or two that we played in it almost every day at some point. Somedays almost all day.  It did not have any real deep spots near home.  By we, I mean my nephew and I, and sometimes the brother that is closest to me in age.

And the one below I am still in the same spot taking the photo.  I had just turned to my right.  Again part of our playground.  And both were a source of work...

We always had a few head of cattle....we just always called them 'the cows'...and each one had a name.  And I think I can still name most of them.  And we raised 4 pigs almost every year.  And I really don't remember a year we didn't but it is not something I am positive about.  We raised corn to have for feed...and we raised tobacco for a cash crop.  The big field on the right side of the road above was a hayfield for the most did have a couple spots we used to raise tobacco.  And that field to the left side of the road was always used for corn.  Just so many memories just looking at these.

I am going to try linking to Betty's My Corner of the World.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Barn views

Showing some views of this barn...

In the top pic, it looks in fairly good shape.

But the doors look like they could use some work.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

What color!

Ran across this is from 2015.  I don't know if I have shown it before, but it deserves to be seen again.  I think this leaf is just gorgeous.  Doesn't it make your heart sing with joy to find such beauty?

Friday, March 1, 2019

These are from a wet, wet day back in 2009.

I wonder how you feel about the above shot.  I think it one that is definitely better if you view the expanded view.  Both are from the same day in the horses were probably enjoying the cool rain.

And I love the photo was taken on our way home, through the window of course.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Roosters are one of my very favorite subjects!  I like hens, too, just not quite as much as roosters.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Little House on the Prairie

One of my favorite subject to photograh is this farm over in Illinois....

I might as well give you a couple more views through the years.

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