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Sunday, May 22, 2022


 My peony is full of blooms...this is from another is full of blooms this year as the photo below sort of shows.  The colors make it look like two different peonies but it is the same one.  I have never had a camera that I felt captured its real color.

Saturday, May 21, 2022



My wisteria is not like what my mom had, nor any other I have ever seen.  The blooms remain in a tight  group, even after they are all open.  I still like it, but not like I like the ones where the blooms are loose and hand down.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Gradually changing?

 Sometimes I am sure this one's color is getting lighter...other times I think it is just the way the light hits it that makes the color look different.  Whatever the facts of the matter, it sometimes looks almost black.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Frilly girl

 Unlike all my other irises, this one does not seem to multiply.  I planted 3 bulbs many years ago and I I still have just 3 of them.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Another iris

 They are all blooming will be showing samples of some of them.  I photogaphed them with my phone just as it was beginning to sprinkle.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


 This well cared for home looks inviting.  Though I am not so sure it is a home...notice the the little sign beside the door?  I tried expanding the view but still could not read it.  Also,   Whatever it is used for, I like the red porch.

Monday, May 16, 2022


I don't know about you but I think Santa and Mrs. Claus might live here.  But then again, someone else might think it belongs to Hansel and Gretal.  

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Still standing???

 This was taken in 2010,   So I have no idea if it is still standing.  I sort of know the area it is in but don't see getting back there any time soon.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022



I was afraid they would suffer from the way the weather was warm one day and cold/hard frost the next but they survived.

Thursday, May 12, 2022


 Copper can get in some of the craziest just got to love him.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Little visitor


She comes almost daily....I missed her on Mother's day and the day after.  Not sure if she did not come at all or if I just missed her.  She has 3 babies.  They are out and about, though they do not come over here. 

Monday, May 9, 2022

 A scan of an old photo...the photo taken through a window of course.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Flying low....

I accidentally posted this early one day and think most people missed it.  So going to try it again.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Poor Copper

 His mama came down can tell he missed her.

Friday, May 6, 2022


 One of my wishes is to see inside all the barns I see...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Almost gone...

 This was taken 3 or 4 days ago...the blossoms will begin falling soon.  I will seeing all that pink when coming up the street.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Not from my quilt

 I wish I had taken note of who made this quilt...this is just one of many lovely blocks it contained.  It sure is a lovely rendering of a Jack-in-the-pulpit.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Evening glo

 I love the warm light the evening sun gave this barn.  I have long wondered where it is...I have never run across it again.  It is a scanned photo so it is older.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Not my tulips

 These were planted at the visitor center at Arthur, Illinois.  

Friday, April 29, 2022


 I came home from a couple of errands this morn.  I went outside later and looked for her but could not see her anywhere.  So, I cleared my throat loudly, and gave my poor imitation of a squirrel barking, nothing.  So I was looking at my phone before getting up and coming inside.  I looked up and there she came.  She definitely has babies.  Just not sure what tree they are in.  

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

From Billie Creek Village

 I so wish that log cabin was is at this place called Billie Creek Village east of Rockville, IN.  It has been completely closed for a while.  I think they are finally getting ready to re-open.  It was closed before the pandemic.  I have not been there in years.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

Young coons...

 A couple of young coons in this photo, but there were three of them.  I just could not manage to get a good shot of the three of them together.   This was taken in October of 1994....

Sunday, April 24, 2022

She's all decked out in her finest...


I take almost this exact same shot every why should this be any different.  I love dogwood blossoms in the spring, then in the summer I love the shape of the tree.  And I like their leaves while green, but what a show they do but on in the fall!  I feel like I get double the value.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Patience required

 I have to be patient....but I am already wondering if my hibiscus have survived some or the bitter cold we had this past winter.  They are always so slow to start growing that every year I think I have lost them.  The very first year I planted one, I did lose it to the terrible winter.  One of the Nurse Practioners said her mom had lost a rose that she had had forever .  This year was not as bad as that one, but we did have one or two nights where it got below zero.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


 I do not know for sure but I honestly think these two are twins.  Mama seemed to accept them both.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

My neck!

 My neck hurts just looking at Copper.  Poor boy.  He is worn out from a hard evening's playtime.  Photo from my daughter.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Not frightened

 Turkey Vultures never seem to be too easily frightened.  They are slow to fly, and when they do, they do so in a leisurely manner.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Walking away

 I saw these as I passed through the strip mining area on Friday.  I did not get much of a chance to photograph them because a truck was coming a bit too fast and stirring up so much I wanted inside with the windows rolled up.  Where they had not been paying much attention to me, they went on into the woods with the noise of the truck.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022


 I don't care how many times I see Great Blue Herons in trees, they will never feel like they belong there.  And I even know where a rookery is...I know they do.  They just seem so ungangly.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

We have lift-off

 It could be a little sharper, but I still like it.  It is an old shot...from 2013.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

In the neighborhood

 I see this little lady every now and then.  She will come to me, but I don't see her often.  I have no idea where she actually lives.   I usually have pecans for her.  I always scan the area for her when I go outside and just had a few minutes before.  I was bringing in groceries and happened to glance down at my feet and she was in and out and around me...I don't know how much she had been following me.  I 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Sunset on the prairie

 I am not sure that the eastern side of Illinois is prairie, but it sure is flatter than east Tennessee.

Monday, April 11, 2022

How about this?

 I would love to go back to this cemetery if I could find it.  

Sunday, April 10, 2022

A work of art


This was at a cemetery here in we came across several years ago.  It had some of the most ornate headstones.  I think this one is just gorgeous.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Interesting photo


This is from the archives.   I am not even sure what these are.  They are growing up from the roots of a maple tree we had taken down several years ago. It is a cropped portion of the one and only photo I took.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Crown Vetch

 This is another of those subjects that I always take photos of at every given opportunity.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 I miss feeding the birds....I miss the photo opportunities.  And what's more, they are just simply fun to watch.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Mound

 I haven't a clue as to what The Mound means...I wish I did.

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