Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
I was in a bird blind this past summer,
watching all the birds, as well as the chipmunks,
come and munch away on the delicious treats left
out to attract them. One of the critters I saw
was this guy, a downy woodpecker.
He has a white back and notice he has just
a tiny bit of red on his head.
I was at Lake Iowa, in Iowa County,
in the state of Iowa, near Millersburg,
visiting their really wonderful
bird blind and nature center.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
The fan was running
in the silo
so I knew the farmer
had picked the grain
and had it drying in the silo
on this beautiful farm
near the Des Moines River valley.
I'm certain that the sound
of the fan running,
knowing there are crops in the silo,
must be music to a farmer's ears.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
There are certain subjects in
photography that I like.
There are also certain types of photos
that I like to shoot.
I like to shoot photos that
have great contrast in some way.
This photo shows the contrast in
colors--purple on green--and the
contrast of a clear plant versus
the grass behind that became so
out of focus it looks like a painting.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I credit both my friend Kristy
and photography for helping me see
old objects in new ways.
This metal structure the clematis
is climbing on was once
part of a 3-section privacy screen,
with wood panels in each section.
I saw it and instantly thought, "Trellis."
I removed the wooden panels,
added some thin wires for the vine
to help grow on,
connected it to one end of a shed
and now I have beautiful trellis
with a beautiful clematis.
It was planted only this spring
so I was delighted to have any flowers
on it at all, but am hoping
that next year the entire
trellis will be covered in purple blooms.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
As I walked through this cemetery this week,
I thought about how all of us will end up in
a similar place someday.
We have to make the most of each day.
It really is true that at the end of our lives,
the only thing that matters is how
we made others feel
and how much love we gave.
It's a sobering experience to see the
tombstones of all the people
who have gone before us.
I have love.
I am loved.
I give love.
I take love.
I create love.
I have faith.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
These beautiful coneflowers were growing
in a butterfly garden at Lake Iowa County Park.
I am amazed at the beauty one can find
at the town, county and state parks in Iowa.
I've found that the county parks are really
underrated and are very worth taking
a second and third look at.
They are often underused and in
Lake Iowa is certainly no exception.
Check out this park near Millersburg
and Ladora, Iowa.
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