Thrill Seekers

Golden Tower - Tivoli Gardens This scary ride is a free fall drop from 200 feet. Imagine that sensation! Thrill seekers stand in line for hours to get scared to death. Why? Thought for the Day: Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or … Continue reading Thrill Seekers

Aronia Berries

Aronia Berries When we heard nutritionists promoting aronia berries as the next greatest health food, high in antioxidants, three times greater than blueberries, we planted a bush. After six years we finally got enough to harvest -- about 3 gallons of berries. They are native to Iowa and were called "chokeberries" before the marketers and … Continue reading Aronia Berries

Hobo Convention

1929 Ford The 121st Hobo Convention was held in Britt, Iowa in mid-August. It's a small-town event that draws people from all over the country, including "retired" hobos, their children and grandchildren. It's a reunion as well as a celebration of the colorful history of hobo life. The museum is fabulous -- full of photographs, … Continue reading Hobo Convention

New Flower

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant This strange plant showed up in my new wildflower garden. I contacted the source where I bought the "Pollinator Mix" to identify it, and was informed it is a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. Hmmm, I thought the mix was native Nebraskan wildflowers. (Who cares!?) The wildflowers I planted this spring to … Continue reading New Flower

Iowa State Fair

18 I went to the Iowa State Fair, mainly to see the 81st Photographic Salon. Four entries per person are allowed, but only one in each of several categories. There were 2,086 entries this year -- less than the normal 3,500 or more. This is my 8th year of participation. Three of my four entries … Continue reading Iowa State Fair

Wildflowers

wildflowers A new septic tank and laterals tore up the front yard of the Lake house last fall. Using a pollinator mix of 44 varieties, I sowed a large part of the yard in wildflowers this spring. I'm pleased with the results. Thought for the Day: May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely … Continue reading Wildflowers

Danish Castle

Rosenborg Castle, Copenahgen The Rosenborg Castle was originally built as a summer home for the Danish royal family in 1606. Subsequent expansions, completed in 1624, brought it to its present size. Royal heirlooms are on display inside; e.g. King Christian IV's crown, King Christian III's jewel- encrusted sword, and the Danish Crown Jewels. Thought for … Continue reading Danish Castle

Clematis Left-Overs

Clematis The clematis bush that provided such vibrant color in late spring (see here) now looks like this. This is the seed pod for future generations of clematis. Even though the plant is well beyond its prime this time of year, I still see unique beauty in it. Thought for the Day: The best and … Continue reading Clematis Left-Overs

Light Painting

Light Painting Looking for ways to beat the oppressive heat? Try light painting in your basement. Set your camera on a tripod. Turn off all the lights and block any light coming in the windows. Using various exposure times, use LED pen lights to paint your subject. Experiment with various light sources and exposure times. … Continue reading Light Painting

Mud VB

Mud Volley Ball The Beat Breast Cancer Mud Volleyball Tournament is Pink Bandana’s signature event and major fund raiser for the organization. For the tenth straight year it was held in Prague, Nebraska. Over 100 teams participated. So much fun! Thought for the Day: It always seems impossible, until it's done.Nelson Mandela

Whopper!

6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!

Gaillardia

Gaillardia This flower has been blooming in my pollinator garden for about three weeks now. I believe this is some variety of Gaillardia, but it's totally different in color and size from the "Blanket Flower" I have. This reaches 2' in height, where the Blanket Flower is only about 6". Coloring on the Blanket Flower … Continue reading Gaillardia

Americana

Cedar Creek, NE The volunteer fire department of Cedar Creek, NE. always leads the Fourth of July parade. The route is the same every year: the road that encircles the four lakes, with cornfields on the right and spectators on the left. Everyone is welcome to join the parade; anything that rolls: bicycles, golf carts, … Continue reading Americana