Turkey Day

Wild Turkey - 2015 Happy Thanksgiving, 2020! The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed everything since March, and made even more frenetic the recent presidential election. Another spike of recent COVID cases is driving dramatic changes in our observance of this truly American holiday through city and state mandates; e.g. mask wearing, limiting the number of people … Continue reading Turkey Day

Florida Sunrise

Marco Island Causeway The sky was threatening and I wondered how much longer I should wait for the clouds to break. The first couple drops convinced me to give it up. By mid-morning the clouds began to break up, the sun shone bright and I saw why Florida is called "The Sunshine State". Thought for … Continue reading Florida Sunrise

Fallen Comrade

Sarasota National Cemetery Veteran's Day is November 11th ... as it is every year, in remembrance of Armistice Day (the end of WW 1) on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It's nice that a day is set aside to show appreciation to those who have served in … Continue reading Fallen Comrade

Big Ears

Mule Deer Ever seen such big ears!? This mule deer doe must have sensed I was no threat, her fear instinct did not overtake her curiosity. But, she was cautious, only allowing one camera shot before returning to her breakfast. Even though she wasn't looking at me while grazing, her ears always pointed in my … Continue reading Big Ears

Milkweed Fireworks

Milkweed Seeds The milkweed seed pods are finally drying out, opening and letting the wind spread their seeds far and wide. Fine "hair" on the seeds blowing in the wind reminded me of fireworks. Thought for the Day: We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we … Continue reading Milkweed Fireworks

Bootleggers

Hidden Treasure Twelve miles north of Taylor, NE (pop.200) there is a sign for the Bootleg Brewery, which lies at the end of a 3 mile gravel road. I'd heard of this place and was eager to check it out. Men's Restroom Expecting an old barn or some run down shack from the 50's, I … Continue reading Bootleggers

New England Aster

Bee on Aster The New England Aster is beautiful, but patience is required to see it. It doesn't bloom until October. With the exception of the Mum, most every other flower in the garden has lost its bloom. I like the Aster because it attracts the bees, probably their last easy meal for awhile. The … Continue reading New England Aster

Fancy

Fancy The passing of our beloved Fancy, the fourth of our family dogs, is an end of an era. For over 50 years we have been met at the door by a wagging tail -- all were good dogs. But Fancy had more personality than the other dogs combined, and the most trusting dog I've … Continue reading Fancy

Sagging Barn

Resting Comfortably Another interesting site I found along Sargent-Ord Road in northeast Custer County, Nebraska is this barn squatting on its haunches. With the words, "Cross Wind Mercantile" painted on the front, it appears to have been a business, possibly an antique dealer. The white vinyl fence in front looked totally out of place, as … Continue reading Sagging Barn

Cat’s Pajamas

Big Cat Ever wonder where the expression "Cat's Pajamas" came from? I heard a lot of expressions when I was a kid, this being one of them. It sounded so absurd that it must have meant something really great. Whatever. But who was the first to say it? An early 1900's cartoonist, named Tad Dorgan, … Continue reading Cat’s Pajamas

Winners and Losers

Homecoming Queen In almost everything we do there are winners and losers, although in current society, to be politically correct, it's winner and "participants". Heavens, pardon me, no one is a loser. But I digress. I attended another high school football game and the homecoming court was introduced at half time. In this photo there … Continue reading Winners and Losers

Windmill Festival

Comstock Windmill Festival Heading east on Main Street out of Sargent, NE is a nice paved county road that eventually ends up in Ord, Ne. It has no road number, just a name: "Sargent-Ord Road". For a one-mile stretch near Sargent the road is called "Airport Road"; yes, Sargent, NE (pop. 506) has an airport. … Continue reading Windmill Festival

Hazy Sunset

Hazy Sunset The smoky air from the wildfires in western Nebraska and the west coast provided an apocalyptic scene at the Comstock Lodge in central Nebraska. This shot was taken about an hour before sunset. Thought for the Day: Stop worrying about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.Charles M. Schultz

Alpaca

Sheep Protector During our ATV tour of the Comstock game reserve we came across this adorable alpaca. Good natured and easily approachable, I thought he was part of a "petting zoo" application that might appeal to young families. Not exactly. The alpaca was there to protect the sheep from coyotes. Thought for the Day: As … Continue reading Alpaca

Comstock Lodge

Comstock Lodge Custer County is the 2nd largest county in Nebraska, located in the geographical center of the state. One hundred miles north of Grand Island, NE lies Sargent, NE (pop. 509) in the northeast corner of Custer Co. About 3 miles NE of Sargent is the Comstock Lodge, where we spent two nights. Formerly … Continue reading Comstock Lodge