Minimalist

July 4th Parade Needless to say there are minimal requirements (none?) for entering the July 4th Parade at Cedar Creek, NE. Road-worthy? Well, it made it through the parade route. Looking on the bright side, I liked the flag-theme paint job (house paint?) and the visibility of the occupants. All in fun! Thought for the … Continue reading Minimalist

Crop Duster

Crop Duster My granddaughter and I were headed for the Lake when I spotted a small plane flying low to the ground. She had never seen a plane flying so close to the ground so I took the next gravel road to give her a better look. By then I could see the spray from … Continue reading Crop Duster

Sandhills Crane

Sandhills Crane, 2022 The light was pretty good for this mid-morning shot. Not too hot yet, and the birds were active. This photo was taken at the Wildlife Safari Park near Ashland, Nebraska. The drive-thru park has a wide variety of animals, all native to Nebraska except for the lonely Black Bear. Animals have plenty … Continue reading Sandhills Crane

Early, July 4th

8 AM - July 4th Beautiful clear day, slight breeze and full sun. The beaches are clean and dragged, the deck chairs are in position, no swimmers, no boaters -- not even a honking goose or quacking duck. It's just quiet and peaceful. The lull before the storm. Thought for the Day: Be Prepared!Boy Scout … Continue reading Early, July 4th

Ruby

July 4, 2022 Meet Ruby, a 12 week old Australian Shepherd. My son's dog and newest member of the family menagerie. I found her deep into my wild flowers -- looking for shade and a nap. Check out those blue eyes. Thought for the Day: I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing … Continue reading Ruby

Turtle Eggs

Eggs laid July 3, 2022 A Painted Turtle chose our beach to lay her eggs. My neighbor witnessed the laying and built a box with a screen top to protect the eggs from raccoons. Incubation is 80-90 days, A long wait. Thought for the Day: Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than … Continue reading Turtle Eggs

July 4th Tradition

Fruit Pizza A long-standing family tradition was upheld again on this July 4th; i.e. the granddaughters help grandma make a fruit pizza resembling Old Glory. The kitchen seems to get smaller every year, but the laughter that much louder. Love it! Thought for the Day: We all can't be heroes, for someone has to sit … Continue reading July 4th Tradition

Happy Birthday!

Fireworks Stand July 4, 2022 -- the 246th birthday of the United States of America! Notwithstanding the worthless, no-display big-boom fireworks that prevail today, Independence Day is my all-time favorite holiday. Thought for the Day: The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.Benjamin … Continue reading Happy Birthday!

Love Birds

Downy Woodpeckers There has been an unusual amount of traffic at the suet feeder this spring, both in numbers and variety. This looked like a "date" between these two Downy Woodpeckers (male with red spot). This is a lousy picture (above)-- taken from a trail cam on a windy day. But the video shows a … Continue reading Love Birds

Rest Stop

Old Folks Four elderly people passing the day away on the front porch rockers. It looks like a Rest Home rather than a rest stop during a busy day of sightseeing. The sign on the right provides the alibi. Thought for the Day: Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever … Continue reading Rest Stop

Kestral

American Kestral - 2022 One of the more colorful raptors found in the Central Plains states is the American Kestral. The bird stands about 9-12" tall (roughly the size of a Mourning Dove) with a wingspan of 24". Becuase of its relatively small size for a bird-of-prey, it is sometimes called a Sparrow Hawk. Their … Continue reading Kestral

Footwork 2

Follow Through A mighty swing from a young left-handed golfer provided this ending position of the right foot. The ball has not moved. I have no idea how this right foot came to this position. Which is needed most here, a coach or medic? Thought for the Day: There are no shortcuts on the quest … Continue reading Footwork 2

Lazy Days

Cedar Creek, 2022 The "lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer" (Nat King Cole song from the 60's) are upon us. Nothing like a good book, hammock and a quiet lake to relax. Thought for the Day: Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgement will … Continue reading Lazy Days

Reflection

Cedar Creek, 2022 After a long day of fishing, the neighbors decided to take a break. Time to reflect on success and failure. Thought for the Day: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius