Hollyhocks

Garden Path Somewhat rare today, Hollyhocks were common during the Victorian era, symbolizing ambition and vigor. Hopefully, they will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They are doing very well this year on both sides of our garden path. Thought for the Day: All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.Indian Proverb

Spring?

Butchart Gardens March 1st. January and February, the worst two months of winter in Nebraska, are behind us. The first day of Spring is only 3 weeks away. Do we dare dream so soon about the colorful days ahead of us? Thought for the Day: Walk lightly in the spring, Mother Nature is pregnant.Kiowa Indian … Continue reading Spring?

Color

Monet's Garden - 2019 To counter the boredom of winter, the sameness of every day and the totally white mind-numbing landscape, I look for color. I mean COLOR! and lots of it, as many different shades, hues and tones as possible. Thought for the Day: Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.Vincent Van … Continue reading Color

Christmas Star

Jupiter - Saturn Conjunction, 2020 Every 20 years the planets of Jupiter and Saturn align themselves in the solar system, but not always visible from Earth. It was 800 years ago, about the time of the Magna Carta, that the two planets were aligned this close to Earth. The conjunction of the two planets was … Continue reading Christmas Star

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

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

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

Serengeti Dusk

Serengeti Plain at Dusk Night on Africa's Serengeti Plain is total darkness. This photo was taken from the doorway of our hut on our way to dinner at the lodge two blocks away. A few lights from the lodge can be seen on the horizon just below the setting sun. No outdoor lighting exists along … Continue reading Serengeti Dusk

Lonesome Dock

Lake Kabetogama This sagging old wooden dock looked lonely. All the boats had left the sturdy concrete marina where I stood, enjoying the quiet solitude. The big puffy clouds drifted ever so slowly and the tall water grass swayed gently as if both were encouraging day dreams. I bet that old dock can tell some … Continue reading Lonesome Dock

Endless Plain

Serengeti Plain The Serengeti Plain in Northern Tanzania covers 12,000 square miles, about the size of the state of Maryland. Travel photos and movies showing African landscape typically depict a savannah, which is a mosaic of woodland and grassland, scattered with the iconic flat-topped Acacia (umbrella tree). About one-third of the Serengeti is grassland like … Continue reading Endless Plain

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro I just returned from two weeks in Tanzania. With the exception of a five-day safari, I was on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and was fortunate to see the mountain's top on several days. This is the view from the hotel balcony where I stayed for six nights. Thought for the Day: In … Continue reading Mt. Kilimanjaro

Sarasota Sunset

Sarasota Bay From Bay Front Park in Sarasota, there is a beautiful view of the John Ringling (think circus) Causeway over the Sarasota Bay and the Grande Riviera luxury condos. Shortly after dusk the lights come on, making the view even more spectacular. I thought the vibrant color in the quilted sky added interest to … Continue reading Sarasota Sunset

Creepy Tree

Winterthur Gardens - Delaware I found this tree while roaming around the Winterthur Gardens in Delaware. I wish I had written down the species. Looks like it would make a good backdrop for a scary Halloween scene. Thought for the Day: Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good … Continue reading Creepy Tree

Native Prairie

Willa Cather Prairie Heading south from Red Cloud, Nebraska on US 281 there are few natural landmarks to mark your progress. Rolling hills of corn and bean fields and ranch land lies on both sides of the highway as far as the eye can see. Just before entering Kansas, there is a gravel road heading … Continue reading Native Prairie