Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum - Sarasota, FL The Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling), located in Sarasota, FL., was founded in 1927 by John and Mable Ringling. It is now the official State Art Museum of Florida. Also located on the 66 acre estate overlooking Sarasota Bay is the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum and the Ringling Ca' … Continue reading Ringling Museum of Art

Copious Sea Shells

Sanibel Island If you like sea shells, Sanibel Island, Florida is your little piece of heaven. Every high tide deposits another thick layer of sea shells of all colors, shapes and sizes. Another wonder of Mother Nature. Thought for the Day: In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.Aristotle

Winter’s End?

Winter's End? Officially, it's still winter, but the sound of "March" lets me know that spring is coming. The trees are still barren and the ground is still brown (and frozen), but the migratory birds are now flying north. That's encouraging. Just hang on for a few more weeks! Thought for the Day: Spring is … Continue reading Winter’s End?

Moonrise

Sanibel Island Not exactly "Moon Over Miami", the 1941 classic movie starring Betty Grable, Don Ameche and Bob Cummings, but close. This was taken from the southern tip of Sanibel Island; lights of Fort Myers on the right. Hand held shot -- I forgot my tripod. Doh! Thought for the Day: Do the best you … Continue reading Moonrise

Sanibel Seascape

Sanibel Island - 2022 Sanibel Island is due west of Fort Meyers on the Gulf side of Florida's coast. A beautiful place! There is a wide expanse of native plants that separate man-made development (neighborhoods, highways, etc.) from the beachhead. Shown in this photo are Dune Sunflowers, Sea Grape, and Sea Oats. There are many … Continue reading Sanibel Seascape

Long Nights

Vitalva River - Prague, 2009 The winter solstice, shortest day of the year, is on December 21st, at the height of the Christmas celebrations. Too many things are going on to notice how short the days are. Now that the holidays are behind us we soon realize how short the days are, how frigid they … Continue reading Long Nights

Frosty Morning

Mother Nature has a way of keeping you on your toes. In Nebraska, you never get bored with the weather -- it's always changing. Just when you think the weather is perfect, (relative to what?), the weather changes ... drastically. After several days of unseasonaly balmy weather (60's), the weather turned drastically to 3-4 days … Continue reading Frosty Morning

Prairie Flower

Mystery Flower I found this flower blooming in mid summer in a pasture near Niobrara, NE. It looked at home among the tall prairie grass, rolling hills and cattle. Can you identify it? Please let me know. Thought for the Day: It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after … Continue reading Prairie Flower

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

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