Corfu Fortress

Corfu, Greece The small island of Corfu, Greece was protected by two fortresses, one at each end of the island. The Old Fortress, pictured above, was built by the Venetians and completed in 1545. Thought for the Day: Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it … Continue reading Corfu Fortress

One Last Look

Take one last look at lush green vegetation before the snow falls. The fall colors are still around, but will be short lived. The last two nights have seen the temps plummet into the teens. This scene is from mid-summer at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Thought for the Day: Life starts all over again … Continue reading One Last Look

Drought

Cedar Creek - Sept, 2022 The long, hot and dry summer is taking its toll on the Lake's water level. The lake is less than a mile from the Platte River, and the water level in the Platte controls the water level of this lake. It has been especially dry this summer. Over the long … Continue reading Drought

Sowbelly Canyon

NW Nebraska - 2022 The scenic drive through Sowbelly Canyon is a narrow, winding, decent county gravel road ... when it's dry. The last time I tried this road was mid-May, 2014 when I almost got stuck in the first 50 yards off the asphalt highway. The spring rains make this gumbo impassable. No problem … Continue reading Sowbelly Canyon

Can You Hear Me Now?

The middle of nowhere? We found it ...Toadstool Geological Park in northwest Nebraska. Millions of years of erosion of the sediment layers left sandstone formations on "stems" of clay. This unique landscape is surrounded by native grasslands in the Nebraska sandhills. Oddly enough, we still had cell service. Thught for the Day: Everyday, spend some … Continue reading Can You Hear Me Now?

Old Smiley Road

Old Smiley Road - US 20 A ten-mile stretch of scenic road, Old Smiley Road, winds through the western part of Fort Robinson State Park in the NW corner of Nebraska. It is a narrow asphalt road, thankfully one-way, desparately in need of some TLC. What used to be part of US 20 is now … Continue reading Old Smiley Road

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