Monet’s House & Garden

Monet's House and Garden Two surprises awaited me when I visited Claude Monet's house and gardens in Giverny, France. One, his house was much bigger than I thought it would be -- a mansion for the times he lived, and two, his gardens were less formal than imagined. Mid summer was the perfect time to … Continue reading Monet’s House & Garden

Mystery Plant

The blue and reds are so vibrant on this plant, it caught my eye from across the conservatory.  The plant was screaming, "Come take my picture!"  (I never know if the closed quotation mark comes before or after the punctuation ending a sentence.) I found this in the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.  The spiked "branches" … Continue reading Mystery Plant

Iris Bed

There is a new neighbor on the block.  He moved in last fall, and owns a schnauzer that he walks daily.  I know this because the schnauzer is frequently spotted relieving himself in my wife's flower bed. While annoying, I told myself, "Fuhgetta Bout It!".  It's just payback for the times my dog has relieved herself … Continue reading Iris Bed

Jr. Prom

Prom night.  My oldest grandson went to his high school prom this weekend.  That makes two high school proms in the same season -- a personal best.  (Click here for the first one.) He is so involved with school, baseball and working, not to mention eating and sleeping, that I didn't think I'd see another … Continue reading Jr. Prom

New Friend

I found this fuzzy little guy on the trail that follows the rim of the Rio Grande River Gorge near Taos, New Mexico.  It was early morning, the sun had just popped up above the peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. I had just completed my photo shoot of the bridge that spans the … Continue reading New Friend

Skyscraper

Walking miles through the Minneapolis Skywalk, I got to see much of the downtown area in my shirtsleeves.  It must be good for business too, as the skywalk goes right through several of the major department stores. I thought the view of this famous Minneapolis skyscraper (can't remember the name, but it's the tallest building … Continue reading Skyscraper

Mutant Apple

Where did this odd ball come from?  Picking apples at a commercial apple farm near Mondamin, Iowa has become an annual fall ritual for me and the fam.  Clean country air, several varieties to choose from, and lots of fun. I found this half yellow, half red apple in a row of Chieftan apple trees; … Continue reading Mutant Apple