Back Scratcher

Blue Heron - 2018 How do you get to that itch on your back that's just beyond your reach? Back up to a wall's outside corner and do the "Hokey Pokey". But, Mother Nature gave the Blue Heron a long neck so he could avoid the Hokey Pokey. Thought for the Day: I believe in … Continue reading Back Scratcher

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

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

Oh! Deer Me!

Young Doe I was surprised as she was. Our eyes met simultaneously and the realization of what we saw froze us both. The young doe seemed more curious than afraid, no flight instinct was apparent. She just stood there while I took several pictures, as if modeling for the paparazzi. After a while she sauntered … Continue reading Oh! Deer Me!

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Rest Stop First of July and the butterfly garden looks to be in good shape. In full bloom are Gaillardia (yellow), miniature Cone Flower (pink) and Soapwort (white), commonly called "Bouncing Betty". Behind these colorful perennials are Common Milkweed, where Monarch Butterfly lay their eggs. Also, Goldenrod, Nebraska's state flower, and giant Sunflower. I'm … Continue reading Butterfly Garden

Sea Stars

Thousands of Sea Stars had washed ashore on Sanibel Island.  I'd never seen or heard of these before -- Star Fish yes, but never Sea Stars.  The one pictured above measures about 10-12" across, a large one; most were 6-8". What I found interesting was where they were located on the beach -- on the … Continue reading Sea Stars

Uber Sand Trap

The Nebraska Sand Hills are basically a grass-stabilized desert, with gently rolling "dunes" that cover a quarter of the state.  As barren as the land appears on the top, below it sits the Ogallala Aquifer, which is the largest body of ground water in the world. The hardy prairie grass is well suited for the … Continue reading Uber Sand Trap

Black-eyed Beauty

What can I say?   "I stepped on a rake?" ...uh, "you shoulda seen the other guy?" ... uh, or maybe, "I got kicked by a mule?"  Nah, nothing that dramatic -- just a bit of skin cancer removed. The ignorance of my generation caught up with me; sunscreen didn't exist when I was a … Continue reading Black-eyed Beauty

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

Another Day

Two days ago it was another balmy day in the midwest, with unseasonably warm weather and no moisture in sight.   Just three nights ago, I took this same shot, click Christmas Traditions 3, and the lawn was still green. What a difference a day makes!  Last night, Mother Nature blessed us with over 8" of … Continue reading Another Day