Tuesday, January 17, 2017

After the Storm.......

The natural formation of ice building up on the Japanese yew made for some great photos. As the weather warms a bit today, not very much, the ice will slowly disappear.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice Coated Landscape.....

I had to walk Barney this morning as he could not maneuver the back yard steps.  We walked on the crunchy grass only and crossed the sidewalks with great care.  HIs dog brain still wanted to cross the street to the neighbors but he doesn't know we would have to be wearing ice skates to be on that surface.

As I write this, we now have a lot of rainwater sitting on top of the ice.  The ground temperatures are keeping the ice in tact and the water probably won't freeze until later today when the temperatures drop.  Everything is shut down and yet my neighbor took off for her job at the neighboring town's grocery store.  I could sort of hear her scrapping the ice off her windshield while I was partially asleep. I did see the town trucks go by dumping a lot of sand on the road's surface.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


The sunrise is hidden today by clouds of warning of things to come. It isn't very cold compared to our past freezing temps.  It is just warm enough that rain could happen and the moisture will turn to ice.  We are missing an event in Chicago today because of the weather that will arrive this afternoon.  Right now it is sunny with partially cloudy skies.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Healthy and Alert.....

The sack that you buy at the store that says wild bird food really should say squirrel and bird food.  I put out seed and return to looks out to see if I attracted any colorful birds. Instead I see two squirrel tails hanging out of the feeder.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday's Splash of Colors....

While packing a wreathe away for the season, all the color inspired me to take a couple of shots.  The camera was laying there to take shots of the two doves at the feeder but they flew away when I approached the window.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Turntable Memories.......

I had various types of record players when I was growing up.  The first little kids player was in a suitcase and it played small colorful records.  My brother repaired electronics in Kansas City and he brought home for the family an antique piece of furniture with a speaker in it. He had with it a salvaged turntable and amplifier, giving us a way to play great sounds. In my young professional days  I bought a turntable that had the 8 track player with it. That has been in the landfill for years now.  My wife gave to me a turntable 10 years ago as a Christmas gift to let us play all those old albums that we had not heard from for years. Who would have thought that the younger generations have decided to get back into vinyl, and now you can buy them again in stores.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blooms Bursting......

Having improved as a photographer since I started blogging is an understatement.  Regardless of the number of years of practice, sometimes one thing can become difficult to photograph. This violet has been one of those things. Somedays I just could not get the lighting correct to get a focused shot.  Other days, I felt the camera was not happy with the flowers being white.  The automatic camera doesn't like white as light seems to be reflected off of it. In spite of the continual battle, I did get a good shot of it with this one.  I had side natural lighting and also a dining room light on at the same time. The natural light was stronger and gave me pure, true colors. I bet I had 6 or more shots that I had to just trash in this one last try. My wife's camera has died now.  We will be looking for a bigger and better camera to share.