Friday, May 25, 2018

From the Farm......

My wife’s grandparents and parents farm is now gone.  It has all been cleared and a large building is built in the back half of it to assemble parts into work trucks.  The rake in this photo would have put muscles on the farmer with the heavy fork being used to lift swaths of grass or hay onto a horse drawn wagon.  The loose hay would be lifted onto a rack and then unloaded to be place in a barn loft. The farm had been in my wife’s family over 125 years. The first thing my wife’s grandfather did to make a living was to cut the prairie grass on the land and take it downtown Des Moines to sell to people who owned horses.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Springing into Summer....

An old fashion iris that is putting out multiple blooms. It is fun to see it blooming in a different location from where it is still growing at the old place.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday’s World.......

It is a beautiful presentation this morning. The clouds look like another layer of background trees. It is the look of a day becoming a very hot day with lots of humidity.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Iris Season....

My iris season has started.  This one was not quite unfolded but this morning I am sure it is in full bloom.  I have two different new ones open. This was an iris that I got from my parents home.  It didn’t bloom well at the farm and I was surprised to see it being in bloom at the new place.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hanging On....

The last years pine cones on the blue spruce are still hanging on to the branches. I don’t know how they will shed them but maybe they drop them when the new ones form. The new sprouts on the tree shows that the tree is still growing larger.  The pussy willow behind it has put out its leaves.

An extra photo for today is one of the bunny enjoying the grass and birdseed on the ground below the red maple. The bird feeder sits away from the house to keep birds away from my neighbors vegetable garden.  The only thing that I can see the birds actually do is roll in the loose dust in my flower garden.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fresh Seed.......

There was seed in the sock but the fresh seed brought in the goldfinches. I filled both of them and I had birds in fifteen minutes scrambling for a place to select seed.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Staying Close.....

Barney stays close to us during the day. Some days he is more needy and lays at our feet or as close as he can get.  The computer and lap support were placed at the floor as I went to get ore coffee.  He hung as close as he could get to where I am. In his older age he likes to lay up against something.