Friday, September 30, 2016

Birch Bark,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The leaves on my birch tree are still not turning color at this point of time. As the length of the days change the tree will be effected by it. I am looking forward to the yellow leaves that it develops but not to the loosing of the leaves onto the ground.

As a kid, I didn't see birch trees in southern Iowa.  It is not a natural tree for the area.  When my family would take a yearly summer trip to the Colorado area I would see this kind of tree.  I always thought they were so special.  The trinket shops out in the West of course always had small replicas of a canoe made out of Birch bark. It would be two pieces of bark cut into a canoe shape and laced together with a natural reed-like plant.  I remember owning one of those canoes as a kid. When I see the bark I do have memories of Native American's and early settlers using the tree to make their canoes.

Today I also have the great memories of the birch in Minnesota and along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  This tree is a sprout that I brought home 35 years ago and is probably the only birch tree in the area for miles.  The river birch and clump birch are everywhere now because of commercial sales but the strong true birch is still rare in Iowa.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seeds to Save.........

The pods are containing seed for the next year's morning glory plants. I don't always get seed collected but this batch is right off my porch and can be watched daily. I should be able to clip off a lot of seed.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


I have a difficult time remembering the name of this flower. The blogspot people don't believe that the spelling of it is correct.  This is the first bloom on this potted plant for the season.  I have about five  more buds yet to bloom.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Out on a Limb......

The balsam pine is getting old but I doubt it will die for a long time.  This is the tree I photographed like this  a few year ago. You could see my leftover Christmas twinkle lights hanging from the limbs that had not been removed 10 or more years ago.  I was shamed by a few people so I took them down with a very tall ladder helping to get to them. The special lighting was not planned but I was glad to have it work for me.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Skip, Skip, Skipper.......

The skipper has an orange tinge to the inside of its wings.  I have never seen the wings open ass they are so quick when they move around and fly around. Not to upset my viewers but I feel this photo is a lot out of balance.  I originally thought all the small flowers on the left were going to balance out things but I don't think so.  If it instantly bothers then it is unbalanced.  I am opting for imperfection today.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Late Bloomer......Two.

I was outside last evening with the dog and looked over to see if the white moon morning glory was blooming.  It was not but this blue one was.  It is a vine that grew from leftover seed from last years planting.  I had only planted new red ones this year.

This morning the vine had a new bloom opened.  It was still windy but I did catch it with the macro lens.  The blue is a nice change from all those red morning glories that I have out there.