Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The green cloth ornament in a shape of an elephant was given to Andy now some 40 years ago when he was first born. The teacher that lived in Sidney, Iowa, I am sure, is not living anymore. The front end of the elephant is in the top photo and the bottom end is in the one to the right here.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Winter is harder on rabbits as they have to find things to eat. The large rabbit is waiting for it to turn dark so he can scour the ground below the bird feeder for seed. I try to through out a little seed for him outside the dog pen. It is funny how there are always rabbits. Some get hit by cars but a rabbit is all ready to step into its place.
Monday, December 28, 2015
My wife's pies are a work of art. The crust is the secret and the perfect one makes the best pie. While watching a older period movie I noticed the man cutting into a pie with a heavy duty crust both top and bottom. The intention was to be able to pick it up with your hands. No pretty plate with ice cream on the pie back then just pick it up and go. The pie you see here is a mincemeat pie.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
I am not sure what they were looking at but it was rare to ever see them both on the feeder at the same time.
The female cardinal was at the suet picking out seeds. I also never had seen a cardinal at the suet before now. We are having weather that really requires me to keep the feeders filled. The colors on the female are actual colors. She is more color than brown so far this winter.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
I have found that the more that I neglect the violets in the house the better off the plants are. I have over watered and killed violets throughout the year. I now water on rare occasions and I am getting some blooms. The bright lights mess with the automatic camera causing spotty focused areas in the shot.The background of a shriveled up Christmas cactus and wilted leaves exposes the fact that I need to do some housecleaning around the area. Maybe I can do that next year.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I bought a new ornament for the big tree. I temporarily hung it on the tree in the dining room so I could get a photo of it. Notice the tree that was covered with lights only now has plastic ornaments on it. I placed these on an outside live tree last year and I don't have the desire, energy, inspiration to ever do that again. I thought they might work great on this tree as it may topple over and the plastics won't break. I will move the house ornament to the big tree soon.
Monday, December 21, 2015
I received the older 1900's toy engine from the "John and Iva" connection from a farm home south of Hopeville, Iowa and near our farm. It is now known that the Morman trail went through the area as well as another branch that went through Murray, Iowa north of there.
The train is special to me even though I know two different people who have the complete train set. I would like to find the rest of the set but I am happy with just the engine. I can see the whole set plus track in the window uptown at an old hardware store. I painted mine so I devalued it according to antique dealers. I am sure paint remover would bring it back to its original finish. The train sits on my computer desk year round but I did get it moved over to be with the Christmas tree to join the others.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Sometimes I am drawn to the mistakenly taken photo. The effects of the motion and the mood created because of the hurriedly taken photo is pleasant to see.
The stuffed animal on my wife's teddy bear tree is really a poodle dog. The lights on the tree project out on the rough plastered wall make a great background for a photo.
Friday, December 18, 2015
One of my smulchy decorations is one of my favorites. Snowmen are having a very good time out in the snow. I like the cardinals that sit around in the arrangement. They are a friendly sort. It seem to happen a lot when I captured all my tv and dvd player wires in the background. I took another shot of it without wires but this was the best shot of the jolly trio. When I enlarged it I can see that there are places for candles to be lit behind it.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The ceramic camels seem appropriate remaining next to the manger on our fireplace mantle. Their scale is very large to the manger but their decorative effect is perfect for this presentation. I came home from work last evening and my wife had created this grouping.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
I was getting disgusted with the continual rain for 24 hours or more. I was up with Button at 6:00 and it was still raining. We got up at 7:00 and it was dropping clumps of snow. I don't think I have seen anything like it. We use to call it goose feathers but these clumps were larger. Barney came in with a snow drift on his back when he came inside from being out there.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The days seem to be too busy so all the shots I am taking for this post are evening shots. Low light means grainy shots. Low light means blurry shots. Lot light means that I take a lot of shots that are trashed. I still keep taking them though as I keep learning about what my camera can and can not do.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
The angel waits to be placed on the top of the tree. We have been slow at getting the ornaments on the tree and the angel has been sitting for a couple of days.
The wait is now over and the first batch or ornaments have been added to the tree. We are now inspired to add the last three boxes of ornaments onto the tree.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Many a kid and many adults are fascinated with the whole train industry. I have always been fascinated with them remembering seeing the old steamers going through our local town and puffing smoke across the country side. The shipping car like the plastic model was standard on most trains as everything could be shipped inside.
Our neighbors had a car like this one on his farm when I was a young boy in the 50s. He stored grain and tools in it. I can't imagine how he got it on his property as we were seven miles of hills and dells to the nearest train track. When I would stand inside of that one car as a boy it seemed to be huge and heavy. That one had not seen any paint probably from the time after it was first built and used. I suppose it could have come from a train wreck that happened in the area.
This car is from a train set that was given to me and my brother from Santa back in 1956. I still remember it being wrapped in brown grocery sack paper and then tied with string. Santa even wrote on the front of it to tells us we shared this gift. It is fun to dig out the train and place them under the tree each year.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
A tangle of ribbon was tossed onto a Christmas tree at school. Some high school student carelessly placed it there and walked away from it. The ribbon is so reflective that it picks up so many different colors. I shared the photo just because it was so great to see.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It really isn't real cappuccino. It is a powder mixed with hot water but the machine looks awesome. I am working the coffee shop today at school for a few periods. I could not resist sharing this image of a better looking red cup of coffee than it really is.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I wanted to shoot a view of the sunrise. I knew there would be things outside in the way of a clear shot. But when I went in to the large window where the aquarium sits I found a second view. The fish get to see the sunrise every morning.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Sometimes I have to just shoot pictures of where I am at the time. I was transferred to a math room today to sub for an ailing teacher. She keeps such a neat room and the still life was all set up for me to take a shot. As I look at the books I have the question as to if there were a calculus book of a double variable out there too. The design on the mug is a photo of the bottom half of a bird wearing a blue scarf with green fringe.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
A shot from the inside of the library early morning. School buses are still passing by. The windows in the library look out into a hallway which is lined with another set of windows. One can see the weather and traffic going by plus the traffic in the hallway. There is a student sitting there in the chair but his identity would never be revealed in a twilight zone photo.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A photo I took a year ago this month. The squirrels had lots of babies this spring but they have all dispersed to different territories. In fact I don't think we have as many squirrels as we did last year at this time. I am wondering if the road construction activities scattered them.
I did see that I can buy 40 pound bags of shelled corn now, that is intended to also feed the deer. I may invest in one of those as the corn on the cob seems to be three times the price as the one with shelled corn in the bag. I will be tempted to buy the ear corn though for fun in a winter storm. The really appreciate finding it out there for them in order to help themselves.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
A hardy geranium stem broke off while I was transporting it to the basement. I placed it with the blooms on it into the vase like a cut flower. Clear glass makes them root quickly. I will plant this in a spare pot of dirt as I don't like to kill plants that want to grow so readily.
Friday, November 27, 2015
We did have some freezing rain last evening. The forecast was exaggerated and we did not get too much precipitation.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The downy woodpecker is grateful for the suet that I put out early in the season. One downy does come to the feeder everyday and I have no way of knowing if it is the same one or if there are different ones. Some do not have the red marking on their heads so if I see some of those I will know that there is more than one.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Those of the city who apparently know more about these things than me are taking this tree. Small city government is always out there making decisions to better our city. I have two of these old trees marked and one 10 year old red maple that seems to offend them. They all will be removed at the city's expense. History doesn't really matter much anymore and the leaves from these trees are detrimental to the flow of the water in their ditch. The sign of the times in this town is trees really don't matter.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I was concerned that I wasn't going to get a good shot and then it happened. He lifted up his head and looked my way and snap. This guy loves to eat as he was out there in the almost dark picking through the seeds. With our snow now melting the visitors to the feeder are less. I will be off school for a while and they can be fed more often. I have yet to get any goldfinches to my feeder at the window. I think they have always been at my neighbors feeder and they must like that location better.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
The snow brought the birds back to my feeders. There were four of these Eurasian ringneck doves hanging around the feeder. Only one at a time would feed so it took them a while to get everyone fed. I was surprised to see a cardinal and bluejay at the feeder also today. I had seen bluejays earlier but have not seen any cardinals for quite some time.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The first snow for the season was yesterday. It was a flexible measurement of 6 inches with the little drifts here and there being more or less. It is starting to turn cold now and stay cold reaching in low single digits. I did use to like snow but I just am not in the mood for it right now. I guess I get a few days of it I will be adjusted and quit whining.