Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
This photo of an old steam engine comes from the same file of train shots from the museum visit. I now see that it is only on display as its tracks do not connect to anything, Our country tended to scrap a lot of our old locomotives and to see one that is intact today is special. I don't know anything about the history of it. It maybe was never used in the museums schedule of train trips but one they found to display.
I do remember these traveling down the tracks when I was a kid. The highway 34 was parallel to the train tracks. We could see the smoke stacks and smoke as we traveled along the highway. When I was in my teens they were being fazed out and one doesn't even notice that they are gone until a period of time passes. The stream-lined engines and then the boxy looking engines were common for a while and we saw less and less of the locomotive.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
I discover this morning that I haven't downloaded all of my photos from my camera of the visit to the train museum. I guess things have been busy for me and I just downloaded some of them. This car looks like it could be an engine but I don't really see wheels that would give it power. I don't have the whole picture but I can tell it is an older piece that isn't used today on the track.
Friday, October 28, 2016
The view of the river birch also shows the raspberries in the foreground and the apple and ash trees in the back. The old tiller is in view to the left.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
As we rode along on the orange car we could see the green car bounce up and down not really affecting the our car. As I thought about it I wondered if it was our car that really was traveling up and down over bumps and the green car was not the one bouncing. Maybe you will already know my next comment. I bet they both were taking turns bouncing, one was going up when the other was going down as we hit the connections of the old rails.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
The corn plants have been dead for quite a while. The tops of the stocks have broken off and the corn is ready to be picked. The corn seed has its dents in it meaning that they are hard and dry. The plants really do have an gray-brown look of death with the stalks barely holding up each of its ear of corn.
The grass is still green as it leads up to the edge of the cornfield. Evidence of animals making paths through the corn means maybe the deer are helping themselves to it in the nitght.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
I can see now that the sun is coming up to the right side of the neighbor's roof. I remember a couple of months ago sharing a shot of the sun coming up way past that flag pole on the far left. "The earth is titling," shouts Chicken Little. It will stop tilting in that direction on December 21st and then we will start the earth axis changing back the opposite way.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I miss seeing this era of train and engine. I remember them specifically as we would wait for the train to pass at the track in the middle of town in Murray, Iowa. I was a kid that was fascinated with the design of the engine. Back in those times they didn't keep them very clean as they were the workhorses of the train industry pulling freight and people across the United States.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The neighbor's tree on the corner looking east towards all the other houses in our area. Three different styles of house as you make comparisons of them.
It is a beautiful maple tree. Our house can be seen in the background. You can also see down the street going south on Cedar Street.
Monday, October 17, 2016
My wife shot this photo with my camera as we passed by the train graveyard. It does make the train museum more interesting when you see older models of cars and engine sitting around in view as we travel along our journey. I bet they do take in older parts of trains and discover that they are not restorable.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
We visited the "Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad" on Saturday at Boone, Iowa. It is a train museum with many old parts of trains and old engines too. This engine pulled our train both ways as we took a ride through the scenic valley of the area crossing creeks and large rivers. The engine is new, meaning they bought it 15 to 20 years ago from China. They still make steam engines and the organization bought it and had it shipped to the United States. The stack for the smoke is a modern looking one and the whistle is as authentic as it can be. It was a great place to visit and to ride in a very rickety old passenger car. There were 11 passenger cars on this trip and they add and subtract the number of cars depending on the number of tickets that are sold. This one photo is the tip of the iceberg as I took 130 photos today. I will be sharing many photos on both of my blogs for a long time.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The garden bells were held together by a strong string. The string did weather and I found these on the ground a month later. I have one single bell still hanging there. I really like the sound of bells when they are made of brass. I am assuming they were made in India. I have a personal challenge to take them in and use some cleaner on them to make them shine. They never had a shine on them but air does turn brass to this color quite easily.
Friday, October 14, 2016
My neighbor's leaves are all in my yard. I like these landing in my yard and I pick them up and press them in a book. The colors for this tree are so perfect. Other trees around the area are not going to be this bright and colorful. Our grass is still very green so they look great against the green background.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
My wheel barrow catches rain water for me as it sits under the eave of the garden shed. I have still been watering a few things out there. I found an antique canning jar to use to dip water and then water the plants nearby. I am watering a newly planted shrub every other day and I have had to keep the flower box watered that is holding the morning glory vines next to the shed. With the freeze I can quit watering the morning glories. I will still have to keep the soil moist for the shrub.
The jar is a Boyd jar made for the Mason Jar company. The reflection of a tree is in the photo and the leaves add more to the mystery shot.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
The sun shining on my window glass gave me a difficult time getting a good shot of the bluejay. It made all of the photos that I attempted to turn gray. I had to manipulate all of editing options to get it to look like the real colors.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
A quick shot of an outdoor sight next to my shed. The wagon belonged to my youngest son. I think my dad had retrieved it from the dump, back when people were allowed to go there and salvage things. My youngest son is approaching the age of 38 in January, so the wagon has been around for a while. I use it to throw tools or garden stuff into it and haul to the work site. The "work site" sounds important but the statement just means that I am too lazy to make three trips to get the tools that I need to do the job. I actually use my new wheel barrow for that but I like having that wagon around to remind me that I once was a young father. A tiller is covered with a tarp and the wagon is being used to help deflect the weather elements from the machine.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Early morning and the sunrise looked like this. Not really so much color with all of the glow being low along the horizon.
Fifteen minutes later as I had taken a glance of the view out a window, I had to return to capture a much different scene. The way that our weather had been the past weeks with cloudy weather, I didn't think I would ever see a good sunrise until spring.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
The vine of the morning glory keeps growing but the temperatures seem to be too cold for it to bloom. My Japanese gate entrance leans just a little but it seems to be holding up well in all of our changing weather.
It is warmer next to the house and the vines there seem to put out a few blooms sporadically. This was blooming Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Both boys were caught in a quiet moment of their day. The youngest is so sincere as he listens to the words that are spoken to him. The bear that was a gift to Teddy is being checked out by his older brother AJ. He figured out the five minutes of sweet music for slumber time use.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
A little blurry in appearance but the eyes tells it all. Feed me now as I am starved. The indoor goldfish would beg continually all day to get food. They would easily overeat or have the water become too polluted from too much leftover food if I fed them every time they begged for something to eat. .