Squirrel

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday.......


The morning has a clear sky with lots of sunshine.  It is going to be a good day with good temperatures and very little wind.  The new petunia planter was set on the  patio table yesterday.  It looks good there so will never make it to a hook downstairs for display. These things are dropping in price as we head for July.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Full Rainbow..........


I have not seen a full rainbow in years. The other end didn't photograph well but you can take my word on it, that it did fill out to the horizon on the other end. The rainbow was fading quickly and I almost didn't get any image.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Splashing Colors........


My marigolds that surround the tomato plants are holding their own in the hot sun and pounding rains. I am not certain that this is a marigold but the nursery places it among the marigold plants.  It will be a 92 F. degree day today so they will be challenged again. My tomato plants have buds and some of these days I can post tomato plant blooms.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lilies of the Day.......


A visit to the old home place gave me a chance to pick a few of the lilies that are in bloom.  The day lilies are slow starting up there but I should be able to pick them as they bloom.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Growing Up.........


Our one baby bunny is growing up fast.  He isn't full grown yet but I can see he is doing well. The mother rabbit is still in the back yard but there are no others. When I  go down the deck stairs, he comes shooting out from under the lily of the valley. Earlier when he was smaller he would hang out under the rhubarb leaves.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Evening Sky......


The underside of the cloud picks up the sun's glow as the day turns to dark. A clear sky for the most part allows small patches of clouds to be more highlighted in color and shape.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday's Blooms......



The majority of the roses are fading but some branches of the rose are coming on strong.  I started watering them to help keep parts of the them going.  Next to the house it got really dry during the hot spell that we had. The last couple of days did help things out and the yard grass seems to be in better shape now.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Waiting for Rain.......


The sculptural item at the end of my drain spout is shown here.  I think I have photographed it before but this one shot seems to better show the boy's expression. He and his dog anticipate water flowing out of the log. The former owners of our house left this behind for us to enjoy. My future goal is to go out in the rain and take a shot of it with water gushing out of it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Junkyard "Feng Shui".....


A junky natural looking workshop area in my basement reveals the need for organization.  I have yet to get a pegboard up to handle the tools.  I have a monster load of toys that need to be tamed.  Taming means throwing some of them away and storing the rest in bins for later use. The cedar wood lamp has a great story behind it but not today.  It also has a layer of dirt on it that will be removed and everything will shine with some polish.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Young Ones........


One house finch pair succeeded hatching and raising out a batch of birds. I had three or four of them lined up on the deck railing. They were trying to figure out how the sock feeder works. I do thin that the one background bird is an adult female but the other two are young ones.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Welcomed Rain.....


At six o'clock this morning the rain gauge showed a half inch of moisture.  As I write this it has started to rain again.


The sun is actually showing through that small bright hole in the clouds. I won't have to water the flowers and tomatoes today.  Our grass was starting to go dormant so it is good to get rain.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pine Cones.......


My blue spruce is putting out cones at the top of the tree.  I have seen every kind of bird in the tree. I know that a pair of house finches did raise a batch of babies among the branches. Those young ones frequent the seed sock learning how to feed at it.  One young one spent a long time trying to see if he could get seed out of the knot at the top of the sock. I suspect that there are a lot of insects on the evergreen and that is one of the draws for the birds.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday's Petunias........


When I was a kid in the 60s, petunia's were not white.  In fact I think the only color sold at that time were a bright reddish maybe orange color.  You could travel from Iowa to Colorado and everyone had the very same color of petunias. I don't think the color is sold anymore.  These flowers are destined to go into the front planter today to help fill in some empty spots.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Three Birds in a Hand......


...........would be a handful.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Playing with Light........


The peonies at my new place are all gone.  The one old fashion variety of peonies at the old place are still putting out blooms. Having two places of ownership gives me more fresh flowers in the house.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pink Chair........


After taking photos of some new flowers, I walked back through the garage. As I glanced over I saw an Andrew Wyeth painting with the arrangement of common things. The pink chair was a garage sale find.  It still has not been refinished since its purchase years ago. It escaped the dumpster twice and then I brought it to the new house. I am hoping that I can move into the furniture refinishing sometime. The larger chair is a classic farm chair with a past that goes beyond the people that owned it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bird Wars.......



A young goldfinch sits on the deck railing wondering what the feeder is all about and why are there so many other birds up here.



The bright yellow male has just driven off three birds from the sock feeder and he seems to be pretty proud of his victory.  The sock was empty for quite a few days and when I filled it up with seed again the goldfinches all seemed to swarm in to eat.


These two are waiting their turn to get to the feeder.  A bucket of hot water and a scrub brush will clean up the railing.  Getting to see these birds is all the worth of having to clean things later.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dreamy Sky.........



Soft colors in the sky at 5:30 in the morning are a pleasure to see.  I never know what will be out there as I take the dog out the front door.  I look over my shoulder to see what the sunrise will be for the morning. I am certain to take shots quickly as the colors disappear in an instant.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Color Combo Questions.......


The previous owner placed the primrose all around the bases of seven peonies.  It looks good at a distance but the two colors seem to not blend very well. I am not going to change anything in that flower bed though. I am busy deadheading the peonies as needed so they don't shed all over the neighbor's yard.  The primrose will be around a lot longer than the peonies so it will be just a yellow flower bed then..

Monday, June 5, 2017

Iris Season.......


The iris season seems to be closing down. I should have some later ones that will still bloom but the bulk of the iris are finished.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Backview........


A custom tailgate and added back bumper with hitch adds to the good looks of the back of the truck.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Venus.......



I am not an astronomer.  I watched the last of the moon's cycles and Venus was right there with it.   Then when the moon disappeared Venus was still up there shinning brightly.  You can barely see it in the lower part of the photo.  When the moon reappeared, it now is completely in a different part of the sky. I am assuming that as the moon becomes more full that the moon will be closer to Venus again. My mind really can't wrap itself around all of those changing cycles.  I guess I will have to be happy that I can look up and identify the moon no matter where it is.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday's Blooms.......



It is the peony season in Iowa.  These are from the new house and the old house peonies are shaded more than these, so they will open durning the week.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday Evening......


The photo of yesterday was one of the hazy early morning sky.  The morning developed into a lot of down pouring rain.  Last evening then, we had the clearing sky.  Looking up the street, east, the sun has set. A had a suburban sunset with the highlighting of the sliver of the moon, all seen from my front door steps.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday.....


There is a sun back there that will soon reveal itself. It should help to warm up the day to help cause rainstorms this afternoon.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flag Iris.......


My flag iris at the old place are blooming right now.  I am more determined than ever to move some to the two different colors of flag iris to our newer home. I remembered this from last year that it is hard to photograph a flower that is divided by threes. Parts of it are in shadow and it makes the flower look asymenntircal. I really like this color but when I see the deep blue one it is also my favorite color.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Iris Beauty........


A visit to the old place gave me opportunity to cut some new blooms.  The iris blooms at different times during the spring and thesis the color that is out right now.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Mild Rain Storm.......


The clouds kept changing as the front moved in on our town Monday evening.  I have many shots but will share only the very best.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Flowering Shrub.......


The viburnum in the back yard of our old place was covered with blooms a few weeks ago. Some years it gets a hard freeze and we never see the blooms. This spring it was abundantly covered with blooms.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hanging Out......


Two lanterns moved and hung in the garage temporarily, next to a rug. The visual helps compare the different kinds used in different ways in time.  I remember seeing the older lamp in the back was used as a prop in WW 2 movies.  That lamp would be sturdy compared to the lighter metal one shown in the foreground. Lanterns like the spray painted one were commonly used in barns in the country before there was electricity. Once electricity was installed in the farm homes and barns, the lanterns were left hanging on nails in the barns most of the rusted out with little paint left on them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday.....


It seems fitting that the fan-shaped trellis has fan-shaped clusters of blooms on its vine. The vining honeysuckle is not quite in full bloom yet.  Each of those trumpets need to open up into a bloom on the end of the tube. The leaf shapes are so unique to see.  I own this now but I have never heard of this kind of plant before.  My honeysuckle on the bushel are red and look so much differently than these.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Peony Season........


This older fashioned peony is always the first to bloom.  The other colors well bloom in another week or so.  I have lots of them at the old place and our new place has six or seven of them in a row getting ready to bloom.  As a photo, this one is an indoor shot.  The artificial light does affect the color making it more yellow than the well lighted outdoor shot.

I do like the above shot though because of it capturing the essence of all of the parts of the bloom. You can see by this shot on the side that the true colors really don't have any orange in it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Torpedo Jar.......


I brought a new cutting of iris from the old place yesterday.  They were placed in an old jar and transferred into the canning jar.  We have a grey day because of the rain so I placed the flowers in front of the sliding glass door to get good lighting for the shot. The old canning jar was called a torpedo jar because of its shape. It is an old jar from a house that was later torn down after I had collected it. .

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Sign in the Sky.......


This is the set up in the early morning sunrise, Wednesday morning.  Little did we know that it was a sign of tornado warnings in our area for most of the day. Being outside with the dog yesterday afternoon Barney and I experienced the blunt of the storm  I had just taken him outside in the afternoon and Barney was attached by his leash cord.  All of sudden a monsoon rain fell instantly with no warning and the wind was at 70 miles an hour. I drug the dog back to the door and because of the wind direction we continued to be pelted with a deluge of water even under the porch.  Right after I got Barney back into the house, it started to hail.  The only damage was the leaves strewn from off the trees.  I changed clothes and Barney remained wet for a few hours.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Iris Power.......


I checked in at the old house yesterday and collected some iris blooms from the garden. The vases were all at the new place so I found a bucket from the basement and put water in it.  The wind causes the iris to lean and lay on the ground so I just clipped a lot of them. Storms in that area last night probably put most of them now on the ground. The iris are looking in pretty good shape though and I will keep picking them as they bloom.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Feeders.......



The female finch is browner in color than the bright yellow male but the markings on the top back tail feathers are the same. It is a striking pattern of black and white edged feathers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Morning Arrives........



Sunrise on Monday morning starts out with mild temperatures and a light breeze.