Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fun Friday Favorites 112715

Always up for a new link-up
This is one I don't think I used.
The winter gathering place for our potted cactus.
This is always a favorite when it appears.
When my kids were small they called it
'the earthquake chick'
and claimed it would warn us of an earthquake
when it jiggled.
(all the more amusing since we are not prone to earthquakes in our area)
Joining Cath for: Fun Friday Favorites


Critters 112815

Thanksgiving Breakfast
Hairy Woodpecker and House Finch
part of the winter crowd atMuldoon
Joining Eileen for Saturday Critters

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve - Sunrise - Moonrise 112515

Travel at Sunrise

Moonrise on Thanksgiving Eve.


FENCES 112615

Happy Thanksgiving USA
Today I'm thankful for the surrounding countryside
with fields, fences, majestic trees and a rich heritage.
Joining Theresa for:
Good Fences

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

signs, signs 112615

Happy USA Thankgiving!
These two signs should make all the turkeys happy.
'eat chicken'
'eat pork'
This 'mom n pop' is a thriving market across from the Fairgrounds.
Thus the name.
They also have a catering business 
and have become well known for pig roasts as well.
They started out with one roaster on a trailer several years ago
and are up to five or maybe more now.
Joining Lesley for
signs, signs

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Backyard Birds

These little finches come to feed 2-3 times a day.
Unlike the chick-a-dee or titmouse
who flit about from feeder to limb
these little ones perch and feast until their full
with little regard for humans in the area.
This day was just like that until . . .
it seemed to say
'what is that to the north?
I don't recall that little number being over there'

'Aha, a new eatery'
I bought this feeder in mid summer.
It was labeled as a peanut feeder.
So I filled it with bird peanuts and waited for it to be discovered.
Nada, nobody was interested.
So a couple weeks ago I emptied the peanuts
into the regular feeder.
Of course they were gobbled up over the next two days.
Today I had the thought to fill it with black sunflower seeds.
The rest of the story is history.
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Wordless 112415

The November sunrises through my field of view have been spectacular.
This is just one example.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Blue Mosaic Outdoors

The RG took these photos in 2013 
when he joined one of our sons in Hawaii.
It was to be our son's last long deployment of his 
Navy Air Wing career and he gifted his Dad passage with him from Honolulu to SanDiego on what is called a Tiger Cruise.

They were blessed to have time before the cruise to tour the islands.
The RG had only been in the airport enroute to Viet Nam 45 years before. And his father had been stationed there during WWII
so it was very special for him in many ways.

 Isn't the sky pretty in the last photo?
(or maybe I chose it for the special fella gazing across the beach ;)
He is back to civilian life after serving 
for twenty years and now enjoying daily life with his wife and son.

We are so thankful as a family for the memory this will always be.

Happy USA Thanksgiving to everyone stopping by.
And Happy Day to all.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015


St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio
Mother of Sorrow Catholic Church is also home to
South Bass Island's Lutheran congregation.
Linking with

Friday, November 20, 2015


...of winter approaching
This place is hopping all summer but . . .
after Labor Day . . .
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vertical Lines

Venturing into another of Cee's photo challenges.
Her essay on composing vertical lines
has improved my field of view.
Part 1

Part 2

In re-reading the challenge, I see that I wasn't supposed to move between shots, sigh. But I think I still caught the
essence of the lesson and they are not cropped.
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Black n White

I am finding metal objects great subjects
for Black n White photos.
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or a reasonable facsimile.
Came across this fence (?) on a family research excursion.
Clever how mother nature created a swag of leaves.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Here a Chick, There a Chick

Everywhere a Chick, Chick. Old McDonald had a farm . . .

Just a few of the chicks that roost in my kitchen.
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Share A Cup

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


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A lightening strike couldn't bring this mighty Catalpa down.
 It remains sturdy and strong.

Mostly deciduous trees, they typically grow to 12–18 metres (39–59 ft) tall and 6–12 metres (20–39 ft) wide. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 6 metres (20 ft) tall. They can be recognized by their large, heart-shaped to three-lobed leaves, showy white or yellow flowers in broad panicles, and during the autumn by their 20–50 centimetres (7.9–19.7 in) long fruits, which resemble a slender bean pod, containing numerous small flat seeds, each seed having two thin wings to aid in wind dispersal. Because of the leaves, they are sometimes confused with the tung tree (Vernicia fordii) in the southern U.S., or the invasive Paulownia tomentosa imported from China.
Due to their large leaf size, catalpas are a popular habitat for many birds, providing them good shelter from rain and wind. These trees have few limb droppage, but drop large dark-brown bean pods during late summer. The wood of catalpas is quite soft.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Butterfly in November

I was surprised to see this butterfly mid November in western Pennsylania. But then again I was surprised to see our rhododendron in full bloom too.

We were hiking through a cemetery on family research when the RG spotted it sunning away.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Barns 111515

Barn and Farm Building
of a little Pennsylvania Dutchman
 from many years ago.
(photos are current)

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Flower 111315

Christmas Cactus
We don't try to time the blooms
We're just glad they bloom.
Give your Christmas Cactus bright but indirect light. Keep the plant in a well-lit location (like near a window) away from direct sunlight – too much heat and light can stunt growth and burn the leaves. It should also be away from drafts, heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air.
  • If it's in a north or east-facing window, you won't have to worry about light. But if it's in a south or west-facing window, diffuse the light with semi-transparent curtains or some other light-diffusing device.
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