Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When the Snow Comes . .

the crowd thickens
Five doves, two cardinals, one woodpecker
Did I miss any?


Nut Case . . .

I'm married to one.

When I complained about this misplaced arrow
 ruining my photo,
the RG said I could use it for Valentine's Day

 and suggested I include this poem.

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where; . . .
---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He may be nuts,
but he keeps me centered.
(a tall order)


Thursday, January 26, 2017

All the Branches . . .

of the 'blogger' family tree

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful
for the all the uplifting photos and
encouraging thoughts I find every day 
from each of  'your' blogs.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Winter Reflection

From time to time I share a photo that includes this particular willow tree; 
a favorite of mine.
Here it is in it's winter attire (or lack there of) on a misty morning.

What a pity every child 
couldn't learn to read under a willow tree . . .
Elizabeth George Speare


Saturday, January 21, 2017


The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. 
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, 
and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Mix

One never knows . . .
Apparently the RG thought this 
would make a clever windmill.
(I'm told it's a 'buzz bait')
Also notice the tiny red bud to the right.
Is it a bit early?

A first for me
The RG knew I would want a photo.
Praying Mantis ootheca or egg sack

Inaugaration Day 2017
"fear not tomorrow; God is already there"


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Love of History

As I sit here watching the coverage of the history in the making this day before the inauguration, I am thankful for my parents who instilled a love of American history. 

Part of that interest in history encompasses all the pomp and circumstance and the history behind why things are done the way they are. Much of it has a significant purpose and some of it is simply traditions and personal preference.

My Mom was a stay at home homemaker and during her time in 'history' her day often included game shows, soap operas and . . . news coverage while completing her days work. When I would come home from school she may have viewed something like the presidential inauguration and share things she had observed from the serious to the bloopers. (no DVRs in those days ;) She especially liked the coverage of the Space Program.

She went on to be elected to a position in local government which she held for many years.

During my years as a 'stay at home' I continued her tradition. Sad to say that included the space shuttle disaster of 1986.
Now that I'm retired I look forward to watching the coverage as they happen once again.

I recently posted this on facebook:
I look forward every four (8) years to the pomp and circumstance of inauguration day. A few hours to just sit back and reflect on our country's history. It's a given that all the politics will start up again in due time. I just pray that this inauguration day can be one of peace for just those few hours at least.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Here's Hopin'

Are we goin' again?

Our grandson back then

Even our birds sport the colors
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And our pets join the fun
all over 'Steeler Nation'

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and Pittsburgh

One more game and we'll know
if we're goin' to the Super Bowl.

Lots of happy 'Yinzers' in the 'Burgh' tonight! (Sunday)

Thin Ice

along a lake's edge

Macro Monday2

A January Ride . . .

around the countryside.

 Psalm 50:10
8I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices
or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

 9I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,

10for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
. . .

14“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
15and call on me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”


Musing Along 15 January 2017

A Barn . . .

 is a barn, is a barn

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Playing in the Water

What genre of photography are you drawn to?

While I find inspiration in them all, 
I tend to lean toward Macro & Close-ups.
They may be separate categories 
but with today's photo editing
they tend to 'crop' up together.

A few of my still lifes using the element of water.
Cropped for Close-up

Water World Wednesday

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The RG re-purposed a neighbor's Christmas Tree

The palace guard taking a look


Red . . .

 - a Winter Brightener
This is not our tree.
Only because the RG didn't think of it in time.
It is however at the home of a fellow piscator.

First puzzle completed in 2017