Looking around

August 19, 2017

We’ve been so busy taking pictures none have been posted
lately. So, here are some critters we found interesting while
out and about.

The critter above, and all shown here, were taken on my Nikon
D3300. The settings were: f/5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/1000
of a second, at 210 mm for this shot. You can click on any of
these pictures to get a better look.

Couldn’t resist this one as the bird looks like he’s posing for
the camera. Shot with the Nikon with the settings at: f/6.3,
ISO 400, shutter speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter was working the flower and was upside down as
shown. Hadn’t seen that before. Shot at f/6.3, ISO 400, shutter
speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter caught my eye too. Shot at f/11, ISO 500, 1/1000
of a second shutter speed, at 420 mm.

Finally these two are of a young male cardinal feeding a young
female cardinal. Never saw that before either. These two aren’t
the clearest as I was shooting through two storm door windows.
I still like them. The settings were: f/11, ISO 1000, shutter
speed 1/500 of a second at 420 mm.

Now that we’ve bored you to tears it’s time to mosey off into
the background and scrounge something to eat. Enjoy our day.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
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Oops!

July 14, 2017

We failed to mention in our earlier post that today is
Collector Car Appreciation Day and then we got distracted at
the Worlds Largest Truck-stop taking the sights of the Truckers
Jamboree. We realize trucks aren’t cars but they’re just as
easy on the eyes.



That’s a sample of what is on display through tomorrow
afternoon at the Worlds Largest Truck-stop. A crazy event with
something for everyone and a concert later. Now I need a
Snicker’s because I must have walked 5 miles out there.
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Longest day?

June 21, 2017

Today we will experience the longest day, and shortest night,
of the year. It is now summer. I was leaning toward yesterday
being the longest day as I got distracted and that lasted all
day.

Yesterday after a busy morning the clouds and critters called
me outside and I hardly went back inside the whole day into the
night. There was something to see everywhere you looked.

The critters were really enjoying the day and everyone of them
from the common grackle to the house finch. Even the squirrels
were out and about enjoying the day.

So I was happily distracted. No cell phone, no TV, no
computer, not even a radio to bother me and the sound of nature
was all I heard. Sometimes you just have to tune out all the
commercials and nonsense what passes for news and get back to
basics. It recharges your soul and clears your mind.

And as I watched the sunset through all the power lines that
crisscross the alley it was a perfect ending to another great
day here on the east coast of Iowa.

So I am now ready for the longest day of the year and hope you
are too. Enjoy our Wednesday, we won’t have another until next
week.
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What happened?

June 15, 2017

Last night we had a strange sunset after a short burst of rain
so I decided to stay up and get a few pictures of the moon
through the remaining clouds. But as sometimes happens, just
when you think you have things figured out the rules get
changed.

The moon didn’t show in the time I allotted for it to do so and
even though it was the wee hours of the morning when I ventured
back inside, sleep wasn’t in the cards. Finally around 5 am the
sandman came and I didn’t move again until the wife woke me
around 9.

Even with a solid four hour snooze I felt tired because while
I was sleeping I dreamed I never went to sleep because I was
outside waiting for the perfect shot and drinking coffee all
night. It wasn’t as vivid as some dreams, but I knew it was a
dream because I rarely use a tripod.

That and the fact that we don’t have a spiral staircase on
the outside of house. There was quite a view from the top of
the imaginary staircase though. Of course this made me ponder
a few things. Like why are the yellow pages yellow?

Or how many people know Dr. George Horace Gallup was born in
Jefferson, Iowa? If you can’t place who he is just remember
he is the founder of the Gallup Poll and a pioneer in public
opinion polling.

Sorry, got off on a side track. Enjoy our Thursday, we’re that
much closer to the weekend races.
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Late again

May 23, 2017

Earlier we went over to see how Dad is doing and he was doing
good. The health care person that was there put him through his
paces with some physical therapy and he had a good breakfast.
He said he was glad to be home and it showed.

It turned out to be a gray drizzly day and since I didn’t feel
like getting soaked it was an inside day. I ventured out a few
times to fill the bird feeder, put some peanuts out for the
squirrels, and bring in the trash bin from the alley.

Which caused me to wonder; if submarines had screen doors who
would be in charge of making sure a hatch was closed so said
door didn’t leak. I could imagine a long drawn out name for the
rate in charge of that.

Then I thought about why spiders have 8 legs. Why not 7 or a
hundred and two? Now some spiders who lost a leg only have 7
but I’ve never seen one with more than eight.

Because of trying to solve these problems this post is late.
The time flew by while my brain went into overdrive and now it
is late. In less than 2 hours I’ll get the wife up so she can
go to work. Guess I’m going to have to pay more attention to
what’s going on around me.

I’ll end there and say enjoy our Tuesday. Before we know it
hump day will be here.
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Trying days

May 22, 2017

When I awoke this morning I had good intentions of getting a
post done early. In case you don’t know how that works, I’m
writing this one now. It all started when I went to take the
garbage bag out to our garbage bin.

That went so good I decided to take some recycling out to that
bin. That also went well, but on the way back to the house I
noticed a squad car blocking our end of the alley. Once inside
the house I decided to go on the front porch to find out if I
could see anything.

I did. A deputy was standing there, asked me if I was me, and
handed me a subpoena. It was for the same drive by shooting as
the last one when I was told it was dismissed. So back in the
house my thinking turned to a post. Wrong.

As soon as I entered the kitchen the wife informed me she
wanted to go to Wal-Mart to get a new computer mouse and some
fixings for a salad to take to work. I like Wally World but
also wanted to get one early post in. As soon as we returned
from that errand I was ready to make a break for the office and
do the post.

That’s when I saw a squirrel swinging on the bird feeder and
it had broken off one of the feeding ports. On to plan C. Now
I had another trip to get a rainbow colored slinky, all they
had at the closest store that sold them. And now the slinky is
attached to pole, the bushes are trimmed around the feeder and
there is time to sit down. I hope.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the only one we’ll get this week. Now I
have a hankering for some chocolate covered peanuts.
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