Monthly Archives: July 2017

Wild Flowers in the Neighborhood

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I shot these dangling, Blue Bells, on June 2nd, 2016. They were growing along the bicycle/walking track behind our home.

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Black-Eyed Susans II

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Note:  Our daughter, Stephanie, transplanted the Black-Eyed Susans from another part of our yard and they really took off.

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Quiet, Early Morning in the Neighborhood

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Male, American Gold Finch, picking seeds from a Cone Plant

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This handsome little fella was very busy a few mornings ago. He was moving from plant to plant and I was lucky to catch him before he moved again.  Actually, it seems a bit early for Finches to be feeding on Cone Plants.  We generally don’t see them until the fall.  But, this plant got his attention.

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Bumlebee on a Cone Plant

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This young bumblebee was busy gathering nectar a few days ago.  I’ve found, over the years, if you don’t disturb them while they gather, bumblebees just go about their business allowing you to get quite close – quietly.

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Rainbows after the Storm

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These rainbows, one barely visible,  appeared after the clouds two posts below, as sunlight hit our garage.  From my angle the garage door appears as crazy as the day.

This image was shot on July 11, 2017.  The day, date and time menus, on my point and shoot camera, goofed up – the details indicating the image was taken the end of December 1979.

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Young Praying Mantis on the Hunt

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This youngster was hunting when I disturbed his concentration.  As you can see he’s looking at me.  I was so attracted to him I did not see the spider below.  Thankfully, the camera picked it up.  I did not stick around to see what happened next.

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Eery Evening Sky

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I captured this image last evening as a storm was passing through Central Illinois.

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A Row of Hostas

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These hostas grow between our garage and the neighbor’s fence. My wife planted them a few years ago.  They are much bigger today.

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A Rock for the Ages

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My wife and daughter – or grand-daughters – found this great piece of rock along the bicycle/walking path behind our home.  I don’t know if it’s petrified or not.  It certainly is remarkable.  We’ve had it a few years now.  It sits above our microwave on a bread/wine rack. Maybe one of you know what it is?

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Quiet Creek-No Deer Visible

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I shot this image on September 9th, 2010, in the early morning, at Jubilee College State Park outside Peoria, Illinois.  It was presented at an earlier date but was lost when my hard drive crashed – I did not have a Seagate stand alone, back up hard drive at the time.

It had rained the night before and the water was still a bit muddy from runoff.  Deer came to the water daily to drink back then and we could stop and observe them. Today, six years later, you’re lucky to see a deer. Some, State Genius, decided it was time to allow hunting during the month of January each year.  Having had my say, I understand deer need to be culled when they over populate an area. I won’t go into why as most of you know about disease … cattle, etc.  “I JUST DON’T LIKE IT.”  That doesn’t change the fact it must be done.  Each season in Illinois between 50 and 70 thousand deer are taken during the hunt.  “I still can’t wrap my  head around it.”

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Honeysuckle

IMG_0675_wmThis is another image from my archives.  Honeysuckle from May 2009.

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