Monday, July 17, 2017

Stormy Sky Pictures




 We have had a lot of storms this year... and we do enjoy watching them.

I had seen a Mackerel sky the day before, which can mean a change in the weather... or storms, so I was expecting a storm.

Some storms are interesting and this one had some wonderful cloud formations. My kids and I went to take pictures of it.





















 

The day started out with a beautiful sky, as shown above. We have had lots of great clouds in the sky this season.

By evening, the clouds were  moving fast and there was much turbulence. We do enjoy watching such skies and this one had a very dark color to it.












 In a storm like this, the sky tends to be interesting in all directions as the storm builds.
















































 There was much lightning and lots of changing clouds. 

We were not the only ones out taking pictures either. It was an impressive sight.





























 The lightning lit the sky and highlighted the clouds, making the storm more impressive.

Finally the darkness increased so much and the rain started a little, so we went home. By the time we got home, it was raining extremely hard and we got wet running in to the house.

My husband had stayed home... he thinks we are strange for taking so many pictures, but he enjoys looking at some of them. :) 


 Have you been getting storms? Do you photograph them also? I am so glad the storms don't last, but I can appreciate the power of God evident in them as only He can control such storms. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a great week.  :) 


You may also enjoy.....

There's A Storm Coming






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Sunday, July 9, 2017

An Old Castle House











 I really enjoy old houses...I like seeing the style of them, the workmanship, the history.

 I like imagining the lives of those who lived there, the oddities of the house, and the mystery of the unknown about such a place and its architecture.

This is one of those places.











I was able to find out a bit about this building, although I have never been inside.

It was built in 1907 and the stones were cut by hand.  It took 2 years to complete the house.















 The castle was originally built as a family home, but eventually was used for other purposes.
















  It is a beautiful place... and very interesting. It seems like a small place for a "castle", but actually has 12-14 rooms inside. There are also 3 fireplaces and 2 staircases.

It was modeled after the style of a French castle, from what I could find. 









 I'm not sure if there is actually a door to this balcony or not. It would be nice to be out there on the second floor to see the view.





 The rounded rooms are appealing because they are so unusual, and I can imagine what it may be like inside such a room.

 I also wonder if it would have been difficult to arrange or rearrange such a room with those round walls.

 I suspect you wouldn't be able to change the furniture arrangement much.










 Yes, there are some lights up there by the battlement. 

Can you imagine being inside such a place and looking out? Very interesting.











 I loved the great reflection in this window...



























 All in all, a very beautiful castle. I'm so glad you stopped by to look at it with me. Do you enjoy old houses also? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  I think they are quite intriguing. 

If you are interested in old houses, you may also enjoy this post:

A Beautiful Old Italianate House


 Thank you for visiting... and I hope you have a great week!





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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nature Photos at the Pond












 Ponds are places of great nature activity... turtles, dragonflies, plants, birds, frogs and more. They are interesting and provide great photo ops for those of us who enjoy taking pictures of nature.  Here are a few pond photos.... I hope you enjoy them.















































































 These herons are interesting birds...  you can see more pictures of them in this post:

Great Blue Heron Pictures
























So much beauty at the pond... some ponds are nicer than others and I loved finding these bits of beauty at this particular pond.  















 Ducks came out for their bath time.

















Most of these pictures and the ones from the Great Blue Heron Picture link above, were taken between the slats of the window blinds... like this.  I had to hold them apart... but still it was a treat to be able to view this while waiting in a doctor's office and I was glad my camera could zoom in to get closer pictures.  :) 







Thank you for visiting... I hope you have a wonderful week and that you enjoy the beauty of God's creation around you.









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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Garden Suspect... In Theft of Blueberries!









We really like blueberries... and have a few bushes in our yard.... The problem is that we are not the only ones who like those blueberries. sigh.


Beautiful blueberry blossoms indicated a  good amount of blueberries for this season. We sure looked forward to harvesting them.






 They ripen at different times so we check them every day when they are starting to ripen. 

Most years, the birds eat so many of them that we don't get many at all. This year, my husband started picking them early... and they were a bit sour, but at least WE were eating them. :)









 Even some of the nice looking blue ones were still not sweet, but we enjoyed them anyway.














































 What fun to see so many blueberries out there this year... and to be able to actually eat many of them.















  This week, I found about 5 of these beetles on the bushes and we killed as many of them as we could, but some got away. 

This is not a good thing to find Japanese Beetles as they can cause lots of damage. We will be careful to watch for them and kill them as we can. No, we will not be using pesticides, but will try to control them naturally.




 We keep checking and enjoying blueberries though, BUT... we have started to find blueberries with part of it gone... and suspected birds.















 When I was in the garden taking pictures yesterday, I was startled by this guy flying close to me to fly by the blueberry bush I was near. 

Then he landed on the fence.... and acted so innocent. (Notice the dark stuff on his beak... it is evidence!)













 Then he quickly took off again... and went back to the fence to sit and look innocent. Then I noticed the blueberry in his beak. I can't believe how fast he could fly through and get a blueberry or a part of one. 

It was also strange that I was standing only about 4 feet or so from where he was getting the blueberries, showing he wasn't scared of me being there. I guess those blueberries were just too enticing.


 So... when I saw the picture of the blueberry all over his beak, I made a fun picture and sent it to my family members on email. They laughed.




























Now, lest you become alarmed that I am truly waging war on birds, rest assured that I do like birds and have written many blog posts showing that. Here are a few of them, if you want to click on the link and see the blog posts:

Cardinals Raise Their Young

Baby Birds and Baby Humans

Busy Bird Bath House

God Feeds the Birds... a Bread Stick?

Like Baby Birds

Birds of the Air

Beautiful Cardinals

These are just some of the posts I have written about birds... backyard birds. There are many others, including about a Blue Heron, Black Swans, Geese... and more. So.... I am NOT a bird hater. Please don't assume that I am. 

Sometimes we put netting on the blueberry bushes to protect them... other times, we have used a blow up "eye" that is supposed to scare the birds. We have used an owl statue in the garden... and old CDs or streamers blowing in the wind. They are persistent though... and they like our blueberries... and our blackberries... and the tomatoes and strawberries... and more. 

SO....  I am choosing to laugh about it and plan to do better again next year. :)  This year is so busy and I am thankful we were able to eat as many of the blueberries as we did... and we will keep checking the bushes each day in case the birds leave any for us!


  If you garden, you may also face sharing your produce with the birds. How do you deal with them? Have you found some great ideas... or some that didn't work too well?  Please feel free to share in the comments. 

Thank you for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week.   🙂





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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great Blue Heron Pictures













 We see Blue Herons once in a while when we go to a lake, but we don't see them often, so it was nice to see this one and get lots of great pictures! 































 The  Great Blue Heron is an interesting bird that looks a bit odd with its slow and stiff-looking movements and yet with a gracefulness also. 

They don't swim, but rather walk in the water on long legs.











I was able to watch this heron for about half an hour and it was very interesting. He spent a lot of time looking at the water....

He stared quite intently for a bit, then his head quickly went down into the water and he came up with a fish!

















Here he has the fish up higher in his bill.... then he tipped his head back and swallowed it so quickly that I did not get that picture. I was pleased to get the picture with the fish though.  :)












He went back to looking at the water...  and I assume he was looking for more fish.

These birds are really tall... about 4 feet tall with a wingspan of about 6 feet. Once in a while, on blustery days, we will see a Blue Heron fly over our house in the city, but that doesn't happen often. 

When he flew away, I missed the flight since I didn't recognize that he was ready to fly. I did catch the landing though.












On land, it is nice to see the high stepping walk of the Heron....







It was also fun to see what I am calling "The  Heron Strut".  I was surprised at how strong their legs look. The next picture shows the "Heron Strut". 




































The Heron in the pond...



Again, I am continually amazed at God's creativity in making such a variety of creatures....  and they are perfectly suited to what they need.















" And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."  Genesis 1:20




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