It’s been a while!

I can feel the fall coming. The days are getting shorter, the morning air is more crisp, and I have had sudden cravings for tomato soup. (I LOVE tomato soup.) The leaves are just starting to change color so I haven’t been able to get any good pictures as of yet. So you will have to be satisfied with a few  pictures of the flowers in our garden.

As I probably mentioned before, we have a rose bush along the side of our house that produces the most beautiful peach roses. In my post about our new house, I posted one of the best pictures I took of the roses. But, I did have a few more pictures that I was quite pleased about. So I decided to post those here.

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I love this one.

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I went outside after an unexpected shower sometime in late August and I managed to snap some decent photos of the flowers.

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This honeybee stayed still for quite a long time.
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These flowers are not in our garden; I just thought they were pretty.

For now, that is all from me. Hopefully, I will be back soon with some pictures of the fall!

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Since our move, we’ve been exploring the wildlife centers and parks near our house.

As I mentioned in my last post, the town we now live in is quite old. The heart of the town itself is very quaint; we visited a candy shop and ice cream parlors that sell homemade ice cream. They also have cafés, cake shops, and an art gallery. I don’t think there’s any need to say we had the time of our lives walking there.

Anyway, sometime ago, we visited the local forest preserve. It was beautiful. We walked for a while on the main trail, then we noticed a little trail leading deeper into the forest. We decided to venture in a little way. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful, mysterious little places I’ve ever seen. The trees were so tall they completely blocked out the sunlight, which filtered  through the leaves, giving me an amazing lighting for photos. Check it out.

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Sumac. 

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We have also visited our local park many times since we moved. It’s perfect for taking a stroll. Near the playground, there’s a hill that we ran down so many times, our legs started to hurt. I got a lot of nice pictures on that hill.

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Wild carrot, or Queen Anne’s Lace, has to be one of my favorite native plants.

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And… that concludes this post.

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!

Our New House!

This post is long overdue. I apologize.

As I mentioned in my last post, our family moved to another house about three months ago. We moved for the convenience of being closer to the places we visit most frequently. The neighborhood we now live in is quite well established; our house is roughly seventy years old.

I’m not going to lie, I do miss our other house, especially the prairie. I could see so much wildlife from the window. (Not to mention I could actually see the sunset) But our new house has such a cute garden and overall, the house itself is hard not to fall in love with.

As soon as we moved in, my grandfather began to get the garden in order. He planted the usual flowers, petunias, salvias, marigolds, and alyssum. He also planted a rosebush in the midst of these, and another rosebush along the side of the house.

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These were planted along the side of the house. They smell heavenly.

When we first moved in, we discovered that there was a magnolia tree in the front yard, and the magnolias in front of the house were in full bloom. You can imagine my delight.

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Throughout May, the azaleas planted along the side of the house were in full bloom and they let a spicy smell into the house when the windows were open.

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I couldn’t decide which picture of the azaleas to post, so I attached both. 🙂

Our neighbors planted a row of peonies between their house and ours. They planted three different colors and I have to say, they are gorgeous. Who doesn’t love peonies?

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There are also a few large hydrangea bushes in the front yard. These flowers are so large and delicate, and they look amazing as a centerpiece on a table.

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The rhododendrons from our other house were brought and replanted.

My grandfather planted some foxgloves by the house recently. I love foxgloves, mostly because they appeared in my one of my favorite stories as a child. (Ever read “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck” by Beatrix Potter?) I sadly didn’t get very good pictures.

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That’s all from me. (For now)

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Saskatoon Pie

A couple months ago, our family moved to another house.

We’ve been busy the last few months, trying to organize the house and get the garden in order. My grandfather planted some flowers along the side of the house and we’ve been trying to de-weed the backyard. (We haven’t been very successful)

But that’s not what this post is about. Today, I’m writing about a special tree we discovered in our backyard. A Saskatoon tree.

We didn’t know what type of tree it was at first. But sometime in June, we noticed lots of berries growing on the tree. We all assumed they were poisonous and we were constantly reminding my brothers not to eat them.  Then, a few weeks later, a friend of my mother’s came to visit. While we were giving her the tour, she stopped at the tree and said, “Oh, these are Saskatoon berries!” We had never heard of them. She pulled out her phone and found a picture of Saskatoon berries. They seemed to be the same berries, so we each tried one and were pleasantly surprised to be alive after a few hours.

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The berries look like blueberries, but have the tart aftertaste of an apple.

So, we decided to make a pie.

We found a recipe, made a pie crust, and picked all the berries. We probably should have picked them sooner, because most of the berries were dried out. However, we got just enough berries to make a small pie.

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I think it turned out quite well.
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Not the best picture… Oh well.

And…. that’s all from me.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Sky Shots

Now, I think you have figured out by now that I love taking pictures of the sky.

Somehow, staring at the sky always calms me. One of my favorite pastimes on lazy days is lying on the grass, staring at the sky, and letting my mind wander.

So for this post, I am going to be attaching some of my favorite sky shots that I have taken. Enjoy!

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Below is a picture of the sky after a heavy rain…

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About twenty minutes later, I looked out the window again.

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I took this picture about two years ago.

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That’s all from me. Thanks for reading!

Lilacia Park

Here are some of the pictures I took on our most recent outing to Lilacia Park.

Now, lilacs are some of the loveliest flowers I know of. (I have been saying that about a lot of flowers lately) They smell beautiful and they are just so delicate.

If you have never been to Lilacia Park, let me give you a little background information.  Lilacia Park was started by Colonel William Plum and his wife, Helen. They were both enraptured by the lilacs and started to cultivate two lilac bushes. However when the Colonel’s wife passed away, his interest in his estate vanished and he offered his collections for sale. However, his offer was shot down when people told him that the lilacs should remain in their original location. When the Colonel passed away some three years later, he stated in his will that the estate be given to the local people as a public park.

When we went, most of their flowers were in full bloom. Now, Lilacia Park is full of tulips. (Most of my pictures are of tulips.) But they are all different colors so wherever you turn, there are gorgeous splashes of color. On to the pictures!

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If you stand by the lilacs and just breathe, the scent could just overpower you. It is beautiful.

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I have never seen tulips like this before. It looks like someone painted flames on the petals.
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I loved the color combinations.

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Another unique tulip.

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That’s all from me. Thanks for reading!

Trip to the Morton Arboretum

About a month ago, we made a trip to the Morton Arboretum.

If you have never been there, let me tell you: That place is one of the best outdoor forest preserves that I know of.  (Of course, I haven’t been to any national state parks even though I would love to go to one someday, but until then, this place is the best.)

As a family, we love to go there. We walk on the trails, try and spot animals, (it almost never happens, my siblings are too loud) and sometimes, we even bring a picnic. I have noticed that whenever I go there, I instantly feel calm and happy. Nature has that effect.

Anyway, we decided to go on a day when the daffodils would be in full bloom. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day. The sun was out, there was a cool breeze blowing, and there was that lovely smell in the air that you get after a spring rain.

The Daffodil Glade (which is where we were for a while) is so pretty. There are a couple different varieties of daffodils and they grow in large patches so there are patches of yellow and cream everywhere you look. Here’s a picture of one of those patches.

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And here’s a shot of a clump of daffodils growing by a tree.

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I cannot remember for the life of me what the little blue flowers are called. But they grow all over the ground in the Daffodil Glade.

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After spending some time with the daffodils, we walked on because my mother wanted to see if the magnolia trees were in bloom. On the way we came across some bluebells.

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Bluebells are so delicate and they are such a lovely color. I love them.

Anyway, when we got to the magnolia trees, we were not disappointed. They were in full bloom. Again, they had a few different varieties so we saw a couple different colors.

Magnolias are probably some of the loveliest smelling flowers ever. If you just stop by a magnolia tree and breathe, the cool breeze mixed with the scent of magnolias can become quite addictive. It’s literally a piece of heaven.

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The trees are perfect for climbing. My siblings were climbing as high as they could go and then just sitting there surrounded by magnolias. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

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Our final discovery was when we were walking back to our car. As we passed by the lake, my mother spotted about six turtles basking on a log.

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We all assumed that the smaller turtles were babies. They were actually blending in so well, I didn’t notice them until I looked close.

Here’s a close-up shot.

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That would be all from me. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Rainy Days

Good news- our daffodils have bloomed!

Yes, they aren’t as plentiful as they have been, but something’s better than nothing, right? Our tulips also came out pretty well, but again, not as well as last year.

A couple weeks ago, we had pouring rain continuously for about 5 days. During the moments when the rain would cease for about a hour and then continue again for another couple of hours, I went outside with my siblings and we did the normal rainy day games. (Floating leaves in puddles, poking at earthworms, and so forth) Then I remembered (for once in my life) that this was the perfect opportunity to get pictures of raindrops on plants. I always loved those pictures, but I either never got any good ones, or I would forget to take pictures when it rained. 🙂 So I managed to get a few shots of the raindrops resting on the leaves of our columbines.

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This is my favorite shot out of the ones that I took.

 

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The sky just after a heavy downpour.

The day after the rain had stopped, I went to walk in the prairie with my sister and a couple of friends. We had an interesting time getting through the walkway….

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We ended up walking on the grass. Our shoes did get a little muddy, but it was a lot of fun.

Now, I didn’t get any good daffodil pictures, but I did want to post at least one picture of them. So I chose this one.

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And here’s one of the tulips…

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I love when the sun shines on tulips. It looks like they’re glowing.

Our hyacinths have also come out. If you don’t know, hyacinths are one of the loveliest smelling flowers I know of.

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Well, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading! 🙂

Up next: Pictures from our trip to the Morton Arboretum.

Winter Days

Didn’t think you’d hear from me so soon, did you?

Well, last week, we had two days of continuous snow and even though we had a lot of fun, I’m not so sure our plants did. They haven’t bloomed yet and I’m not sure they ever will.

Anyway, the good news is that where I live, our chances of seeing animals in the prairie are more likely when it snows. For instance, the morning after the snowfall, my mother happened to see a coyote slinking along a little behind the fence that separates our backyard from the prairie. I quickly looked out the window to get a glimpse, then while my other family members came to the window to see, I ran to get my camera. I managed to get two or three shots of the coyote before it blended into the tall grass.

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The pictures I got weren’t very satisfactory. All you can make out is the coyote’s silhouette. Well, something’s better than nothing, I suppose.

The next morning, I caught sight of three deer grazing a little farther off in the prairie. I caught a few shots and posted the best ones below…

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I noticed later, while looking at the pictures, that the deer on the right in the picture above had what appeared to be a nasty looking wound on its side. I didn’t know if the the deer was hurt or if my camera was playing tricks on me. To my knowledge, coyotes don’t usually attack larger animals. I looked it up and found out that the coat  of a white tailed deer changes as the seasons go by. In winter, their coats are a soft gray that is thick to  protect them from the cold, but when the spring comes, their gray coats are shed to reveal a new reddish-brown coat. That made more sense to me. The deer had almost completed shedding, and the gray patch I had thought was a wound was only what was left of its winter coat.

Moving on…

If you haven’t figured it out yet, you should know that I have a slight obsession with taking photographs of the sky. 🙂  Here’s one shot I really like.

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Almost like a picture out of a book!

That shade of blue is one of my favorite colors. It’s extremely calming to look at.

Anyway ,that’s all from me. (for now)

Peace.

Prairie Walks

The weather the past few weeks has been… strange.

For instance, where I live, now is the time when we play in the snow, huddle in blankets, and play board games by the fireplace. Instead here we are, watching the tulips and daffodils peek into the sunlight. (We are hoping they don’t get killed by a sudden frost.)

A couple weeks ago, we had lovely weather, the temperature rising to 70° fahrenheit. So we were finally able to take a walk in the prairie behind our house to see the river. We usually see many ducks and Canada geese swimming in the river this time of year, but when we walked by, we couldn’t see any. I’m not sure why.

Anyway, I brought my camera on the walk (obviously) And I managed to get a few pictures of the river.

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I am only adding this picture for the sky. It was such a beautiful blue.

 

The day before,  we just so happened to catch sight of one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen. The sunsets I have taken pictures of  are usually bright oranges and flaming reds. But this sunset was all pastel colors, pink, peach and light purple. It was like someone had splashed a watercolor set across the sky. Of course the picture doesn’t do justice to the actual sunrise, but oh well. I tried.

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That’s all from me! (for now 😏)

Love.