Friday, April 23, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Years Gone By

I love old farm buildings, especially those that have
stories to tell from years gone by. The house and other buildings
have been gone for as long as I can remember, yet this crib remains
as a reminder of the strength it took for early settlers
to start new lives on the prairie.


My crocus are buried under mounds of snow,
but in a few short weeks they will emerge to
tell me spring is almost here!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This skittish, yet curious, young squirrel made me laugh as
it scurried from limb to limb. Each time it moved it would
look over at me as if to say, "Are you still watching?" :)
I derive so much enjoyment from watching nature!

White Frosting

A little sugar for the eyes!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Red Shoes

Red glittered dancing shoes for my granddaughter. :)
Eat your heart out, Dorothy!

Wild Turkeys

Native to North America, Wild Turkey flocks are abundant in Iowa.
It was once being considered to be named our national bird
rather than the Bald Eagle.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nature's Fireworks

Old Glory shines behind trees laden with sparkling hoar frost.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion
Originally uploaded by kaleidoscope


How they fly so close to one another amazes me!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Originally uploaded by kaleidoscope
Blue was born in late spring and up until early December was skittish and untouchable. Now it's a whole new ballgame! He loves being petted and is always the first at the door when I open it to feed him and two of his siblings, Jumper and Miss Kitty. He has the most incredible blue eyes, hence my name for him.

Gaining Altitude

Gaining Altitude
Originally uploaded by kaleidoscope
It's been almost a year since I've posted to my blog, but I resolve to do better in 2010!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sunshine Scoop

A beautiful tulip scoops up the
sunshine; perhaps to save it for a rainy day?

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Bald Eagle flyover on the Des Moines River

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Drifts of windblown snow
beautiful winter sculptures
hug primitive fence

Family Portrait

Two adults and a cygnet (center). Note the position of their feet; when preparing to land the legs and feet are extended outward and the tail elevated to slow their momentum. Junior is still learning and hasn't moved his from the streamlined flying position. Dad is 'trumpeting' their arrival to the pond, a warning perhaps for others to clear the landing area?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Trumpeter Swan

I spent New Year's day visiting Beemer Pond and the Trumpeter Swans I love so much. It is said what you experience on the first day of the year will be what you experience the rest of the year. Who could ask for more than this?!!

Chick, Chick, Chickadee!

I love Black-capped Chickadees!
This pretty chickadee is hunkered down at one of my feeders. Their usual behavior is to grab a black sunflower seed and head for the trees to eat it, but not today! Lucky me! :)

Friday, January 9, 2009


heavy, wet snow
blankets canes and leaves.
Canes bend, tips gently touch the earth.
Leaves, curled and brown
become vessels of life.
Nature naps in winter
to bring new life in spring.

Monday, December 29, 2008

It is mouse?

These tiny mouse footprints in the snow
remind me of a story.
When my daughter was about three years old, her aunt, my youngest sister, had a gerbil, Herbie Rumplestein IV, for a pet. It was not uncommon for my mother to catch a mouse in a trap every so often, and to be rid of it she would flush it down the toilet. Such an occurance happened one day when my daughter was visiting Grandma and with a very concerned voice she questioned, "It is mouse?", fearing Herbie Rumpleskin IV may have been the victim.:)

Number One Grandson

Just yesterday he was a toddler
sticking his tongue out at his mother. :)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sleeping Garden

The garden slumbers; resting, rejuvenating, preparing
to emerge again at winter's end.

Winter Haiku

Quiet reflection
snow laden branches shiver
winter awakens

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fun in the Yard!

Three Behind the Tree

Three of my favorite people in all of the world. :)

Yew Berry

Blustery Day!

My little feathered friend is fluffed to the max as she wards off the chill from the wind. She likes to perch on the raspberry canes, so I don't prune them until spring. :)

Pondering Goat

Billy Goat Gruff appeared to be deep in thought as he watched children playing on the kiddy tractors at the local apple orchard. I think he was waiting for someone to buy and feed him some kibble from the machine near his huge pen and play area.

Monday, September 1, 2008


A common sight across the Iowa landscape is meandering
streams and dredge ditches.
I spotted this raccoon fishing for his dinner one sunny afternoon.
He seemed oblivious to my presence as I watched and photographed him.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Quiet Pines


A quiet country road but for the rolling thunder in the distance