Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #454 - Sunflowers



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This summer it was hard to find a field of sunflowers.  I learned today that there are annual and perennial sunflowers.  The annual seeds will bloom the first year planted.   However, it will probably take perennial sunflower seeds to bloom two years.  Year after year I look for fields of sunflowers and always find them on a different rural road.   I also have noticed that something else is always planted where sunflowers were planted before.

Today is a warm, humid gray day; but these sunflowers make me smile.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Burning Pit


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Instead of using a shredder sometimes we use a burning pit.  Look at how thinker items refuse to burn.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Sunset over a cranberry bog





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Sunset over a cranberry bog, Stone Lake, Wisconsin.
©Wm. D. Zawistowski Cranberry Bog

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Glass of Water - Quote - Brad Thor - Half Empty, Half Full








Quote:

"If we talk about  the glass being half empty or half full, I want to know what does the glass look like from underneath the table?"
~ Brad Thor

Here is a photograph of a glass of water with ice cubes sweating during the heat of summer 2017.  I think the glass is refillable.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Abandoned Railroad Trestle


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Photo taken of an abandoned railroad trestle.  My husband, John, and I were on a back-road called Mosquito Brook Road heading toward Seeley,Wisconsin for lunch at the Sawmill Saloon.  When I saw this shot, of course we had to stop.   Here is information regarding Sawmill Saloon's menu:  http://www.seeleywis.com/sawmill-menu.  If you want to kayak, bike ride, fish, use ATV trails one can do it all  in this area.   There is a place called Lenroot Inn, Moose Lips Coffee Shop and a little gift shop besides the restaurant.  I've never stayed there, just saying.  Oh I forgot to mention there is an artist who uses a saw to make sculptures of eagles and bears and other wild animals out of wood.   It is really interesting if you haven't seen that done before.  


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday, September 7, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #452 - Trip to West Boyston, Massachusetts



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Abandoned old Stone Church built in 1890's.  Here is the website if you are interested in more information:
http://wbhistory.org/old-stone-church.htm.




Meola's Wayside Ice Cream, 165 West Boyston St., West Boyston, Massachusetts 01583 -
Phone 1 508-835-9747.  If you would like more information click here:  http://meolasicecream.com/



Decorated walls inside the ice cream shop.





Here are the spoons and bottled water.



Here is where the tips go.


My husband, John, and I ate sitting in our car eating ice cream in front of Daisy.  Life is grand!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Quote - Sarah Dessen, JUST LISTEN - Own Heart



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Quote:
"There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart."
~Sarah Dessen, JUST LISTEN


Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Lac Court Oreilles and Stone Lake



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Sunset on Lac Court Oreilles



Reflections of clouds on Stone Lake.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #451 - Rabuck Knives - Art Crawl




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I visited the art studio of Rabuck Knives located in Springbrook, Wisconsin during an Art Crawl.  He makes leather purses, knifes with handmade handles plus sheaths and other misc. things; but when I walked back to my car I noticed his wood shed.  The shed reminded me of Georgia O'keeffe paintings.  I asked Jason Rabuck for permission to take a picture of this wood shed.  He said, "Yes."




Below is a bird's nest he pointed out was inside the skull.   Do you see it?


Evidently this is all the wood he has split for the winter.  I was really taking a photo of the bird house attached to the wood shed.





This was posted for Art Crawl participants to locate the artist's studio.  If you are interested in purchasing a knife or leather goods click on this site:  http://www.rabuckhandmadeknives.com/knife-gallery.html.




©Jason Rabuck, W3080 Hay Lake Road, Springbrook, Wisconsin 54875 (715) 766-2739




Found this piece of artwork that day right on our own piece of property.  I am grateful for life's many blessings.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Lac Court Oreilles Bottom View



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Thinking Outside the Box






Photo taken of Lac Court Oreilles, Bottom View


I was standing on the dock waiting for a sunset to happen, when I took a peek at the water below.  Amazing how the tree branch over the lake was reflecting on the water.  The camera stopped the movement of the tree branch. At the top of image you can see what I was pointing out.  I was surprised that so many yellow leaves had sunk to the bottom of the lake and how the leaves formed almost a straight line looking like a sidewalk, road, or path.  It was amazing how the bottom of the lake could actually look like a desert or a canyon in the Southwestern States. Dark areas are small stones which form most of the bottom of the lakes up here. To tell you the truth sandy beach fronts are not as common as rocky bottoms.  Top right area looks like a cloud reflection on top of the water. Colors are presenting themselves softly to the viewer. Photography includes looking up, down, sideways and hoping the camera will capture something we didn't.

Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Solar Eclipse




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We didn't see any birds or wind or the eclipse because it was overcast here.  But this is what we saw for a sunset over the town of Stone Lake, Wisconsin.





John, my husband tried to follow the sunset in the car.  Here is a photograph of a boat coming to shore at sunset on Stone Lake the evening of the solar eclipse.





Next day at the laundry mat, I went out to the car for some reason and noticed the clouds engulfing the area.





Still at the laundry mat parking lot but this image is just more up close and personal by cropping the photograph..  Is that the light at the end of the tunnel?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #450 - Gardening Ideas




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For Mother's Day my son, Johnny, purchased a gift certificate.  What a generous son I have.  Months later I finally decided to purchase plants that can grow in the shade and partly sun.   Below are pictures of where they were planted.




Hosta, Wide Brim



Fire Island


Godzilla



Lost the information



Hosta, Regal Splendor




Pachysandra plants - A gift from my mother-in-law's house (Catherine Meyer)



Victoria Blue, Salvia Farinacea, Rollingwood Nursery, Stone Lake, Wisconsin.





Purchased these petunias at Wal-Mart.  Don't they look like petunias with measles?



Purchased these Kniphofia at Wal-Mart.  They were orange but turned yellow as time went on.

The plants featured above were planted next to a sidewalk going down to the lake.  So there are five plants on one side of the side walk and five exactly the same on the other side of the sidewalk.  Next year, I am hoping to place landscaping lumber along the other side of the ten new plants then place cedar mulch around all the plants with ground lighting along the sidewalk. In between the established  plants (if they make it through the winter months) I am hoping to put annuals for POP and a few ground cover plants.  We'll see if my knees will be cooperative next year or not.

Thank you Johnny for the gift that will keep on giving.  Thanks to Nicki, Eddy, and Alex for planting them for me earlier this month.  What would I have done without you guys?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Broken Window


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8/21/2017 Thinking Outside the Box




John, my husband, and I went uptown for breakfast.   Quess what the subject of this picture is?  If you thought it is a broken window.  You are right.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Sunset Lac Court Oreilles


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Sunset over Lac Court Oreilles, Stone Lake, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #449 - Logging in the North Woods



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John, my husband, and I were investigating the roads less traveled.  Along the way we noticed this road leading into an area where trees were being logged.  Above one can see a close-up of how the road is made up of logs.




Here is another shot of the road made up of logs from the rural road.




Heavy equipment has used this road.


Here is a picture of a mail box with a tooth ache!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017 - Thinking Outside the Box - Scoop and Brew - Quote - Samuel Johnson - Objections






This is a photograph of crowds leaving an area where 4th of July fireworks were being displayed.  I put this image in Picasa and worked on it a bit to include this eerie look.  It isn't my BEST work but it is a FIRST at trying something new.  Flesh in the dark showed up.  The policeman with a flashlight showed up. Car lights leaving the area showed up. Crowds walking toward their cars or homes showed up.  Where my husband and I were at the time showed up. I attempted this image knowing that I would receive objections and posted it anyways.


Photo taken near Scoop and Brew, Shell Lake, Wisconsin on 4th of July.

Quote:

"Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome."
~ Samuel Johnson

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017 - SkyWatch Friday - Sunset - Lac Court Oreilles, Hayward, Wisconsin - Quote - Elliot Erwitt - Observation


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SkyWatch over Lac Court Oreilles, Hayward, Wisconsin.

Quote:
"To me, photography is an art of observation.  It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
~ Elliot Erwitt

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - Outdoor Wednesday - #448 - Flowers


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I arrived for my appointment with a massage therapist early so decided not to waste the time.   I got out my cell phone and took pictures of flowers growing in the area.  See 3 planters below:










This is ground cover growing in our yard.




This piece of wood landed right by a tree growing in our yard.   Doesn't it look like a bird?   Do you see the beak and the eye?  Unusual find so it is part of our forest now.