Flowers and Weeds

In our travels, Pat and I are often amazed at the simple beauty of wildflowers and flowering weeds all along country roads. Here, without comment (other than captions), are some recent images from country roads and one from our garden.

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A Few Varieties

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The Queen’s Chamber

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Reclining Queen

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The Queen

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A Visitor

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Thistles in Morning Sun

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Blues Artist

rose

Garden Rose of Sharen

The Web

Pat yelled, “STOP!” (That’s our code word for slam on the brakes there’s something to photograph. . . as much as you can slam when doing 25 mph.). Then Pat, as navigator, commanded, “Back up”. (Pat likes short sentences.) That was followed with a milder “Stop.” and then “Look.”. The object of Pat’s attention was a web at least 2 feet across with connectors in both directions extending a total of 10-12 feet. I half expected the web to say “Wilbur is a Fine Pig.”

Spiders, in my opinion, are nature’s best architect. The glimmering, minuscule threads have to be strong enough to capture wayward prey, withstand rain and winds, all while being nearly invisible. Focusing a camera on a web takes a bit of work, but here is the best of what I managed. The wind blew just as I took the last image, but I liked it anyway.

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center

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connection

A Connector

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Coy Koi

Koi are basically ornamental carp. They come in many colors which add beautiful and graceful movement to a pond. Taking photos underwater can be a bit of a challenge, but these images came out well enough to share.

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Koi Pond

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trio

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Mist-ical Morning

Pat and I were rolling before the sun had cleared the horizon. We saw a gentle mist over many parts of our morning world and looked for places where our Nikons could capture some of the quiet beauty of the early hour. Our search took some time, but we found two settings that we treasured for our mist-ical mystical morning.

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Layers of Mist and Color

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Emerging Barn

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Above the Mist

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Clouds and Barn

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Magical Beauty

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Copse and Field

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Backlit Thistle

Family

Our family gathering at Greenfield Village was a lot of fun. Here are some shots of my family.

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Da Boys

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Three Generations (My spouse, a daughter-in-law, and my mom)

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Georgia Clan

BENAMY

NASCAR Ben racing with Mom

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Maddy at the Puppet Show

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The Puppet Show

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Mom at Beatles Exhibit (Henry Ford Museum)

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Me

Grills

No, not summer cookout grills but car grills. This post is for all those who love cars. See if you can guess the make and year. There are some presidential cars included in these grills.1915chevy

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headlights

ford

dde

fdr

reagan

57

56

desoto

edsel

unknown

overland

bugatti

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For those thinking of the other grills.

The Pond

This collection of images was taken around a pond at Greenfield Village. The pond is surrounded by craftsmen workshops (glass blowing, tinsmith, weaver, potter, etc.).

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Chimney and Reflections

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Flowers and Potter’s Building

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Standing Duck

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Portrait of a Duck

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Duck Herder

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Nemecek Clan and Lumber Yard

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The Mill

flowers and birch

Flowers and Birch

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