Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Stroll: Water Gardens And More

A light rain just made everything freshen up. After three days of heat not common for September or fall, I was almost going to take you to the beach.

I am so hungry I could eat a horse. But often on Sunday it is chicken. Join me for a nice Sunday meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans and a salad, mostly from farm to table. My daughter is a good cook and farmers wife.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Around The Prairie Sits Beauty Everywhere

A mother and her fawn look cautiously before entering the woods.
I listen to the silent flight of butterfly wings all around.
One lights close and I race to record it's beauty.
I whisper a thank you and bid them a nice day.

Blue Lobelia
Monarch caterpillars in the milkweed garden.

Moon Flower

E-e-e-e-e--K! Hentz's Orbweaver

Gomphrena makes a good dry flower for arrangements also.

Miniature Cleome in some Dill
A rose and some Four O'clocks not opened yet. Four O'clocks were always a packet of seed I planted for my mother and still do. I can always hear her voice in appreciation and smile with the memories they create.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rainy Daze

Most of this month I have devoted toward tagging Monarch Butterflies, as part of a program through the University of Kansas studying migrations. I started with a group of Boy Scouts whose leader had went to school down there. It was 1994 and sounded interesting to me, after finding I preferred research projects over teaching sometimes. Hard to stress out chasing butterflies, or with my method, directing children to ones I have spotted. The 3M company developed a special sticker to use for this. One identifies the longitude and latitude where they are caught. Then we sex them and record the time, before releasing them. Many state,county, and city parks across the nation gather groups to help with this. If you have never tried, check with your various conservation people to find out more. Today was beautiful and a good day to be outside, with short moments of rain arriving, a challenge to take a bike ride. I chose the Botanical Center in Des Moines along with a International Food fair also nearby. I hope you enjoy the treasures I have to offer.

Koi swim slowly
No cares in their world
Sharing the day with me.