Thursday, August 25, 2011

Heading Out

The golden glow of the sunrise
Reflects on a new day.
I look over the marsh
And marvel at the way,
How the beauty surrounds me
And all the creatures at play.
It is time to fish some more. A favorite to catch is  bass, I placed my knife close to show it's size today. I would rather be fishing  is my motto every morning. I have my van packed and plan on heading back out for a few days camping again.



 A giant catfish swims back to the depths.



The tiny bird is an American Goldfinch, it's call reminds me of my grandmothers canary who introduced us to Italian words we were asked not to repeat. It will soon molt into winter colors , a sure sign the fall season is coming our way. This is also the state bird here in Iowa, so I get a lot at my feeders throughout the seasons. You can see the plumes of Goldenrod ready to turn the prairie a bright yellow, along with the tall bluestem grasses.






 Pale Indigo seed pods




The dog days of summer are still around. Lily followed along looking for shade as the temperature was well above my body temperature.Sometimes the only shade was my shadow so I had to watch stepping on her after pausing to take a picture. We  headed for a dip at a nearby lake, and a picnic to shrug off the heat. Her newest word she responds to is potato chip, which along with the word cookie will have her sitting up until satisfied with a treat.

27 comments:

  1. Such lovely shots. I do love summer and all it brings and feel a kind of down to think it's coming t an end. Then I remember all of the beautiful photography that autumn brings .. and that you will share. That Lily is a wee gem.

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  2. I think these August days are my favorite....
    I'm glad you're going out fishing...I think that those fishing times can be the best pondering times!

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  3. Lily looks Pooped in that heat! When does the cooler weather start rolling in in your area?
    Love your photos! Must be nice to take off and fish! Sigh....
    hughugs

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  4. Amazes me how someone takes a walk and has such an eye to see the tiny, the small, the life in their view. I like to think I saunter and take all in, but I'm not certain my eye stops to admire something I see - just a big sweep taking it all in. I appreciate the stopping you do, to bring more life to mine.

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  5. You've captured some beautiful late summer shots. Had to laugh reading that Lily responds to "chip" :) Our Lucys word is "cheese"...she spins circles with excitement!!

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  6. Nothing like fishing.Nice pics.

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  7. Happy thoughts, lovely pics.

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  8. Lily is your little star in this post, she is so adorable. I have enjoyed all your photos again. Thanks for stopping by my earthquake post. Everyone's wondering what Hurricane Irene will get up to now.

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  9. That first picture is stunning. The rest are also very good of course. And dogs are so much smarter than many people give them credit for. I love when they learn different words.

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  10. The pale indigo seed pods look like rocks on a stem. Wonderful picture.

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  11. These are all beautiful images, Steve; but that butterfly on the thistle is just stunning. Good job. Keep providing shade for little Lily, and watch where you step. :)

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  12. This post hit every single corner of summer fun. Life in the prairie is different than I imagined. Love the photgraphs.

    I agree, can't get enough of the rod and reel. My fishing season is ending early this year, but there's always next year right?

    Thank you. I enjoyed this tour a lot!

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  13. Hey Steve,
    I'm honestly not sure about the pickle question. My recipe calls for water to vinegar 2/1 (quarts) and a cup of canning salt. Other than being short lived and possibly not as crisp, the taste may seem a bit "off".

    Sorry I wasn't more help.

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  14. Those indigo seed pods look like something from another planet, don't they? Amazing -- and little Lily is such a good companion. :)

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  15. so nice to see the green and wild flowers. still bone dry here.

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  16. Hi Steve, looks like you are not only having a good time going fishing, but also capturing some beautiful shots. Summer is still around here on the VA eastern shore with temps today near 90 and a possible hurricane for the weekend.

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  17. Have a wonderful camping and fishing experience, Steve... Come home with lots of delicious fish!!!!!!

    Does Lily go with you? I'm sure she does... If she didn't, then who would be there to make you behave????? ha
    Betsy

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  18. Great marsh photo! And a canary swearing in Italian! Buddy loves those little fingerling carrots and strawberries for treats. I think he knows both words. He definitely knows where they're kept!

    Yea, good summer fun.

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  19. I just haven't been able to get out anywhere this year so I really appreciate all the photos and stories.

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  20. Small world. Yesterday I collected some of those very same seed pods to plant along my native wildflower border. :)

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  21. It would have been no fun catching that catfish! haha he/she was huge!

    the pics are lovely as usual! same goes for the story!

    thank you for your comment last Monday and yes the waiting is really though!
    Leontien

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  22. you and Lily sure are busy. Enjoy the fishing and hope you have plenty of chips for Lily. Does she have a favorite brand:)

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  23. Wonderfull first photo, Syeve !
    I ate fish for the lunch.
    Nice serie. Very beautiful Butterflies.
    Have a great week-end !

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  24. Hi Steve. Beautiful photos! I used to catch bass like that years ago. Can you believe it's almost September??!! It seems like summer has gone by so fast. Of course we still have some warm days ahead but the trees are looking duller and I can see through them more now. Must be the leaves are already drying up and falling off. I hate to see winter come. But I do enjoy Fall the best. Take care.

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  25. Beautiful photos! I really like the first one.

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  26. Well those insects are likely the first ones I've ever found lovely. :)

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  27. Beautiful pics of yours, as always, especially of Lily...So you went some more fishing. These bass sure taste good....Stay cool and take care!...Have a good week!...Heidi

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