Friday, December 19, 2014

A Bit Of Sun

There, that is all the sun in weeks. I was blessed with warm weather for a few days and went out fishing yesterday for the entire morning catching large numbers of trout. I put all of them back except a few I invited over for lunch after they swallowed the hook too deep. It rained on me, but it was worth getting wet having fun.This water stays open most of the winter and is what attracts all the eagles to feast on fish. I am about eighty miles upstream from the Mississippi River so they work any open water in between.

Church at this home had all the rides parked together
Poor guy just wanted to chat with someone, he has a rather forlorn look. By the sounds being carried over the prairie, many bulls are doing more than chatting.
Have you ever seen something that catches your eye and then laughed when you discover what it was? These were where they painted along a drive to mark a race. One year I was on the Gulf of Mexico near Padre Island in Texas for Christmas. As I approached the water I saw a small duck on the edge of the shore. I had a poor little camera and started shooting a lot  as I crept up to get closer. I figured I would at least have an ID photo. I was surprised it didn't fly away until I got real close. It was a wayward decoy. I wondered how it looked when they x-rayed my luggage because it came home with me and sits out in the garden all summer. A memento of a good laugh.

This is a time of year when we need to look back and find those simple things that have made our lives happy. Some need to dwell on that happy more than the sad. Holidays can be tough, I  make a different celebration than what I did over a decade ago. I am the oldest member in my family and have outlived all my siblings, parents and other family. I have developed an extended family who I share the thoughts and ideas with, many of them are you. Happiness will stay with you forever if you keep it close to your heart. I send out wishes of health and happiness to all I know and love, carried on a gentle prairie breeze.

A Bluebird of happiness has stayed around with many others.

Just horsing around, this herd of over twenty all matched. I see kids riding them, but didn't realize how big of herd this family had.

A bull shares stories with some babies. For some reason I identified with this guy, I always can find a tale to share.

A Red Fox running from me fast up over the hill. With the help of Lisa Two Bears  saying she had blogged for five years I looked back and realized I have been doing it for four years on 12/2. There are many who have been with me all that time, and even more who have joined through the years. It is fun to have friends all over and share our thoughts and lives.


  1. I know the landscapes look bare, but there is really a lot of beauty to be seen all around. Love the deer images.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  2. Hello There, I enjoyed your post today. Great photos on the prairie. Glad you had a day to go fishing... Love the eagles!!!! Bet they are enjoying those trout!!!!!

    Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I do try to read blogs—but just haven’t commented very much lately like I usually try to do. Please don’t give up on me. Hopefully my life will be back to ‘normal’— whatever that is (ha), sometime in January.

    I did get a cortisone shot in my knee —which has helped with the pain somewhat. In January, I will most likely have meniscus tear surgery…. BUT—in the meantime, I plan to have a fantastic Christmas —and hopefully get to see my kids/grands… God is Good.


  3. Glad you gotta go fishing! I've been dying to go, but no time! Ugh! I could sit on the banks of the snake river in any kinda weather to have a salmon or steelhead hit my line! I usually release them, figuring if they bite once, they might bite again! I will keep one for the BBQ though!
    I just love love love the Amish ponies! And the Amish people. What an inspiration they are to me. Would love to go back in time like them. :)
    Merry Christmas my prairie dwelling friend.

  4. Glad you enjoyed yourself fishing. I never seem to be able to remember how long it is that I've been blogging but it always amazes me how far I've taken it. It's been a great adventure and the people I've met through blogger are wonderful

  5. Your posts and pics are always thoughtful and cheerful, Steve, I like that....")

  6. Stents seem to do wonders. I hope it gives you many more good years that you can look back on.

  7. Your story about the duck decoy reminds me of the time I saw a heron wading in the water. I whipped out my camera as fast as I could and began taking pictures, only to discover seconds later that it was fake. I was very embarrassed even though I was alone.

  8. glad you had some warm days. our winter has been mild so far but then it doesn't usually really get cold til January. no picture of the duck decoy? glad your procedure went well.

  9. Congrats on four years! I have been to Padre before. Love your horse shot!

  10. What great shots I can't choose a favorite. We used to have a cow the same as the red and white one you captured. Congratulations on four years. I have to say I always feel like I have gone on a walk with you and get to listen to your stories. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hi OOTP - I'm nearly in the elderly platoon - but there are lost of my mother's cousins still around - scattered across our smallish island - of our lot I sit with the platoon of many ...

    Love the thought of fresh trout .. and seeing your Prairie .. and hearing the stories around the hinterland - and the beginning of the Mississippi conjures much ...

    I move into my 7th year in January .. but it's lovely meeting bloggers across this sphere of ours and seeing new areas .. cheers Hilary

  12. Congrats on 4 years! Love the critters!


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