Monday, June 20, 2016

Morning Dew


I just catch these catfish and put them back.Love to always catch the big ones of any species.

Around the house


Purple Coneflowers are gracing the entire state.






A heavy dew and recent rain made the Smoke Tree look almost covered in ice.

I was trying to catch the sparkle.

When I see these Spiderworts and Father's Day is near I think of a Father's Day trip to the Badlands and Sandhills. Those who have been in the Sandhills( North Central Nebraska) understand forty minutes drive is relatively short to run errands. Our project was a continued study over ten years of bison herds and making sure their rotation was not harming the native flora.A friend was away from his boy for the first time in twelve years. I felt his sadness a bit, and drew his favorite bloom, Spiderwort, on a card for him. I had everyone sign it and put a little note about their celebrations in the past. I  had to laugh a bit, since this was the first holiday I had spent away from my children, but nobody reacted.We ate buffalo steaks for dinner and toasted with a bit of wine left behind by previous visitors to this biological station in the middle of the Sandhills. The cooks from our base station had sent too any cookies for this event over two weeks, so we had a nice dessert. We sat around the fire and told family stores all night, serenaded by the coyotes, and the love of our families traveled across the prairie on a gentle prairie breeze.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Steve - brief comment as I need to get back to packing for my move - but love the Smoke Tree- and it is sparkling ... beautiful flowers and thank you for your conservation efforts ... while the cat-fish look healthy .. cheers Hilary

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  2. The cone flowers are really pretty. I wish they grew wild on our land. I planted some but I don't know if they will take or not.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful Father's Day:)
    That's one big fish. Glad you catch n release:)

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  4. I love cone flowers. I can see the sparkle on the smoke tree

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  5. I am really enjoying your posts as they contain so much that is new to me. I have never come across a smoke tree before but your photos of it are fantastic & I can see it sparkle! Love the spiderwort flowers too.

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  6. The flowers are all so beautiful. Special favorites here are the first one, with the butterfly, and the single purple cone flower. But they're all wonderful.

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  7. You gave us a great tour through your flowers.

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  8. Buffalo steaks sound interesting. I always wondered how it tastes.

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  9. I like how the spiderwort triggers that memory. I guess I am not the only person that happens to! Great shots. Love all the blossoms.

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  10. I imagine it would be tough to be away from family during a father's or mother's day. It sounds like reminiscing helped and it does for me too, when I think about loved ones who have passed on. Flowers are just so beautiful, I think they make our mind and heart mellow out.

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  11. All the pictures are beautiful but especially the first one.

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  12. I would have eaten that Catfish! I enjoyed seeing your flowers:)

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  13. I'm forever trying to catch the sparkle in the lens (not much luck there though). Love the smoke tree!

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  14. The cone flowers are my favorite. That is a lovely memory that you shared.

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  15. I need some cone flowers and daisies.
    Regarding that 8th grader that did the candidates at graduation...he was amazing. Look out Saturday Night Live! :)

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