Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sunny Prairie Spring



A prairie castle stands off in the background
The start of a fairy tale.
Last years nest, many are sitting on nests right now. I have been watching a new eagle nest, they laid eggs near Valentine's Day.

With the right angle getting full use of the sun I was able to ghost out this plant. If I moved even a fraction of an inch I would have had full focus like this next shot.
These are all dried goldenrod blooms.
A second attempt, I got better definition.


Can one ever look more laid back?
Life is good lounging
On a giant piece of limestone.
Playing with the contrails and sunset, there weren't many clouds to  use.
Rather nice to have 750 acres of prairie all to myself. Meanwhile over in Grand Island , Nebraska is the Sandhill Crane migration.



14 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous pictures. I have never seen a crane migration. They must sound somewhat like my peacocks used to. Made quite a racket.

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  2. 750 acres of Prairie sounds like heaven. Wow! I love the "ghost" plants. I learned something new!

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  3. These shots are lovely. Spring moving into your area. The prairie has wonderful muted shades of brown. Your sunlit photos of the dried, goldenrod blooms are gorgeous. Nice to see a photo of you, too!

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  4. I love both of those golden shots of the goldenrod. Some great sky photos, too; and the start of a fairy tale was pretty neat. What a treat to see (and, no doubt, to hear) the Sandhill Crane migration in person.

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  5. Next year I plan to go to Grand Island or close by to watch the sandhill cranes. This year I am restricted for personal reasons but next year I will not feel guilty about going. You "ghost" pictures would make lovely stationery.

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  6. spring finally made it's way to you. that looks like a pretty busy section of sky.

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  7. I like the 3 different pictures of the dried goldenrod

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  8. I love the goldenrod photos! How lucky to see the cranes. As always thanks for the stroll.

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  9. I always wanted to see a bunch of sandhill cranes. I've seen one so far. It may have been the biggest bird I've ever seen.

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  10. Hi Steve - wonderful photos ... and yes you are lucky with your private 750 acress of prairie ... then that lizard lounging - looks to be fun ... enjoy the weekend - and watching your eagle nest ...

    Our film society put on "The Eagle Huntress" - an amazing film - about a Kazakh girl from Mongolia, who through sheer determination over came the prejudices of a male dominated society ... amazing, amazing footage - you'd love it - close ups of eagles and the scenery is extraordinary ...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_Huntress here's a write up ... if you can get hold of it sometime ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  11. Hi Steve, Beautiful photos as always. I would love your privacy and photo ops on your acreage. The "ghost" plant picture is stunning. I also enjoyed the sandhill cranes. Thanks for your comment on my Amish bakery post - I am envious that you bake your own bread. That is something I have never tried to do!

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  12. Fantastic photos of the ghost plant! The light is just gorgeous! Amazing to see so many sandhill cranes all in one place like that!

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  13. Happy Saturday Steve. Thank you for your comment on my school lunch post. The buttered bread you received as a treat sounds good. I often took a sack lunch too and since I did not like loaf (white) bread my mom would send a biscuit instead. Good memories!

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