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Friday, March 29, 2013

Photo Friday - Springy Things!

It is starting to warm up a little bit around these parts, making me eager to get out of the house!  I have all sorts of "springy" pictures from this past week.  This is Day 2 of Easter break and we are hoping to get outta dodge for the day.  I've been wanting to visit New Salem, outside of Springfield, IL for quite awhile now and decided that today would be the day to walk around this historical site.  I caught this candid shot of my son practicing his harmonica while sitting next to one of the Honest Abe statue.  I thought it would be a good Photo Friday shot.  Only I apparently missed the deadline for this week.  Oops!  Oh well it works for a travel photo too.  New Salem is a fun place to visit and the volunteers there are awesome!  Knowledgable and super friendly!  I will be posting more about it soon :).

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Photo Friday - What a Difference a Year Makes

I find weather patterns interesting.  Maybe it's because my husband is a farmer and the weather patterns can literally make or break us.  We need to pay attention to what is going on more then most others do so we can make the right decisions for our crops.  As a nature photographer I seem to pay attention to it more too, just in what seasonal pictures I end up taking.  The difference between last year and this year is VERY striking.  Take a look....

Both of these pictures were taken within a couple of days of each other, a year apart.  Flowers blooming like crazy last year.  I remember walking around in a short sleeve shirt.  This year, we had snow the first day of Spring AND we are looking to get more snow tomorrow and Sunday.  Crazy!  We also had one of the warmest, if not the warmest summer on record last year as well as a drought.  Our crops were the worst my husband had ever seen since he's been farming.  This year who knows what will happen.  I believe we are having a more "normal" March if you can call it that.  Anybody else have to pay attention to the weather patterns of where they live for one reason or another??

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Dubuque Iowa Skiing-Last of the Winter Fun

Before we usher in spring with our upcoming 50 degree weather, which I am glad to do, I've got one maybe two more winter posts left.  I was so excited to be able to get in at least one day of skiing this year.  I wish we could have gotten in more, but since my child is still learning, anyplace even remotely expensive was not in our travel plans.  Not yet!  Especially since he spent most of the afternoon like this....
Skiing in Dubuque
See him in the far back, on the ground and in the snow.  My husband and I spent the bulk of our time trying not to laugh, so we didn't make him feel bad.  Poor kid, he was trying, but was having a hard time of it. 

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Photo Friday-Catching Snowflakes

We still have some snow on the ground for now.  Give it a few days and I believe it will be all gone and the ground will be mushy and soupy.  I am waiting on spring, but still enjoying the last vestiges of winter as well.  Today's Photo Friday focuses on the fun of catching snowflakes. 
catching snowflakes 2
If you have not done this yet, you must!  It is a simple yet good time.  Bring out your magnifying glass and take a peek at them.  Check out the differences in each little snowflake before they float away.  A few snowflake quotes, just cuz I like them.
1. A snowflake is like a winter's butterfly.
 -Author Unknown- 
2. Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.
-Vista M. Kelly-
3.  Nature is full of the divinity; so not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hands.
 -Henry David Thoreau-
4.  Inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
 -How the Grinch Stole Christmas-
5. Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.
-Author Unknown-
6.When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. 
-Author Unknown-
I choose to make snow angels :).  Enjoy your last few days of winter.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

California Dreaming - Beaches Galore!!

I'm sitting here at my computer, awaiting yet another snowstorm to get started outside and I'm going through my pictures from my California trip from May of last year.  I'm a big scrapbooker and organizing the bijillion pictures that I take is part of what I need to do to get a travel scrapbook going.  You can read my post about travel memories here.  As I'm going through my pictures I realized just how many beaches we went to on our trip out there!  I love beaches and each beach is slightly different no matter how close together they are on the map.  I did some driving up the PCH but I didn't get too far because I kept wanting to stop.  I have written about La Jolla here, but there were so many others that were just as much fun to visit.  First up heading from San Diego north to LA is...
cabrillo shoreline 1

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Photo Friday - Welcome March!

Since this is the first day of March I considered putting up a pretty spring flower or something, just to get me into the springtime mood, but it is still very wintery around the midwest.  Call me crazy, but I actually like snow.  It makes everything so pretty.  Without snow, winter is just yucky, but snow makes it magical and I was so happy to capture it.
Yesterday we had these gentle flakes floating down from the sky and so I wanted to try and see if I could catch them for a picture.  Surprisingly I was able to.  I don't have a macro lens which would have allowed me to get super close to the snowflake and capture more details, but I worked with what I had.  I had to zoom in and sharpen up the image to get this.  I just love looking at the different snowflake designs.  I find it fascinating that all flakes are different.  Hope you enjoy the picture.

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