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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Butterfly

As part of a summer photo scavenger hunt from Go Explore Nature this is my photo of the week, taken the other day at a local state park.
I found this beauty while hiking a local state park.  I had been looking for something to photograph as I was walking.  This guy was actually in front of the concession stand where they had a small but pretty wildflower garden.  I just thought the blue coloring was beautiful.  He is blue throughout the back of him as well.  There were several of these kinds of butterflies flitting around the flowers.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

I just LOVE 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July
Even though it is usually hot and sticky, my American pride just comes blazing out.  Every year I always try to get some decent fireworks pictures.  It's a challenge of mine. 

fireworks 3
I'm usually not overly impressed by them, but I continue to try.  Sometimes I just play around with other random things that I see during 4th of July celebrations.
flag and toy
Who knew a child's toy could be sooo much fun to play with and photograph!  This was a challenge to try and get the colors that kept changing around on the star stick.
4th of July Fun
4th of July gives me an excuse to do something fun, totally girly, and patriotic. 

We don't usually do anything very exciting over the 4th.  It is not a normal time for us to travel.  Although I would enjoy seeing fireworks in other parts of the country, but for the most part we hang out around home and try to scout out the best fireworks we can find by us.  We have been to several small town fireworks and other slightly larger town fireworks.  This year we are going to check out Hannibal(America's Hometown) Missouri's fireworks and see how they are.  A bonus is they are celebrating a local small town festival called National Tom Sawyer Days.
American flag
God Bless America!
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
O'er purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
America. America
God shed his grace on thee
And crown they good in brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Field Trip Friday 2 - Keokuk Iowa Lock and Dam Tour

Did you ever wonder where all that electricity that you have in your house ever came from?  I have to admit it has not been one of my personal top questions that I have asked.  This past Saturday though I had the opportunity to take a tour of the lock and dam near my hometown and see exactly how all that power is made and where it goes.  Well not exactly as they keep a lot of that stuff secret or at least don't let any ole person see it, but I did get to see some cool stuff on the tour anyway.


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