Discovery

Innocence

Discovery

What can I say?   Just another day of discovery and wonder for this 18 month old.

Thought for the Day:  There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.    Winston Churchill

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Cooked Goose

Cooked Goose?

Cooked Goose?

I was exploring a new subdivision in western Douglas County, NE when a severe thunderstorm rolled in.  The wind came up, the sky darkened, thunderclaps exploded in the west, and I grabbed my camera.

I got off a few shots before sheets of rain draped my car, and drove me inside.  I was lucky to get this lightning bolt.

The geese didn’t seem too concerned that all their flights had been cancelled.

Thought for the Day:  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.                                                                                                                                                      American Proverb

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2,977 Reminders

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

The flags were equally spaced in rows and columns along the grassy slope of Omaha’s Memorial Park.  A fitting place for the temporary memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack, with the large granite memorial to Omaha’s fallen war veterans standing tall and protective at the top of the knoll.

The flags were placed by a local Boy Scout troop.  Each flag gave the victim’s name, age, occupation, hometown and where they died (North Tower, South Tower, Pentagon or Flight 93 in Pennsylvania) on the morning of  September 11, 2001.

I stood among the flags and gasped at how large an area it took to place 2,977 miniature flags less than a yard apart.  The war on terror took on a new meaning 13 years ago, and, while this memorial is only temporary, it is a painful reminder that the war on terror is far from over.

Thought for the Day:    Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.    Jim Valvano

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Squirt!

Milking

Milking

One of the best exhibits at the Iowa State fair is the Children’s Farm.  Kids plant the seeds, harvest the crop, take it to the market, sell it, and receive payment that they cash in for an ice cream bar on the way out.

They also drive a tractor, gather eggs and milk cows; quite a learning experience for the little ones.

Thought for the Day:   What did the mama cow say to her calf?   It’s pasture bedtime.

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Star Trails

Star Trails

Star Trails

It wasn’t the best night for star gazing, clouds coming and going, but it gave me some idea what is possible.

Setting my camera on a tripod in northeast Nebraska, where the night sky is not contaminated with city lights, I tried several combinations of shutter speed and ISO.  My first attempt at making star trails, the results are encouraging.

Thought for the Day:  It’s lovely to live on a raft.  We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.    Mark Twain

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Grinders

Grinders on Parade

Grinders on Parade

Labor Day!  My salute to all the hard working men and women of America.  Especially the true laborers: the blue collar factory workers, the worker bees, the lunch pail crowd, the field hands, the garbage collectors, the mechanics, commercial fishermen, miners, heavy equipment operators, carpenters, restaurant workers, masons, dry wallers, electricians, plumbers, lumberjacks, farmers, tin men, roofers, ranchers, truck drivers, railroad workers, trappers, fur traders, and bartenders, etc.   All, of which, make up the backbone of America’s production.

Hats off to the people who actually work for a living, the ones who are willing to work to earn a living, the ones with a strong work ethic, the ones that take pride in their work, the ones with self-respect gained from a hard-earned paycheck, the ones too proud to accept handouts, and the self-reliant people who eke out a living in spite of government’s “help”.

Take the day off, you deserve it.

Thought for the Day:  The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.                                                                                                                                  Vince Lombardi

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Lousy Paint Job

Light Painting

Light Painting

This is my first attempt at light painting.

In total darkness, the camera is focused on the subject with the aperture wide open.  The shutter is set for a time release, so it stays open until you manually close it.  While the shutter is open a light source “paints” the subject.  The light is the only thing that shows up in the picture.

Hmmm, I need a steadier hand and waaaay more practice.

Thought for the Day:  Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if its good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.         Andy Warhol

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