moth mullein

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The smell of a copycat Carrabba's lentil soup is permeating the house as I type my post tonight for 30 Days Wild, Day 30. The wildflower behind the good fence is a moth mullein. I retouched the image taking liberty of removing the daisy's that had seen better days. I then ran it through an app with painting ability. Hope you enjoy this beautiful flower.

orange day lilies

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30 Days Wild, Day 27
Also linking to Nature Notes today...


black eyed susans

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in the countryside the flowers are in bloom.
This is the time for singing; the song of
doves is heard in the fields.

Song of Songs 2:12, GNT

black eyed susans

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Black Eyed Susans with Weevil
30 Days Wild, Day 25



random five friday

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1) Spotted this baby robin yesterday in my yard. By evening  he or she was hiding beneath our eastern redbud for protection. If you look closely you'll see it has its downy hair still. Isn't he/ she adorable? If you'd like to see a video of him/ her hopping around in the yard waiting anxiously for mamas return you can go here. Sharing with 30 Days Wild, Day 24.

2) Yesterday my daughter was feeding her outside dog when she saw a snake. She came back inside for me so I could have a photo op. Naturally I follow her to the corner of our house and before I could snap the first shot it slithered away from sight, sigh...

3) Earlier this week a dear friend returned from her vacation with a gift for me.
It says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5... Isn't It beautiful?

4) Last Saturday I received my amazon order which included a fitbit clip replacement, a fitbit wristband and three books (Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy, The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler and Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper). Currently I'm reading Let Me Die In His Footsteps. So far I'm enjoying the read.

5) I recently bought my husband a weather station as a father's day/ birthday gift. Since setting it up we've had a few storms to pass through. Yesterday morning it registered the rainfall as .75". It rained again that evening and registered .08". In all we almost reached 1" of rainfall yesterday. I bought that station for my husband and I've been as excited to watch those numbers as he has.

eastern cottontail

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This cottontail has been gracing me with its presence for several weeks now. Yesterday evening I was able to capture this video footage of him/ her nibbling on the grasses. I'm sharing with Good Fences and 30 Days Wild, Day 23.



doe

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June 14th I spotted a young buck and while driving home yesterday I spotted this doe alongside the road. She was kind enough to allow me a side profile picture before running off into the woods. Photo was taken with my cell phone. I'm leaning the best camera is the one you have with you. Each deer was spotted exactly one week apart. 30 Days Wild, Day 22.

peonies

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So good to be back. Last week was a skip in my routine. I got to be part of a friend's 60th birthday celebration and a blessing for her short vacation. I also had a sunburn I was nursing. That meant I didn't walk outside or get any new pictures for 30 Days Wild. Today's pic is one I took with my cell phone earlier this month and grunged on my computer. These blooms are peonies. I walk past them everyday during my morning exercise. Aren't they beautiful?

Will be by everyone's blog tonight for commenting. Til then... Have a great day~

basking turtle

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One of many basking turtles I captured while kayaking Saturday at Kincaid Lake. 30 Days Wild, day 13.

cow vetch

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Bumblebee enjoying cow vetch. 30 Days Wild, Day 12.

Kincaid Lake

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Today hubby and I went kayaking at Kincaid Lake. This is one of many dragonflies we spotted during our paddle. I had to share because of its wing's reflection on the log.

Despite becoming a bit dehydrated and sunburned we had a great time. We spotted two great blue heron, a green heron, Canadian geese, two ducklings, lots of turtles, a buck and some finch that were in someone's yard. One decided I was to close to its home and came swooping down to my kayak. Made me smile.

Sharing with 30 Days Wild, day 11...



turkey vultures

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Three turkey vultures waiting their turn at the eastern fox squirrel lying on the road. 30 Days Wild, Day 10.

eastern fox squirrel

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Eastern fox squirrel scampering up a tree. 30 Days Wild, Day 9.

eastern box turtle

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Today's 30 Days Wild (day 7) image is of an eastern box turtle that was on my walking route this morning. I never know from one day to the next what I will see crossing the road. After photographing, I placed him/ her off road. By the time I'd returned for my second walk through he or she had already gone. At least it didn't make it back onto the road.

young buck

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How awesome is it when you go to McDonald's and see a young buck? And I captured this image with my cell phone. I edited it a bit before posting for 30 Days Wild, day 6.

kill deer

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Pictured is one of three kill deer we have around the house this year. I just love this image of what I believe to be the baby and It's tailfeathers upright against the evening wind. Day Five, 30 Days Wild...

robin

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Yesterday I didn't post my 30 Days Wild because I didn't return from the Cincinnati Museum and a visit with a second friend until late last night. The first half of my day began with a friend and I sharing time at the Bug Fest in Cincinnati, OH. We had a nice time even though it wasn't what I'd expected. Mostly dead bugs on display. I was hoping for live bugs to watch and handle, if possible. But, I did get two packets of wildflowers to plant which will attract butterflies. I also got to pet a hissing coach roach. Maybe I'll share the very brief video of me petting it in another posting.

Upon my return to town I went shopping with a friend from church. We had a great time. I bought some new shorts, a pair of earrings and a necklace that I would consider out of my comfort zone. It's rather big and has colorful beads.

My pic for yesterday's 30 Days Wild is an image of what I believe to be a baby robin. It was rather warm outside June 3rd as you can well imagine with this robin's open beak.  Isn't it adorable? A few seconds after this shot was taken the robin found a worm. 

moth mullein

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Today during my walk I spotted this moth mullein wildflower growing in a roadside culvert. I decided to grunge the background for day three's 30 Days Wild

eastern meadowlark

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Today I'm sharing this bedraggled looking eastern meadowlark for 30 Days Wild who was in my backyard this morning. We had quite the storm last night and by the looks of things this meadowlark was trying to dry out its feathers. It was kind enough to allow me a few shots before flying away.

lesser fritillary

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I'm sharing this butterfly as my start to 30 Days Wild. Come back everyday this month for a new image. The program was started last year as a way to engage everyone in nature. You can write a poem, garden, photograph natrue or even journal about your findings. The possibilities are endless.

Good Morning~

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I've been working diligently this past week on changes to my blog in hopes of a return today. There are a few  changes still needed before calling it complete but I can now resume my blogging efforts. I'm very excited to be back blogging among my friends and fellow bloggers alike. My last post was made January 2015. In the time that past I bought a new computer which had windows 8 initially. It almost made me stop using a computer all together as it was the most frustrating software I'd ever used in my life. It was NOT user friendly whatsoever. Shortly after my computer purchase I lost my external harddrive. Yes, that means I lost everything: poetry, pictures, files, etc... Luckily I had some photos uploaded elsewhere and will be able to save some. I also saved my poetry in other places and was able to restore almost all of my writings. As you well know with loss of that magnitude it takes time to restore. So  my time was initiated to the challenge of restoration.

May of last year brought new challenges. My dog who is a biter bit my right hand leaving my right index finger broken and severely infected. I went through a series of antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications to help it heal. This year it has no infection left to eat away at the bone but the right index finger (middle knuckle) is still swollen and the pain is still there. The doctor says that I had arthritis setting in and when my dog bit me it exacerbated my finger. Good news is the broken bone healed nicely and the pain could subside a little more with time.

Lastly, I've been an empty nester this past year. So, to fill the time I've been exercising and spending more time with my husband. I walk generally 6 miles everyday. I also lift weights (37) pounds and can do some pull ups without assistance. I portion my food daily with occasional slip ups inbetween. Now It's become such a habbit to exercise I don't feel right if I don't get it in. So, on that note I am going to leave you for my morning walk.

Watch this space as I will return this evening with a new post. Have a great day everyone.