Monday, July 28, 2014

Project 52 2014 #31

The rural area I live in is now surrounded with fields of ripening grain. It is truly a golden harvest.  I'm joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday. 

Texture Tuesday {African Daisies}


African Daisies come in so many colors and shapes; each summer, I buy as many varieties as I think will grow in the pots on my back porch.  These white ones with the deep purple centers are probably my favorite, both for color and for their willingness to bloom all summer.  Joining with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


"Wyatt," not your usual name for a horse, but that's what my sister-in-law calls her four-year-old Morgan gelding.  He's a friendly character, so I was able to stand right in front of him with my camera.  

Summer Flowers

I'm fortunate to have beautiful peonies bloom in late spring and early summer; I wish they lasted longer. Within a few weeks, however, the summer blooms begin:  black-eyed Susans (rudbeckia) and coneflowers.  The colors are perfect in the summer heat. My early hydrangea begins turning from white to pink, too. I do love the summer perennials. Just this week, I purchased two more plants: deep red coneflower and deep red rudbeckia.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rodeo Re-Cap

Over a period of four days, I took hundreds of photos of the 67th annual Elgin Stampede in our little town, population 1700.  These are representative of the rodeo activities:

A local 15-year-old presented the flag at the Saturday show

Calf roping...also known as "tie-down roping"

Saddle bronc riding. There is also bareback riding: the cowboy doesn't have a saddle

Steer wrestling, once known as "bulldogging"

Barrel racing, an all-female event -- a timed event with 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern

A local 14-year-old barrel racer

Stampede drill team -- all-female group

Team Roping: one cowboy "heads" by roping the horns and his partner "heels" by catching the back legs

Bull riding: like all riding events, the cowboy tries to stay on for 8 seconds

The bulls won more often than the cowboys

Many modern bull riders wear helmets in addition to protective vests in this dangerous event

Monday, July 21, 2014

Project 52 2014 #30

I've chosen a colorful still life for Week #30 of Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday. It's a sprig of hydrangea blossoms in a glass bottle and a green dragonfly ornament in a bathroom window.

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Texture Tuesday {Anthropologie Cup and Hydrangea}

One of my two hardy hydrangeas is blooming, so I'll be taking as much advantage of the delicate blooms as I can.  In addition, I've chosen one of my two cups from Anthropologie.  My setting:  the edge of the sink in our tiny "guest" bathroom because the morning sun is wonderful there.  I'm joining with Kim's Texture Tuesday, a "Free and Easy" theme.

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