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.
Monday, July 28, 2014
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
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
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
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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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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