Sunrise on the Prairie

Sunrise breaking through the morning fog on Mnoke Prairie – Indiana Dunes National Park.

This is a marvelous trail for an easy stroll and bird watching.

The Mnoke Prairie trail combines with the Little Calumet River Trail. The short version of the hike starts at the Bailly Homestead and goes along the Little Calumet River for about a mile before coming to a fork on the path. A sign to the left marks the start of the Mnoke Prairie. The looped trail from this point is slightly less than one mile long.

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Ragtag Daily Prompt – Fog

Peek-a-Boo

Macro Monday

A moth was trying to hide underneath the petal of tall tickseed but I persisted! I finally had to get down on my knees to get a better view.

Peek-a-Boo

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Cee’s Macro Monday Challenge – Macro

Seemingly Motionless

Male and female wood ducks, seemingly motionless and at rest.

At least, I think these are wood ducks. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Enjoying some time at Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan.

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One Word Sunday – Rest
Water Water Everywhere

Celebrating the Familiar- Pt. 2

Celebrating the Familiar – Seward Johnson, sculptor

This is part two of a post from last week on the Celebrating the Familiar exhibition at the Dallas Arboretum and Garden.

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Photographing Public Art Challenge

A Walk to Chellberg Farm

A Walk to Chellberg Farm

A visit to Chellberg Farm starts on a tree lined trail. If you just keep walking about one half mile you’ll catch a glimpse of the farmhouse. Get off the main trail a little bit and take a right to get a lovely view of the prairie, some cows, pigs and the garden. Early mornings are often filled with sunshine breaking through the fog. On this day, I happened to run into Mr. and Mrs Chellberg, all dressed in their gardening clothes as the watched over their lovely flowers, fruits, and veggies of all varieties.

Chellberg Farm is on one of several trails that are part of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Keep Walking

World of Fences

World of Fences


“The wide world is all about you.
You can fence yourselves in,
but you cannot forever fence it out.”

J.R.R. Tolkien


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Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Fences and Gates

Radiant and Fanciful

Macro Monday

Sunflowers – Radiant and Fanciful

It is impossible for me to look at fanciful sunflowers without smiling. These were enjoyed at the Community Garden of Butterfly Meadows in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Do they make you smile?

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Ragtag Daily Prompt – Fanciful
Flower of the Day

The Calming Sky

The Calming Sky at Sunrise


“It’s not just my imagination. Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon,
and the stars really does make me feel calm and hopeful.
It’s much better medicine than valerian or bromide.
Nature makes me feel humble and ready to face every blow with courage.”

Anne Frank


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Ragtag Daily Prompt – Bromide
Weekend Sky

Celebrating the Familiar

Celebrating the Familiar – Seward Johnson, sculptor

Exactly one year ago, I got to experience the most realistic bronze sculptures spread throughout the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s landscape. The stories told by the Celebrating the Familiar exhibition were simply delightful.

Another post with a few more pics of Seward Johnson’s sculptures Part 2 will follow next week.

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Photographing Public Art Challenge

Memories

Making Unforgettable Memories

My longtime followers may remember these pics from previous posts. Forgive me for using them once again but this trip to Hawaii has been on my mind recently. Some may also know that my hubby is a professional pilot and I occasionally get to travel with him across the country and around the world to places like Paris, London, Germany, Cabo, Puerto Rico, and a previous trip to Maui.

So why was this trip so special, you may ask. Well, this trip was planned entirely by my hubby to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in 2019. It was not tied to his work schedule and he was just a passenger sitting next to me, instead of the captain in the cockpit. That is not the norm.

My hubby realized that I loved Maui and the people there after I tagged along on one of his previous flights to the island. For that reason, he planned on Maui as our first stop on our magnificent vacation. Before coming home, we also flew into Honolulu for a few days. Seeing Honolulu had been my dream ever since I was a little girl. It was a place that I never believed possible to get to but I dreamed and a special person made it happen.

As I look at the life behind me, I remember many things that I believed would be impossible for me to do. I realize that they definitely may have been hopeless if not for a friend, a teacher, or a cherished family member who held out a hand or said an encouraging word needed at the time. Sometimes, all it takes one person to take the first step and then another person takes the reins over the next hurdle. That is how memories are made.

Make a memory in one person’s day and you might have just made one for yourself too.

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Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – Must Have Two M’s in the Word