Ugh. As they say in the restaurant business, I’m in the weeds. I’m trying to find some balance in all this busyness so you know what that means? It’s time to step away from it all for a few moments. And that’s what Matilda and I did this morning. We stepped outside for some fresh air and I decided I’d try the multiple exposure function on my Canon 70D. I was encouraged to try this from my friend Tracie over HERE. I’ve done some double exposures in Photoshop by layering but this is the first time I’ve tried this function in camera. I obviously need more practice. In this image, one shot is of sagebrush and a bald sky. The other is of Tilda but because of the bald sky, there isn’t any detail for her upper half. But I like the stripes and curl of her tail. :)
Our little walk made it all better. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!
I took a drive over to Guernsey, WY this weekend for an evening walk around the park with a local botanist. We hiked around the beautiful grasslands and learned about native and non-native grasses and flowers. It was a beautiful evening and a real treat to learn about plants that inhabit the Wyoming wild-lands. And yes, I asked her about my Bouquet of Poison and she confirmed, like most of you all, that it is indeed Yarrow. Phew! What a relief. :) Happy Monday folks!
I picked a bouquet of beautiful wildflowers while working on a project for a client this past weekend. I came home and Googled these wildflowers and realized that 90% of what I picked were poisonous to livestock and humans. But only if you ingest them of course. So here we have a ladybug hanging on Poisonous Hemlock. Hemlock was used in ancient Greece to poison condemned prisoners. It is said that Socrates was given this after being condemned to death for impiety.
I still have the bouquet on my porch. Patrick has been real nice to me lately. Probably out of fear that I may boil hemlock in his tea. I would NEVER….or would I? (Que dramatic Law & Order chime and spooky laugh) :)
Happy Hump Day folks!
Looks like Tilly is digging for nose goblins. :)
Not really, I just caught her during bath time. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!
This big fella followed me down the road during a photo shoot this weekend. He blended into the rock path quite well but those eyes were strikingly aqua. He was either eating an ant or one was crawling on him. I don’t know, he didn’t stay long.
Hope you had a nice weekend!
Milkweed in the evening light.
My little pumpkin sunshine of love crouches in a warm window sill to watch me work in the yard. :)
Happy Tilda Tuesday my friends!
We spotted our first fawn this weekend. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get to see them here at our new place but sure enough, this doe and her baby passed through the meadows yesterday afternoon. I am giddy with excitement but I did keep my distance. I want her to feel safe to come back.
She stopped for a little sip of mother’s milk. So sweet!
Needle and thread grass and mini sunflowers in June are a sure sign of a wet summer. Can you feel the breeze blowing through the grass as the scent of sage whirls all around you? That’s exactly how it was in the moment I took this image. It’s just another beautiful day in paradise here in wonderful Wyoming. I wish you all a beautiful weekend my friends!
My heart is filled with hope as I got word this morning that a family member who was in a horrible car accident is doing well through her surgery. With a broken pelvis and dislocated leg, she is in for a long recovery. And so, with the help of her wonderful network of friends and family, her 2 little boys and dedicated husband, she WILL pull through. I love you Christine!
We took the cows to the hills for summer grazing.
I think they’ll enjoy it. The grass is up to their bellies.
While leaving, we found ourselves in a horse race.
As we slowed down to let the horses “win”, Patrick spotted a baby antelope in the tall grass.
He crouched, trying to hide from me.
But no such luck. I had my eye on him.
We drove on and when I looked back, I saw momma coming to care for her young.
Aside from the mosquitoes, this is a wonderful time of year in Wyoming. :)
Baby goats and little girls in tutus, that’s what a recent family portrait session was made of. I have some great neighbors who stopped us on the road where we were shooting and said they had 5 baby goats who just love little girls in tutus. He was right! We had a blast and the goats were precious. The girls were a little hesitant about getting too close, heck the goats were a little shy as well. All in all we got some great shots that day and I giggled and cooed when this shy guy flashed a smile.
Matilda and I have been in a creative slump these last couple of weeks. It’s okay, it happens occasionally. She enjoys her 12 hour naps in the guest bedroom while I work around the house and yard, schedule photo shoots, and learn how to drive my new-to-me mountain bike. I have big projects lined up for this summer and I’m hoping my bike will come in handy. Anyway, Tilda and I are doing good and hope the same goes for you!
Meows and hugs to you on this fine Tilda Tuesday. :)
We’re still kind of waiting for summer around here. Rainstorms have been blowing through weekly and temperatures are quite chilly some days. At least the sunsets are consistently beautiful. Last night the clouds looked like pink velvet in the sky as far as the eye could see. Such is life in wonderful Wyoming.
A good friend of ours from back east came out to Colorado on a business trip and drove up to wonderful Wyoming to stay with us for a couple days. Phil went on a tough journey with throat cancer last year and we are excited to see him doing so well. Our celebration and delight called for an old west photo shoot. We love you Phil!
Scenes from a foggy, misty weekend.
And I’ll tellya, we had to build a fire a couple of nights this weekend.
Ahem… yes, it’s June.
Apparently Mother Nature is calling for more rain and thunderstorms this weekend. We are just about waterlogged but it’s okay. Better than the alternative I say.
Here’s to stormy skies, rainbows and Wyoming breezes. Cheers!
I took this image of the Great Horned Owl and her Nestling exactly three weeks ago. I’ve been checking on them every other day or so since then and they’ve been hanging out and stretching their wings. I guess momma has been teaching baby to fly for some time now. I knew the time was drawing near.
I’ve gone to the bluff every day this week.
The nest is empty. It has been quiet there all week. I’d say their timing is good because the river is up so high and is raging past the bluffs. The nestling is now a young owl and is flying the skies with ma and pa. I do hope they will come back and reuse this nest. Or at least stay around the area.
What an adventure it has been and I am delighted I got to share this with my folks and with you all. :)
I got a call a couple days ago that reservoir #1 was so full that they would be releasing water down the Laramie River. They weren’t kidding! The river is really high and our meadows are full of lakes and streams. We moved the cows and calves out yesterday evening with help from the neighbor kids. It was a riot splashing through the meadows on our four-wheelers. We are again thankful for the moisture and with that and the blinding sun, the grass is really growing. Oh spring, how I adore thee! :)
Matilda Badilda gets excited when cameras and tripods are by the door. But really she’s just impatiently waiting for me to fill her food bowl before I go out shooting. Silly Tilly.
This guy is part of the reason I will not be planting a veggie garden this year. He lives in my backyard. He’s cute though and I like how the light illuminates his pink ears.
I’ll try to have a container garden on the deck but I haven’t figured out the best system or location yet for a large garden here at our new place. I fed the deer and rabbits one unprepared year out on the ranch. I planted a small garden that should have fed ME for a couple months. Instead I got one salad out of it and the resident wildlife were sitting fat and happy.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have better luck at gardening than I have had. :)