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Time goes by fast

I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I have written and posted anything on this blog.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  With two minor surgeries and a flair-up of Fibromyalgia, a LOT of life has gotten in my way this late summer and fall.

Didn’t do a lot of camera time in but am going to share some shots taken on a walk around the property when I finally got outdoors again.

This being the month of Thanksgiving, many on Facebook, including myself, are posting a thankful post each day leading up to Thanksgiving.  This quote is my thankful post for today:  “I am thankful for the God given talents that I have.  My nursing career was beyond my expectations!
I never expected to plant over 1000 trees/shrubs to create a backyard wildlife habitat.  And witness the return of wildlife.
Through that path, my photography skills developed into art and has brought me to where I am today.
Gods plan isn’t static, let it evolve through you.”

Story…. In 2001 I found the Indiana Departmen of Forestries website and lottory for ordering trees from the nursery.  It was late in the year, way past the lottery time, and I figured they wouldn’t be able to fulfill a full order, so I ordered several options.  Well these options come in bundles of 100 trees.  I got them all.  My family was ready to certify me as substantially nuts when in March of 2002 UPS backed the truck up and unloaded eight bundles of trees.  You do the math.  That’s right I had over 800 trees.  They got “toed into a row of mulch and it took me, my hubby, and my parents helping, until June to get them planted.

2012 is the tenth anniversary of their growth.  These first few photos are a series I took from the road looking back toward the house.  As you can see, we have Green Ash lining the drive.  Now this was just when the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer was doing major damage in Michigan and just begining to come into Northern Indiana.  So far so good, and I hold my breath as the pest has made it’s way to Marion and Hendricks County.

The antique tractor was the first flower bed I built after recovering from the initial onslaught of the Fibro.  Bought this and a manurer spreader at one of my uncles auctions and used it as a marker for where we live.  Both are prominent in some of my photography.


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It’s a foggy morning in Danville this morning

Labor Day weekend was a wet one here in central Indiana.  We soo needed the rain!  Got 2.5 inches here.  First time it’s been soggy in a good while.  So this morning the fog rolled in.

Now I’m not a morning person anymore (living better with chemistry, it takes a couple hours for the meds to settle in) but I decided there was too much potential outdoors.

So out the door in my nightgown, put on my boots with camera in hand.

Tha’ts the nice thing about living in the country and off the road, people can’t see me so well, and I can hide behind trees.

I hope you enjoy my foggy morning walk









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Late October Photos of nature around me

Monarch on Zennia

I took these photos on Tuesday.  There were three Monarchs fluttering around me as I walked around the back porch.  I know zinnias aren’t native to Indiana, (they are native to Mexico), but they are just too colorful not to plant.  I harvest seeds so that I can re-seed next spring.  The Goldfinches love these seeds as well.

Almost all the walnuts are off the trees and ready for the Squirels to hide and use to get through the winter.

The Persimmons are turning and looks like there will be enough for pudding for Thanksgiving.  That is if I get them picked up before the critters get them.  I see a lot of racoon scat with persimmon seeds in it.

There are enough leaves off of the Sycamores that I can get a pretty good indication that there are a great many seed balls.  These seeds are used by the Goldfinches as well and I’ve seen the Blue birds in the tops of the Sycamore’s as well.

The grasses around the water tank are in full bloom and airy.  These are non native grasses in this bed.  This water feature is a seventy-five gallon galvanized sheep watering tank.  It has some dwarf cattail in one end and a water-lily in the other.  This was our first fountain.  The tank has lasted 10 years and still going.

Our wetland pool is still dry.  The waterway that feeds it is sustaining water now that we have had some rain.  So if we get a good two or three inches of rain the stream will be flowing again and the pool will be full again.

The Oak trees are a beautiful red and bronze.  I really thought with the dryness of the summer that the trees would lose their leaves early and it be pretty drab.  But, being native trees, I don’t know that I have ever seen this Pin Oak look so beautiful as it does this year.

I am inserting this set of photos as a slide show so you can just sit back and enjoy the walk.

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Until next time……



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As the leaves fall, the seeds and nuts become visible

Walking around the property this time of year with my camera, I look up.  As the leaves fall it is so interesting to see what is going to be left in the bare branches.   I can now see the bird nests that were hidden.  But, I can also see the fruits of the labor from planting over 1000 trees on this piece of heave on earth.

No, not everything is producing yet.  In one word I can tell you the difference between those that are and those that are not.  MULCH!!  Yes, that chipped wood that I was able to get from the utility crews looking for a place to dump the results of their trimming out the utility lines.  No sometimes I don’t like the way they trim the trees, but I have to ask myself, “what came first, the tree, or the line”  And people don’t always think of the mature size of a tree when they plant it to close to the line either.

The trees that we were able to get mulch on are so much farther along in growth than those without.  Some of these trees shouldn’t even be producing yet, but they are.  I am glad.

All of the shrubs we have, have been producing for some time and are growing to produce more.

The tree production is what I am amazed at.

We have

  •  four Walnut trees producing nuts.
  • four Sycamore trees producing seeds
  • many, many Green Ash trees with seeds
  • two Pin Oak trees with acorns
  • Crabapple trees are all producing, although we lost three trees this year.
  • Redbuds are seeding themselves in many areas
  • two Birch trees with seed
  • Buckeye

We also have

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Peach

Below are some photos that I took as I was making my observations.  I hope you enjoy the journey…

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Until next time…

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Catching up in June

Here in central Indiana we went from really wet and cool (well cold for me) to really hot.  That’s Indiana.

Working on getting a couple of really neglected flower beds cleaned out.  Everything salvagable transferred to other beds and the weeds mowed down for now and once I get them all cleaned out, will be re-grading the area and planting it back in grass.  I know that sounds counter productive for the wildlife habitat, but this body just isn’t able to keep up with it all anymore.  We will be salvaging most of it, just have to get it under control.  It’s not looking very pretty right now.

I do have a lot of common milkweed growing where it shouldn’t be growing, but, will leave it alone and deal with that in the fall.

We have lots of bunny rabbits, and squirells running around to watch.  In fact a squirell has built a nest in a tree limb close to the window in upstairs window so I have been able to observe the building process.

Terry & I (well mostly Terry) cut a lot of limbs and some trees down that were getting in the way of some White Oak trees.

Terry pushing the leftovers onto the brush pile


a panorama view of the back of the property

The trees we planted in 2002 are finally getting tall enough to see them above the grasses we let grow.  this is also one of two large brush piles we have in the back.

What brought the camera out on this day of work is this swarm of bees on one of the walnut trees.

bees on the trunk of the walnut tree


As close as I'm getting even with the 300mm lens











Below are just a few of other photos I have taken since the middle of May.

Blue false indigo








Baltimore Oriole








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