Weird Grass Growing by Creek

I can’t recall if I have shared any photographs of this on the blog before or not.

It’s some sort of odd grass-like plant that grows in one spot on the creek bank. This is what it looks like sprouting up:


And this is a stick of it left over from last season:


It stays green months after a stalk has broken off. And during the summer it has stripes. My daughter says that she thinks it looks like something out of Dr. Suess, and I think she’s right. Although you wouldn’t think so by the two photos I am sharing here. I need to try to get some photos of it, during it’s more colorful stage.

If anyone knows what it is, please let me know. Thanks!


Reflections in the snow

I saved a couple of my favorites for last.  This post wraps up the last of the photos that my husband and I took on December 5th, 2009.

I thought the reflections in the water were just beautiful.


I hope you enjoyed them.

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More creek photos

Yes… still more photos from the 28th.  (And I’m saving my favorite for last.  But I have several more to go before then.)  I’m actually glad that I got all of these photos on Monday because I have had a rough week and haven’t been able to take many pictures.  So I’ve still had something new to post, which is nice.

I can’t say that these photos are anything fancy.  But I just like the water.  It’s peaceful I think.  These were all taken a couple of miles from my house.  It’s the same creek that goes by our place, just further upstream.

I think the lighting was just gorgeous this day.



I wish you could see this next one full size.  You can see all the individual water droplets splashing.  It’s hard to see in the size for this blog.














I hope you found those as relaxing as I did.

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August 22nd, 2009

I was really wanting to go out and about today some, but just wasn’t able.  I was telling my husband how much I wish I could get outside today.  And he asked if I would like for him to go around and take some photos for me.  Of course I said yes.  The photos in this post are his.

First up, a Broad-winged Hawk  ( Buteo platypterus ) sitting on a power line:



I wish these photos were a tad sharper.  But these images were taken from very far away, so this is the best he could do, given the excessive distance.   I thought this one was particularly interesting.  He knows he’s being spied on, and he’s turning his head almost all the way backwards to see:



In this next one, he caught him mid-feather fluff:



Next, just a couple of shots of the creek nearby.  I spent most of my time here growing up playing in the creek or in the woods, with a dog or two by my side.  🙂   Those were good times.  🙂
I’m sure I would still be doing the same things now if my body would let me.  Except now I would probably have more than two dogs tagging along, 3 kids, and a camera.   😉