Overcast Winter Morning On Konza

I realized recently that I haven’t been doing much photography lately. So I decided that I was just going to have to make a point to rectify that situation. An early riser, I decided to head out to the prairie to catch the sunrise this morning. (I hadn’t thought to consider the weather conditions first.) I got there just as the black of night was starting to lift. It was freezing cold and quiet, except for the sound of gravel crunching beneath my feet. As I headed uphill toward some of my favorite views, I was startled by a pair of does. It was exciting to be so close.

As the sky started to lighten, I could hear, but not see what I believe to have been a flock of turkeys, their calls so loud in the stillness.

 

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The morning decided not to treat me to the colorful sunrise I had hoped for, yet the gray sky and low clouds made what color there was seem all the more vibrant.

It was a challenge trying to get good photographs this morning. I don’t do much low light photography.

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This tree always strikes me when I pass it on the trail.  It reminds me of a rhinoceros.

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A little bit of unexpected color … .

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A few more hills to climb … .

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… and a bit of woods to pass.

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Crossing the creek … and  then heading home to warm up before the rain.

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Wishing you a lovely weekend and hoping that you get a chance to do something that you’ve been wanting to do too!

 

Grapes in the Garden

A few years ago, a friend gave me a few grape vines from his vineyard. I had just put an arbor in the front garden as a backdrop for wedding ceremonies that we host. I was undecided about what to plant on it, but Joe gave me a Malbec vine and a Cabernet Franc vine. The Malbec vine made it through the first summer but not the winter. Apparently, larger-leaved varietals can struggle in Kansas. The Cabernet Franc vine, however, has been growing strong; and this year, for the first time, it has produced grapes. I don’t have any plans to try wine-making, but it is awfully fun to see the fruit coming along. A good addition to the garden!

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Wishing you a lovely first day of summer!

Sunny-Rainy Garden

We have had quite a bit of rain this spring. In fact, for the first time in six years, Kansas is not in drought conditions.

At least one big storm passed through the area overnight and when I awoke this morning, the sky was full of ominous-looking clouds. So I wasn’t expecting to a few minutes of glorious sunshine for photographing the garden. By the time that I was done taking and uploading pictures onto my camera, rain clouds had moved back in. Our weather can change almost minute by minute.

Here are a few photos that I got in between bought of rain …

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As always, wishing you a lovely day whatever the weather might bring!

 

Passing By

Out running errands this afternoon, I saw this dramatic bit of sky as I looked to the north. To the south, bright blue skies with puffy white clouds … and the weather had been perfectly gorgeous this morning. This storm is just passing by from what I can tell, but bringing cooler temperatures along with it for the weekend.StormOverParkingLotCrop

Ah weather. It is always interesting.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!