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Seeing RED

The thing that I like least about blogging is the writing part.  Sometimes I just do not have anything particularly interesting to say.

The thing that I love about blogging is the pictures.  I love to take pictures. I love to see other people’s pictures.  And I love to share my pictures.

So, that’s exactly what I am going to do in this post – just share a few of my pictures.  As I looked at the latest collection of my shots, I noticed a lot featuring various shades of red. Below are just a few.

Our prairie-fire crabapple tree outside the kitchen window is full of red fruit and reddish leaves.

A closer-up view of the fruit.  And notice the red granary is in the background.DSC_0036

My Autumn Joy Sedum plants have turned a very dark pinkish-red.  Even after several hard frosts, they are still looking good. DSC_0050

Some leaves from one of our many Autumn Blaze Maple trees around here.  While many other trees have shed their leaves, these are hanging on to theirs for now.


While walking through the woods behind the house to mark small maple trees for transplanting next spring, I came across this red fence post.  It is a remnant from the previous owners who once had cattle in the woods around the house.

Our singular Amur Maple tree is showing off some nice shades of red.

And one of my favorite sites around here…our red barn.  red2

A view of two of the brilliant-colored Autumn Blaze Maples.

And last, but not least, here come the guys across the field on our Razor – Jesse on the left and our youngest behind the wheel.  Ok, this picture does not really fit into my “red” theme, but I like it anyhow.  And there are some red trees in the background. 🙂
red4We have spent today starting our preparations for winter.  Jesse started his first round of the leaf battle and I stayed inside to remove screens and wash the windows.  I want to make sure I have clear and unobstructed views when the snow starts to fall.  😦



Filed under Barn, Daily life, Granary, Outbuildings, Photography

Prairie Fire Crabapple Tree

As I have mentioned, life has been very busy with a graduate in the house and I have definitely fallen behind in posting some of the pictures I have taken this spring around the farm.  I wanted to share this photo of the Prairie Fire crabapple tree outside our kitchen window.  This tree is such a delight, particularly when it is in its full blooming glory in late spring.


I have posted pictures of this tree in the past when it was loaded with honeybees (Our Buzzing Crabapple Tree).  Each spring this tree puts on an impressive show and it never disappoints.  If you are looking for a lovely ornamental tree to add to your landscape, I would highly recommend a Prairie Fire crabapple tree.


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Catching Up

I am SO far behind on posting, it’s a little embarrassing.  Although life has been crazy with our oldest son’s high school graduation and departure to West Point on June 26th, I have still managed to get out and take pictures around the farm.  Having the time to put them together in a post however, has been another story.

Instead of authoring blog posts, I have spent most of my free time searching for photos of our son on flickr and facebook.  West Point does a great job of photographing the new cadets as they are going through their summer basic training, know fondly as “Beast Barracks.”  Every once in a while you can catch a glimpse of your new cadet on one of these sites and it makes the lack of communication just a little easier to tolerate.  He will be able to contact us by phone and email once again when the academic year starts in late August.

But back to life on our little farm…

Spring came and went a long time ago, but here I am posting just a few of my spring pictures in the middle of July.  Admittedly, this is lame, but here I go anyhow.

I had some fun experimenting with my telephoto lens this spring.  I tried it out on some lilac buds and thought the results were interesting.

The tulips I planted last fall in my new perennial garden were as beautiful as I had hoped.  Tulips are such a welcome sight in the dreariness of spring.  I hope to plant some more this fall.

Last year I purchased a Star Magnolia tree and planted it in my new perennial garden.  It was a pretty small tree and I didn’t know what to expect this spring.  I was pleasantly surprised when 4 large white blossoms emerged.  In another 10 years this should be an impressive sight in the spring!  🙂

And of course, every spring we enjoy this Prairie Fire crabapple tree outside our kitchen window.  It is always loaded with honeybees (click here for pictures) and the intense color is splendid!

So, there’s a little glimpse of spring here on the farm.  Better late, than never!!



Filed under Flower, Gardens