Flowers first: tulips, a fairy duster (who knew there was such a thing?!!), and a rose.
Next up: a glimpse of my visit to the Iowa Arboretum. The school house is so small there’s just enough room for a student or two with the teacher. The metal sculpture of a cardinal is the best cardinal photo in my collection – maybe someday I’ll get the right equipment to take live bird pictures.
For a little fun, here is a new fire hydrant looking at an older relative to see if it is safe to remove its covering.
It was the first week of August so Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge is Macro or Close-Up photographs. I took these Tuesday morning (August 3rd) at Big Creek State Park. The dew drops in the sunlight caught my attention; click on each image to enlarge.
The books in the book stack were selected with the challenge in mind: Folk, Steinbeck, Potok, Think, Monk, Frederick, Dusk, Black, Nick, Black (again), Gleick, Deepak, Peck, and Desk. I’m sure I could have found more books to add to the stack but decided to stick with what was on the shelves in the one room.
Crossing Fourmile Creek via the bridge on 47th Street while walking means looking down on the tops of trees. The new growth caught my attention. My only angle for a picture was through the chain link fence.
Yellow wildflowers are in full bloom at Big Creek State Park. Scroll through the pictures to see (1) Compass Plants standing tall above Black-eyed Susans, Grayhead Coneflowers, and Oxeye Sunflowers; (2) Grayhead Coneflowers in a field of what looks like Little Bluestem; and (3) Black-eyed Susans in various stages of blooming.
It’s my favorite week of Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: Pick a Topic from Her Photo! Find the challenge photo here. Cee says, “This photo is of the small grape vineyard with hay fields. Possible topics: children’s play area, haystack, grape vines, trees, green blue, red, stairs, lines, field, trees, green, tan, etc..“
Since I thought of pictures I’ve taken at different times in very different places, I chose to go with a variety of topics: fields, steps, tree line, roll, hay, and slide. The first three pictures were taken earlier this week as I was out exploring in central Iowa.
The round bale of hay in Cee’s challenge photo reminded me of large rolls of materials used to make mattresses.
When visiting family in May, my brother gave his wife and me a tour of the mattress company where he works. I was amazed at how much of the factory floor is set up for large scale quilting! I knew that the top, bottom and sides of every mattress are quilted, I just had never thought about how it was done.
I’ve share these last two pictures before but thought of them when I saw Cee’s picture.
See my original post with the theme of stack here.
See my original post with more pictures of playground equipment here.
Just three of the 100+ pictures I took this morning. Grateful for a digital camera, the tools to find the sunflower field at Badger Creek State Recreation Area (Van Meter, Iowa), and the time to enjoy taking pictures.