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.
It’s the July Word week for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge; this time it’s words that end with the letter “k“.
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.
Photo taken and posted in response to Becky’s July #TreeSquare Photo Challenge.
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.
Another response from yesterday’s walk for Cee’s Flower of the Day photo challenge.
I noticed it on my walk this morning along the Neil Smith Trail in Big Creek State Park.
It is not a flower. Or maybe it is.
Whatever it is, it is on the end of a grass of some sort. And it is teeny.
The color caught my eye. Red. On what is clearly a long stalk of grass.
If I’ve set it up right, you should be able to click on the pictures to enlarge them.
Posted as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge because I think grasses are sometimes just as interesting as flowers, leaves and berries. 😉
UPDATE (7/26/21): My friend Kristy suggested (see comments) this is Side Oats Grama and I think she’s right. So it is a grass which has oat-like seeds along the stem. I’ve learned something new today.
For the July #TreeSquare photo challenge.
There are fruits of trees that you might eat.
And fruits of trees that are not for human consumption.
Posted in response to Becky’s July #TreeSquare Challenge.
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.
Sunflowers to brighten your day!
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.
Tagging as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day photography challenge.
The primary requirement for Becky’s July #TreeSquare challenge is that the picture be square; a secondary rule is that the photo contains a tree or a part of a tree or the shadow of a tree or even the hint of fake tree. So today I’m sharing three pictures – two with trees in the background and one that is all about the trees. All were taken June 18, 2021 at Iowa’s Big Creek State Park.
I’m guessing – and I could be wrong – that the tree stumps in this third photograph are what remain of trees destroyed by the derecho that swept through the state a year ago.