Monday, September 15, 2014

Butterflies, Birds and Flowers

I was going to title this post Birds and Bees, but thought about the weird audience that might show up from google searches, so I thought better of it! 

I took a quick trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum last week.  I had heard that the hummingbirds were migrating through and didn't want to miss it.  I'm glad that I took the time to go.  Lots of butterflies, and lots of hummingbirds!  I'll let the pictures do the talking...I picked my favorite four.  

The day after my trip to the Arboretum the weather to a turn towards fall.  Frost warnings last week.  It's a little early for that!  The frost didn't hit my backyard, my flowers are fading but still hanging in there.  Cone flowers in the backyard.

Asters in the front garden.  I crop out the weeds.  I probably should take the time to pull them, I'm sure the neighbors would appreciate that!

A tiny cosmos in the front garden.

Geraniums by the garage.

On Saturday Eric and I headed to Canterbury Park for the final races of the season.  We mostly wanted to see the Indian Relay Races...I'm glad that we went...what an action packed few minutes of fun!  The other races were good too.  I didn't bring my camera in, but I did take a few photos on my cell phone.  This one was taken when the horses were walking in for the 10th race.  Hoof prints and long shadows.  It was a cold but sunny day at the track.

Sunday was spent at my mom's.  We have been trying to finish up painting her garage.  So close, just the garage doors left.  I took a minute to spend time with the horses.  And flowers.  Weeds actually, but when they are pretty I call them wild flowers.

I hope you can see pretty flowers in the weeds that you come across today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mostly Sunsets

A few flowers this week, but mostly sunsets.  I really do love cosmos and how they sway in the wind.  Except when I'm trying to take a picture of them, then I want them to stay still!

The fall flowers are in the grocery store already.  Along with the Halloween candy.  Too soon.  I've heard that some stores have Christmas decorations out already.  Way too soon!

The sunsets seem to become more orange this time of the year.  This one was taken from my brothers driveway on Saturday.

Another one from my brothers place, this one looking more towards the south.

Sunset was pretty there on Sunday night as well.  It got more orange a little later, but we needed to head home and there wasn't a chance to get a good shot of it!

Tonight's sunset was the best one yet.  I took my camera to Eric's softball game to see if I could get a shot of the super moon rising.  It was cloudy to the East, so I didn't get the moon...but the sunset to the West was glorious!  Orange sun light with ducks on the lake.  So beautiful.

Sometimes I'm really happy that I have my camera with me!  I hope you've gotten to catch a sunset or two along the way.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Just a few Flowers

When I caught up with my photos of the day from last week I realized that I've been in quite the rut for the last few weeks with flower pictures. Petunias specifically.  I guess that's ok since my blog is Pat's Patunia Patch!  These lavender petunias were at the golf course where I play with my ladies league.  I should just say lady friends since the 4 of us are the main ones to show up!  Taken with my cell phone.

Pink petunias in my front yard.

White petunias in my backyard.

An iridescent purple petunia in my backyard.  They are getting pretty leggy, I'm guessing there won't be too many more weeks of petunia pictures!

The following picture was taken at the cabin an hour and a half after the sun had set.  We could barely see where the river was.  I adjusted my camera settings and balanced my camera on a shoe that was sitting on a rock to see what would happen.  I like how it turned out.  Camera setting stuff if you're interested in that sort of thing.  Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270mm lens.  18mm, f3.5, ISO 1250 and exposure time 30 seconds.  Yes, should have had my tripod and a lens that let in more light, but sometimes you have to just use what you have.  I would have never guessed that there would be so much color in the sky so long after the sun had set.

Ok...back to the flowers. Or weeds.  Let's go with flowering weeds and leave it at that!

We were planning on painting my mom's garage on Labor Day.  The rainy morning delayed our plans.  It happens.  There's always next weekend.

Tuesday was golf day again.  It was also a very Monday like work day.  That meant that my photo of the day was taken with my cell phone at the golf course.  Again.  Oh well, it's good not to think about your golf game too much when you're golfing.  Isn't it?

And finally, one of my favorite flowers is starting to pop up in the garden.  I don't know what they were waiting for, but I always love it when the cosmos start to bloom.

Thanks for stopping by to smell the petunias.  We'll have to wait and see what's blooming next week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer is Slipping Away

It's the end of August in one of the shortest summers that I can remember.  Cold snowy spring following by a cold and rainy June, followed by the dry July...and now an unremarkable August is coming to an end. I think that there have been only three or four days where it has hit 90 degrees.  Not much time to recharge before the long cold winter hits again.  I'm hoping for a beautiful Autumn.  

Summer flowers in Autumn colors.  I've taken a few photos of this plant, it's the prettiest thing in my garden right now.

We brought Billy to college on Saturday, another sign that summer is coming to an end.  I had to get a family photo before he went, their ages are 19,14 and 21.  How did my babies grow up so fast?  How can my dog be SO old?  Billy loves college, that helps so much, but it is still hard to say goodbye.

We brought a mini van full of stuff to Iowa State so Billy could set up his dorm room.  After saying our goodbyes we drove part of the way back home and stayed in Albert Lea so we could golf in the morning.  Sunday morning was one of the hot, really humid days of the summer.  We golfed at the Green Lea golf course.  I was feeling sort of blue for the first nine and didn't golf very well...but somehow on the 2nd nine things turned around and I think I had the lowest score that I've ever had.  I shot a 45 on a par 37.  Unheard of for me.  My favorite part was that I beat Eric!  He thinks I should be happiest about the low score...which I am happy about...but I don't think I have ever beat Eric in a sport.  Ever.  So I can't help it...WOOHOO! :-)

We drove home after golf on the hottest, most humid day with intermittent air conditioning in the van.  It would come and go...we sure appreciated it when it was working!  It was a thunderstorm sort of day...and in the evening the thunderheads popped up.  I saw this one outside of my office window.  I see the face of a man looking up into the open sky.  Do you?

To give you an idea of how large the cloud was, here's a zoomed in shot of a jet flying by in front of the cloud.  If you can see the face in the cloud above, the plane is passing through what looks like the eyebrow of the face.  If you can't see it, just know that the cloud was really big and beautiful!

There was a lot of lightening in the cloud, I was able to catch just a little glimmer of it in the photo below.

The Russian sage is flowing over my front sidewalk.  Such a pretty color.  I should cut it back, but I like how light and airy it is.  Enjoying it while it lasts.

 Late summer storms, fading plants, kids heading off to school.  Seasons come and go. Life is all about the journey.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of mine.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday's Update...on Friday

Good intentions, poor follow through!  Maybe Friday is a better day for my bi-weekly blogging.  Anyway, here it goes. Tuesday got busy and I didn't take out my camera...but I did have my phone with at the golf course for my ladies league.  This was taken on the way to the first hole, looking at the 10th hole.  Golf and flowers on a warm late summer night, no complaints from me!

Well, except for the short burst of rain showers. And for the way that I played.  Chipping and putting were not my friends that night.  But long, straight drives and pretty clouds made up for that.  There's always something good there!

It's been humid around here lately.  Even the cat is lazy.  Well, she is lazy in perfect weather too, so I guess that doesn't count.

My petunias are getting long, and leggy.  Not in a good way.  Window box and hanging planter fail again.  I probably should have fertilized a little more regularly!  The flowers that are there are pretty though.

Billy was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge.  He put a big bag of ice in there!  Brrr.  Interesting way of raising awareness and money!

I think that Brian is pretty happy that all he had to do was film the event.  I know that I'm happy that Billy didn't nominate either of us!

I think I'll send in some money to show my appreciation for not being nominated.  It's a good cause.  I hope you're staying dry!  Thanks for stopping in.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Update

At one point I thought that it would be good to update my blog on Mondays and Thursdays.  I don't think that's happened yet, but since it's Monday, maybe today is a good day to start.  I might change my mind by Thursday...but I'll try to follow through!

We'll start with photos from a week ago.  The horses at the farm.  Tish, Skylar, Breezy and Czar.  Boarder, mine, boarder, mine.  Mare, gelding, mare gelding.  That's all I have to say about that.

The birds are always busy at the farm.  I loved the greens in this shot...and the little bird too.

A woodpecker finding insects in the fence post.  My mom sometimes puts an orange half on the nail.  The Orioles love that!

She has a lot of finches this year.  So pretty and bright!

This is our old dog Penny at our house.  Her health isn't the best, but she's hanging in there.  She's a sweet but deaf old girl.

Brian and I were outside in the yard chatting last week when he spotted this red dragon fly.  It stayed on the dandelion just long enough for me to snap it's picture.  It's rained since then...the yard looks a little better now!

A cosmos in my front garden.  The blue in the background is actually my neighbors paved driveway.  I like how it turned out!

Our little kitten is over a year old now.  She's still a soft puffball.  Sometimes she has time for a nap.

I have a few sunflowers that have come up in my hanging pots.  Too pretty to pull.

Greta loves the great outdoors.

Eric and I took some time for ourselves and went golfing together on Friday.  I didn't bring the camera onto the course, but did have it in the car so I could take this shoot through the decorative grass.  I loved the light.

We had some haying to do on the farm.  My brother is restoring this Farmall H.  It's looking pretty good!  Now if someone could restore my muscles after trying to lift bales over my head I'd be happy.  Oye.  I am not in farming shape!

Breezy and Czar were spending some time scratching each others backs.  Pretty funny.  No one was bitten.

And last but not least a lily in my garden today.  I'm so happy to have my perennials blooming this year.  Thank you Greta for scaring away the rabbits!

And with that, I'm caught up.  Time to take some Advil for my aching back.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you here on Thursday!