This sums up my day. Going nowhere fast. From the debit card, to the bank, to trying to buy some photo editing software. Nothing was easy today and we won't talk about the 90 minute drive to get home (14 miles).
When my son and I planted our butterfly garden 5 years ago, the phlox was one of the first flowers we planted. Quickly I learned that while butterflies were attracted to the phlox, deer liked to eat them. Even with all the construction in our neighborhood, we still have a lot of deer and it was a race to keep repellent on the plants with all the rain we have had. Our brutal winters didn't help either.
I was thrilled to see two of the three plants come back this year. The pretty purple was the first to bloom and I hope to see the pink one soon. And since my neighbor gave me 8-12 more inches of yard with the new fence, I am hoping some of the phlox from my old neighbor pop up too! If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, Spring would lose it's loveliness. ~St. Therese of Lisieux
As the last round of my Europe Sage blooms are fading, the bumble bees are enjoying its final gifts of pollen. It freaks my daughter out that I get this up close and personal with the bees but in reality, they are so consumed with their mission at hand, that the camera and me, yeah, we are nothing important.
The flower does not dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.
Only thing better than a day at the ball park is Sunday Night Baseball. Dodgers vs. Pirates. Kershaw in the mound for the boys in blue and Chad Kuhl for the Bucco's, in his major league debute. No pressure going up against Kershaw??
With the first inning jitters gone and a few strike outs in his back pocket, it's bottom of the 2nd, 0-0.
We did get to see our friends Jack and Janine McVay as Jack was honored as the season ticket holder of the day. 27 years! Way to go Jack!!
My new neighbor wanted to put up a new fence and the old fence, which was here before me, was on her property line. Since the old fence was in total disrepair and it was not costing me a dime, I told her to go for it.
I lost a cone flower in the process but I hope it comes back. I also gained about 6 inches of garden all along the fence line. Of course that 6" is line with bricks and cinder block which need to be dug out, but that's a project for another day.
The verdict is still out on whether we like the new fence. It lacks the character of the old basket weave fence but I am sure it will grow on us.....
A long day of yard work but it was so needed. Mentally and physically and let's not forget how beautiful the garden and yard look now! Dan was my helper with weed pick-up, mulch hauling, planting and watering. I could not do it without him.
As soon as I got the last of the mulch laid, a few butterflies started to visit. I think they were waiting for the "home" improvements to get done.
This is a White Sulfur and he was one of a pair that spent a good part of the afternoon frequenting the plants in my butterfly garden.
If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.
This is Alexandra. Graduate of the Class of 2016. Girl Scout. Friend. She has been a part of our lives since my daughter joined Girl Scout Troop 50365 in 2008. I had the pleasure of capturing her graduation portraits today.
We took some time to experiment with chalk, frames, mirrors and confetti. I waited till the end of the day for this one so as not to leave a trace at our photo venues. It's been such fun to watch Alex, my daughter and all their friends grow up into fine young adults and I wish them Alex nothing but the best in all her future endeavors.
Graduation is an exciting time. It is both an ending and a beginning: it's warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future.
Had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bracker. A beautiful venue on top of Mt, Washington at the LeMont, the couple shared this special day with their family and friends. It was a very touching ceremony and I wish the newlyweds nothing but love and luck in their future together.
Last games of the regular season and it was a double header complete with a rain delay and a pizza delivery between games. It's been a much different ride than we thought but a .545 winning percentage is respectable. Playoffs start next week. Here's to the Ugly Dog Saloon pulling off a few more miracles!!
It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.
We ran out of daylight in our baseball game tonight. That will happen when the pitching for the opposing team is limited and you score 13 runs in an inning. I was hoping to catch the moon when it was still low enough to see some detail. Pleased with the results.
The sun loved the moon so much that he died every night to let her breathe.
On my pre-game walk today, I discovered this hidden beauty tucked way back between the crown vetch and thistles. Such beautiful wildflowers among the evil, wild weeds. This is White Moth Mullein, a biennial weed that is invasive and has been declared a noxious weed by the state of Colorado.
Another hot day at Beggs-Snyder field but Flag Football happened for the 3rd week in a row, Dan was going for the touchdown to put a finishing touch on another win for the Gold Team. A good sports week in the O'Brien household as Daniel's baseball team went 3-1 for the week along with today's win.
A short mile walk before Daniel's game offered up some colorful wild flowers. Crown Vetch, Thistle and Daisies. The first two I can do without but I do love daisies. Such a happy flower, it's like a smile on a stem.
What a difference a year makes! Now most kids do not end their last day of school in a tux but Shannon does. Each year at graduation, the symphonic band performs all the music and as a member, Shannon has to dress the part.
We had to wake Dan up from a nap for today's shot......too much pool fun.
However, I could not be more proud of both kids. Highest Honors from both and a great year all around.
Here's to my 8th grader and my High School Junior.
Images of broken light, which Dance before me like a million eyes, They call me on and on across the universe. Thoughts meander like a Restless wind inside a letter box They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe.
Nothing better than an afternoon out of the office, watching baseball. Our KO Golden Eagles were playing the Bishop McCourt Crushers in the 1st round of the PIAA playoffs.
Clouds, sun, rain, more sun and a double rainbow all while watching great baseball. Both teams can't win and our Golden Eagles fell short by one run. However, our Eagles should hold their heads high for an outstanding season and only the 2nd time in KO history have they gone to the state playoffs!
Life is full of unfair calls, bad plays and missed catches. You have to continue to step up to the plate, swing the bat, that's the only way you will hit a home run.
I don't often showcase the opposing teams player but today Albert Pujols was the man. While not the player he was when he was in St. Louis, he is still dangerous. Top of the 8th, one man on and Albert at the plate. That's all that it took to take the lead and keep it.
Now, the photo is terribly over-exposed and that's what you get when the weather can't make up it's mind but it worked for me.
And it's baseball. You win some and you lose some. It's why we play 162!
Up and down the side lines of Dan's football game today, I caught this colorful weed just begging to be photographed. The deep purple and yellow of the Bittersweet Nightshade provide a lovely contrast against the deep green of the surrounding foliage. A lot of rain has given our area an "Emerald Forest" feel. Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.