Monday, April 21, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday

What was once shiny and new is now rusted, old and falling down.

There is something about old things that always catches my eye. Now that Barn Charm is no more, I decided to post old things on Tuesdays. The idea is to post a photograph of anything old and deteriorating i.e. house, barn, outbuilding, something rusty, antiques, interesting junk, or just plain old. If anyone is interested, feel free to join in. If so, please link back to this site. Thanks!

I have no idea what I'm doing with this Linky creature. I hope I've done it right. 


In my quest to visit small towns around here, last Friday I stopped by the tiny, and I do mean tiny, town of Diona. I have always seen the Diona sign when driving to Charleston, but have never actually been there. So, I decided to see what Diona had to offer.
The answer, not much. What you see is about it. I think there were 3 or 4 houses off to the right and maybe another 3 or 4 on the left. No welcome sign and I couldn't find any information on population. If they have a claim to fame, surely there would have been a sign.
What  you see is what you get. I did see this building, which makes me think there was a downtown at one time.
And I found this interesting old building that looks like it could have been a store back in the day.

I know of a couple of photography club members who go on east of Diona to look for birds, but I didn't look for their hidey place this trip. That will be for another day.
When driving up Route 130, I always drive through Fox Ridge State Park to look for birds. I did see an Eastern Bluebird and a BrownThrush, but they were too fast for me. No pics. I did find this heap of logs left from when the river left its banks.
I also found this tree that I found intersting enough to stop and take a picture. At first I thought it was a Sycamore, but the more I look at it, I'm not so sure.
And last, as I pulled of the highway into the entrance to Charleston Lake, I found this guy spending a beautiful day fishing.

Linking to Blue Monday

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lillies, Critters, and a Happy Easter

First of all, I hope everyone is having a Happy Easter.
These lillies are from my visit to Luthy Botanical Garden.

As I  mentioned in yesterday's post, I took Fergus for a jaunt to look for photo ops. Our first stop was The Rez. I saw a long skinny neck sticking up over the bank close to the road I was driving on. I slowly stopped and picked up my camera from the console. Just as I aimed, the long neck took flight. As I suspected, it was a Great Blue Heron.
Thinking I was out of luck, I was surprised when he stopped on the other side of the water. I was able to gt this shot and a few others which were no better, but at least I was able to document his prescence.
On the west side of The Rez, I spotted Mr. and Mrs. Goose meandering over the water. This is a place where I can drive near the water to be a little closer to the far side action. I wonder if it is the same couple from last year. I was able to get some shots of their offspring then. I'll keep checking and maybe they will allow me the pleasure of photographing their children.
From The Rez, we drove up to Charleston Lake, where I found several geese foraging for food in the grass. They allowed me to get fairly close. I think these may be used to seeing people around.
This guy was looking a bit skeptical, but posed anyway.
There were American Coots swimming in the lake and I saw what I believe to be a Lesser Scaup, but it was so far out all I could get was a very blurry shot that I cropped enough to see the colors.

Linking to the Bird D'pot

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring has Sprung!

Yesterday was a great day for being outside. I took Fergus for a jaunt to look for interesting subjects and critters. Didn't find much, but we both enjoyed the 70 degree weather.
This is my friend Mr. Sparrow, watching me suspiciously as I took this picture of the buds on our Bradford Pear tree late Thursday evening.

Linking to Saturday's Critters
 This was the next day. Once spring finally showed up, it has been moving fast.
Bradford Pear blossoms.

Linking to I Heart Macro
Some of the lillies at Luthey Botanical Gardens. I can't express how fragrant this room was. I could have spent the day on that bench...
...or enjoyed a nice lunch at this table.

I'm looking forward to going again when the outside flowers are in bloom.

Linking to Today's Flowers