Painted Clouds

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Yesterday evening the clouds with the sun behind them were so beautiful it looked like they were painted in a perfect sky.  Sitting on our back deck chatting with my mother and watching the kids jump on the trampoline after a very long day of housework, barn chores, and gardening, it was the perfect scene to relax with especially with one of my favorite beautiful trees coming back to life after the winter.  I love that weeping willow tree!

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Winter winds down

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The winter is giving way to spring.  Slowly the snow melts and adds to the little streams which run to the creek.

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The creek is already bursting at the seams and taking over the lowlands of the woods.  Mud on the trails begins to peer through.

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Beautiful old farming equipment is exposed once more still holding onto the secret of how they ended up so far back in the woods and abandoned so many years ago.  These pieces are about 1/2 mile away in an area that is not cleared and is wooded.  I’ve often thought about pulling them out to display at the house but they are a piece of history, our property history, so I leave them to remain in their final resting place and enjoy my walks past them in all seasons.

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Is this the luck of the Irish on display for me today or rather just a gold mylar balloon that somehow passed through the taller trees and ended it’s flight on our trail?

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And on the way back to the house the ice pond is a gentle reminder that Old Man Winter has lost his battle with the newborn spring and is going down slowly.

Peppers (Container Gardening)

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The sun gently nourishing the leaves of my pepper plant in the container. 

This picture was taken this morning, 9/4/14.  While I have 3 pots with pepper plants, each pot is only producing one pepper on the plant.  Hopefully they will get a little larger and then they will be cut into strips and frozen to use later in the year!!

This is the first time I have used containers for my pepper plants and I can’t say it was a success with only 3 peppers.  I may have to work on the soil to try it again next year as my grandmother used pots for her peppers also and she has triple the amount on each plant that I have.

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This was one of the peppers on August 15, 2014

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And here is the same pepper today, September 4, 2014

Happy Flowers

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I always try to plant a few sunflowers around my garden.  There are a few types of flowers that remind me of “happy” flowers.  Sunflowers, Cone Flowers, Black Eyed Susan’s and Daisies just look so happy and I love to look at them.

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Nature’s Beauty

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Photo’s courtesy of my friend, Tom Nemeth, from his neighborhood on the Island.  I could not get a clear shot with the woods behind our house.  Was so glad he was able to capture the beauty!!

Seriously, I have never seen such beautiful skies in all my 48 years as I have this year.  Tonight the skies were a spectacular sight.  On one side of the Island towards Buffalo, NY they had blue skies.  On the other side towards Niagara Falls, NY there was an extreme downpour of rain, (enough to cancel the college baseball doubleheader game my mother was at).  However due to the extreme differences on either side of the Island, the skies overhead during the sunset gave us the pleasure of one of the most beautiful scenes ever.

Natural Beauty

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The clouds were amazing on the boat this morning.  My daughter and her friend (6th graders) just took their final exam in science yesterday.  They informed me these are sirus clouds.  No matter what they are, they are the most amazing thing to look at.

While sitting there drifting and staring at the clouds a prizm appeared.  I could not help but think to myself I was born to be outside.  I love everything about the outdoors and no matter how I feel, nature has a way of amazing me and humbling me.  I only wish more people could enjoy the actual beauty of our world and appreciate all it provides. My nephew is home from Fort Drum for the weekend and my daughter brought a school friend along for the ride.  It was a perfect afternoon.

I hope you will enjoy these pictures as much as I did taking them!!

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