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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Serene Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  I thought I'd show you some inside serenity this Sunday, OK?

It starts in the Studio with Pickles ...

Pickle Time!

... followed by a round of Crazed River Otter Games (CROG):

"Round and around and around I go ... when I BOOM, nobody knows ..."
"Not if I BOOM you first!"

And then ...

"Whew, that was fun!"

You might wonder how this is leading into serenity, right? Take a look at Maggie after a few rounds of CROG:

"Zzz ..."
"OH, yeah!"

That's right -- CROG time leads to nap time, which leads to peace and quiet for a little while!  Ah, sweet serenity!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Backyard Pose

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  We had another round of storms last night, but I thought I'd take a look around the backyard anyway.  The gardens took another hit, but ...


... at least the grass is looking good!


Friday, August 16, 2019

Photo Finish Friday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  I was going to show you more of the garden today, but we had pretty raucous storms yesterday and the gardens took a beating.  Instead, Maggie suggested we do "Photo Finish Friday" like we used to.  Great idea!

Here's a shot of Maggie and me out front ...

Mags and me

... not looking at our mom. Pretty nice, don't you think?

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Quick Garden Tour

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  This morning, after our walk, Mom and I explored the gardens a bit together.  I thought I'd show you how things are going out there!

Let's start in the Friendship Garden!

"Hello, everyone!  Welcome to our garden!"

The ornamental grasses are HUGE this year, the sedums are doing well, and the coneflowers did well, but are almost done for the year.

"Can you see the sedum behind me?"

The blooms aren't pink and red yet; they're still in what Mom calls the "broccoli phase".  I wonder if I should give them a little nibble to see if they taste like broccoli?

If we go further down in the yard, you can see the Wildflower Garden:

"It's there behind me!"

Mom loves the Black-Eyed Susans!  And to the left of them, in the photo above, see the really tall plant?!?  That's our Maximillian Sunflowers!  They are probably 8 feet tall!  We can't wait for them to bloom!

Let's walk along the path a bit!

"I like these sedum best!"

The bright sedum right in front of me are the Dazzleberry Sedum - but I like to call them D'Azulberry, since I'm D'Azul's Girl From Ipanema!

That's the quick tour for now!  I hope you enjoyed your walk through the garden with me.  We'll try to get more photos soon!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Scenery Shots

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie, here with the "scenery shots" from our most recent trip to Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira NWR, as promised!  These are the iPhone shots Mom took along the way.

We know we're starting to get close when our Flint Hills turn to more gentle, soft hills ...

South Central Kansas

... then the landscape flattens out altogether!

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

On our way from Cheyenne Bottoms to Quivira, we saw lots of Sunflowers growing alongside the road!

Sunflowers!  ... and a dragonfly at about 11 o'clock!

And more inside Quivira itself:


Here is a shot of some of the marshland:

Quivira NWR

If you look closely, you can see American White Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, and assorted ducks!

On the way home, we stopped in Ellinwood to do a little walking:

I'm not really cranky; the sun was in my eyes!

We also had a snack and a water break:

"You get a drink, Cam.  I've got your six!"
"Don't worry; there is plenty for both of us!"
"Slurp, slurp ..."

After that, it was back through the hills and homeward!


Thank you for letting us share the beauty of our state with you!  We Kansas!


Monday, August 12, 2019

Since Monday Is For The Birds ...

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Since Monday is for the birds, Mags and I thought we'd get the "birds" part of our most recent adventure out of the way today.  A few weeks ago, we ventured down to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding.  Here is a sampling of what we saw!

Both locations had a lot of Ibises:

White-Faced Ibis

And Cormorants:

Double-Crested Cormorant

We saw these guys at Quivira NWR; Mom was thrilled with how her shots came out:

American Coot
Pied-Billed Grebe

Quivira was teeming with herons - especially Great Blues:

Great Blue Heron

There were also a good number of our favorites -- the Snowy:

Snowy Egret

That one is either giving Mom the finger (talon?) or flashing a gang sign.  We aren't sure which.

Moving on to more members of the heron family that were present in good numbers ...

Cattle Egrets
Great Egret (in a field with Snowies)

And on the more elusive side of the heron family ...

American Bittern

That guy surprised us!

There were quite a few Black-Necked Stilts.  Some were engaging in protective behavior like we showed you last time because of the youngsters in the area!

Juvenile Black-Necked Stilt being mentored by his daddy

I think he was teaching him how to fish for bugs for himself!  And speaking of going bugging, these guys were having a feeding frenzy!

American Avocets

If you'd like to see a video Mom took of Avocets (and friends) at both the Bottoms and Quivira, please click here!

And last, but certainly not least (except in size), we also saw a few of Mom's favorite ...

❤❤ Snowy Plover!!! ❤❤

We think he should get an A+ on his camouflage job!

Please tune in tomorrow to see our scenery shots - and a couple of us girls, too!

Thanks for going birding with us!