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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  This week, we'll concentrate on scenes from right here at Ao4 Headquarters that made us all feel serene.  Ready to take a look around?

Let's start with a shot of Cam and me on the front porch.

Cam and me!

Well, some of us were sitting on the porch; others of us thought they might get jumped by a Crazed River Otter. Go figure.

Anyway, the porch plants are all doing great, and that makes Mom happy. In fact, the Electric Lime Coleus was doing so well (in the pot on the right) that Mom cut it way back and stuck the tops in another pot. She didn't root it first or anything; she read that you can just stick the stalks in the dirt.

Electric Lime Coleus

Apparently, it works. This, too, made Mom all kinds of happy.

Here's what is really making us all feel serene! Take a look at who was in the Butterfly Garden this week!


An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail! (More photos of him here and here.) 

Another thing that made us feel serene was getting some much-needed rain! And with the rain -- a COOL FRONT!!!!! Here is a panoramic shot of it, coming in over the Flint Hills:


Would you like to see a video? Mom and I shot this out front - we did a full 360-degree spin.

Storm 19 AUG 16

That is from our FlickR site. If it won't play there, please click here to view on YouTube.

Lastly, here is a shot of me checking out the mammatus clouds out front:

Weather Geek-in-Training

We eventually got over an inch of rain -- and we're out of the triple-digit temps!!!  Now THAT'S serene!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhh that front porch shot is the money shot....oh and of course your mom's plants.

    I sure do hope those clouds save a little rain for when they pass over NC.

    We heard a rumor starting next week the temps at night were going to be in the 60's. Holy Jumpin' catfish...we might need another blankie
    Hugs madi your bfff

  2. Enjoy your Sunday! And by the way, that was a handsome butterfly.

  3. We are so happy that your weather cooled off for you! What a beautiful shot of you girls smiling away on the front porch!

  4. Cool clouds - those always made my Mom nervous when she was a pilot as sometimes they're associated with tornadic weather. Glad you just have some rain!

    Abby Lab

  5. I love your serene scenery! What a great picture of you two on the front porch. And you caught some great shots of the storm. I'm glad it's cooler there. i think this week is starting a little cooler for us, and for that I am grateful!

  6. we always love your photos! So pretty! DakotasDen

  7. Those clouds were super cool, and so happy for you all that it is getting cooler! Yay fall will be here soon we hope!

  8. Hope you saved her from the crazed river otter
    Lily & Edward

  9. such pretty photos! we could use some rain - we are under red flag warning today for wind and extreme dryness
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  10. mom says that is a cool plant.... we got the rains here too and holy cats the temps dropped and the windows opened - it was a miracle :)

  11. Isn't rain the BEST?!?! We had that rain & cool front come through too.