Archive | May 2013

Chipping Sparrow

We have a pair of Chipping Sparrows who have decided to make their nest in our large fall clematis. There are no eggs yet, but they are almost done with the construction of the nest, as far as I can tell….

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow watching another bird, while guarding its nest

A Chipping Sparrow watching another bird, while guarding its nest

A Chipping Sparrow sitting on a branch above its nest

A Chipping Sparrow sitting on a branch above its nest

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow perched on a branch

A Chipping Sparrow perched on a branch

A Chipping Sparrow

A Chipping Sparrow

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Purple Clematis

Out our back door, on the edge of our patio, there is a small purple clematis, that thanks to the rain that we have had so far this year, is doing very well! It has never had so many flowers on it at one time…. It’s really pretty!

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis bud

A Purple Clematis bud

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis Bloom

Purple Clematis

A Purple Clematis Bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

A Purple Clematis bloom

Kittens!

My family has kind of struggled when it has come to raising cats, as we have been unable to keep them for very long.

Our first 2 cats were from our town’s little farmer’s market. We happened to stop by one Saturday morning, and some people we knew were giving away kittens, so we grabbed a pair that they said seemed to be friends.  A few days later we got a third kitten from a neighbor who was also giving them away. We decided that we wanted to be original in our naming selections, so we thought long and hard about it… and finally landed on naming them ‘Hogan, Schultz, and Klink’ (they were all male kittens) from one of our favorite TV shows, Hogan’s Heroes. These cat’s stayed around for a while, and were all really good, friendly cats. But after about 6 months Hogan disappeared, followed by Klink, and lastly Schultz.

Our second attempt at cats were with 2 kittens from some people we go to church with. Once again, we wanted original and unique names for them, and once again they we both male…. So they ended up being Smith and Wesson. These kittens were very friendly as well, and were not afraid of people.  We went on a short road trip after we had them for awhile, but when we returned they had disappeared as well… (we think that someone welcomed them into their home while we were away….)

So to recap, we have had 5 cats. All male. And all have disappeared in around or under 6 months. (We are also assuming that there could be some ‘lady troubles’ involved as well)

BUT! We will not get discouraged! We just got our 6th and 7th kitten from our same friends from church… Again they are both male, but we are also planning on getting a female from a neighbor, so HOPEFULLY we will have them stick around, and maybe have some kittens of our own in the future!

As to the names of our new kittens… Dodge and Ram…. We wanted something that would go along with the ‘Automobile’ themed name of our dog – Chevrolet Silverado. Oh, and we have two choices for the name of the female cat we’re going to get, Porsche and Kia. (I like Porsche, personally)

But, here are some pictures of Dodge and Ram!

Dodge & Ram wrestling

Dodge & Ram wrestling

Dodge exploring new territory

Dodge exploring new territory

Ram & Dodge playing through the fence

Ram & Dodge playing through the fence

Dodge

Dodge

Ram

Ram

Dodge observing the world

Dodge observing the world

Ram playing hide and seek through the fence

Ram playing hide and seek through the fence

Dodge playing tag with Ram

Dodge playing tag with Ram

Dodge looking through the fence

Dodge looking through the fence

Nap time!

Nap time!

Hello Again! And Happy Memorial Day!

As you can see, it has been a LONG time since my last post (exactly 7 weeks). There are many reasons for this, but basically I have just been REALLY busy… I just finished up my first track season, got a job about two and a half months ago, have been building a house extension with my grandfather, went on a camping trip…. on top of school…. so I really have had no time for photography. BUT now I do have time, and I plan to  ‘catch up’ on my nearly two months of absence.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

It is always very inspiring to see a whole community come together to thank our veterans, and know that the exact same thing is happening all over the country.  But taking the opportunity to thank a veteran for YOUR freedoms is not something that should only be done one Monday out of the year… I honestly think that we should have ‘Memorial Week’! Because I think that it is impossible to completely show our thanks to all the soldiers who have served and those who gave their life to protect our freedoms… in ONE day… So when you see a veteran today, shake his hand and tell him how much you appreciate his sacrifice. When you see a veteran next week…. Shake his hand! And tell him how much you appreciate his sacrifice! We need to make recognizing them for what they have done, and praying for the men and women still on active duty, a DAILY task.

Most of my family and I went to the ‘Celebration at the Station’ in downtown KC, MO. We go about every year, and its really fun! The Kansas City Symphony played patriotic songs for about two hours, which was followed by a nice fireworks display right behind the World War I Memorial.

Here are a few pictures!

The World War I Memorial in downtown KC

The World War I Memorial in downtown KC

A Close-up of the World War I Memorial in downtown KC

A Close-up of the World War I Memorial in downtown KC

The top of the World War I Memorial in downtown KC

The top of the World War I Memorial in downtown KC

The World War I Memorial in downtown KC during the 'Celebration at the Station'

The World War I Memorial in downtown KC during Memorial Day celebrations

 

FIREWORKS!!!!

A beautiful blue firework above the World War I Monument

A beautiful blue firework above the World War I Monument

Fireworks celebrating Memorial Day behind the World War I Monument

Fireworks celebrating Memorial Day behind the World War I Monument

A Memorial Day fireworks display

A Memorial Day fireworks display

Fireworks in downtown KC at 'Celebration at the Station'

Fireworks in downtown KC at ‘Celebration at the Station’

Fireworks near the World War I monument in downtown KC

Fireworks near the World War I monument in downtown KC

Here is a link to a short video I took of some of the fireworks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjb7e-FMvNo

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! And once again, Happy Memorial Day!…  IT’S GREAT TO BE BACK!

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