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This or That Thursday

Blue Moon

I went out and took pictures of the blue moon last night.  Technically, it’s tonight, but it was close enough last night.


The windmill is up at the old homestead on my farm.

I had actually gone up to take pictures for Friday’s Fences when I noticed the moon.

I really need to get rid of those electric wires by the windmill.  Something about wanting to keep the cattle tank from freezing will probably prevent me from actually doing that, but it sounds good.

Linking to Rural Thursday, This and That Thursday, Skywatch Friday, and Friday’s Fences

In the Cornfield

Here’s the view of my windmill from behind the cornfield.

When you get down low and look at the space between the rows of corn, this is what you see.

Pretty wild looking!

Linking to This or That Thursday,  Skywatch Friday, Friday’s Fences, and Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Behind the Scenes at RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI  (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) stayed in Marshalltown a week ago tonight. It was a dangerously hot day, and I don’t know how the bicyclists managed to ride in the heat.

I’m sure they were thankful to reach their destination for the night and find that the town had really prepared for them.  There was plenty of water.

Much of it was given to the riders for free.

There were tents where vendors sold all kinds of food, drinks and even a massage for sore muscles.

People were using all kinds of fun advertising.

I think the one of the most popular preparations might have been here.  The blue fences serve to make a line to the many toilets set up.

The city also had entertainment.  There were bands scheduled for all afternoon and evening.

Finally, with all those people you need to have someone cleaning up.  Marshalltown had the local Sea Cadets volunteering for that job.

They even had a plan in place to provide shelter when storms came through the city.

Linking to Live and Love Out LoudThankful Thursday, This and That Thursday and Friday’s Fences.

Lake Canandiagua Fence

There is a lovely road that takes you along the edge of Lake Canandiagua in New York giving you a wonderful view of the lake and the lovely homes that grace its banks.

A rare self-portrait.  I wasn’t even driving and photographing this time.  That’s good because there were many bicycles and joggers.

A bit farther up the lake shore is the yacht club.

It is a beautiful drive!

Linking to This and That Thursday, Water World Wednesday, and Friday’s Fences.

Scavenger Hunt

I am so late for this week’s scavenger hunt, but I’ve just returned from vacation, and I had some pictures that I thought would be perfect, so I decided to hurry the editing and link them up.

Patriotic:  This fireworks store was located in Indiana.  Okay, the fireworks I added might be a bit over the top, but it’s fun!

View from Above:  This is a vineyard on the mountain above Lake Canandaigua, New York.  It was so beautiful!

Mosaic:  This is a collection of water lily photos from the Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York.

The water gardens were spectacular.

Something Tiny:  Did you notice the tiny dragonfly above the big fish?

Vibrant:  The colors of the flowers were beautiful beneath the brutal sunshine.  They were growing on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

For more Scavenger Hunt Sunday posts, you can visit HERE.

Linking to NF Waters, Water World WednesdayThis or That Thursday, Mosaic Monday and Scenic Sunday.

Cowboy Challenge Part III

This is the last part of the course for the 5th Annual Rhodes Cowboy Challenge.  You can see Part I HERE and Part II HERE.  After leaving the gate to enter the last part of the course, the horse and rider start by going up a steep hill.

After the hill, they have to weave through some poles.

From there, it is down the stairs.

This leads to a pole where the rider has to grab a rope and pull a log up the hill.

They have to make sure they pull it past the orange line, or there is a penalty.

After the log, there is a short race to a trailer where the rider has to dismount and load the horse.

Once the door is shut, the judge calls time and the run is over.

Are you sick of the Cowboy Challenge pictures yet?  I do have more!

Linking to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Linking to This and That Thursday.

A Rear View of the Peacock

Everyone loves to see the peacock with his tail up, but what about the back side?

Did you notice the rooster running over to attack me through the fence?  Naughty Rooster Boy!

I love all those fuzzy down feathers!  Those wings undulate as he dances for the girls, rattling his tail.

He is handsome from the front too.

Linking to Rural Thursday, This and That Thursday and Camera Critters.

A Fence with a Donkey

A drive around the countryside earlier this week (yep~looking for barns and fences) revealed this great fence.

Too bad that fellow was too short to look over the fence.

Linking to Friday’s Fences, This or That Thursday, and Rural Thursday.

Black and White Cattle

Some little Norma Jean calf has milk on her face.

I disturbed her meal, and she was standing in front of mom and beside her Uncle MJ.  He has a permanent milk mustache.

Linking to Black and White Wednesday, This and That Thursday, Show Off Your Shot, and Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

In the Fields

The farmers around here are all out working in the fields.

It’s very dry and dusty this year.

Hopefully we’ll get some more rain.

Linking to Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa at Two Bears Farm.

Linking to This or That Thursday.


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